A photoshopped image from Pocket of the Boyz II Men music video “End Of The Road”.
A bit of shock these past few days in the Nerf Internet Community as Pocket, the owner of the popular Australian Nerf blog Urban Taggers, has decided to stop posting. The reasons why are unclear and unknown, but never the less I wish him the best in his life outside of Urban Taggers. He’s done a huge amount for the online Nerf community since his start in June 2010. He’s isn’t dead, but his departure will at the very least leave a big hole for all the Australian Nerfers out there. His thoughts and opinions on things like Rebelle line marketing or old Super Soakers, his views and opinions are something I’ll personally miss.
Pocket answers the question of “What now?” from what looks like his last post on Urban Taggers.
SO what happens now? There’s no reason to “remove” the blog, I just won’t really be updating it anymore. (I probably will still admin the comments but that might take a bit of time) I still love the gear and I still use social media a LOT so I’ll probably still keep the Facebook page going too if any of you wanna still say hey. There are plenty of good sources of info out there for this sorta thing, so no doubt you’ll be in good hands.
Thank you so much for reading. This really was an amazing experience and I’m chuffed to think I could have been a part of this awesome toy blaster world.
“we don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”
Pocket also left a bit of an extended response to all the comments left on the post in the comment section of said post.
Wow. Your comments all have been amazing and I so appreciate all the kind words said- it’s both incredible and humbling as I guess I honestly didn’t think it’d be that much of a big deal.
There are plenty of readily available info out there now from probably more blogs than ever so you’re in good hands wherever you choose to read. I’ve always read many and referenced many blogs over the years and I encourage you all to do the same. No need to dispute who’s better than the other or bag any out as that’s just unnecessary and actually pretty rude. I respected everyone who made the move to create and maintain a blog regularly because to be honest it’s hard work! Please do the same.
I’ve also always been pretty free with the comments as I don’t believe in censorship and you’re free to speak your mind but some of the comments I’ve had to reject have been pretty nasty and kinda show you..don’t have a mind!!:P Again, no need for that, at least on here.
Thank you again everyone. It’s been great.
Below, I’ve complied other Nerf blogs & sites responses to this.
EDIT: Updated with thoughts from RandomShadow09, Bay Area Nerf, Tek Recon & Laser Gnomes.
“Long story short: I just want to thank Pocket for his contributions to everyone. Nerf, Laser Tag, and everything in-between. I personally wish him the best of luck in future endeavors, whatever they are. A blog about toy blasters is just a small part of someone’s life, but Urban Taggers has certainly left a mark on this hobby in the best way possible.” – Tactical Tag
“It’s real sad to see this finally happen and I understand as a UT fan myself, how all his followers are feeling. I can’t say I didn’t expect it to happen, you never really fully prepare for when it does.. He’s a creative, talented, new-thinking guy so I know he has been thinking of writing a new blog in a topic completely away from toy blasters. Sad to say, he is done with Nerf and toy blasters blog wise.
Pocket, all the best in future endeavours.” – MyLastDart
(Link) “On behalf of Jack, Thomas, Alex and Crispy, I would like to sincerely like thank the amazing efforts of Pocket and Co. of Urban Taggers for all the hard work he has done for us during the past three years. Pocket made the decision to hang up the Nerf today, for which we are saddened to hear, but all good things must come to an end eventually.
Pocket, you were the inspiration for this little ‘ol blog that you see here right now. If all those years ago I didn’t find UT, then I don’t know if S.O.F.T. ever existed. For that, I humbly thank you.” Squadron of Foam Tasmania (S.O.F.T.)
“What’s there to say really about a guy who came onto the scene with some of the fastest info out there and inspired a Nerf group half a world away? That while on vacation would still keep things running about what he couldn’t find in Australia, all the while trying to reach his fans in the U.S.? Not much, cause it wouldn’t do him justice. Take care, Pocket. You leave behind a legacy in this community, and that’s not something a lot of people can say.” – Foam From Above
(Neil) “A sad day. I would personally like to pay tribute to my friend Pocket. It was not long after Urban Taggers kicked off that this page was founded. And then we found we lived just down the road from each other and a friendship was born. It was also the start of many Nerf adventures!
Don’t underestimate the impact Urban Taggers has had on the Nerf community. Many, many blogs have popped up in the last couple of years. Many just a pale imitation of UT. Pocket pushed the boundaries and we have a far richer community for it.
From all of us here – we salute you.” – Canberra & Southern NSW Dart Tag
“It’s because of people like Pocket that I was inspired to create my own Nerf blog. Not to copy him, but to share my opinion of blasters in general and see what people thought of it. Pocket, you were an inspiration to myself and many other Nerf bloggers, you will be sorely missed and I wish you all the success in what ever you do in life.” – Rob of Southern Brisbane Nerf Club
“I just wanted to take a moment to say peace out to amazing Nerf site Urban Taggers. Pocket has been a great support to Nerfenstein since before I even landed the name Nerfenstein. His support and positive comments really kept me going in those early days of Nerf modding, a great guy and a truly great Nerf site (the first I bookmarked from memory). Really gutted it is closing its virtual doors.
Good luck Pocket!” – Nerfenstein Blaster Mods & Props
“Pocket was one of the bloggers who inspired me to create this blog. He brought me my daily fix of Nerf news, and when I got bored a fantastic read about blasters he’d reviewed. From one blogger to another, I salute you sir, and wish you all the best for your future endeavors.” – P13c30fch33s3 of Outback Nerf
“Sad to see him go, but at the end of the day gotta live your life. Pocket was a huge source of inspiration to me, and Urban Taggers will be missed as the go-to Nerf blog. Thanks for everything you’ve done for the community, and best of luck in your future endeavors, Urban Taggers!” – RandomShadow09
“Big shout out to Urban Taggers! We’re sad to hear that the blog won’t be updated any more. It was one of the first Nerf blogs we avidly checked and helped inspire us to create BAN. So thank you again Pocket, for all you have done for this community. It was a great run and we wish you well on all your future endeavors. You will be missed, but know that if you ever do decide to come back you’ll have scores of loyal fans awaiting your return. – Bay Area Nerf
“Although we are new to the blaster community, over the last few months we have had the privilege of getting to know, meet and share information with Pocket of Urban Taggers.
Great guy! Best of luck!!!” – Tek Recon
“Although we can concur that companies are doing a better job at marketing to the masses… they learned those tactics.. from pioneers like you!
“Hasbro is never going to post internals.
Marketing reps are forever going to stand behind the 75′ claims never being honest and forthcoming about the actual product performance.
This is why you get press. This is why you have fans that LOVE you. It’s the transparency. It shows still as you leave but not wanting to pass the reigns… even now.. transparent.
Thanks for your work… life goes on and foam will still fly!
Keep playing and enjoying the sun!” – Laser Gnomes
“It honestly doesn’t seem like it’s been so short of a time, but there it is. Pocket began Urban Taggers in 2010, and 3 short years later, he’s regarded as the largest blog in the NIC (and rightly so). Now, he’s retiring from the blog scene and going out on top. His opinions and rants have been held in high regards here in the AFoN bunker, and they will be missed. We hope that at some point in the near future he decides to continue posting, even if it winds up being less frequent in his free time when nostalgia gets the better of him.
Either way, we wish him the best, and hope that he receives as much respect in his next endeavor as he did writing about toy blasters.” – Adult Fans of Nerf