Today marks one year since the release of my very first “rares guide” to the rare spawns in the Mists of Pandaria. Little did I know at the time this would eventually kind of become my “thing” & that I would continue to make guides for every rare in this expansion.
The origin of this guide came from a tweet I saw about these new rares coming to the expansion & were being instituted on the beta. What I liked the most was the emphasis on these rares being done in a similar fashion to how they were done in Wrath & and Burning Crusade. One of the things the devs stated when the expansion was announced was that it was to go back to the older expansions in terms of style and fun. I felt like these rares were validation of such statements so I really wanted to tell everyone that Blizzard was getting it right and here was just one piece of evidence. I also wanted to go into detail about the loot they dropped, beyond of course the achievements that they would also provide. The loot was specifically interesting to me to distinguish these from the Cataclysm rares. The Cataclysm rares were a great disappointment, they didnt even give achievements & their loot table only included blue gear that was quickly useless as the expansion went on. The Mists rare champions were dropping vanity items, things that could be continually of use for fun or otherwise long after the content wasn’t current. Again, I HAD to tell everyone about this.. and not only tell, but demonstrate.
The impact of this video, an the many others it spawned(no pun intended), on my life can hardly be measured. Over 300k views, 2k likes & 700 comments it became the tent pole of the channel. Its the video most often people saw first, or heard of when being told of my channel. Its part of why I went from 250 subscribers at the time to the over 7k subs I have now. I learned so many things from making these guides in terms of techniques, and gained a lot of confidence in all my abilities be it editing, voice over & production in general. Without these guides I wouldn’t be the same youtuber you know me as now.
That brings me to my immense gratitude for the love & support you have all given me over this past years time. I cannot stress how much it means to me as a person and as a content creator. In two weeks it will be my 2 year anniversary on youtube & it has changed my life, really and truly. From the donations to help me during my times of need, to the retweets of my videos, the podcast interviews & ALL the kind feedback I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It took me years to finally do youtube out of fear, and I am here to tell you if you EVER want to do anything similar, youtube, a blog, a podcast, an etsy shop or commission your art DO NOT WASTE ANY MORE TIME. There never will be a perfect scenario and there will be a huge learning curve, but the longing you wait the more you just delay those things in occurring. Just accept them & become the content creator you always wanted to. You can do it, and I believe that with all my heart.
Thanks again for everything, you all have made me feel like luckiest man on Earth.