5 Years. Half Of A Decade.
11,600 Twitter Followers.
10,680 Facebook Page Likers.
Nearly 1 Million Views.
All because of 5 guys and a whole lot of love.
When I started What Happens On The Backstreet in 2014, like I’ve said in previous anniversary posts, I didn’t think that we would do this for more than a few months…..but HERE. WE. ARE.
The annual anniversary posts are usually the only time I get (intentionally) personal in writing and while I’m well aware that these aren’t the most exciting, the most read, the most shared, they do mean a lot to me. Any one of you reading this mean a lot to me.
While the Backstreet Boys were insanely (incredibly satisfyingly) busy this year, we took on posting more informational updates and less original, simply because we were busier too. As most of you know, Kristie welcomed a Backstreet baby into her family and while I do the majority of the writing, my idea-bouncing partner was a little preoccupied. That, paired with multiple other things, made creating a little more challenging.
But that’s where you guys came in. I tweeted ideas and you gave me your honest opinions. You sent in your best stories and your best pictures and your best memories for the sake of helping other fans or just giving everyone a good laugh (or cry). If you thought I missed something, you’d tweet or send messages. When I seriously considered ending WHOTB a few times this year, some of you (unknowingly) said the kindest things and / or inspired me to go a little further.
I can not express how thankful I have been for all of you this year. The majority of WHOTB posts in the past five years have been written in terms of “we” this or that because I believe that this is a community…a fan-mily…effort. I may be writing the words, but nothing in the land of Backstreet could be accomplished without all of us. P.S. We have LOVED meeting so many of you in Vegas, Nashville, and New Jersey this year!!
This year has been a lot of learning, adjusting, reinventing and figuring out how to be better in many ways, but also learning that you can’t please everyone. We appreciate everyone for sticking us through things you might not agree with and being loud about the things you do.
I don’t know how long What Happens On The Backstreet will stick around, but we’re excited to make the best of the time that we’re here. We are so positive that the Backstreet Boys have nothing but great things coming in 2020 and we can’t wait to post about them, enjoy all the things, and share everything we possibly can with you all! And you know, raise a little hell in between. 😉 That sounds like fun, right?
Thank you for a wonderful five years. Thank you for humoring a girl with a fangirl heart and a lot to say. Thank you for being an absolutely amazing fan-mily. How lucky are we all to have a band who has not only given us nearly 27 years but each other and so much more?
Happy Holidays, friends! Be kind to one another.
XOXO – Sara