How Creating a Stargate Blog Changed My Life
Updated: Apr 8, 2019
Post by Jennifer of the Beyond the Gate Blog
Sometimes in life, inspiration can take many forms. Inspiration can come from a book, the lyrics of a song, a movie, family members, 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 changed my life. My name's Jennifer. I'm a 30- year-old Frenchy who owns a little blog called Beyond the Gate, https://beyondthegateblog.wordpress.com/. 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! Stargate has been with me through most of my life, and I know I'll keep watching it again and again for many years to come.
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 the 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 were from. I felt like I belonged there--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. These actors were telling hilarious behind the scenes stories in front of all of us fans, and I fell in love yet again with Stargate and was 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 also, I wanted to re-watch the entire series, inviting people to join me on Twitter to live tweet with me (I managed to form a cool little team of SG-re-watch 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 that Beyond the Gate 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 they gave me one morning, "Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose." 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 website-design. 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--something 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.
Admittedly, I haven't written anything for Beyond the Gate in a long while. However, I intend on writing back on it soon--I miss it ! Unfortunately, life is pretty busy right now, but I want to continue the SG-1 re-watch 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 through daily Stargate pictures on Instagram. I'm forever thankful for Stargate. It has opened up doors for me, helped me get back up every time I felt down, inspired me through its wonderful characters and stories, and brought really awesome people into my life that have become friends: I'll cherish this show forever, which will always have my heart. As Paul McGillion once said to conclude a panel in Chicago, "STARGATE FOREVER !"
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