Sup all, welcome to pokemonfan.net!
So by now you've seen and gotten acquainted with a bit of pokemonfan.net and our little niche here on the web and you're probably wondering "it just has the same content as other pokemon sites, right?" or maybe you're thinking "gawd, not another pokemon site, I just use serebii anyways." or perhaps you're one of those thinking "how is this different then the other million pokemon sites I've seen with identical layouts?"
All of those are excellent questions given how uniform content and layouts are across the pokemon internet. After all, it seems like almost every single pokemon site is copying off of serebii. Left side bar has all the navigation links. Do Sitestuff first, then do games, then do manga, then do tcg sets. Flip to the right side bar and you've got latest pokemon tv episodes, affiliates, maybe pokemon of the week. No originality. The 3 column layout has become the "industry standard," so to speak, throughout pokemon sitedom. No deviation, originality remains in style switchers and the graphical banners that differentiate pokemon sites. So! What about Pokemonfan.net you ask? Why is IT different and how? "You still use a 3 column layout after all. I see a style switcher, affiliates! Ha!" you say to MewDragon (creater of this site) "Your site really ISN'T different, you just think you're trying to be a rebel!"
"Poppycock!" says I to you. "Nothing could be further from the truth."
While it may look 'similar,' but to focus on that would make belittle all the differences. After all, we've got, essentially, news flashes at the top separated through tabs and related specifically to different news, then we've got our little slideshow for facilitating the display of news. Not to mention drop down menus for our main content and only two navigations on the right side bar. We're trying to keep it simple. Pokemonfan.net is not like other pokemon sites. We do not have free layouts, we do not have the kind of "guides" which tell you the same things that you can find on gamefaqs, we do not attempt to fit into the cookie cutter style of pokemon sites you see all over the place.
Instead, we have created our site and designed it's content around the idea that we wish to acquaint the average pokemon player with the essentials of the competitive battling sect of the pokemon world and thereby introduce them to the metagame. Furthermore we intend to provide content to support the average player's immersion into the metagame. This however, is only the beginning. We further ensure that all of our content is written with the idea that it should be interesting and fun for the people who read it. That we should highlight and make obvious what the important points are in our content and that we should make it easy for people to correct us when we're wrong and to ask questions, all right here on the site! Furthermore, we want to change the way the average pokemon fan looks at a pokemon site. We want to have the site be the focus of the community, not an irc chat room which gets spammed all the time, or a forum with noobs arguing about whether may is hotter than misty. I think we've all had enough of that. That's why Pokemonfan.net has a global comment system as well as one of the only pokemon social network's on the web; PokeSocial. It's why you only need one account to access both Shingetsu, our community forums, and Pokemonfan.net, our site. It's because we know that not everyone likes forums but still will want to interact with other members on the site, that we created PokeSocial.
And just because we're awesome, we even decided to provide downloads for some different Pokemon Manga, including the hugely popular but hard to find in print, Pokemon Special, 'en anglais', of course.
After all, we want to make sure that you, as a pokemon fan, feel like you have a site you can go to where you will not only find everything you're looking for and need to know to get yourself acquainted with competitive battling, so you're ready to kick butt at one of Nintendo's VideoGame Showdowns, but also someplace where you can feel like you belong. Cheesy, right? I know.
Once again, welcome to Pokemonfan.net. Please enjoy your stay.
Also, just in the small case that you were wondering "who the heck is this guy anyway?" Allow me to just give you a little backstory about myself.
I've been going by the name of MewDragon (I think, never know, might have been longer) since 2003 when I signed up on Nintendo's Nsider Forums. I became a sage on Nsider, got to know a couple fellow pokemon fans, had lots of fun.
Back in 1997 though, after pokemon first got started I made a website on MaxPages. Back then, maxpages had a lot of pokemon websites and was more akin to being a crappier version of freewebs, still is from the looks of it. But that's where I started, and then Golden Sun hit the states and I became involved in that for a couple years before going back to Pokemon. Once I was back on the pokemon scene I attempted to restart my maxpages site, accept I went host shopping for a real place to crash my site, which at that time I had been calling Orange Islands.
Should you wish to contact me (MewDragon), I'll be listing contact info below: