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!