It's officially the 23rd where I'm at which means Novel Updates turns 1 year old! Yay! It's crazy how something created on a whim became so big. If you don't know the story yet, Novel Updates was created due to MangaUpdates announcing they would remove web novels from their website (link). I guess web novels were cluttering their website. At the time, I was addicted to Coiling Dragon. My thought process was "If MangaUpdates remove web novels, how am I going to get Coiling Dragon updates?!" I find my thought process hilarious back then . I mean, I could just go to WuxiaWorld and get the updates directly, right?! Anyways, I waited for a few days hoping for someone to step up to replace MangaUpdates for web novels. No one stepped up at the time and the only alternative I found was Aho-Updates. I felt like Aho-Updates had the right idea but it was doing it incorrectly. So I decided to merge MangaUpdates x Aho-Updates together... and the rest is what you see today. Guess what? MangaUpdates is still accepting web novels. I feel like I got trolled hard by MangaUpdates lol. Novel Updates Timeline (June 15, 2015) MangaUpdates announce they would remove web novels from their website. (June 23, 2015) Novel Updates was registered as a domain. (July 1, 2015) I decided to spam /r/LightNovels. I hate linking to my past but since it's a special day, I'll just leave the link there. I love this community. A lot. For the most part, I feel like the community is filled with nice people. This is why I try my best to work on Novel Updates whenever I can. I feel like if I slack off, the community that I love will disappear. Love or hate is just an opinion though as I know there's also a group that hates NU/NUF. For all the haters, as of writing this, Novel Updates is ranked #11,923 on Alexa and #4020 on SimilarWeb. That's out of over a billion websites currently on the internet! For better or worst, a growing community will bring changes, that's just how it is. Just be grateful for what you have is all I'm asking. I wish I had something planned for this special day but sadly I do not. You will have to settle with this love letter to the community . I just wanted to thank the community for being awesome, supporting NU/NUF and helping NU/NUF grow. I have a lot of stuff planned for NU so please be patient. Thank you for being you (the community).