In October 2008 I was reading a thread in the Avid DUC where some guy was saying how no-one supported the users of the AIR instruments, the next comment was ‘someone should start a web site.’ I’ve come to realise that often when the phrase ‘someone should’ is used that it means ‘anyone but me should do it.’
I was once told that it only takes a mouth to criticise, it seems that 5 years on and in a world where anyone with an internet connection can have an opinion, that resonates with even more clarity. Thankfully there are still plenty of decent people to counter that thinking and many of them are part of this community.
At the time I was just a guy who visited the DUC, but I thought if no one else is up for this challenge, then I might as well do it. So I started the AIR Users Blog thinking that it might help a dozen people, possibly a few hundred. The rest is history and from those early beginnings the Pro Tools Expert site emerged.
Now it’s not about me doing it any more, it’s a team of dedicated volunteers from around the world. It’s the contribution of so many industry partners who share our vision and who see the need for a place where Pro Tools users can come and share their needs, their expertise and their ideas. Most of all it’s a wonderful community of passionate Pro Tools users who love to create and who share a common application to create with, Pro Tools.
You are a joy to serve and we appreciate the trust you put in us and this blog - we’re not perfect, my jokes are awful, we don’t always get it right, we simply do our best, so thank you for sticking with us.
Today we passed the 5 million visits mark - it’s a mind blowing number, but on the day we got a new version of Pro Tools it’s a good milestone to pass.
So remember, next time you are in a forum and you see a need then why not be the solution? Who knows where it could end up?