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100th Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thank You

Wow. I’ve written a hundred posts. I know many of you reading this have written far more than this; some of you might post that many in a couple months. For me, however, this is a sort of milestone. For me, cranking out several articles a week while keeping up with the other portions of my hectic life can be difficult at times, but this 100th post milestone means that I’ve actually stuck with something to see it grow. I’ve actually put forth a lot of effort to create something I love, and as my number of posts reaches into the triple digits, it is a marker that shows my dedication to the blog over the past 6 months. Likewise, this accomplishment is as much yours as it is mine. Without you, the faithful readers, I would have no reason to continue blogging. Let’s face it, although I enjoy what I do, it’s all the more gratifying when I see a comment building upon what I’ve written or creating a sort of community on the blog. It’s what I strive for, and I want to thank you all for being a part of it thus far, and I hope that you keep coming back to see what happens in the future.

Since I started My Opinion As A Gamer on August 19th, 2013, a lot has happened. My audience has continued to grow steadily every month, as each consecutive month has brought more viewers than the one before it. I’ve been approached by John Heatz over at gamerssphere.com to write weekly editorial articles, and that in itself was a huge accomplishment for me. Just a few days ago, one of my posts was featured on a Facebook page with over 63,000 likes. I’ve been incredibly blessed to have MOAAG see so much success so far, and I’ve been blessed to have you all stick around for the ride.

It’s weird because most people don’t get what I do; none of what I just said in the previous paragraph has any value or meaning to them at all. Lot’s of my friends don’t understand why I blog, and especially about video games. What they don’t see is that this is truly my passion. I want to do this every day for the rest of my career. I want to write about video games, play video games and review them, and discuss gaming for years and years to come. I thought that creating a blog would be a good approach. Maybe, if I’m lucky, somebody big and famous will see me and take note, I thought to myself. If nothing else, this will serve as a way to gain experience before I head off to college.

I’ll be honest, my primary purpose was to maybe get lucky by starting a blog. But as I wrote more and more, I realized that there was more to it then that. When I take a step back and see all the posts I have archived, when I see all the reviews I’ve written and the comments I’ve replied to… well, that in itself is satisfying enough. I can look and see that I’ve worked hard and I have a good product to show for it. Whether anyone likes it or not is irrelevant at that point; I’ve created something I’m proud of, and that makes it all worthwhile.

Of course, I’m glad you all do enjoy reading what I type. Some days are better than others. Sometimes my ideas make more sense than at other times. Some days I write bad articles, but sometimes I start great conversations. I don’t always agree with my commenters, and sometimes I have to admit I’m wrong. But the fact that you guys keep coming back despite all this must stand for something. I’ll never understand why you think my writing is worth reading, but I’m surely glad that you do! I can’t thank you enough for your support and for helping to keep this blog and this dream alive.

As we move forward, I hope to continue to bring you articles you’d like to read. I hope to spark conversations and maybe debates. I hope that MOAAG continues to grow, and that in the end, it’s something that we’re all proud to be a part of. I can’t wait until the day when we can all look and see that we’re part of a true gaming community. Hopefully this happens sooner rather than later, but here’s to another 6 months and a hundred posts together!

Cheers
Matt

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7 thoughts on “100th Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thank You”

  1. Four ‘likes’ and yet no one’s done it? It’s unthinkable…

    FCK U DUDE U SUCK!!!!11!1!!!one!!11!! U WRITE LIKE A NECKBEARD F8G LIVING IN UR MOMS BASEMENT!!1!! NO 1 CARES ABOUT WUT U RITE U FCKIN PRETENCIOS DOUCHE!!!!!111!!!!!

    TROLOLOLOLOLOOOOL

    Ok, now, my good man, your milestone is complete. I know that I’m not some anonymous internet faggot trying to rain on your parade so technically this doesn’t count but…c’mon, sometimes it has to be the thought that counts. Right? XD

    1. HAHAHAHAHA! XD Please, I’m not famous enough for the trolls yet. Although, on the other site I write for, the 4chan morons came and tore down one of my posts and had a whole thread on 4chan about how bad my post was, so I guess I can relate to your little “tirade” here.

      My life is now complete, right? haha

      1. Speaking of the other site, do you ever use the same entries/articles on both sites? If yes, why, and the same if no.

        I can see fair enough reasons on either side of that issue: not wanting to repeat oneself unduly on the one hand and not having a stellar reason to not give good material a broader audience. From my perspective, there’d have to be a damn good entry to bear repeating (cf. my ‘So, Everyone’s a Gamer Now’ entry).

      2. To this point, I haven’t posted a repeat article. With that being said, I’m only posting once a week there, so I can usually spare one editorial a week from my bank of ideas floating around in my head. Like you said, I want to be able to give new content to everyone and not repeat myself. I think it comes off as cheap most of the time, unless it’s really worth repeating.

        On the other hand, I’m currently (like, this comment came in as I was typing away) writing my Gears of War review. Our leader over at the other site wants to start building some reviews, both new and “Classics.” But at the same time, I really want to build up my own library of reviews. Because they have a different scoring scale than my personal loose one, I’ll write slightly different articles with tweaks, but essentially, this will be the first time I post a copy of an article, to an extent.

        I don’t plan on doing this often, however, and if I do, I’ll supplement it with another (smaller) post sometime during the week to make up for the fact I just copied and pasted for my main one. Maybe on weeks where I’m just extremely busy, you know?

      3. All of that makes sense.

        The part about building up reviews made me cringe a little. It seems to me that a very easy thing to do is simply review a game and give one’s thoughts, however I’m sure you can agree that for the past several years video game reviews have been misleading at best when they haven’t been reviewed by people who seem to not have a grasp of the game.

        I’m not against reviews in general, it just seems to me that without some way to make clear why the considered opinion of the reviewer matters there isn’t a way to separate them out from the rest of the bad pack. So, from my perspective, reviews are only really helpful when they are surrounded by other critical pieces from the reviewer. This way someone can come to a review and have a reason to put weight to what the reviewer is saying, separating them out from the morons who gave Skyrim a high rating but inappropriately chopped down Final Fantasy XIII.

      4. Well, that’s why I only did an overview of Blacklight Retribution, for example. I didn’t play the game long enough (or in depth enough) to warrant a legitimate review, so I didn’t review it; I just did a general overview. Likewise, I mentioned Slender, Don’t Starve, and other games that I never reviewed or overviewed. I gave my opinions on the games, but never to be taken as a legitimate review because it wasn’t my place to do so (i.e., not my genre, didn’t play enough..)

        On the other hand, my legitimate reviews are usually the longest posts I write because I really like to go into all the details of what I liked and disliked about a game, precisely for the reason you mentioned. I can’t stand reviews that are vague or unclear; I want to read a review so I can determine whether or not I’ll like the game based on the content the reviewer described. If it’s not well detailed, I don’t get the info I need. I’d rather read one long review that details all I need as opposed to two, three, or four vague reviews.

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