Today is exactly one year since I opened my Newgrounds account, so I'd like to use this opportunity to look back on all that I've achieved so far. It's not much, so I'll give you some really far fetched stuff:
First of all I discovered what a nice outlet of creativity Newgrounds is and a great community to share and discuss others and your own work. I met a lot of great artists here. Many of them haven't noticed me, but some do and that's really nice. I won't give any names, because I'm sure I will neglect the most important people and I don't want that. Many of the people who've been supportive of me in the past I've gotten out of touch with sorry about that, I'm lazy keeping contacts over the internet. Many people who will be supportive of me in the future I haven't met or I haven't spoken a lot to at the moment. So that's why I won't mention names, but I'm grateful to everyone who gave constructive feedback, organized competitions I could join in, became a fan, favourited my art, music or videos, helped me write walkthroughs for the games here, or made some nice stuff I could waste my time with. Thanks all of you. I like to mention one name though: VaeVIKTUZ Because he was the one who told me I should make a Newgrounds account, and he became my very first fan here. I really got out of tough with him though, immediately after I created my account. I think he needed time off from the internet to spend more with his family. I hope he's doing fine.
So that was the most important stuff. Now for the more concrete dry things.
I entered a lot of competitions, but didn't win a single one. Except Gamejam9 where you had to make an artwork the teams had to base their game on. My artwork got chosen by two teams. One team gave up. The other team made the game INVAZIA, which got frontpaged and has currently and practically since the beginning, the highest score of all the games.
I did place fifth in N G A P 10th Anniversary Contest! which got me a place on the front page with a song of my own choosing. About the song I had posted on the frontpage I got a lot of complaints by people who didn't agree, but I don't care. At least I got the song heard, and some people liked it too. I ended third place in a four-way-tie during the third round of the N G M T 13. I got a sig for that after a lot of whining, because they didn't want to make sigs for a four-way-tie, but third place is third place, a sig is a sig is a sig. Besides, how often do you get a four-way-tie? Some time ago I took part in a contest held by Bosa, and got 18th place (I think) out of 50. Bosa said the top 10 were the best musicians Newgrounds had to offer, which makes me officially a B-rank musician. Oh well. I'll get better. I'm currently still in the NGADM13. It was already a compliment to be allowed to enter the competition since there were 233 auditions and only 64 people were allowed to participate. My submission for the first round wasn't a success, but I'm still in because my opponent didn't submit anything. I'm still thinking about what to do for the second round. I'll see how long I last.
Two of my songs got frontpaged. One because of the aforementioned fifth placing. The other because it was a robot day entry. I didn't win anything with it though, even though it got the second highest voting average of the robotday audio submissions. The one that got the highest average got 3rd place, though I actually think it should've gotten the 1rst. I wouldn't have mind getting 2nd place either.
My songs got used in one game and one movie here on newgrounds, and almost 30 youtube videos (perhaps more because they don't let me know most of the time). I heard from several short film, commercial and game creators outside of Negrounds they wanted to use my songs.
It says on my profile I made 0 games, but I contributed to several. In one game one of my songs was used. For Salem I wrote the walkthrough, that the creators of the game even link to in the description and on their site. For MOON I made a walkthrough people found useful. I made the art INVAZIA was based on. Some art in the game looks copy pasted from my work. (which I'm fine with, but I'm just saying) According to the rules I wasn't allowed to be part of their team, so that's why I'm only credited as inspiration, but I may be more directly involved with the sequel. I've been working on several games (about 5 or more, I don't even know) that haven't been released yet, as far as I know. (and most probably never will)
I brought up the idea for the genre Fusion in the audio portal. I came up with four other genres as well, that didn't make it. Btw all of these genres I only made up as part of a joke, so the fact that actually one of the genres on Newgrounds was the result of a misunderstood joke is quite funny. I'm still proud of it though.
As many of you know I'm really a stat whore. That's a negative word, but it's just what I am, no denying it. It's because I'm such a noob here that I wanted some respect and didn't want to seem like a noob, that's why I've been stat grinding like crazy. I though if I do this early I'll profit from it the rest of my NG days.
So I got a deity whistle after exactly 5 months time. At the beginning the whistle status seemed the most difficult and most unpredictable stat, but in the end it was the first and only thing I maxed out. I've been spam hunting like crazy to get this. I kept a list of repeat offenders. I had a whole system. But by the time the system started to work, my whistle status was maxed out, and I stopped going after trolls and spam accounts so obsessively. Be warned though. If I coincidentally come across abusive comments I will still go deity whistle on that person's ass.
I got to level 19, which is the highest I could get within a year, though I still missed out on about 6 days of voting. I've been voting almost every day of the year. It will still take me almost another 10 years to reach the maximum level of 60. I can't imagine what Newgrounds or my life will be like in 10 years time. I don't know if I will still be active here by then, let alone vote everyday.
Got 13.263 blam/protect points, and with that the rank of Lieutenant. In the beginning I didn't really know how it worked so I will do a lot better next year. If I go on at my current tempo I'll be Supreme Commanderwhen my account exists 2 years.
72 fans as of today. I know that doesn't sound like a lot. The most popular artists have tens of thousands of fans here. But for a musician of obscure music who's been around for only a year it's not so bad. If I can double this number next year that'd be awesome though I don't know how likely that is. Maybe if I start a more popular project like a webseries, the numbers will be in the thousands too. I feel a lot for a webseries. I actually have screenplays worth 5 hours of screentime for a series, screaming to be developed. I've got screenplays for shorter projects as well. I'll share them with you soon. The next year anyway. Watch out for them.