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Flipturn's Farewell - My departure blog! Thanks for everything!


Flipturn

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Y'know, there are three things that I've loved about this forum. I owe it a debt of gratitude for being there in a certain period of my life, along with a community that has helped me realise the true virtue of the Brony fandom. The third thing I've loved about this forum is how much of an impression it's left on me which, in turn, makes writing this farewell blog post all the more emotional. But if you know me, I try to be optimistic! So, everypony, this is my farewell blog post. It's been a fantastic run, and I'm endlessly happy that I've had the opportunity to be a part of this glimmering gold nugget in the crystal cliff face of the fandom's ever-diverse expanse. But a time in my life calls where staying with the forum is simply no longer feasible, so now, with a peaceful heart, I take my leave.

 

So, why am I leaving? Well, like every community that one joins, I came to this forum full of vigour and fresh interest, but seventeen months on I feel that I've used all my time here and that the rest of the world calls. Big changes to my life are coming in, including a large amount of exams and the need to take on a large amount of responsibilities to satiate my university dreams and desires, to the point where trying to maintain interest in MLP Forums is simply no longer feasible. That is not to say, of course, that I've not thoroughly enjoyed my time here - I most definitely have n.n

 

I'm not one for long posts (unless they're about Pinkie Pie) so I'll use this blog post as a big thank you to everyone who's encompassed the fruits of my enjoyment here. Whether you've simply commented on one of my statuses, engaged in an earnest debate about ponies - most likely about Pinkie's awesomeness - or been a true, long-standing friend and companion, I have nothing but gratitude that you've been there. In more ways than one, you've shaped me up into a much better person, and the Flipturn that arrived at this forum on December 29th, 2012 was a much less rounded Flipturn than the one bidding you goodbye on May 29th, 2014 - an enormous 17 months of fun, craziness and my own self-development.

 

For me, this forum represents the best portion of the best fandom. Back in 2012, before I'd discovered the fandom, I was in deep with my own problems. I could describe them in detail, but everyone has problems, so just know that I was struggling to carry on and ye olde typical psychological issues. When the Brony fandom came along on January 28th, it helped me restore a sense of faith in myself, and that the simplest ideals in life could be derived from the most unexpected of places. I remember watching Party Of One and my world view reformulating itself right then and there, in the optimism of Pinkie Pie surging through even when she, just like me, felt like the world was conspiring against her. That year was the repairing phase. 2013, where this forum was my life blood, was my total restoration phase. Without this forum being there, I'd never have given the widespread nature of this fandom much notice outside of the fact that it eased my own demons - without this forum, I'd never have met Brook, who convinced me to go to BUCK 2013, a Brony convention that brought out so much confidence in myself. Without this forum, I'd never have taken so much away from the role of the purple Moderator name, and how making decisions is a huge virtue in itself. I'd never have had a haven to have hearty chuckles where exam stress would otherwise unravel me, or the spontaneity of totally pointless yet extremely fun Brony forum trends. I'd never have found a reason to stay with the fandom throughout that Alicorn Twilight nonsense and everything else... and I'd never have become the much more complete and satisfied person I am now. You guys have truly been a bridge. n.n

 

My goodness, I'm getting a little choked up now! My friends will all have me added already on Skype, Steam and whichever other mediums, but if you'd like to send me your own goodbyes, please check out my profile! There are a number of contact details at the bottom for if you want to send me a message while I'm out on voyages. And even if I get nothing, I will look back with infinite fondness on the times I've spent here. I simply can't call it anything less than the truest, purest pleasure to have rode with you guys throughout the past year and a half.

 

But seriously, guys, thank you all for being you. Sailing off into the sunset, this is your resident Pinkie nut Flipturn signing out.

 

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Goodbye, Flipturn. Sadly, I can't say I knew you well; we've never talked. But, you still seemed like a great person, and you've been a symbol of optimism and happiness. Yeah, I know it sounds sappy, but it's true. Farewell, and keep on smilin'.

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Awwww, we'll miss you.

