Believe it or not, this month marks the 15th anniversary of when I started surfing Newgrounds. I can't remember the exact day (sometime between June 11th and 22nd), but I know it was mid-June 2006 and I was 12 at the time. In any case, it wasn't until the following January (a month after my 13th birthday) that I created my account here. Both after and before registering, I have many fond memories of watching animations and playing games that people submitted. It played a huge part of my teenage years not only by giving me friendships with people I otherwise would've never come across, but also a place to share my own creations.
As some of you might recall, the reason I first started surfing NG is finding Johnny Rocketfingers 2 by vastcool. I loved playing its predecessor on stickpage.com (and first discovered that game in either April or May of 2005). That website is also where I discovered Sam Green's "Killing Spree" series, the main Madness series by Krinkels (first watching sometime it in between the release dates of MC5 and MC6), his "Madness Interactive" game with max-abernethy, and a tribute series Sto0g3 made known as "Maximum Ninja" (at that point its third installment was up and we unfortunately never got a fourth entry despite the "To be continued" notice at the end, which I highly doubt will ever come to light unless someone else is willing to create it since MN3 got posted in August 2005). Once again, I'd like to thank vastcool for giving me incentive to explore NG (and he once told me that I'm not the only person who joined it because of his game).
Not once have I ever regretted delving into this site. I continue to animate (even when less consistently than I used to), and Krinkels of course deserves lots of credit for inspiring me to do so with his own content. That man continues to be one of the most influential users on Newgrounds. Along with the madness animations and stick figure works, another big thing that kept me hooked was seeing Klay world by Robert Benfer Jr. aka Knox. I had first discovered these klaymations sometime between October 2005 and February 2006 from a place whose name I cannot recall. Whatever that was, it led me to viewing Knox's webpage (which sadly appears to be defunct), and actually I once clicked a link through watching something on his site that took me here to NG and led to me finding even more things he was involved with! Thank you Knox for also indirectly playing a role in my NG time.
As for what will follow, let's just say I have one thing in the works that I hope to post sometime this month, and after that I'll focus on a Madness Day 2021 entry. Stay classy, NG!