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08 May 2014 @ 08:38 am
Wow, it's been two years...  
Yesterday my_drarry_recs was two years old.

I can't believe it, it seems like yesterday; so many stories, so much fun, so many amazing friends made.

And I'm going to get mushy now, and really, you shouldn't be subjected to that without the chance to skip it.

[But in short, this is a Thank You.]

When I started the rec archive two years ago, all I wanted was to share the stories I enjoyed, and do so in a way that was easy to find other stories, older recs, some specific tropes/genres, because I've followed archives in the past that are no longer updated and I remember how much I loved them, how many stories I discovered through them. I hoped that someone, one day, would find the rec archive useful, would find it easy to navigate and most of all would find stories to love.

I never thought it would come true. I mean, I hoped, I hoped people would find it useful and enjoy it. That's the only purpose of a rec, to share a story with someone else.

And wow, my_drarry_recs is two years old. (can't quite wrap my mind around that one.)

Maintaining the archive takes some time, takes a bit of organisation and dedication. Once in a while I get a message or an email from someone telling me how much they enjoy the archive. People has been incredibly kind to me in telling me good things about it and I'm floored, because even though it was something like a dream of mine that it would happen, I guess I never thought it would, you know? I thought people would enjoy the recs, but I never imagined they would embrace me and made me feel part of something. And I'm incredibly grateful and humbled that you have. Every single comment and message I get, it goes straight to my heart and stays there forever.

And it all happened because of you, because you writers keep sharing these amazing stories with us, you give your time, your effort, your talent to share something with us, and today, as every day, I thank you for that.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for keeping the magic alive. <3

Current Mood: happyhappy
anemonenanemonen on May 8th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
Your recs are always amazing and it's so great of you to put so much effort into something that so many of us get to enjoy. I wish I could take some days off work and just delve into it, because I'm certain there so much amazing stuff there I haven't read yet. And yes, the writers here are incredibly talented and it's so wonderful that they use so much of their time and effort to share their talent with us here. So many lovely people and so many great stories.

Thank you so much for sharing your recs and your love. You are such a kind and wonderful person and I'm so happy to have met you (well, not met but you know what I mean). <33 *huggles*
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you!

Fandom is so full of talent. *pokes* It's amazing being part of it. <3
Marianneeidheann_writes on May 8th, 2014 01:02 pm (UTC)
*loves you so much*

I remember the huge feeling of squee I got when I discovered my first fic recced on your list. It totally floored me, you were so lovely and so *generous* with your time and enthusiasm. And it just fits how wonderful you really are, you know?


Congratulations and huge thanks for everything.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
It was your career fair fic. I remember! I remember every story I've every single story I've ever recced-- wait, that's Mr Ollivanders. lol

And then it took us months to be friends. Bless you friending memes. <3

*hug* Thank you.
Marianneeidheann_writes on May 8th, 2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
Capitu, purveyor of fine recs since 1633 2012
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Bring forth the tale of dicksbirdsofshore on May 8th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
I remember every story I've every single story I've ever recced --wait, that's Mr Ollivanders. lol

ahehehe! Brilliant.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
:D Actually, I do remember! :)
omi_ohmyomi_ohmy on May 8th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
We love you. :) And your rec comm is such a wonderful corner of this fandom - I am always amazed by how much you read, and love your recs (and omg, the thrill of you liking one of my own fics enough to rec!. You always seem to have so much positive energy to give, and it's no wonder we had that capitu appreciation day, lol. And of course, I've found lots of great fics because of you.

So thank you!

welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
<333333 *hugs*

It's embarrassing how often I go through the post of the capitu day. Really!
Bring forth the tale of dicksbirdsofshore on May 8th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)

You are the best. THE BEST.

Edited at 2014-05-08 04:27 pm (UTC)
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
*waggles tails*

dragontaradragontara on May 8th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! It's an awesome anniversary, and I wish there will be many, many more anniversaries to come!

Your recs are so precious and delightful, and it's a treasure chamber for everyone in this fandom looking for a good read.

I remember when I started writing drarry fics and I was so worried about my not-very-good-English, how you encouraged me to keep on writing. Here I am, still struggling with the language, but still writing. Thank you for your support - and not just for me, but for everyone who's writing wonderful stories, reading them, and keeping the fandom alive <3
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)

I was amazed to learn English is not your first language either; it's really, really good, and I'm glad you keep writing and sharing your stories. *hugs*

Thank you!
cunning as a weevilfirethesound on May 8th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to my_drarry_recs!! ::throws confetti::

I know I've gone on about your tagging system before, but it really bears repeating because it's a thing of beauty and wonder. I'm so grateful that you take the time and put in all the effort to maintain it because it's such a wonderful resource for the fandom as a whole. I can't count how many times I've thought to myself, "Oh, I'm in the mood to read this particular trope/genre/etc" and took a browse through your tags to find something to read. Or wanted to read a specific fic but couldn't remember anything more about it than it had to do with Aurors, and so looked through your Aurors tag, and there it was! And I'm always, always deeply flattered when I find that you've added my fics to your archive.

You're a lovely person. I'm glad we're friends.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, thank you so much!

I admit I like the tags. I've often wanted to add a few more, but that means revising over 1,000 fics to see if they fit. One day I might though! But I'm happy as it is, and beyond happy you find it useful. <3
Mishbloodisshrp on May 8th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Happy second birthday my_drarry_recs!! <3

I think I've said this before but I don't think I can say it enough - I love your recs, the notes you write for every fic make me even more excited to go and read it. I've discovered so many of my favorite authors and stories through your recs!

Thank you so much for my_drarry_recs! *hugs*
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you! And, you're welcome! :D:D:D:D

*mega hugs*
Nelnherizu on May 8th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
Happy 2nd birthday My_Drarry_Recs! Your community was one of the main the reasons I fell really hard for H/D. Thank you so much for organising the recs so neatly, and for updating it regularly. You're beyond awesome! <3
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy you found your way to the recs, and here. It's been lovely getting to know you. <3
Roelroelliej on May 8th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and thanks for sharing so much Draco/Harry-love/smut. :D

welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3333
sylvaticgingersylvaticginger on May 8th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm so grateful for the work you put into your lists and recs! There are a lot of stories that never would have reached me if it didn't exist. I doubt that I would have considered participating actively without it, because the constant flow of recs and positive energy was what drew me in. You are one of the few persons I didn't ask before adding to my flist (the ones I added during my lurking-era...) because I couldn't imagine participating here without it - so once again - thank you!

And you have even reced my pictures sometimes - I can't believe how lucky I am! <33
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 8th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I just realised I never added you back! >.< What's wrong with me? I need an adult. ^^

Thank you so much. I'm so happy to know the rec archive has been useful.

And of course I do! I love your art. *hugs* You're incredibly talented. <3
sylvaticgingersylvaticginger on May 9th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And I need an adult all the time! Where are they all when we need them?! Hmpf.
Machiavellian Puppet Master: OTP forevertjs_whatnot on May 9th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
You are love. Shining, beautiful bundle of love.

welcome to villa cariño!: capitu/tjwritter OTP 4EVERcapitu on May 9th, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
*glomps and clings*


This is my OTP!!!
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welcome to villa cariño!capitu on May 9th, 2014 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so happy it helped you getting back! :D:D Best complement ever. <33333