|Alright, the point of this is to talk about favorite memories or something, I think. This kind of thing is difficult for me personally because I repress most of my memories, but let's see what we can dig up.
2010, the year I joined this wiki. I was eleven, and my sister was twelve. We created a joint Wikia account called "ChromastoneandTabby" (I being the "Chromastone" and her being the "Tabby") for the sake of convenience, but eventually she stopped using it and made her own account. She started just going by Tabby, but I wouldn't get a solid name of my own until 2014 when people started calling me "CaT" because of how stupidly long the account's name was. That worked out pretty well for establishing an identity of sorts, so I decided to go with it.
Plenty of users who joined the wiki after me will have much more to say in regards to community events and drama pre-2016; I simply didn't participate in that sort of thing until then out of sheer social anxiety. I still managed to garner a decent reputation around the wiki by opening content shops and making guides for various things, not to mention the crossover project that became BTFF RPG. By the time I finally worked up the nerve to join the wiki's chatroom and stick around for a while, it turned out that I was already held in decent regard, which was nice.
I became an admin in 2016 due to the amount of work I was putting into the wiki, to the point where there were already jokes about me being the "secret fifth admin". I put a lot of focus into trying to modernize the wiki, and while the process was far from drama-free, I think it all worked out in the end.
As the aforementioned memory repression thing might suggest, I had a less than ideal adolescence, and this wiki provided me with an effective form of escapism. When I first created Tech 10, it was a blatant self-insert story that was moreso meant to help me feel better than anything else. Of course, I wanted to try to improve Tech 10 eventually, and I started working on my writing abilities. Seeing Binkatong's art made me want to pursue art on my own so I could illustrate my stories without relying on other people to do it for me.
I think it's safe to say that without BTFF, my art and writing wouldn't be anywhere near what they are today. On top of that, I had very little in common with kids my age in the areas where I lived, but being on BTFF allowed me to meet people with common interests that are still very close friends to this day. Without them, I'd be almost entirely alone. BTFF is sort of an unassuming site looking from the outside in, but it's provided too many of the good things in my life to act like it's not important to me.
I don't know how long this website is going to stick around, but I know the experience it's given me and the bonds I've made with people here aren't going away any time soon. Here's to the ending of an unbelievable ten years, and the beginning of the next decade.