Allugic: The Past, the Present and the Future
This website was created to be a personal blog for showcasing news, entertainment, reviews, tutorials, art, personal projects and life updates specifically pertaining to geek and otaku culture. Even though you may see this site as relativity new, it has a rather long history dating back to the early 2000s. I would like to take this post to divulge the history of this site, followed by my plans for the site today and where I would like to take things in the future.
Where do I begin? Allugic was formed from the ashes of an earlier website hosted on the now deceased web network Geocities. The reason I started the site was to host my art, projects and any other updates I felt was relevant. Even though the majority of the website focused on art, it was the projects that really got me excited about making a presence for myself online. Over the years I’ve made a few comics (that will never see the light of day) a video or two, even some music here and there. Above all this, I’ve spent most of my time making video games.
Most of these games never made it pass the idea phase. A handful of them ended with a small prototype, while a small portion of them were actually unleashed on the internet. This creative drive sustain me until life got in the way. After graduating high school and going to college, I had to make some serious decisions and set priorities in my life. This website eventually fell to the bottom of that list, and over time, practically disappeared from that list. This matter was only made worse as I drifted further and further away from drawing over the many years. The lowest point of this whole ordeal was during the beginning of 2015 when I lost the domain name allugic.com to some japanses health drug. All those years I put into the website, I thought to myself, I can’t let it end like this. Throughout the whole year I checked endlessly to see if the website was available to buy again. Finally, at the beginning of 2016 I was able to buy the domain back.
The truth is, my aspiration for creating content has never stopped. Despite neglecting and losing my website, I continued to construct ideas while learning how to use new tools that could bring these ideas to life. With the many things that I have learned over the years and the many changes that have happened in my life I feel now is the perfect time to bring this website back. I will once again pick up my pencil and return to drawing. Secondly, my main focus will be my projects.(which I have plenty in mind, so look out for them!) In between both those things, I will attempt to update regularly with reviews and tutorials on media and tech that I feel would be relevant to the interest of my audience.
The best way I can describe the future of Allugic is cautiously optimistic. I am still making major life decisions that will effect my financial status which, in turn, would effect the status of this website. On the other hand, if a few of my ideas take off, I could be in a much better position than I am right now. I would like to take a year and revisit this post to see how things have fared since then.
Also, sometime between now and then I would like to test out streaming and video editing, a mailing list, maybe even outsourcing some work load. Five years from now I would like to see a huge catalog of my projects completed and moderately successful. In order to achieve this I’m going to have to stabilize my life and focus on my goals.
I feel a sense of nostalgia sitting here writing my first post of what I hope to be one of many to come. It feels as if I’m returning home after being lost in a sea of ambivalence. I will end this post with a slightly altered quote.
“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it.”
― Steve Maraboli