I started out as we all do, as a fresh-faced, hopeful, metaphorical little child that had just forayed into this wonderful world of fanfiction (That is, if you started as a child or teenager, and not as a well-read adult).
Anything I read at the beginning was a work of art, and all my childhood fantasies that I had about my favourite franchises had suddenly come to life. Eagerly, I painstakingly typed out my own first story, and posted it, elated at any complimentary reviews, and downcast at any flames and negative comments.
After my first year, I was beginning to be able to separate what made a good story from a bad one. If a story had been thought-out, planned, and executed with passion and work, instead of simply writing whatever came to mind with no thought to logic and reason.
I looked at my own stories, and realized they were of the latter, so I deleted them, and I vowed not to post another until I believed my writing and literacy skills were up to par for my 'standards'. I simply read. And kept reading.
So here we are.
Several years later, many experiences later. Stories read, critiqued, and analyzed.
I'm still reading, and still learning new things. New authors, stories, and ideas are constantly flooding the site and I only rejoice in the fact that there are more stories than I will ever be able to read in my lifetime, I will never run out of new adventures to enjoy and be a part of.
Fanfiction has had quite the influence on my life, I will admit. Ever since I discovered it, I have not gone a single day without checking the site at least once.
To all those people who have posted their stories, their ideas, their work on this site, I give you many belated thanks for making my days just that tiny bit better when I delve into a good story.
And remember, although authors may quit, stories may be discontinued, and fandoms are abandoned, as long as you still have an idea and are willing to explore it, it will never die.