TheTopTens: My Story

SplashMoun10
Well, it's been about a year since I first joined the site, so I thought I'd just go over with you all how it's been for me as a user. Obviously I've changed quite a lot as a user since last year, I think for the better, and this site has changed a lot as well over the time, not so much for the better. Over that time, I've come to know a lot of really great people here and I've had lots of fun producing content for this site. So without further ado, here is a full account of my time as a TTT user from the moment I first joined.

First, let me start off by saying that I am not a very social person at all. I don't really have any friends I hang out with in real life (I mean, I do have friends, just not any I'd consider really close). I've only recently started to get back into using regular social media sites like Instagram, I practically disappeared from the social media scene after I graduated. At the end of 2015, I joined a site I'd been lurking on for quite awhile called WDWMagic with the username of Kate F. WDWMagic.com, for those who don't know, is an "unofficial" Walt Disney World website with forums in which people talk about news, rumors, or even just regular discussions about WDW, Universal Studios, and other theme parks, usually Florida though. In case, you don't know, I am very passionate about theme parks, so I liked being around people who also had that interest. It's a very critical website as well, a large portion of my posts there have been on the critical side, as Disney for the most part has been slacking in the theme park department lately and been making lots of bad decisions. There are rules there of course, such as no cursing, and discussions about religion and politics are restricted to specific threads (they used to not be allowed at all). However, you don't have to worry about getting suspended over the littlest things, usually the worst punishment you'll get is a removed post. Very different from the way this site handles things for sure.

For the most part, I was a well-liked member and had my fair share of well though-out and humorous posts. Something to note though is that the site is made up of largely fully-grown adults, which might be surprising to some people, but at the same time, who do you think is paying for all of those trips? Or talking about things like business and construction? Whereas on this site I feel a bit out of place because I'm older than the average user, over there I was this 19 year-old trying to fit in with and act as knowledgeable as the adults, and I admittedly did not know as much of what I was talking about as they did, despite claiming to be an expert on theme parks and what not. During the summer of 2016, I became a bit hypercritical I think, and wanted to stir up drama about how lazy Disney is and how terrible their decisions are, and I started to make some rather stupid posts.

Eventually, I started to post less and go back to lurking because I thought I had nothing valuable to add to the conversation, even though this one guy told me I was overreacting and that he liked my posts. Towards the end of July, I stumbled upon TheTopTens, and once I made an account I practically ditched WDWMagic (I've recently returned to it though, however I haven't gotten myself involved in any deep discussions yet).

I'd come onto TheTopTens a few times in the past, but never became that interested in it until that one day where I thought, "Hmm...I think I'd like to make some lists of my own." When I first made the account though and started to see some of the cringe-inducing things that this site spews out, such as some absurd lists and comments, I thought I'd made a mistake. There seemed to be a lot of immature people on there (which is still true) and I noticed how mostly everyone seemed to be around the ages of 12-15, whereas I was 20 and felt like an old lady. In fact, one of the first comments I ever made on this site was "It really feels like I'm surrounded by a bunch of little kids." I don't look at it that way now of course, I've come to know lots of great and interesting users, but of course there is a lot of immaturity on this site in general, which I don't think anyone can deny.

The first few lists I made were theme-park related, and it didn't take me long to realize that that wasn't a very popular topic on TheTopTens. The first popular list I made was "Top 10 Coaches on 'The Voice,' and a lot of most popular lists to this day are ones that are not related to theme parks, but I still have lots of passion for making those kinds of lists. I'll admit, I was a little disheartened to see that there was no one else really into theme parks, whereas there were a ton of metal fans, anime fans, and just fans of all this other stuff that I wasn't really into at all. It was strange going from a site where everyone was completely familiar with the Br'er characters and then coming to this site I was hit with the reality of, "Oh yeah, they're obscure..." In fact, one of my "goals" during about the first month of me joining was to get the characters more recognition. Before I joined, they were all only on exactly one list, but thanks to me, they are all on several now. I remember I was so desperate to get them attention that I put them on Characters That Hate Dora the Most for crying out loud. Fortunately, I quickly learned that that was just not going to be the way it worked and I now stay relatively quiet about my interests instead of trying to shove them in other's faces.

My first follower was ModernSpongebobSucks and at the time of my joining there was drama surrounding Disney1994. Pos and Britgirl were active at the time and the most popular users. Blaze was on his ElectricCorpseSlayer account, though I knew nothing of the drama that surrounded him at the time. It didn't take too long for me to have a least favorite, that being a certain immature, porn-obsessed SJW (although I never actually talked to him myself). As a matter of fact, I hardly ever talked to anyone until about late November around the time the Pop vs. Metal war started to break out. Before that, I was just kind of doing my own thing (which I still do except I actually engage in conversations now). MetalObsessed and MSS were really the only people I chatted with at the time, then eventually other people started messaging me, such as DCfnaf and BoredJeff02, both of whom I've become good friends with. In the past few months, I feel like I've cemented myself as a familiar face on this site and I'm not just some nobody anymore. I've made lots of good friends and feel more appreciated than I did towards the beginning.

One thing I will say is that I found it nice to be a community with other's on the autism spectrum. In case you didn't know, I have Asperger's Syndrome and like many with the condition, I struggle socially, so it was nice to know that there were many other users here, including very popular ones that had it.

Now when it comes to the community as a whole, there are of course a fair share of bad users, but even still, there's lots of interesting, friendly, and creative users to counteract that. Notably, DCfnaf puts so much effort into his work, is very entertaining, and he was one of the first users to give me and my content praise. There's also humorous users like Puga that enjoy creating funny stories and making people laugh, as well as incredibly knowledgeable and high-contributing users like htoutlaws2012. For me, the worst thing about the TTT community would have to be the stupid fights that pop up every now and again, most of which I stay out of. Other than that, I don't have too many other problems with the community as a whole. There may be bad eggs, but there's lots of great people on here as well.

When I first came to the site, I felt out of place. I was older than most other users, no one shared the same interests as me, and I thought I was never going to fit in. I remember wanting someone else into theme parks to join the site so that I'd have someone to talk to. However, later on, I started to look at this unshared interest as a positive in that it makes me unique as a user. I know a lot of people don't care about my theme park lists and remixes, but I still highly enjoy making them as it's something I'm very knowledgable about, and I'm probably know more about rides than anyone else on this site. On top of coming to appreciate my uniqueness, I've also found many friends here within the last few months, even ones that have vastly different interests than me. As a whole, I feel much more appreciated now, both as a user and as a person, than I did my first few months on the site.

Overall, I've enjoyed being a member of TTT and I'd like to thank all of my friends and followers for making me feel welcome.

Comments

This was an interesting read - Martinglez

Great Post! - htoutlaws2012

COME HERE WE LOVE YOU - TwilightKitsune

Greatly crafted, my friend. It was intriguing to read about your origins and how you came upon this website. A phenomenal post, indeed. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

That was nice to hear your TTT story. I enjoyed reading this post and it was well written.
I'm like you, I kinda do my own thing on this site and only interact with a few people. I don't get votes on my lists often, but I still enjoy making them. I'm in my 20s as well, so I sometimes feel out of place too. It's nice to see other uses that are college aged. - visitor

Neat post. - Therandom

I have Aspergers as well.

I hope we can be friends - CrimsonShark

Cool story bruh! I'm glad you've joined The Top Tens! - Pony

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