Considering how W13 announced that the forums will be shutting down in a couple of weeks, I feel it's only fitting to write one last blog post before this place becomes a read-only relic of the past. When I first joined Zybez, I was a junior in high school who got back into RuneScape after a ~2.5 year hiatus. This was also the start of what would turn out to be one of, if not THE worst summers I'd ever have - a time where I went through a horrible breakup, a summer school session where my ex and I would end up attending together, my father being gravely ill in the hospital, and a long stretch of time where I was isolating myself from my IRL friends and family. For most of late 2012 and early 2013, the highlights of my day were RS help and discussion videos made by the likes of Smokey9112, RuneShark, A Friend, and silentc0re. Sometimes, I'd have some old RS machinima videos from 2008/2009 just playing in the background whenever I was grinding out my combat stats or trying to earn some extra scratch by running Air orbs from Edgeville bank and trying to avoid the PKers.
Whilst all of that was going on, I also spent a /lot/ of time here on these forums. I'm not kidding when I say that there was never a moment where I wasn't connected to Zybez in some way. Back in my senior year of high school, I received special permission from the school principal to bring my own laptop to school because I was taking a coding class and the school computers were horribly slow for the purposes of the class. During my classes, I'd have RSC split-screened with notepad so that I could take notes and still browse through the forums. During my lunch periods, I would just quickly finish my food and leave the cafeteria so that I could post on RSC whilst watching the anime I torrented in VLC. If I had some free time during the During the many nights where I couldn't sleep, I would still peruse through the forums and just read older posts and discussions.
I'm not going to make any bones about my early days here on RSC - I was (and even now, still am) a colossal pain in the ass. My first posts on the board fluctuated between productive posts on these boards and pithy comebacks, flamebait, and tantrums whenever I couldn't take the backlash I received. I'm sure some of you who've been here long enough probably remember how I was back then and how much of an idiot I made myself out to be on the CDRSC boards. Given this, it was only fitting that ToeJam became my mentor and actually gave me a guiding hand in how to better conduct myself. A month or so after the fact, I actually joined the Blogs team and that's when I feel like my personal growth really started to become more noticeable.
Not only were my spelling and grammar improving, but I was also doing much better in my English class because all of the blog posts I was writing and/or helping edit at that point in time helped me develop a sense of structure that I was lacking beforehand. This also coincided with me bonding well with the rest of the blogs team. For the first time in months, I actually felt like I was among friends. Sure, I wound up quitting RS again due to the abysmal state the game was in throughout most of 2013 and my general activity on RSC was dwindling as a result, but the Blogs team helped me get through that depression I was in at the start of my time here. More to the point though, I was really happy to have worked with people like Murdoc, spoonheb, BrotherVoid1, Jaddy, Kevin, and The duck even though we don't talk much these days if at all. The Blogs team also helped me rediscover my own love of writing in general. Sure, I wouldn't be writing articles anymore and I still have more works on the backburner than I know what to do with, but it's the principle that matters! I joined the creative writing club in community college and I even had a couple of small pieces I wrote published in the club's journal.
The thought of Zybez shutting down, especially now as I find myself in a depression brought about by events similar to what I went through in the summer of 2012 is a painful thought for me to stomach because there are so many things left unsaid, with many more activities and milestones that'll never be reached. At the same time though, it wouldn't be so painful if Zybez never meant anything to me in the first place. I'll always be grateful for the life lessons and the friendships I've made on this website. So with all of that out of the way, I guess it's only fair to say goodbye.