Destructoid used to be my tiny personal blog on the web, and now it's grown into this crazy monstrosity of a gaming community. Needless to say, I'm proud of what we've done and optimistic we can do a whole lot more. I've been at this with all my heart since 2006. I really love what I do, and hope you enjoy our writers' work.
Left to right: Me, Jim, Rey, Dale, Conrad.
You can learn about the history of Destructoid on Wikipedia, there's a pretty nice article about some of the things we've done in both editorial and charity work.
As for me, I'm pretty busy working on the future version of our site most of the time, so unfortunately I don't get to write as much as I would enjoy doing. I do go outside sometimes. The best thing I've ever done is volunteer. I didn't mean to dress like Luigi, it just kinda happened.
My primary job now as publisher is to keep the editorial team happy and build new features for you guys, our readers. I'm also one of the site's front-end programmers, so I'm always doing stuff behind the scenes. It's a lot of fun for me to switch jobs around the company and do a little bit of everything. I draw inspiration from a few places you may have heard of:
Thanks for checking out my blog today! I realize you have many kitten web sites to visit today, so I appreciate you strolling through my site and supporting what we do.
Tom made some behind the scenes upgrades to this system yesterday that now allows you to login with either your username or your email. While this doesn't seem like a big deal, one of the things I do the most as an admin is help people get access to the site. People sign up with fake email addresses, emails that they no longer have access to, have typos in their emails, etc or for various other reasons can't get into the system. So, this is good.
The other cool thing we're doing is standardizing the site navigation more and getting rid of the buttons on the left bar. Check out the sketch attached with before and after photos. I think this will let you get to the most used pages faster and make the site easier to use.
We're also making a few improvements to load time this week and the profiles system so people can just upload their own avatars and have it resize automatically, get it hosted by us, etc. Good stuff.