Well...here we are, one year since I've launched this fluffy cloud. One year since the waters started to agitate over at Flight Simulator Network, my other beloved FS community of which I've been a member for a bunch of years, letting me and many other of its members with the feeling that things are no longer like they used to be. FSN fortunately survived, but there was less activity and less active members from that point on, others have navigated to Flight Simulation Nation, others have gone to other communities, others have kinda quit using social FS networks...and I...I didn't know what to do, I had joined some other communities while remaining a member of FSN trying to find some balance, but that warm feeling of being "home" and interacting with my good ol' pals was so much weaker, I wanted to step down for good at some point, and just keep some of my closest buddies' emails. Then a "radical" thought swept my mind, followed by a I was thinking "what if I'd create my own community?!". Then I realized it was a crazy idea and went on with my daily business, forgetting about all this radical idea of me having my own FS place. Then, after a few days, still not finding a comfortable enough place in the world of FS communities, I said to myself "the heck with it, let's see what I can find" and the next second I found myself standing with my laptop on my lap hitting Google like crazy with all sorts of keywords such as "free forum", "free picture gallery forum", "build your own forum". I came across countless of forum hosts, mostly offering only a loosy forum with nothing else...then..I hit the jackpot, I found Xobor, this wonderful host that offered a pretty good looking layout for my new forum, an unlimited gallery for pictures (couldn't believe this) along with many other extras, all for FREE. That's when I knew I just HAD to create something. So on the 20th of September 2013, I performed the magic click that launched this forum. Then I started tweaking and scratching my head and tweaking again till I eventually got a pretty satisfactory forum (by me) in all aspects. When I realized it's going pretty well, I was thinking "OK, I kinda like this thing, this is what I may call home from now on, this is where I'll post my screenshots, my FS adventures, my FS tweaks and so on..." but at the same time I imagined that this was more likely going to serve as some sort of a personal blog for me, rather than a real forum, as no one would actually be interested to join, but, the door was to be kept open at all times. Next thing I knew, friendly simmers started landing on my new-born little kloud, their activity varied greatly as time passed, but over time...even though FSK hadn't become a "mainline" community, I had personally witnessed enough of this place neatly evolving for me to lay my anchor here. We're small, we're few, but we're here, we've got some features almost (?) no other FS community has, like an unlimited dedicated gallery for screenshots (I know I keep saying this), members seem to keep returning to this place, it's quite comfy, so FSK was to be a keeper.
Over the course of one year, I'd say there's been pretty much stuff happening in this kloud for such a pee-wee; we've exchanged lots of beautiful screenshots, some FS adventures, real-life aviation stuff too, every-day off-topic stuff as well, we've had some screenshot competitions, I started writing some rusty reviews and am still writing when I got time, I've launched a file library intended to collect a bunch of good but not very popular FS addons..but I was soon to realize it was useless, so I took it down , we've had our "livery" changed, we switched from a "stormy look" to a more cozy "dusky look"........
I want this place to grow, the more the better, no trace of doubt about that! But then again, I'm in no way popularity/size/caliber-addicted, so I wanna stress this...I'm very happy with what we've got here and am very pleased with everything we've all contributed so far, so long as there are at least 2 simmers wasting their time here , for FSK that means it's successful!
So a big and sincere THANK YOU goes out from me, da boss , to all members of this community for making it the tiny, friendly place it has become and for continuing still, to make stopovers in this kloud now and then and drop a pic, a flight report, some help, a comment or any other type of content despite knowing that herds of simmers ain't gonna admire your contribution here. Thank you fellas, keep it up!
Now let me bring into discussion the thing that surprised me the most over our 1 year history - the fact that Drzewiecki Design has accepted to sponsor this pee-wee on its 1st anniversary by offering any of their marvelous sceneries as a prize for its anniversary screenshot competition. That's a calendar-worthy event By the way, join the competition if you haven't already, and get one of those jewels!