dude Posted April 2, 2014 Report Share Posted April 2, 2014 I’d like to use the occasion of our Turning Ten to thank everyone of you for your support of AwesomeDude.com, creative, editorial, financial and moral, over the past ten years. I had planned on writing a more extensive Tenth Anniversary Message, but as my sometimes irreverent cohort, Alien Son, comments, it might sound like “the Queen’s Christmas message” so I’ll just say thanks to every one of you for making AwesomeDude.com what it is today. I take immense pride, not in anything I have done, but in the community of writers, editors and readers that have come together in this place and who have made the site so popular among our community. I’ve received many warm emails, from young gay people who find hope in the stories they find here. Even ten years ago, the world wasn’t nearly such a cheery place for gay youth.. and it still isn’t in many places. But hearing favorable comments and kudos from these young people who have found hope and inspiration in our stories is motivation to continue what we do. Many of us are, ahem, a bit older and enjoying the stories here serve as a way of exploring what our lives might have been. One of the greatest difficulties I’ve had personally is having to decline to post a story submitted by someone who aspires to be an ‘AwesomeDude Author.’ Because of the quality of the stories and authors we have gathered at AwesomeDude… some of the stories submitted are not selected. Many of them are because of suitability rather than quality of writing. So please don’t be disheartened if your story doesn’’t get picked up right away. If you think your story is suitable for AwesomeDude please send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org. To sum up, as do our authors, we enjoy hearing from our readers –both by email and in the AwesomeDude Forums. If you’re not yet a member, I encourage you to sign up and make your thoughts known. Many of our current authors started as readers and we encourage everyone to join the ongoing commentary about stories, authors, current events or whatever. If you have any difficulty in registering… don’t hesitate to write me email@example.com and I will expedite it for you. Finally, thanks to those AD Authors who have contributed special short stories to commemorate our ‘Turning Ten.’ And a special thanks to Alien Son who brings immense technical and web expertise to AwesomeDude. He labored tirelessly to help bring these stories to fruition and has agreed to stay on with us behind the scenes as soon as he is recovered from his exhaustion. Mike Quote Link to comment
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