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avatar OliverFrenchie
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Welcome Ladies and Gentleblocks to another blog. Jesuitical very kindly reminded me that my last few blogs have been concentrated on Planet Minecraft as a website rather than the community and how they react to certain things. The theme of this blog came to me after a friend of mine told me that he was giving up YouTube. I personally have gone through a period of time thinking 'This is pointless' and I'm here to share my thoughts on giving up.

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As most of you probably know by now, I'm an avid YouTube and Machinima Partner and I adore making people laugh through entertaining let's plays and simple redstone tutorials. Nowadays, becoming 'big' or 'known' on YouTube is quite a challenge and as much as people will say "No I'm in it because I love it", a part of them will always crave fame and recognition. Its basic human instinct to crave attention, we can't change it.

When I had around 200-400 subscribers, I began to think "Whats the point?". I wasn't going anywhere and no one was recognising me for having good content or making people laugh. I'd get 40 views per video on average, maybe 80 on a good day. These things put me down a lot and really pushed me towards giving it all up. I'd already been on YouTube for about a year and so you can imagine the disappointment that after a year I still had only around 40 active viewers.

To cut a rather short story even shorter, I made a video about giving up. Not for praise or for my viewers to suck up to me but to seriously consider giving up YouTube. One comment on that video actually pushed me to continue.

"Why should I subscribe if you're going to quit sir?"

That single comment knocked some sense into my head. I had around 40 people in the entire world that actually bothered to watch my video, why the hell should I give up on them? So I continued my videos and made them bigger and better.

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No. If you've given yourself something to achieve or something to do, don't give up.

If you give up then you are proving to yourself that you either are weak-minded or you physically can't do it.

If you physically can't do it then obviously you need to change that. Work towards changing your physical ability and aptitude to be able to complete that goal. Don't give up just because you couldn't tackle a guy in rugby or you can't hit a baseball hard enough. Use that inability to do something to prove to yourself and to others that you can do it.

If mentally you're giving up on a project, a skin or a texture pack then don't. If you say you're going to make a skin, then make it, don't give up half-way through because you don't think its great or you don't think you're a good skinner. Finish it at least, then decide if you want to keep it. Through trying and finishing things off you learn new talents and skills, you learn what to do and what not to do.

No matter the situation, don't give up. By not giving up, you're proving to those around you that you are a strong-minded and talented person. You're also proving to yourself that you can do anything you want to do no matter the circumstances.

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So how can you avoid giving up? Honestly, the best way is to give yourself a firm powerful kick up the backside and just get on with it. You can also get a friend to do it but it might hurt a bit more.

Another good thing to do is to offer yourself a reward after completing a project. Just say to yourself "I'm going to go out and buy the latest Viva Piñata game if I finish this dirt house!". I have a lot of difficulty with this option because I tend to get the reward before completing the project so another good thing is to ask your parents or a friend to hold the reward until you finish the project.

So I hope this has given some inspiration to people considering giving something up. Its unhealthy and proves that you aren't very strong-minded. If you go down the 'lazy' excuse route, don't. It makes you look even worse in front of your peers. Try and find inspiration from other people and strive to do better. A good song to listen to is Hall of Fame by The Script and will.i.am.

After listening to it, I feel like I could build a planet. A Planet, for Minecraft.


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  • Purpaw
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • January 4, 2013, 10:57 am
I also thought I should leave PMC... but then I realised there are 240 people that care about my stuff.
Thanks man, you are amazing. I am going to listen to the song right now.
  • mylololz
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Miner
  • October 13, 2012, 1:03 pm
aww man oliver your the best..

[bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]"[/bgcolor][size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]So how can you avoid giving up? Honestly, [/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]the best way[/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)] is to give yourself a [/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]firm powerful kick up the backside[/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)] and just get on with it. [/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=medium][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]You can also get a friend to do it but it might hurt a bit more."[/bgcolor][/color][/size]
Should I give up trying to fly to space?
  • gogocp
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Nerd
  • November 7, 2012, 8:28 am
No find an astronaught's E-Mail and ask them to take you next time they go to the moon.
  • Bobo Loco
  • Level 28
  • Expert Skinner
  • September 26, 2012, 2:07 pm
Lol
  • drake penguin
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • September 26, 2012, 12:46 pm
Thanks for the advice! I have a youtube channel and I only have 24 subs and 14,000 views on all 54 of my videos... I really felt like quitting but I won't! Those 24 people that like my channel enough would be let down if I stopped posting. Thanks You got a diamond and a Sub
  • onepieceop101
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • September 26, 2012, 8:17 am
you are steven
http://i.imgur.com/D0E4O.jpg

