Let’s talk about a different subject for a change. In today’s article I’ll talk about how life is pretty different once you start to take writing seriously and really think about games in a different way. The biggest difference is that you get recognition for what you do. You opinion gets valued above others. But that’s not all in this article. I’ll also talk about my story, my experience with being creative and writing gaming blogs. To make this blog a bit more personal and spice it up. So that you don’t need to read always reviews and my thoughts on them. In this article you can get to know me a little bit better.
I began in late 2007 with publishing my works. As a kid I was always into entertaining people. I created stories which got me further then I expected. I once entered a writing competition in school and made it to the finals of my province. That with a story I wrote in 15 minutes because I forgot the assignment.
JonezProductions was my first production name. This name quickly died because I didn’t like the sound of it. And what can you blame me for? I was a kid back then. I didn’t know any better. But with other projects, I got to where I’m at now today. Arpegi.
This community is full of friends I met online through various means. And to keep contact with them I created together with MiseryLC the forum Arpegi. From there I get all my personal artwork and many idea’s. All these guys are awesome and I really encourage you readers to follow them.
I owned a Dutch gaming and life blog before this one. Although it died because of personal reasons, I couldn’t stop myself from restarting blogging. And this resulted into this blog today. Oh, that reminds me to explain the nickname I use. Well, it has two parts. The Neko part is actually added recently, since I spend much time with somebody called NekoSmash on Arpegi. We are both like felines over dogs. And for reasons like that Neko got added. Jonez actually is from Indiana Jones.
My cousin gave me once a game called Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine. I was so fond of it, I knew the levels by hart and was able to play it with my friends. And it didn’t take them long to start calling me “Jones” too. But as a kid I was actually afraid of being sued. Yeah, believe me or not. That’s why I changed the last letter to a “z”.
Today I have a YouTube channel, blog and a forum where people say that I have talent. For writing I can understand that, but for creating other works I sometimes don’t believe that I have talent. I always get so excited when I see my content growing. It means a lot to me since it’s my ways to escape from reality once in a while.
Differences since the start.
My life has changed for sure. Ever since I started writing a blog, more people started following me. My personal Facebook got more friend requests in a week then I usually get in a year. People started subscribing at YouTube and clicking that follow button on WordPress.
Since the days I started publishing my content, I learned a lot. I evolved in my ability to create content and I learned many social things. I got through some rough times, but hey, most people do. I learned how important the bond with your audience is. Replying to comments is a major tip to do. I reply to each and every mail I get from people. And I admit that the one time I got a fan mail that somebody really enjoyed my content I teared up a bit. Yeah, I like it so much when I make people happy.
I also see that others want to start express their creativity around me. Like some Arpegians wanted to start blogging as well. I saw more reviews appearing on the site which made me happy as well. More content means more people to come and check out and possible growth.
Also, I meet a lot of new people. These are all over the world and this really makes my life that more exciting. I work together with people from Asia, America, Africa… I really enjoy it. It makes for interesting content. The best example is video creation. The planning and such that goes into it for making a video when you are in different time zones is such a pain but it really helps me to learn to become a better planner.
And with that I’m going to end this article. I know it’s a short one and I end it abruptly but that’s because I might talk about this subject later. I’m still trying to look around for differences in how I play my game and I’m preparing a big article about that. So, keep a look out for that. But for now, consider this as a big thank you for all the support to me and my content and everybody related to it. And I hope to see you here the next time. Jonez out!