Three years ago today Platform Nation launched to the gaming world, well kind of actually because we didn’t go public for almost a full month but we did first hit the internet on Sept 11, 2007 where we had 106 pageviews for our first day. Now we are averaging a little over 8000 views a day, and we have managed to serve over 2.3 million people and we are closing in on our 4 millionth view.
Over that time we have done just some amazing things, we hosted a 50 hour gaming marathon where we raised over $28,000 in games and cash which we donated everything to Child’s Play. We also did an event where we sent over 250 games to our troops overseas and in hospitals around the world with the help of you guys and gals, our community. We have covered gaming events around the world for our readers and our community, major events like E3 and PAX and smaller events like the Halo 3 launch, Smackdown Vs Raw 2011 and countless other events that we have been invited to over time.
We at Platform Nation owe every bit of our success to you guys, the readers, listeners and our community members. I have said this before but I couldn’t be any more serious about it, our success is because of you, each and every last one of you. Without our community, we would be nothing. This is part of the reason I’m writing this post, after 3 years of building P*N, crafting P*N, I’m not sure what to do with the site. Should we keep doing what we do right now? Should we focus more on some areas and less on others? What do you all think? I’m being completely honest here, I want to know what you all think should be the next step for Platform Nation?
I can pretend I know everything about what I want to do with P*N but in all honesty I don’t. For those of you that might not know me, I’m just a regular “Joe The Plumber.” I spent 5 years in the Marine Corps and I work at full time job at the post office. What I do here is a hobby for me, and while I like playing the role of being a journalist, I know I’m not one, I’m just a regular dude that happened to get lucky and I was able to get one outstanding team of gamers that helped build the site (writers and editors, I’m looking at you). Did I mention that we have what I think is the best group of podcasts on the internet? We really do.
Anyways, I want to send a big thank you to everyone that has helped support P*N over the years, without all of it, we wouldn’t be who we are today. I want to thank my wife (who wont read this because she cares 0 about games) for putting up with my passion. And I want to thank most importantly you guys and gals for all your continued support, we thank you for actually taking the time to come to our site to read and listen to the stuff we put up here. On that note, back to one of the main reasons I wanted to put this up here, what do you all think we should go with P*N, realistically, what do you think should be the next evolution of Platform Nation; a site that was formed by the gamers, for the gamers (ripped from Rane). Let me know, you can either leave your comments here, @ them to me on Twitter, or you can even email them to me privately if you want to at [email protected].
Once again, all of us at Platform Nation thank you for all of your continued support, I couldn’t mean that any more.