-onepieceop101
  • gogocp
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Nerd
  • November 7, 2012, 8:29 am
:()
  • Shanery
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Prince
  • September 26, 2012, 8:05 am
;)
  • Surseance
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Modder
  • September 26, 2012, 3:42 am
Never half-ass a job because you'll just look back and think what a tool you were.
  • Kazoto
  • Level 24
  • Expert Pokemon
  • September 26, 2012, 12:44 pm
Me= Always does a half-ass job, feels bad :L
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 26, 2012, 6:52 am
Great way to put it Arcane.
  • Surseance
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Modder
  • September 28, 2012, 1:46 am
^_^
  • hydralisk303
  • Level 27
  • Expert Prince
  • September 26, 2012, 3:16 am
im ya 100th diamond
never leave anything half finished or it will be a burden
  • ocelot58
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • September 25, 2012, 4:16 pm
Great job! Shiny blue thing for you!
  • Aeroman246
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • September 25, 2012, 1:34 pm
wow, makes you really think that no matter what, there is always someone on the ladder below you and above you. I consider 30 views and 10 downloads (for a skin or project) to be good, and then I see garbage on the popular reel... when I realized this I felt like giving up... HOWEVER! I now have about 8 people who actually pay attention to my stuff, my server is getting better, I have built up a community of subscribers/users of my server who pay attention and I realize that even though I am only level 4, I can only get better and if I get better, I will be noticed more. I think I will go make another skin right now, thanks for the motivation!
  • Neroxyl
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • September 25, 2012, 11:48 am
Ever considered the paradox that the ability to give up on time is not to be given up? :)
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 25, 2012, 8:48 pm
Yes, yes I have.
  • ObbyCow77
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Lava Rider
  • September 25, 2012, 10:35 am
awesome I agree, this has started me to go back to YouTube after quitting a week ago or so. I didn't really mean to quit, but I was made that I pumped out 6 quality videos in 2 days, got 6 subs then 1/3 of them unsubbed. (2 of them.) Now time for moi to get my game on. :) Diamond+Fav!
  • BlackHawk185
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • September 25, 2012, 9:54 am
Good blog Oliver. Here's a diamond.
  • Tassadar12345
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Nether Knight
  • September 25, 2012, 9:54 am
Im thinking about giving up. nobody really likes my stuff and i only have 12 subscibers.
  • ctowncrafter
  • Level 23
  • Expert Artist
  • September 25, 2012, 7:24 am
i need minecraft vids on my channel. i have not found a good program that runs good on my macbook 2006. but i am now thinking of making animations if i buy photoshop. and loony tunes the old cartoon is playing as i type this (LOL).
  • SirLarion
  • Level 41
  • Master Turtle
  • September 25, 2012, 5:34 am
I now have 6 subscribers in youtube and a while ago i was about to give up but then i read your blog and i decided not to give up and continue making videos so Thank you :)
  • THEGUY10
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Warrior
  • September 25, 2012, 2:04 am
ALL YOUR BLOGS GO ON THE POPULAR REEL!!!! You are soooo talented at making these types of articles! Keep up the good work!
I kept thinking of giving up after my bullying blog because of all the hate comments about how I'll hve no social life 3: but then the nice people like you were nice c:
  • ckorillex
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Archer
  • September 24, 2012, 4:20 pm
ok. I love the blog and everything about it (wonderful :) )
but I noticed that if taken the wrong way, you could be telling people to be more hard-headed :P
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 8:17 pm
Thats true, I just want people to be more stronger-willed really.
  • ckorillex
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Archer
  • September 25, 2012, 2:51 pm
Good. I'm one of those people who are really weak in ways of feelings. I give up very easily and I also think some things just aren't worth the time. This really inspired me to do my all on a lot of stuff and I'm pretty sure I'll actually be able to pass math this year ;P
  • BoogyBear
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • September 24, 2012, 1:52 pm
Lol thoughtful blogs, they make me laugh.
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 8:17 pm
Ha thanks.
  • linkin1503
  • Level 45
  • Master Network
  • September 24, 2012, 2:42 pm
agreed.
  • sonic2kk
  • Level 24
  • Expert Architect
  • September 24, 2012, 12:55 pm
I give up on everything. But this has inspired me. sir, write a poem about this stuff! :D diamond, face and sub. WHERE IS MY 3 COOKIES?!?! lol jk but yes very inspiring. This will encourage me to do my schoolwork and stuff so this should be in a hall of fame and not just here on PMC!!!!! I want to start making youtube videos but i kinda got put off the idea because i heard you had to "edit" your videos. but this has inspired me and encouraged me to finish projects in my world, get my youtube channel up and running and hopefully in the future a heck of a lot more stuff! you are awesome, go do some more inspirational blogs! ;)
Wow... another fantastic blog Oliver.
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 8:17 pm
Thanks Pips :)
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 11:57 am
This is an amazing blog. It can be applied to every aspect of our daily lives and in everything that we do. You are an absolutely inspirational person, OliverFrenchie. Thanks for this blog :)
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 12:00 pm
Thanks Eratheon :) That means a heck of a lot!
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • September 24, 2012, 12:11 pm
You're welcome :)
  • smanrt
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Batman
  • September 24, 2012, 10:30 am
Oliver another greast inspirational blog that has touched my little squid heart. You are so awesome with youtube and blogging.
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 11:14 am
Thanks smanrt :)
  • smanrt
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Batman
  • September 24, 2012, 11:29 am
np
Epic blog, this one just earned a diamond :DD
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 10:09 am
Thanks!
  • beex121
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Ranger
  • September 24, 2012, 10:02 am
<3 im crying now.....=') thanks man
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 10:09 am
:) <3
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 10:07 am
Thanks!
  • Envious_Data
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • September 24, 2012, 9:53 am
epic
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 10:07 am
Thanks!
  • TacoDip
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • September 24, 2012, 4:40 am
Great blog, I always think about how I have 250 subs, it's amazing if you think about it!
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 8:45 am
Thanks. Yeah!!
  • mischajay
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • September 24, 2012, 1:40 am
Who is TheArtist?
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 6:47 am
NumbersCup
  • mischajay
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • September 24, 2012, 7:07 am
Dang it, I thought it was a pseudonym of you and I had found you out! oh well, he had such a similar style of designing his blog. :)
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 7:10 am
lol he copies me a lot, great guy though.

