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Last week. I was at work. My collegues finally left through the door, waving me goodbye as I began my evening shift. I tapped a few keys and clicked a couple of times. Newgrounds' oh-so user-friendly home page appeared on my computer screen.
"Shit, I got two reviews and a new message!"
Coincidentally, last year, on that very same day, I had released a track. A highly personal track of mine. One that I had made for myself, when I needed it the most. One that I hesitated to put online, but did anyway, convinced that it would be listened to a few times and then forgotten.
Strangely enough, my song attracted a few hundred of users during the time I was away from the site. Quite a few people listened to it, and I had newcomers giving me positive feedback. I was surprised, and I didn't know what could have caused such a buzz, let alone a year after the track's release. Usually, I get next to no traffic on my content, and that's perfectly fine. There are way better musicians out there, and I still need to improve!
Despite my confusion, I was happy. I answered to the reviews, like I always do: it's my way of giving back to the people who use their precious time to give constructive criticism to someone else on the Internet, something that is highly underappreciated.
I checked some new content and then logged out. Keep in mind, I was at work. I came back on the website a few days later - tonight - and I was surprised once more.
Two more reviews, and two hundred more views on my track.
What is going on?
I clicked on the track, and something different caught my eye.
"I... was frontpaged?!"
I couldn't believe it, and I still can't. I'm at a loss for words, and I have no idea how such a personal and barely relatable song can be frontpaged.
But all that matters is that it made my day, and that listening to this track might have made someone else's day. To me, it's all that counts.
I'm grateful to everyone. All I can hope now is for my future content to be just as good, if not better.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! <3