June 1st is fast becoming one of the more seminal dates for me on the calendar.

Not on par with my wedding anniversary or the kids birthdays, but a time I look forward to each year. Today marks the Star Wars Post third year in existence and a reminder for me of the ups and downs of running a popular Star Wars fansite. Just like any endeavor, there are those moments that put a shit-eating grin on your face and others that make you scream at the Sun.

My little adventure into bringing the news, reviews, and features about Star Wars has been a joyful and challenging one. The site was born with a straightforward goal in mind, to build a Star Wars fansite that I wanted to visit. In those recent nostalgic days in 2015 to the run-up of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was manic, running with the news and keeping everyone informed. The Post took a great deal of my free time outside of a busy career and spending time with the Wife and kids. My fantastic Wife at the time was going to school at night, and the kids were tiny babies. I’ll never forget those nights with baby Evan in one arm and me editing a feature in the other. That first year was manic magic, and I adored every labored minute of it.

The second and third year for the Post were challenging in different ways as my career vaulted ahead that demanded more for cybersecurity and less for Star Wars. Keeping up with the news was tough, then eventually it turned into posting later in the day, to not at all. I hated those moments, but quickly brushed them aside as Star Wars is for fun and it just isn’t a priority in my life. Wife, kids, and job come first and second as it should be. There were many moments, when I try to convince myself that if I couldn’t do it right, then I shouldn’t do it at all. Especially considering the treasure it takes to keep the lights on. But inevitably, when you think you want to throw in the towel, life finds a way of bringing things together to bring joy back into your life.

There has been a new revival of sorts for me in the last few weeks. A fire- almost snuffed out, for whatever reason has grabbed hold of some kindling and re-engaged me to the Star Wars Post and our new livecast. During the past few weeks, I began dusting the cobwebs from the site, improving the backend performance and focusing on our new Livecast, that is now also a podcast. I have a great feeling as we work in year four, to deliver the best in honest, fun Star Wars news delivery. We’ll continue our very best to give all you beautiful readers, the facts as we know them, the features that make you think and the zany fun that’s infectious and welcoming.

Thank you to all our readers, for a portion of your eye-time every day. It’s been an incredible privilege. Special thanks to Ben, Liz, and Pete for their friendship, insight, and drive to keep my tiny smolder alive. I’ll never forget it.
A super special thanks to my incredible and fantastic Wife and kids, who let Daddy share his love of Star Wars with the world.

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Max Palas
Written by Max Palas
Purveyor of Star Wars news, fun and advanced levels of shtick.