The clock shows 12:22 pm.
He starts typing.
He knows that right now all around the world people from different religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds may be tuning in. But that does not matter. Different religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds were never an issue. What mattered were the ideas and the freedom of expression that this website allowed. There will be countless chatter in the Shoutbox about the most recent events in people’s lives. The community will chime and comment on the most recent ‘happenings’ and open new questions for discussion. The vitality of the place never ceased to amaze, stimulate, and bring people together… united. Normally, he will read along and participate in the conversation, but he has been away for a while. Today it is not his agenda to participate in chat. Today, after many months of silence: Guruku writes.
There isn’t a single person on this site not guilty of spending hours and hours on the World Wide Web. And of all the websites that he could have visited; he came across a website that was unlike any other. Call it fate if you will, but he was able to find this one site from the hundreds and hundreds of websites alike. This particular website did not necessarily have the largest traffic flow but it did catch the sparkle of its members like a child staring up at a floating balloon in pure wonder. This site captured the imagination of its community members and allowed for an outlet of creativity. And upon stumbling across the website, he realized that this website had more heart and potential than any other. This community will soon be a new home and a great one to share and meet people of a common interest. This great community was Narutohurricane.
The website was no secret though. There were many before him, known as the ‘veteran writers’ or the ‘OG crew’. These noble community members were similar to the first hokages’. They were the ones that set the foundation and wrote the bylaws. They were the ones that single handedly, piece by piece, built the community from nothing into the fruitful evergreens it now stands. This community will be nowhere without these legends so when you get a chance, make sure you recognize them for their valiant efforts. For too long they sit in the shadows, but do your best in welcoming them back if they poke there heads in from time to time. You never know… they may be more than happy to strike up a fancy conversation. Guruku thanks them for piecing together this grand community.
Narutohurricane was anything its members wanted it to be. And He saw that in the site; it was a canvas for Guruku’s creative outlet. At first, it started off with simple letters, formulated into words and phrases which turned into rants – members responded. The creative outlet flowed and the elated enjoyment of writing blogs started to show even more. He wrote and they commented. Together the community enjoyed the company of one another, and the spirit and the ‘want’ to write escalated. More and more, the directions and possibilities of blogs grew. Guruku wanted to be as creative as possible attempting to make it fun and entertaining with as much games, pictures, motion gifs, forum chats, and thought-provoking discussion questions as possible. His works spanned across all genres and he hoped that it touched as many people as possible. His underlining objective at all times was always to serve others, to teach, and to have fun. Everyone in the community advanced together. The community flourished together.
There were a few pit stops along the way; but nothing stopped the heart and the compassion of its members from keeping the spirit of Shannaro alive. The community worked hard. Narutohurricane’s members never shied away from contributing in their free time to help lead discussion, participate in contests, or even write group blogs. To Guruku, this unwavering spirit will live on as one of the greatest things that brings us together. These unforgettable chapters were written at Narutohurricane on a daily basis by contributors from all over the world with a common interest bounded with mutual respect. Narutohurricane – Shannaro – United with respect.
I love narutohurricane. I have spent more hours on this site than any other single Naruto fan site. I have worked hard for this site; written blogs, comments, and forums; created banners, pictures, and logos; and through it all I have enjoyed every moment of it. I have enjoyed this journey with you all; the members of Shannaro and the community at large. You have brought me many great memories. But I can no longer lie to myself nor the citizens of Shannaro claiming or anticipating my next blog as an author. I have had the chance to work with the best of you and I thank you for that. Alas, this new chapter of Narutohurricane will be written without me, as the 15th inducted author at a total of 43 blogs – Guruku officially retires.
I am uncertain where this community will lead towards as I leave. Maybe things will be lively, maybe things will be quiet, maybe there will be a solemn tone. But, hopefully there will be a continuation of the creativity, vast discussions, and communal respect that I saw when I first came to discover Shannaro. All I know is … It is time for the next generation to take over. And that… is yet to be written.
::He clicks ‘schedule’ for the last time::