UPDATE #62 (6/6/20): Celebrating Another Social Media Milestone!

Happy June, readers!

This won’t be a long update, but I have some serious gratitude I need to express.

Before I get to that, however, I wanted to get personal for just a moment.

To say that the world is currently going through a dark time is an understatement. People are angry, scared, and rightfully focused on more important things than monster movies. Social media has, almost overnight, transformed into ground zero for a massive movement that is changing the way the people of this country make their voices heard.

So when, in the middle of all this, the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT’s Facebook page hit 500 followers and its Twitter account crossed a remarkable 2,000 followers, I wasn’t quite sure how to react. Despite how unbelievably grateful I felt and desperately wanting to share that feeling with all of you, celebrating this milestone suddenly felt rather trivial. There were much more important things going on than some Godzilla nerd getting all gushy about hitting a certain number of social media followers. It suddenly felt too self-congratulatory, and therefore unimportant in the present circumstances.

But in the end, the truth is that making a public “thank you” isn’t about me at all. It’s not about patting myself on the back in any way, and it never has been. At the risk of sounding cheesier than a Godzilla tail-slide, it’s about every one of those 2,000 Twitter and 500 Facebook followers, and their support – your support – being an incredible bright light for me during these uncertain times. It’s about the impact you all have had on my life, and the positivity you’ve inspired in me.

And that is most definitely not trivial.

And so, from the bottom of my heart, I send my deepest thanks to every one of you reading these words. 2,000 and 500, no matter the overlap between the two, are HUGE numbers, and more than I ever could’ve dreamed of when I launched this project. The fact that each of those numbers is a person simply blows my mind, and it’s something I’ll never take for granted. Your continued support, patience, and belief in me continues to leave me amazed and humbled, and it means more to me than I could ever effectively articulate.

Things may seem dark right now, but if I may be permitted some cheesy optimism, it’s always darkest before the dawn. To that end, I wish all of you health, safety, and happiness.

There, was that gushy enough for ya?

Thank you all again, and I’ll see you in the next update!

(Incidentally, if you haven’t followed the GNP’s Twitter and Facebook pages and are inclined to do so, I’d love to see you there! Both are great places to find updates, random silliness, funny pictures, and good conversation. Check out Twitter here, and Facebook here!)

One thought on “UPDATE #62 (6/6/20): Celebrating Another Social Media Milestone!

  1. Hello, I am trying to identify where “Testimony” was first published in Japan and what the actual title is. I am doing research on Matango and trying to locate the magazine that published the story in 1963. Are you translating the story yourself? Please write to me at peter-balestrieri@uiowa.edu. I’m the curator for Science Fiction and Popular Culture for Special Collections, University of Iowa Library. Thanks very much.


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