Greetings internet dwellers.
Chris here. I wanted to discuss something real quick. As some of those who I know personally are aware, a few years ago I walked away from HHN Legacy. I started this little shindig back in June of 2012. I walked away at the end of 2013. After a few months, I decided to bring everything back for HHN XXIV.
Monday, I started to make plans to move on again. In the process of making plans to demolish everything, I decided not to click that button. For now. There are a few reasons why I decided to move on in 2013. I was dealing with a lot of health issues for one. Some may know, I recently had two surgeries. While I am all but healed from those, my back is not what it used to be.
This season of HHN, was exhausting. Perhaps it is just Father Time, telling me I aint 18 years old anymore. The surgeries didn't help much either. I don't think I will need anything else in the future, but we will see.
Another reason I walked away, was the community. Not just just the annoying HHN fans, who have all but tarnished the HHN community these days, but those individual's who run huge theme park websites. In my experience, I've run into, and met a lot of these people. And to put it bluntly, the vast majority of them are tremendous... ahem, not nice.
Without going into huge detail, a lot of my experience this year at HHN, was awkward. Some of these individuals, spent a lot of time talking about me behind my back, blocking me on social media, and treating me like I was some sort of basement dweller.
When you run into these guys throughout the event, at media events, and in the park in general, things get awkward fast. I have never been one for confrontation, and I hate it. I don't know why people just can't be nice to each other.
There is this petty, High School attitude, that permeates that sphere, and I just don't want to be a part of it. HHN Legacy is always done from a fan perspective. This is not a theme park super-site, and I am not media. I am a fan, and will always approach the event as such.
The entitlement mentality that accompanies some of these sites, is sick. Just because you get some behind the scenes treatment, doesn't mean anything in the long run. And you shouldn't look down upon people (myself, or general guests of the event) because they don't. And the amount of clickbait articles that are out there, is vomit inducing. Most of these places, are nothing more than attention whores. It breaks my heart when I see things like this, and then readers are given a plethora of wrong factual information.
I have to call out HHNCrypt.com again here. Full disclosure, when I was asked to cover the media preview for their site, I was shocked. There was a moment, where I honestly thought I was just being toyed with. With the way I was treated by some of these other mega sites, I was flabbergasted that there was someone nice still out there. It came at a time when I was being dragged through the mud by other places.
I think I am pretty nice guy. I don't know what I did to piss off some of these places. I can get very opinionated, but really? Is that the reason? Theme park bloggers are in the business of opinions. And yes, I will defend friends of mine, who are also being dragged through the mud. Especially when false accusations are being tossed around, for the sake of getting someone into trouble.
That being said, I decided yesterday that I wasn't going to walk away again because of this.
In the grand scheme of things, HHN Legacy is a lost tadpole in the middle of a big pond. I do this all by myself because I enjoy it. And I'm not going to let other people ruin it for me. I enjoy sharing my experiences with other people. I enjoy having other people experience the event vicariously though me. I love hearing other people talk about their experiences.
If you visit HHN Legacy, or another theme park site, we all share a common interest. Again, I don't know why people just can't can't get along with each other. And honestly, I really don't care what people say about me. However, sometimes the noise gets too loud, and you want to turn it off.
So for now, I'm not going anywhere. We will trudge forward, and fun will be had by all.
And We're moving on.
HHN LEGACY OWNER