Reflecting on XRP in 2015
The year 2015 started off fairly uneventful for Extended Replay. Not much happened, and mostly that was on me. Because of technical and personal issues, I let this site, and my channel slip to the back burner. In a way, it was justified, but only partially so.
While I didn’t have the time or the equipment to add content to my channel for the first ¾ of this year, I did have the ability to write and review on this site. I didn’t do that, and it’s something I have to own up to. Sure, I had reasons, but they were my reasons, no one else’s. I can’t blame circumstance for the choices I make, or the priorities I set.
Still, despite my lack of focus, one thing surprises me to this day. The people that rallied around me when I was building XRP, the people that supported and understood what I wanted this site to be, the people that believed in me, kept believing!
“When is your next video?”
“When will you start posting to Extended Replay again?”
“We miss seeing you on Twitter.”
“Why aren’t you posting? Can I help?”
It was as if all of the encouragement I had been sending out to those around me suddenly came flooding back to me tenfold!
It’s tough to feel deserving of such confidence in one’s abilities, but eventually you reach the point where so many people who have nothing in common, nothing to link them together, are all saying the same thing. So you ask yourself, “If all of these people reached the same conclusion independently, how wrong could they really be?” I try not to believe my own hype, but it’s hard to ignore the hype others create around me.
I know failure is a distinct possibility. I could give up, and therefore fail. That doesn’t really concern me. It’s this atmosphere of impending success that others are creating around me that draws my attention. This is what caused the last ¼ of 2015 became a time of renewed effort on my part.
A lot of that effort, you guys never saw. It was all about honestly evaluating what I was doing, doubling down on what was successful, and tossing out what wasn’t working. I also took the time to discover what was missing from my processes, and find way to fill those gaps. All of this lead up to the current overhaul of Extended Replay I’ve written about before. I saw that a lot of things that go on under the hood of this site were not sustainable, so the site needed to evolve.
This renovation is slowing down my videos, reviews, and even my activity on Twitter. The break in production doesn’t bother me, because this time there is purpose to it. We’re still moving forward, just not in a way that most will recognize in the short term.
Plus, the progress doesn’t stop there. You guys may have noticed the new faces on the XRP Crew Page. We’ve added three amazing gamers to our ranks: Razorhog444, The Crimson Gamer, and GamerVampires. These young guys have great personalities, and I can’t tell you how grateful we are to have them as part of the team!
2015 also saw the man with too many names, Friskies, return to YouTube as Geraldo McDeryl, and don’t be surprised if in 2016 the Game Pimp himself, StarKlaw, suddenly starts throwing more games directly at your face than you can handle.
With a team this large and diverse, you can see why I had to take a beat and prioritize getting this site in order. We have HUGE plans for the future! And those plans require a strong, rock solid foundation, plus a platform that can highlight the range of talent this team has. Creating that foundation will take time, but trust me, the results will be AMAZING!
Yes, when I look on 2015 I see some wasted time and lost potential. However, I can’t look at this negatively. I’ve learned so much about myself, what I can do, the support around me, and the amazing people that want to be a part of what I’m building that I can’t look at the past year with anything but a sense of pride and gratitude.
Therefore, for all of you that stood by me, encouraged me, and believed in me, all I can say is thank you. The words I need to express how much you all mean to me haven’t been invented yet. So instead, I’m planning to more than justify ever ounce of faith you’ve all placed in me.
So, Happy New Year to all of you, my loyal Replayers. I pray that you all realize your potential a little more with each passing day, and that you all love one another in spite of, and perhaps even because of, the differences between us. And…