Thoughts on BZPower in the Modern Day
Second thought. It is the year 2013. Actually, it's the year 2013 and one month. Cool stuff bro. If my memory serves me correct, though quite honestly I can barely remember what I had for lunch so who knows how valid it is, Bionicle ended in the summer of 2011. Because of Greg Farshtey's private life the updates to the story have been stretched thin at the best of times. Bionicle is dead, and we've had two years of little snacks of information.
And then there was that whole Forum Upgrade fiasco which took the site down for almost half a year and really threw a wrench into the works.
But here we are, today. BZP isn't nearly as active as it was in the olden days (it probably peaked before I even joined, honestly), but it's still a pretty big place. We have stories and Lego and RPGs and contests and all sorts of fun stuff. The community is smaller and many have left but we're still here.
And I mean, with the new tracker system, the site really is really on the road for getting much better. With new forum features coming in, rule updates (though the tracker about the advertising policy has mysteriously vanished...), all that jazz, it's looking good for the site as a whole. People continue to join and while I have to say I miss some of the old crowd, life continues on.
We still have our arguments and our disagreements and our nasty tempers, but the site is and will continue to live. Many people said that BZPower was dead the moment Bionicle ended. Yet, I think they ignored what in my opinion BZPower has really done. My interest in Bionicle waned back in 2010-ish; I bought a grand total of one set in 2011. I haven't bought any Legos since Christmas of 2011. Yet here I am, on a redubbed Lego fansite? Why?
Because I have friends here, and for all the ups and downs of the community, it is a good one. Annoying at times, aye, capable of ripping out people's throats, aye, but it's a love-hate relationship. I've never been able to get the same sort of community on other sites, so I stick around here because of the people. Not because of the occasional story addition or Legos or what those in charge deem is right and what isn't.
It's because the people are pretty cool.