10 years ago today, I sat down to begin a website as a school project. SweetS were (and always will be) my favorite group at the time and there wasn’t a whole lot about them. I figured I would clock 80 hours’ worth of website making time for school and be done with in a year. And when, a few months later, I heard that SweetS were disbanding, I figured the end would come in June of 2006. I could have never imagined I would still be here!
I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. I opened the site under the name of Mirai E, then changed it to Mienai Tsubasa. In these past ten years, I’ve been through so many domain switches — but somehow people have managed to find this site. In 2011, I finally decided to purchase a domain for this website. I had intended it would be more of an archival than anything else and just planned to leave it. Since SweetSdesu.com got lost and was unfortunately never recovered, I conferred with the previous owners and bought the .net. I set it up and was ready to let SweetS take a step back in my life.
And then Miori started doing things. And then SweetS members joined social media. And I got in touch Aki and Haruna and received messages from both of them. And then Miori got really popular. Now both Miori and Mai have groups they’re a part of. And that’s when I realized — in a way, the end was just the beginning.
I know I don’t update often, and I don’t know if that will ever change (unless something amazing starts). But this site will always mean so much to me and I’ll keep it open for as long as I can.
SweetS have been one of the biggest parts of my life. I’ve loved them for 12 years. My teenage years were hard (whose weren’t?) and I suffered a lot of depression. Seeing girls my age be so confident, so successful, so positive — it just really inspired me. We all have that one thing from growing up that really helped us through hard times and we can’t put it exactly into words, because how do you explain something that saved your life? Something that may seem silly to someone else. But SweetS was mine. SweetS is why I’m still here, so I plan to always be here for them as they follow their paths.
And this site has been a big part of my life too. I’ve made so many friends from here, had a chance to get into contact with so many interest people. I’m thankful for that, and I am so thankful to all of those fans I knew back when I was an awkward teenager that are still part of that tight-knit group of SweetS fans.
So rest assured that even though we are nearing on 2016, which will mark 10 years since SweetS disbanded, I will always be here.