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Celebrating Five Years of PixlBit

The staff of PixlBit commemorates five years of the site.

Nick DiMola Celebrates Five Years of PixlBit

Before I even start to explain what PixlBit means to me, I just want to take a minute to respond to the absolutely heart-warming write-ups from all of the staff. Reading their responses and knowing that PixlBit has touched or changed their life in some way means the world to me. These internet strangers have become people that I know and care about and without PixlBit I would’ve never had an opportunity to know or collaborate with them. It’s something special and amazing and a completely unexpected outcome of starting this endeavor.

And the same extends to this community of fine people. It’s been an absolute honor to host all of you and make this small corner of the internet a continuously better home for you. I love discussing topics with you all because I know we can have a grown-up discussion without the bile and venom. If we don’t agree, we don’t agree; there’s a mutual respect that’s incredibly uncommon on the internet. Knowing that PixlBit has become a part of your life makes me so proud of everything we’ve accomplished, it’s ridiculous.

That being said, PixlBit means so many different things to me. In a lot of ways, it’s been a very personal journey of self-discovery. Before Chessa and I started the site, I had a yearning to start my own business. As writers at Nintendo World Report at the time, starting a gaming site seemed like a surefire success. We had contacts, a reader base, and I was certain I had the technical know-how to make the actual site a reality.

For a month, Chessa and I pushed ourselves to the absolute limit. I’d get home from work at 5PM, sit down and code until 3AM, stopping only for a few minutes to shovel food into my face. Chessa was preparing content, doing graphical designs, and helping me test everything I developed. Weekends were completely sunk into doing site development, or setting up mail servers, or forging PR contacts for initial content, or finishing up outstanding assignments at NWR before walking away. It was simultaneously the greatest nightmare of my life and an incredibly exciting start to what would be a very long journey.

After finishing, it didn’t take long for things to start hitting the fan. A falling out with our business partners at the time was incredibly frustrating and stressful and disheartening and a hundred other emotions that were very hard to deal with at the time in my completely exhausted state. It didn’t take long for things to turn so sour that they exited the business relationship, which increased our burden to run the site alone and created a slew of other problems that made life much more difficult for a long time.

Things weren’t made better by the dwindling readership or the continued long hours and mountains of work to be done. Server cost with no revenue was yet another demoralizing blow. But somehow we kept moving. Somewhere in between there, Jason Ross joined up as a volunteer and I think that without him, we probably would’ve just given up. He helped lighten the load and was a friend in a time when things were especially rough.

 At some point around that time I think Chessa and I realized that as a business, PixlBit simply wasn’t going to be viable in the short term, so we strapped in for the long ride in hopes of eventually achieving relevance.

Little did I realize that PixlBit was already paying dividends. Turns out I had learned an incredible amount about building web applications from the ground up and PixlBit offered the perfect playground to try out new ideas and increase my knowledge. This has helped me immensely in my personal career. Furthermore, PixlBit taught me a bit about myself. What I could do, how to approach problems, even how to navigate harsh interpersonal situations.

There’s no doubt that PixlBit has helped me grow as a person as well. While it’s only writing about games, it’s allowed me to more carefully examine situations before jumping to a given conclusion. It’s helped me learn how to work more successfully with other people, it’s proved to me that with enough drive and dedication, you can accomplish so much even when the odds are stacked completely against you.

Five years of PixlBit has been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. It’s a labor of love that I can’t seem to ever pull myself away from. I love this site and I’m incredibly proud of everything that I’ve accomplished here. Five years later, it didn’t turn out the way I had expected it to when it was first dreamt up, but what we have today is remarkable nonetheless.

Thank you to everyone who has made PixlBit what it is today. The 1up refugees came at the perfect time and breathed new life into PixlBit that continues to thrust the site forward today. I truthfully and sincerely can’t thank all of you enough. Here’s to five more years.


