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Five years on and stronger than ever!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 12 Feb 2013 at 10:40
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It’s with a slight tear in my eye that I reflect on an important milestone in the life of what was once my “pet project”, but quickly grew to become more like a full-time job in its own right. And it’s with something of a red face that I admit that I actually missed the date in question by eight whole days!

Sharksworld celebrated her fifth anniversary on 4 Feb 2013. For those of you who want to check my maths, I’m linking to our first ever post, dated 4 Feb 2008. Things have changed a huge amount since those days, when the likes of wpw, PJLD, Big Fish, Vinnie, KSA Shark and a few others were our only posters, but I like to think that Sharksworld has only improved with time and has managed to keep a lot of its unique ethos – its “soul”, if you will – as our readership has grown and as the site layout and functionality has evolved over the years.

So happy anniversary to all of us, and again apologies for missing the actual date! It’s been an amazing ride and I can only offer my heartfelt thanks to all of those who have shared it with me, whether as fellow administrators, writers or readers and posters. I appreciate every one of you – and all the contributions made – and hope that we can do another post like this (on the correct date, 4 Feb 2018) to celebrate ten years of Sharksworld magic.


48 Comments

  • congratulations on a great achievement. This has to be the best rugby site around(maybe I’m to biased to my sharkies) I probably don’t comment as much as I should but I’m on here reading everyday. So well done on a great job and hope it will last many years to come

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.13 10:46:40 by sharkbok Reply
     
  • @sharkbok (Comment 1) : awesome to hear – thanks sharkbok!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.13 10:48:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Congrats Rob.

    I must have joined towards the end of Feb 2008 when I started wasting my time here. :mrgreen: Anyway you can check when I started?

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.13 10:49:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Yaaaaay!!! πŸ˜†

    Congratulations Rob!

    It takes someone special to take an unpleasant event and turning into an opportunity. It also takes balls to keep a site like this running while also shining in your day-job.

    Long may Sharksworld continue to brighten the blogosphere.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.13 10:51:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Congrats Rob!

    Awesome achievement to keep it going while entertaining a day job!

    Thanks for changing our lives!

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.13 10:52:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : 2008-03-11 07:56:07

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  • shame on you rob! πŸ˜› lol when was my 1st post? next year will have lots of time to post nd improve my writing and maybe more of us can reliev some of the work load for you buddy πŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.13 11:05:55 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : couldn’t have done it without you mate – and you know it πŸ™‚

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.13 11:06:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 7) : you registered on 2010-05-26 06:06:28

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.02.13 11:07:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : ah yes the beast saga. but was reading sharksworld alot longer than that

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.02.13 11:10:59 by Poisy Reply
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  • Hi, my name is…uhm….firethelooser, and I’m a SharksWorld addict. It has been 5mins. since my last “refresh” and I am really struggling to keep my job straight.

    Welcome to SUA (Sharksworld Users Anonymous) πŸ˜†

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.02.13 11:11:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    Cool, I remember you lured me over from the Dark Side. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.02.13 11:11:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : hi firethelooser do you want to share more :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.02.13 11:14:55 by Poisy Reply
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  • Congrats Rob, thanks for running a great site and all who contributes, keep it up

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.02.13 11:19:47 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : You disappeared for a while?

    We won tickets to that horrible wet game against the Chiefs were we we robbed of a win!

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.02.13 11:21:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Congrats Rob, and a big thank you to all the people on the site for making it what it is today. It is really a great place to talk rugby!

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.02.13 11:35:18 by Viking Reply
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  • Hey Rob, What a bout a little article about why this started and how it evolved over time. A bit of the history of Sharksworld to date?

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.02.13 11:36:29 by Viking Reply
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  • Happy Happy Guys and Congrats to everyone πŸ˜€

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.02.13 11:38:33 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Huge achievement for the site, Rob and the entire Sharksworld community

    It has been a privilege to a part of this great site since 2011 October or November, what I do remember is I was close to writing my final matric exams at the time.

    Well done Rob

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.02.13 11:42:24 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 17) : that won’t be a little article πŸ™‚ But yes, maybe I should…

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.02.13 11:43:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wow Roberto! Its been a long road – but a great one! Congratulations Dude!

    Yesterday was my 5 yr anniversary on Sharksworld! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.02.13 11:59:47 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : I’m still scarred from that game πŸ‘Ώ

    Wake up screaming some nights, it’s difficult πŸ˜†

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.02.13 12:12:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Yes please!

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.02.13 12:26:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Congrats Sharksworld. May there be many more 😎

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.02.13 12:29:46 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Congrats Sharksworld! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.02.13 12:38:47 by wpw Reply
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  • Congrats Rob and Sharksworld! And thank you for making my workday more unproductive since I happened onto Sharksworld :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.02.13 12:45:06 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Well done lads!

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.02.13 12:45:46 by MornΓ© Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : Hi Wes! Long time!

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.02.13 12:46:01 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 28) :

    Hey Ice.

    Hope you are well. Ek sien maar min tweets van Marcell. Wat gaan aan?? :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.02.13 12:52:25 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) :

    But wait……. :mrgreen:

    Howzit Wes?

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.02.13 12:54:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 21) : really? Awesome πŸ™‚

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.02.13 12:55:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) : Ek wag viri seisoen om te begin!! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.02.13 13:06:24 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 30) :

    Oraait Pokkie.

    Ek is excited oor hierdie jaar se SR toernooi.

    Die Sharks is maar favourites jong… soos gewoonlik! πŸ˜† 😈

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.02.13 13:14:33 by wpw Reply
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  • Well done Rob and, everybody else that contributes ito admin or writing of articles.

    The best rugby site on the net.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.02.13 13:15:00 by Bump Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 33) : hey – congrats on star number 2

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.02.13 13:17:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) :

    😯

    Thanks Robster. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.02.13 13:26:15 by wpw Reply
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  • Five years… wow…

    Congrats Robbo.
    I remember those days where we debated the ‘rules’ of the site and got like 20 hits a day. Good fun!

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.02.13 14:13:51 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • This site has become one those “what did i do before” things in life. Congrats Rob, from a very grateful fan.

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.02.13 14:18:17 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • ps…when did i join?

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.02.13 14:19:13 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 39) : I will check the database for you a bit later

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.02.13 14:33:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • I remember the underhanded tactics the admins on this site used to lure us over from SharksRugby. 😎

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.02.13 15:07:03 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 41) : I asked for a refund on you, but Michael refused.

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.02.13 15:08:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : πŸ˜€

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.02.13 15:10:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.02.13 15:12:01 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : πŸ˜† But I will lways be the honey-bee! πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.02.13 15:16:36 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 45) : Oh good Lord. I nearly fell of my chair when you said that to me πŸ™‚

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.02.13 15:19:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : :mrgreen: Come now Rob – nothing than letting a point slide once in a while to make the one person feel good! πŸ˜† :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.02.13 16:28:22 by Ice Reply
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  • As one of the new ones on Sharksworld: Congrats Rob and thanx for all the time.

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.02.13 17:31:21 by JD Reply
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