 

I remember when we fought together in the March Madness tournament (that I somehow got pulled into starting with a PM xD) to get our 4th wall breaking god of everything to the top. Good times I tell you.

 

Nevertheless, I wish you the best even though I barely knew you and as I said, we Pinkie Pie lovers will miss you!

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Thanks for everything, Flipturn. For being the wonderful friend you've been to a lot of people, a sensible and devoted moderator, and overall an exemplary brony representing the best that this fandom has to offer. It's been a pleasure and an honor having you here.
 
Who knows, I suppose that perhaps one day you'll make your way back when you have less on your plate and simply feel like hanging out. Maybe not. You know that you're more than welcome here. I already have you on Skype, as you know, and certainly will not remain a stranger.
 
 
This isn't the last you've heard from me, you've been warned! :lol:

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Flipturn.....leaving, :(.  We're gonna miss you (even though i only arrived three months ago), you are a great mod/member here, and I wish you the best on your ambitions, :D.  

 

PS.   If you don't mind, I would like to add you on Skype. 

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Thank you for your service to your...country?  :huh:  Anyway, it has been a privilege to work alongside you.  You always have a bright, optimistic outlook that would be fitting for Pinkie herself.  And I know you'll continue to keep us posted on your future endeavors. 

 

Best of luck, Flipturn!  :) 

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I honestly teared up reading your blog post. I'm going to miss you a ton, Flipturn. I've always found you a friendly and pleasant fellow on a personal level, and I've learned a ton from you working alongside you in the moderation team. 
 
I am so very happy to hear that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic itself and this forum have both helped you to overcome difficulties in your life. It's always wonderful to hear about these things spreading happiness and goodness to others. 
 
I wish you the best, Flip. There is no doubt in my mind that you will excell at whatever you put your mind to. 
 
I hope you'll come back and visit us when you are able, and I'll certainly hit you up on Skype from time to time.
 
Goodbye, man. It's been great having you here not only as a member and a moderator, but as a person.

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I've always enjoyed your presence on the forums, sad to see you go. Won't be the same without ya. :( Good luck on your future endeavours! :squee:

 

Clever Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference. ;)

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I'm sad to see you go. I'm glad you had a good time on the forums though, and I wish you the best of luck with your life, and your future! :)

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I remember the March Madness Tourney - Pinkie fans may remember you for your strategizing, but I know that I and the other Rarity fans remember you for being the very first person to make a move in patching up relations after the "incident" that had transpired to create the conundrum in the first place :) I remember you taking time off to PM me so we could get things fixed up, not as a moderator, but as a Pinkie fan, so we could get this sorted out, and that we did.

 

I gotta say, you were a damn good moderator and certainly one of the most dedicated on this site. I'm definitely going to miss you being around.

Best of luck where ever the path of life takes you from here!

 

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Gonna miss you, I always enjoyed seeing you around here. Wish you luck on what you have planned for ahead. If you ever decide to visit again, we'll be here. Until then 

 

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Peace

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Aww. :(
You were personally one of the few of my favorite staff members. I enjoyed some of your posts and stuff. See you late, gater. >_<

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It's awesome to know that the fandom - and more specifically, the community of this very forum - has helped you to strive for and achieve self-discovery/betterment, just as it has helped me to do. It certainly does seem to ring true that our favorite characters say a lot about who we are, because you certainly radiated Pinkie's aura of cheer and optimism wherever you posted. There are surely other members here (also avid Pinkie fans, no doubt) who do the same, but you have a particular brand of good-naturedness that's uniquely your own, and it's definitely one that I'll miss seeing around.

 

Whatever your endeavors in life, I wish you well. It's a shame that you're leaving just as I was seeking to get to know you a little better, but I suppose since there's an open invitation to hunt you down on Skype, I'll do just that. :)

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Aw, dude, that sucks man. Still, you were a rather fantastic moderater, and a great member in general. Don't forget to visit here sometimes though, we'll miss ya! Until then though, peace hombre. :)

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