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Comments

Captain N

09/24/2014 at 04:54 PM

As a 1up survivor, I too was looking for a new place to call home while frantically trying to save my blogs. I'm just glad I was able to call this place my new internet home. Alot of the people I knew from 1up move here so I was glad I was able to see some familiar faces, but I met some new ones as well. I'll write something about this hopefully today so I'll keep this short. But congrats Pixlbit and congrats everyone!

Cyberxion

09/27/2014 at 08:36 PM

Pretty much my experience too. Turned out that Pixlbit was pretty rad, so it worked out for the best. :D

I think the coolest thing about the place is that after being gone for a year or so due to various things and whatnot, I come back and the place is still the same. Same great staff, same great community--along with some new faces--and it's just as welcoming as it ever was. I'd like to say that I never doubted it, but I did. This is one of the rare times I'm glad to have been wrong.

Michael117

09/24/2014 at 06:36 PM

Happy Birthday Pixlbit Cool

I suppose I could stick around and bother you guys for even longer.

Here's to another five years of M-117 dropping walls of text to tell you things that could definitely be articulated better in less than half the space by a better writer.

P.S.  Golf got no limits. PGA Tour 15 is still the truth.

Our Take

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

09/24/2014 at 10:40 PM

One thing that needs to be mentioned more publicly than in this comment section, is how much we owe to you, Michael117. I think there were a few other rumblings around 1up from people thinking of coming here, but as far as I could tell, we mainly owe our transferred community to you. Just look at these final two blogs over at (the very unstable 1up). Somehow we got a great cheerleader for PixlBit long before 1up shut down, and things wouldn't be the same at all without your kind words at a crucial time.

Thanks, Mikey! Keep the walls of text coming, we love 'em.

mothman

09/24/2014 at 07:02 PM

Happy 5th Pixlbit. I'm happy to be a part of this community. Great people, great (if often silly) conversation. :)

Vice's Assistant

09/24/2014 at 08:27 PM

I'm still very happy I came to PixlBit. Its wonderful place to be at. I regret that I haven't been on here as much because my 3rd shift job and schedule are so irregular the last few years. Still I do try to check on it daily, and I'm happy to see it thriving.

xDarthKiLLx

09/24/2014 at 09:42 PM

Happy birthday Pixlbit....this is indeed an amazing group of people we have here.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

09/24/2014 at 10:40 PM

HOORAY!

Super Step Contributing Writer

09/24/2014 at 11:11 PM

Happy 5th Anniversary Pixlbit! Just in time for Nintendo's 125th! Coincidence? I think so!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

09/24/2014 at 11:19 PM

I have one other regret: that we will apparently never know who won the Shitty Game Review Contest.

Michael117

09/25/2014 at 12:03 AM

What actually happened with that? Did that contest ever come to a conclusion? *spoilers* I voted for you.

Master Chief and Samus teamed up and fought the Reapers together in order to earn us the freedom to vote on community polls at Pixlbit. I demand a recount, we can't just ask Chief and Samus to fight the Reapers all over again.

mothman

09/25/2014 at 01:37 PM

I thought it was Yargz last time I checked with Snee in second place. 

mothman

09/25/2014 at 01:46 PM

Nope it was Snee who won with you in second place Julian. Yargz was way back,

http://www.pixlbit.com/sitefeatures?action=showPollResults&pollId=55 

Cyberxion

09/27/2014 at 08:37 PM

I once wrote a review of Little Big Planet after seeing a single screenshot and reading like three sentences of a larger preview. I totally would have won if I'd entered it. :P

KnightDriver

09/25/2014 at 02:48 AM

Pixlbit's been a total blast for me. I started blogging at 1UP back in 2010 and found it very addicting. I love putting together photos and text and having even one person comment on it. When 1UP folded, I listened to Rangergirl and came to Pixlbit.

