It was exactly six years ago today that I opened what you know as The Chris Pine Network. Thinking back on it now I don’t think I had even the slightest inclination as to how bright Chris’s future truly was. I remember the excitement and glee I felt when he was cast in the very first Star Trek. And now, only a few weeks since the release of the second film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise and I am unequivocally sure I made the right choice the day I decided to create my own little corner of the internet. And here is something you may not know; what you know as The Chris Pine Network was originally named “Pining for Chris” in our first year of existence, which you can see on our very first site design above. Cute, right?
Now I realize that in this day and age, that just about anyone can create some sort of page in dedication to whomever they adore. However, it stands to reason that building a website from scratch and maintaining it for years is hardly an easy job. It takes patience, and knowledge; not something easily created by pressing a button or sharing a link. Now see, I’ve always held myself to a higher standard than most, and for that I suffer from a terrible case of perfectionism. It often plagues me but ultimately, it makes me better a version of myself. It makes me want the best, and has pushed me to do what I know I am capable of. Which is why when I think about this site, an unreal amount of pride bubbles up from within. I truly feel as though I have put my heart and soul into the site through the years, and my passion is the entire reason it exists in the first place. There is a quote I am rather fond of. One you might say is my life motto, and that is; “Do things with passion, or not at all.” – And frankly, it is often my go to when I wonder if something is worth my time. And as it stands, for the past six years running this site, and being a dedicated fan of Chris has been my passion, and I am proud to say is still going strong.
Speaking of pride, let me just begin with how incredibly proud I am of Chris. I have seen every single one of his projects, and have been honored to watch him grow into this remarkably beautiful human being. Always well spoken, ridiculously intelligent, kind to his fans, and so incredibly talented that I could write an entire page describing to you how so, and it still would not do him any justice as they would be just words. I believe in his ability to slip into any character, bring it to life and make me feel for them. What I love most about Chris isn’t his handsome good looks, albeit he is hardly difficult to look at, am I right Seriously, though it is his brain that I love. I love his personality. I love him, for him. I always knew there was something great within him, even if I didn’t know I knew; I just knew. From the moment I saw him in Princess Diaries all the way until a few weeks ago, when I had the honor of watching him in Star Trek Into Darkness. He can still blow me away. What he delivered in the sequel was beyond the scope of what I knew to expect from him. I thought I had seen some of his best, but I was wrong, and that’s a wonderful thing to find out. He has, and continues to grow into what I think I always knew he would be, and that is an incredibly gifted actor, and for that I am truly proud. I know these are words most fans often say, and they’re usually tossed about so much that they’re meaningless, or sometimes creepy, let’s not lie. However, when I say that I love Chris Pine, I mean it. Not in ‘I am in love with him’ kind of way, or that I love him in the same way I love my family. No. When I say I love Chris, it is because I do. I love and respect him as a person, and as an actor in the sincerest form possible. I honestly can’t say I love and admire anyone as much I do you, Chris. So I want to thank you. Thank you for being the wonderful man that we have grown to know and love, and thank you for being generous enough to share yourself with the world, and allowing us the means to watch you morph into what many of us always knew was within you. And of course, thank you to who we, The Pine-Nuts refer to as Mama and Papa Pine, for raising such an extraordinary man, whom many would be lucky to learn a thing or two from.
And as you know this site has been apart of my life for six years now, and in that time the site has grown and I with it. Thinking about it now, I don’t think I can say I would be who I am today without the presence of the site. I’m sure that sounds silly, but it has helped guide me out of some rather difficult times in my life thus far, and has allowed me a healthy distraction amidst everything. What you might call a focal point through it all, and with that it has also brought me a new group of friends, whom I cherish. You may know them as The Pine-Nuts, but I know them as Richard, Holly, Brianne, Steph, and Stephanie. You guys have been around almost as long as the site, and I can’t imagine still being as invested in the site as much as I am now, six years later, without the friendship you all so generously offered. I love that we, along with a few others created something so special. I really don’t know what to say to you guys, except thank you.
I know I probably forgot a few of you, and I truly did not mean to. They’re just so many wonderful people I have met since I started the site that it is hard to remember them all. And this also applies to all of you lovely people whom I’ve only just begun getting to know.
I would like to take a moment to also say thank you to my mother and sister, whom are two of the most important people in my life. They have supported me, regardless of my chosen path, and that includes the site. I have managed to create Pine-Nuts out of them through the years, and their equaled love and support for Chris and his remarkable talent has only fueled my passion for continuing the site.
Lastly, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you for visiting the site these past six years. Especially those of you have taken the time to personally contact me to express just how much you appreciate my hard work, and your love for the site. You have no idea how much that helps fuel us webmasters, and always brightens my day. I look forward to many more years of supporting Chris together, wherever that may take us. XOXO