Today, September 9th 2018, this blog celebrates its 5th year online ! So I decided to post here a little article I wrote recently for the Get to the Gate Summer Camp 2018 to tell you how it all started for Beyond The Gate…
In life, inspiration can take many forms. It can come from a book, the lyrics of a song, a movie, family members or friends, even celebrities sometimes. But it can also take the form of weekly episodes of a TV show. So let me tell you how writing about Stargate basically changed my life.
I’ve been a fan of the franchise since the very first time SG-1 aired in my country back in 1998 – which means 20 years of love this year ! I’m 30 (almost 31), so this also means that Stargate has been with me through most of my life and I know I’ll keep rewatching it again and again for many years to come.
So, how did it all started for the blog ? Back in August 2013, I went for the very first time to The Official Stargate Convention in Chicago. It was a long time dream of mine, but I guess I wasn’t fully prepared to feel all this love, kindness & happiness there. I really felt a deep connection with other fans and realized that this fandom is like a big family, and that a simple TV franchise like Stargate can bring so many people together, no matter who they are or where they’re from. I felt like I belonged there, like I was accepted just the way I was, and that’s something I’ll never forget. During those three magical days, I was lucky to meet many of the actors who portrayed my heroes. And as they were telling hilarious behind the scenes stories in front of all of us fans, I fell in love yet again with Stargate. And felt inspired. So much so that I decided to create a little blog about SG-1 and Atlantis – which I did the moment I came back home. This is how Beyond The Gate was born.
I wanted to write on my blog about how rich the shows have been. I wanted to explore everything about it. I wanted to analyze the references, whether it be historical, mythological, scientific, etc. But I also wanted to rewatch the entire series, inviting people to join me on Twitter to live tweet with me (I managed to form a cool little team of #SGrewatch’s regulars who became good friends). In doing so, my goal was (and still is) to keep the Stargate fandom & spirit alive.
The funny thing is this blog opened up doors for me. It basically changed my life. I remember, when I went back to Chicago in 2014 for another edition of The Official Stargate Convention, there was an Oprah Winfrey quote on the cup of coffee Starbucks gave me one morning that reads : « Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose ». Little did I know then that this would turn out to be 100% true for me. At the time, I was a bit lost and confused. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life anymore.
My Stargate blog helped me find my way.
By working on it, I realized how much I wanted to work in websites related jobs. And right now, I’m happy to say that I really feel like I’ve found my path in life : I’m currently a Web Developer and Designer, and I really LOVE my job. I love making websites. And I may never had even realized that if it weren’t for Beyond The Gate. By following my passion for Stargate, I discovered my purpose in life. Oprah was right, lol.
Admittedly, I haven’t written anything for Beyond The Gate in a long while – and I feel very sorry for it. I still have lots of things planned for the blog and I really intend on writing back on it soon. I miss it ! Unfortunately, life is pretty busy right now, but I want to continue the #SG1rewatch I started a long time ago soon, I really want to start writing about the shows again, and I want to keep working on keeping the Stargate spirit alive – even if it’s currently just through daily Stargate pictures on Instagram.
I’m forever thankful for Stargate. It has opened up doors for me, helped me get back up everytime I felt down, inspired me through its wonderful characters and stories, and brought really awesome people in my life that became friends. I’ll cherish this show forever. It will always have my heart.
Happy Birthday, Beyond The Gate ! 🙂 Thank you Gaters for your patience, your understanding, your support, your sense of humor, and your kindness. And thank you for following the blog, whether it be since the beginning 5 years ago or more recently. Talk to you soon !
And as Paul McGillion once said to conclude a panel in Chicago : « STARGATE FOREVER » !