The guides suggested that I come over to this area to introduce myself.
I want to write, contribute, and be a part of this community. I've enjoyed these articles for a long time, and I've desired to write some myself. However my age seemed inappropriate for this community, so I decided that instead of pleading in my application that I was 'mature for my age', and that my writing abilities were 'above average for my age', I would simply wait, and lurk around the site.
Now that I am finally at the required age, I have submitted my application with the required information, as well as the password obtained through the required reading (Which is quite an ingenious and downright clever way of getting people to read the required articles if I do say so myself.)
After a grueling 5 minute wait I received the outcome of my application, and much to my delight, it was accepted. The required reading does pay off.
Now for the part I was dreading. My writing abilities. I do not fear that my writing ability is not good enough. In fact, I believe quite the opposite. The problem is telling people about my writing abilities. Through a combination of low self esteem, social anxiety, minimal self respect, and good ol' clinical depression, I have a shockingly difficult time speaking highly of myself. Many authority figures (ie; teachers, parents, moderators on a few internet communities) have described my intelligence to be far above average. But before you scoff and stop reading, keep this in mind. I do not think I am intelligent. I am not convinced that I'm some super-entitled prodigy. I believe that I am average. I believe those authority figures are comparing me to the wrong people.
Let's face it. People can be stupid. Really stupid. Stupid to the point that you could compare any old Tom, Dick or Harry to them and make them look like a genius. And let's face another fact. Stupid people are common. Really common. Common to the point where if a coin were to be tossed in the air in a crowded street, it would be surprising if it landed on someone who could do long division. My school is populated by these types of people.
So naturally, this would explain why a few of my teachers would schedule a conference with my mother to tell her she thinks I may have genius like intelligence for my age group. This would explain why a teacher of mine quoted one of my pieces of literature in a speech that she wrote and delivered at a rally.
Those two things used to make me feel really good about myself, but then I realized that I might just be smarter than the rest of the crowd. (Which isn't saying much, considering the rest of the crowd probably cannot spot Europe on a world map. But nevermind that. Now I'm just insulting them…)
So really, what I'm saying is, I want this site to be my proving ground. I want to write. Not just write, but write well. Follow guidelines, use tips, be original, take criticism, and maybe learn a little about myself. If my writing can impress the mods, senior members and admins, maybe that will settle this debate in my mind. That might be proof that I am intelligent.
On a final note, no. I'm not going to be That Guy. I accept that my first few articles will probably bomb hard. I'm not setting off on a quest to establish some kind of huge solid canon that affects every character, SCP, and all other in-universe elements. I don't expect any of my articles to blow everyone's mind completely, changing their views on life, making them denounce their religion, and causing them to ooze, squirt, and slide out a hot pile of urine, semen, tears, and feces excreted involuntarily as an effect of pure mind-sploding ecstasy on and below the chair of the reader. I'm going to be humble, accepting of criticism, but eager to prove myself.
I am not different, and I know this. Unlike the countless others before me that I assume have joined, expecting to be treated as some holy-hot superhuman SCP prodigy, I will not put myself above everyone just because I have a big idea. Due to my socially substandard state of mind, I am naturally humble, and I will put myself far below the rest of you, and even further below the staff. So I shouldn't be much of a problem at all.
tl;dr: Hello there.