Nah no ones found my alternate personality ;)
  • mischajay
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • September 24, 2012, 7:16 am
I bet it's MichaelDutchie. Or JonWelshie? ;)
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 24, 2012, 7:48 am
Nope neither xD
i gave a dime
I have people on my server saying I gave up on PMC, but I am just working on an animation! Anyways I actually am gonna "slow down" a bit on PMC since I just don't have the time. I will still post stuff (your blog helped make that decision) just not as much. You said you have to be physically capable and, umm, I have been on PMC a lot and haven't really been able to socialize and play soccer and bball as much as I want to with REAL PEOPLE! (Some people said "OH what's your IGN? I have FIFA too!" And I was like what?!? And "but you are socializing with people online!" And my favorite "Hey don't they have those sims that let you play soccer?") But I am giving up on bball...
  • a-b
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Artist
  • September 23, 2012, 6:04 pm
Yay! Another awesomely written blog by Oliver! :3 You will be an inspiration to us all!
And now for my final message...
"Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down..." ~Rick Astley
Thanks for empowering our community, OliverFrenchie! xD
I agree, never give up!
thanks so much for this! im currently in the exact same place that you were in in this post, and ive considered giving up too. exact same everything pretty much. now i wont give up :D
  • SlenderBro
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • September 23, 2012, 3:25 pm
I've done this on my minecraft worlds.
Becuase there was no nether fortress near me.
  • Rox
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 44
  • Master Ladybug
  • September 23, 2012, 3:16 pm
Also, Viva Pinata? I've Played that game WAY too much a couple of years ago! ^^
  • SlenderBro
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • September 23, 2012, 3:25 pm
You still play it? :DDDDD I DO TOO!
  • Rox
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 44
  • Master Ladybug
  • September 25, 2012, 1:20 am
Looooooooooooooool ^^
  • Rox
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 44
  • Master Ladybug
  • September 23, 2012, 3:13 pm
How dare you even think about giving up Oliver! I know what it feels like to have been on YouTube awhile and not get that many viewers/Subscribers. I've been on YouTube since May 13th this year. I know how tough it is to Upload and Edit a video EVERY DAY. But I recently got sick (Like you) And wasn't able to post any video's (Because I know It would be enough quality) So. I had the same thought. Just a tiny lil' though that just stayed in my head until I read a book (Yeah That's right, READ A BOOK) Anyway. After I finished the book I was in suck a good mood I just shoved that though through a window, down the street and into a ld man's taco. It is hard. And yes It has its moments. But the whole point is that i LOVE making people laugh, Be Happy, Even just a smile. If It takes a long time to make lots of people happy, Well. So be it. If I can make one person happy I will keep doing that. ~Wertu ^^ / OperatingBeef (Your Loyal Active Subscriber ^^)
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 23, 2012, 9:04 pm
This was a very long time ago xD Love you OB <3
  • Rox
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 44
  • Master Ladybug
  • September 25, 2012, 1:19 am
Thanks Oliver! ^^ ;p
  • xenocides
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Musician
  • September 23, 2012, 1:35 pm
Meow looks whos on the reel =] I love your work Bud and I look forward to working with you in the near future. Keep up the amazing work. I hope that I can learn some pointers from you, and possible better myself as a person and as a youtuber. Much love.
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • September 23, 2012, 9:03 pm
Rawrrr shush you :P I'd love that. Aw thank you :') <3
  • xenocides
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Musician
  • September 23, 2012, 9:20 pm
<3

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