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Don't Give Up - A Thoughtful Blog

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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
01/04/2013 3:57 pm
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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.
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mylololz
10/13/2012 5:03 pm
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aww man oliver your the best..

"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."
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Nyan Cat fan
09/26/2012 5:15 pm
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Should I give up trying to fly to space?
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gogocp
11/07/2012 1:28 pm
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No find an astronaught's E-Mail and ask them to take you next time they go to the moon.
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Bobo Loco
09/26/2012 6:07 pm
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Lol
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drake penguin
09/26/2012 4:46 pm
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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
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onepieceop101
09/26/2012 12:17 pm
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you are steven
http://i.imgur.com/D0E4O.jpg

-onepieceop101
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gogocp
11/07/2012 1:29 pm
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:()
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Shanery
09/26/2012 12:05 pm
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;)
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Surseance
09/26/2012 7:42 am
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Never half-ass a job because you'll just look back and think what a tool you were.
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