January – Beyond Bossfights launches
May – Newbie Blogger Initiative
Although I started putting posts on braxwolf.com late in 2013, I decided that this would be a good time to participate in the Newbie Blogger Initiative in order to get some tips, share what I’d discovered, and make some new friends along the way. Although I’d already figured out a bulk of the technical/branding stuff prior to joining, being a newbie blogger initiate was an invaluable experience. I knew some of the blogger mentors, but I met quite a few others and was encouraged to find such a diversity of style and backgrounds represented. I must have done something right, because at the end of the event I was honored to be presented with the 2014 Promising Star award, which is probably the personal accomplishment I’m most proud of this year. I think that the reason that I still get overwhelmed when thinking about this award is because it was voted on by a group of people whose opinion I hold in very high regard. While it’s nice to hear a reader comment that they like your blog, to receive this type of honor from one’s peers is another thing altogether.
October – TGEN Launches
To this day I’m not exactly sure what possessed me to attempt the organization of a podcast network, but it sure has been a lot of fun. Considering it’s a large undertaking and is only a few months old, I think we’re all still feeling our way around a bit. The original intent was to help people discover some of the quality gaming and entertainment podcasts available, with a longer term goal of generating a bit of revenue to help with hosting costs as the podcasts grow and need more financial support. While I think we’re on our way to goal #1, I’ll be honest in admitting that I’m still not exactly sure when or where to start on goal #2. In the meantime, we’re hoping to be able to focus on some collaborative projects in the coming year in addition to our normal content, and perhaps even reaching out to other podcasts and networks to solicit their participation. At any rate, we’ve got ourselves a podcast network, and we’re all very proud of how it’s come together and what it stands for.
(also) October – Extra Life Marathon
After hanging out on the sidelines for the last two years, I finally decided to dive in and put my gaming to good use in the 2014 Extra Life drive. My thought process was: if there was ever a good purpose for all of this community building, helping terminally ill children was that reason. Community for the sake of community is fine, but community in action is the most powerful thing imaginable. I went all out – set up a game raffle for donors, pumped the event on my blog, Beyond Bossfights and LOTRO Players News, formed a LOTRO Players Extra Life team, and streamed the entire 24 hours of gaming. I set a personal goal of raising $500, and surpassed that by another $100. This is probably the community accomplishment I’m most proud of from the past year. It was truly overwhelming to witness the generosity of different members of the gaming community. From $5 up to $100 donations, I was just so blessed to be able to be a part of it, especially knowing that St Louis Children’s will put it to good use.
So yeah, it’s been kind of a full year. But looking back at these new and exciting opportunities and where they may lead, I wouldn’t have done it any other way.