Hello everyone! Today we decided that it might be interesting to reflect upon the last year of blogging, write about some interesting points, and really just write about how, and more importantly, why we decided to write a blog about Minecraft and do a post every single day.
When Jonah and I first debated writing a blog about Minecraft, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I had been following his original blog, (that was originally aimed at his last year of high school but turned into his adventures in Minecraft) for quite a while and it was something I had been looking forward to reading. I had also been an avid fan of the Yogscast and had been playing Minecraft for some time then, and really wanted a way to express what I had learned, and to show others about the game that I cared about so much. Originally I had thought about doing videos, in like of others like the Yogscast or Capt. Sparklez, but quickly learned that you really need a strong computer for that. I was stuck about what to do, and when Jonah asked if I would like to help write about Minecraft, I jumped on the opportunity.
This past year has been a challenge to say the least. Although in the very beginning, over winter break I might add, making and brainstorming posts was an easy thing, over time it became more difficult to think of ideas. Where had all those ideas I had before I started this gone? Once school resumed, and Calculus as well, time became a scarce resource for both Jonah and I. If it wasn’t applying for scholarships, homework, or some other crap, it was a challenge dedicating the time to our blog. However, looking back on it now, I am glad that both Jonah and I continued this, as we have gained a following of fans and we are incredibly thankful of you guys. I would also like to take the time to thank Jonah, as if it wasn’t for him, none of this would have been possible. He is the real mastermind behind this blog. Nearly every change, whether the themes or polls, or even our fb page, he has been working much harder than I ever did on this blog. Thank you Jonah, for being so awesome, and writing posts when I really couldn’t.
I would have to say that although this was a difficult experience, it was also incredibly fun and rewarding. I had a great time taking the ideas of my own, and writing them for others to see. Having an excuse to play my favorite game was also nice as well. I became a much better writer as a result of this blog, and I will definitely bring my experience with me in my future.
I’ve been blogging for about 2 years now. It has always been a rewarding experience, but this was different. This time it wasn’t for homework, it was about something that I was genuinely interested in, and it was interesting (I hope).
It is true that Tyler and I probably wouldn’t have become friends without Minecraft. It became a regular topic in our discussions, and eventually we talked about making this blog.
When I mentioned trying a 365 project, neither of us truly understood how much work it would entail. We pushed on though, determined to complete such a difficult task. Completing this project is something that I have looked forward to for months. I had always wanted to try something like this, but I never had the ambition, or the ability to do so on my own.
I cannot begin to explain how relieved I am that this project is over. I also can’t explain how sad I am, or how proud I am of Tyler and myself. This truly is something that many people can’t do, and we did it.
I wish we could get a trophy from WordPress for this, but I suppose not. But in a way, this blog is a permanent trophy for all the world to see. We set a goal, a difficult one, and we succeeded.
Thank you to Tyler, for helping out with the posts and being an awesome friend.
Thank you to Riley, for letting us use your server for a while and for also being awesome.
Thank you to my parents, for dealing with the fact that I am always on my computer playing Minecraft so that I can do posts.
Thank you to my boss, for not scheduling me for 20-30 hours a week.
Thank you to my professors, for not giving me so much homework to keep me from doing posts.
Thank you to Mojang for making a truly amazing (and horribly addicting) game.
And finally, thank you to our readers, for checking us out, commenting, following us, liking our posts, and being awesome people.
So, the 365 is over. Now what?
We will still write posts, but not every day. We plan on writing about 2-4 times per week, this will give us time to write really great posts. We haven’t developed a new schedule yet, but we are working on it.
To celebrate the completion of this project, and to give our brains a little break, we will be taking a week off from the blog. There will be no posts until January 8th, at the earliest.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen from this blog. If you wish, you can follow us via e-mail or like us on Facebook.
This is Jonah and Tyler saying good night, thanks for reading, happy new year, and, of course…
It is done.