I still remember when Ryan asked me to join. I felt like a rock star. I felt like I had finally arrived. Of course, like most things, that was only the beginning.
Thought Balloons is where I learned to write comics.
Thought Balloons led me to the supportive community that is comics.
Thought Balloons introduced me to some rad folk who I'm proud to think of as good friends today.
Thought Balloons is a lot of things to a lot of people. You simply need to look at the entries of our past and present tenures to see that fact.
Thought Balloons means a lot to me. It means a lot to all of us. I want to do everything in my power to keep it on course, but I also want to keep sharing this place with others. The prompts, the deadlines, and the practice are all integral parts of this site, but what keeps Thought Balloons going is that aforementioned community. I'm going to keep telling everyone I can about this place. I believe it can be an invaluable tool in one's development as a writer, if one wants it to be. I know it has been - and continues to be - for me.
This week is all about celebrating who are we and what we've achieved, but don't worry, we haven't forgotten about where we're going. There are some big plans for Thought Balloons' Year 5, but let's save those for another day.
I'm honoured to take up the reigns from Ben. I know I can't take his place as the site's puppet dictator, but I'll do my best to captain this ship in its ongoing journey. I'm ever so proud of where we've been and I'm looking forward to where we're headed.
I hope you'll join us.