Yesterday, something amazing and wonderful happened to my best friend. His internet forum got its millionth registered user. Considering that this forum is in a small country (Serbia) and that it started with a free domain and web hosting back in April 2002 in his bedroom, it’s come a long way, baby. I am so proud of my friend and his accomplishment with this forum. Through the years, eight and a half long, grueling years, maintaining this forum as it grew to monster proportions has taken its toll physically, mentally and emotionally. But he’ll admit, maybe, that it’s all been worth the ride. 🙂 In fact, it was his essay in an online community that first caught my eye, that first exposed me to this amazing man. From that fateful post: You get a chance to start, with your basic web skills, some website. Someone decided to award you with domain and hosting, [so] you give it a try. You create an internet forum so all your friends from all over the world can meet and talk to each other…. Your community grows[;] you build some reputation among IT people…. [Y]ou start spending enormous amounts of time working around your …
Meat burek from Cafe Pita, a Bosnian restaurant right here in Houston, Texas. When my guests were here visiting from Belgrade last year, we went here on the advice of a friend. We weren’t disappointed. The food is very authentic and got two thumbs up from my guys.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of my best friend’s internet forum. It’s been a long, painful, tiring, taxing, joyful, rewarding road. To my friend, I say: I hope you are as proud of your accomplishment as I am and that you look forward with anticipation to the next five years. And I hope you’ll agree that it’s all been worth it. @}->–
My favorite (and the best) Internet Forum turns four years old on April 6. It’s managed by my best friend and web design partner, Ivan. AND … it’s got a slick new look, too! Congrats, dawg. Here’s to many more…. Cross-posted to my Opera Community blog at my.opera.com/jonimueller. Wikipedia Reference.