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One Year Later: A Masterball.net Story!

We’ve been around for one whole year! How time flies!

Heyo, everyone! I’m your host Ghalheart and, as of yesterday, Masterball.net is now 1 year old! How cool is that?

I started this website because I wanted to do something more with my life than just play games and surf the internet.  I wanted to at least put something out there that people might enjoy – to be a contributor, regardless of how little or how small of a reach I would have, instead of just being a consumer.

I started out by contributing a few blog posts over at Destructoid, but then thought “hey, why not go one step further and actually make your own website?” It was a crazy thought. and certainly one that was on a whim, but here we are!

Despite being a huge fan of several other series and franchises, I decided that a website based on Pokémon would be a sure fit for me.  Having been engrossed with the world of Pokémon since 1998 and haven’t missed a single Generation of video game since its North American release, I decided to do something that would allow me to utilize my passion for this long-running series and franchise.

And so, on August 1st, 2015, Masterball.net was born!

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The first layout!

Even after only one year, it’s been quite the journey! Covering various merchandise, events, trading cards, to even the monthly CoroCoro report proved very daunting for a newbie blogger such as myself, especially since my supposed wealth of Pokémon knowledge extended mostly to the video games.  And yet, despite working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week at my day job, I still found time to write about some of the biggest events happening to the series – something that I used to take for granted given how some sites have been doing this for years.

Despite the hard work (in addition to the handicap that comes from working a hectic day job such as mine), making this site has had a lot of benefits I never imagined:

  1. I met a lot of really cool people on social media, some of which directly contributing to the site for some articles and more.
  2. I became reacquainted with the Pokémon Trading Card Game after a 15 year hiatus, having discovered how far the artwork has come in the TCG and how the game has evolved over the years.  I also managed to meet new friends as a direct result – people whose enthusiasm for even the Japanese version the Pokémon TCG has rubbed off onto me since.
  3. I learned a bit more of how the internet works, now that I’ve had some experience owning and operating my own website.  It’s still a bit overwhelming at times, but that’s the nature of net!
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The current layout!

Amidst other long-established Pokémon fan sites and mainstream gaming websites that cover Pokémon, I am truly blessed to find myself not only with a following (whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, or the recently-implemented Tumblr page), but also with a consistent daily viewership with hundreds upon hundreds of people visiting the site every day!

It is because of all of you I have to thank for being here, writing for this site.  Whether you check the site often or you discover it randomly while browsing the web, I thank you for visiting Masterball.net!

Of course, this doesn’t mean the journey’s over! Far from it! There’s still a ton of stories to report on in the world of Pokémon, especially with Pokémon Sun & Moon releasing later this year as well as future expansions of the Pokémon TCG on the horizon, not to mention the ever-growing fanbase of people talking, playing, drawing, and sharing everything to do with Pokémon!

Here’s to a glorious first year of Masterball.net – and many more to come!

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“Thanks for stopping by!”

~ Ghalheart


Seriously, you guys are awesome!  Keep checking back every Tuesday and Friday for more coverage on the wonderful world of Pokémon!