I love the design of the site. It's very visually attractive and well organized. I see some bigger sites that are too busy with images and popups, and have a really careless design that looks like it was just thrown together. I'm a sucker for good design, I guess. Everyone here has been civil and wonderful too.

I've told many people I work with about this site now. I keep thinking it would be cool to have a bumper sticker so I can "sell" the site to everyone on the road as I work. The more the merrier they say. I only wish I had had this kind of place to go when in High School. I was really lonely then and could've used a community like this.

So as I always have to say, Happy Bidet Pixlbit!

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

09/25/2014 at 10:03 AM

Remember, if the ads on the site do bother you, feel free to use an ad blocking extension

KnightDriver

09/25/2014 at 02:57 PM

That's another thing, the ads here aren't intrusive at all unlike a lot of sites that bring a whole screen pop-up to interrupt whatever you're doing. Thanks for that.

FAF101

09/25/2014 at 06:52 AM

Happy 5 years!!! I know I started out blogging heavily on 1up and then came here and it started to dwindle down. But it's nice to know I have a place where when I do feel like writing I can and it can be about whatever I darn well please to write about lol. But the staff and members in the community is great and thank you everyone for writing some new for me to read every day!

jgusw

09/25/2014 at 09:16 AM

Happy 5th!  Congrats!  Can't wait to see what happens in the next 5 years.  Pixlbit staff does good work. Cool

Justin Matkowski Staff Alumnus

09/25/2014 at 10:35 AM

Happy 5th Birthday Pixlbit! Congrats to Nick for bringing his dream brought into the world, and to everyone who helps make this site the awesome place that it is!

Alex-C25

09/25/2014 at 01:55 PM

Great texts guys!

Like 90% of people here, I came after the sad closing of 1up, but fortunately thanks to Michael, I discovered this site and i've been enjoying every moment of it (though I made an account here much more later than the closing of 1up).

Anyway, Happy Anniversary Pixlbit!!!

NSonic79

09/26/2014 at 12:48 AM

In all honesty I shouldn't even be here. This site breaks one of my pet peeves with 90's spellings. Pixlbit, not Pixelbit. Because poor literacy is kewl! It's why I won't drink MTN Dew or fully appricate the RWBY web series.

Yet i have not found a gaming site that has a robust blog set up as this ones. Most sites either have forums or just comment sections. That's not enough for me. Though I haven't been one for community due to being so busy and antisocial, I hope stick it out here till my blogs eventually get banned. 1up.com will be missed but looking forward to sharing in the fun that is this site. Here's to five years with more to come on pixlbit. (I feel so dirty saying it. =P)

Nick DiMola Director

09/26/2014 at 07:53 AM

Ha! We actually wanted the site to have proper spelling, but couldn't get the domain! We thought it was a cool name still, so we stuck with it. Figured nobody would miss that silly "e."

Pacario

09/26/2014 at 05:51 PM

Five stars for five fine years! Congrats. (Even though I've personally only been here for the fifth one!)

Blake Turner Staff Writer

10/07/2014 at 11:15 AM

Wow. This was beautiful and awesome and other words meaning superb. Seriously, this is a great site with a great - no, the greatest community on the internet.

 Also, lol Casey, are my Blogs really that offensive?

Coolsetzer

10/24/2014 at 06:13 AM

Well hi! Happy anniversary to everyone. I came here after 1Up and haven't been disappointed. I regretfully disappeared from the blog scene for awhile because, hey, life and poverty. But now I think I'm getting my life back on track, so hopefully I can start interacting more. Here's to five more years!

Dandichu

11/15/2014 at 09:39 PM

Cheers, this is great.

"What particularly convinced me to stay was a nice little post Nick DiMola had put up welcoming the former 1Up bloggers to this site with open arms.  It was like biting into a warm chocolate chip cookie of community friendship."

Couldn't agree more. I'm just thrilled to have been "the" Ulala on 1up- and that lots of people were able to come here from my friends list. I love you guys!

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