The State of Club Penguin

In recent weeks there has been a lot of discussion about Club Penguin’s current state, a lot of comments, questions and queries have been expressed. I just wanted to address that and have my say:

In response to Trainman1405’s blog post about ‘Club Penguin Is Falling Apart’, along with Trainman1405, in some aspects I can see his point. As a player that joined in 2007 and has seen how changes have occurred on the game has changed significantly.

Club Penguin in my opinion do need to focus on the core fundamentals, as there are new platforms Disney Club Penguin’s team are having to work and develop on this means that the whole spectrum changes, trust me coming from a Computer Scientist having to work cross-platform on anything is a huge job, even for companies’ like Disney.

Disney Club Penguin’s team are in a little dilemma in a sense, they’ve got to adapt to new technologies, and they need to secure the future of the game. Try and put yourself in Club Penguin’s shoes, it was noted that mobile purchases of games had overtaken the PS3/PS4, XBOX and every gaming platform, the amount of traffic on ‘mobile gaming’ statistically is higher than desktop or gaming consoles!

This means that the move to mobile is (making a mimic of the Desktop version) vital to secure the future of Disney Club Penguin, however that means learning and understanding new technologies – new programming concepts, there are limitations on doing everything you can do on a desktop on a smartphone! However they have got even more pressure on them as feedback from some Club Penguin players’ can be critical and harsh and basically they’re juggling balls in the air, making the players happy, yet ensuring that there is a future-proof game of Club Penguin so we can play it. I can understand some people that may say there is no excuse as being a huge company ‘Disney’ that they should have a team being able to get things done within a instance however it’s a developing area and it’s something that hasn’t been done before. I do agree with Trainman1405 though that this is no excuse for little bugs to be ignored and forgotten about. This leads me on to the game itself…

I remember the days of basics, when the game was simple yet effective, I’m not saying that this is the case is now however both sides have agreed that Club Penguin is too big with too many features, back in the old days of 2008, there was no stamps, there was no mobile apps, there was none of that. However you HAVE to remember that time changes, a good example would be technology! In the old days there was no fancy ‘smartphones’ ‘Apple or Android platforms’  but today we do, adaptation has to happen, children of today’s age don’t think the same way we did back then. It’s important to also remember that a portion of players these days are from the days of 2008, where they have the mind-set and thought process of what happened then, parties and so forth.

There aren’t as many bloggers these days, if any.. it’s just not what kids want to do these days I suppose, YouTube and video blogging seems to be the way although statistics show that kids are still interested in the game, it all refers to the movement of how kids are these days with a different mind set.

I believe what Club Penguin should do at the moment, is stop the mini-parties, focus on fixing core fundamentals. I also believe that they should always, always, always listen to feedback from the players that send emails in, I know the team emphasis that penguins should suggest ideas/comments and thoughts through email and I know they do listen to what we say but I just want them to make sure that they carry on with that.

The community is what MAKES Club Penguin along with the staff that develop/maintain it, without us members/community there would be no Club Penguin it’s as simple as that!

I wanted to make this blog post to make you guys and girls think in a different view, as I’m a penguin that joined 8 years ago, grown up with the game and now in the process of my BSc Computer Science degree I can see all aspects of the situation.

In my view with what Club Penguin is doing and has done I’ve liked, of course I’ve missed how Club Penguin was in the old days but I’m having to adapt. I don’t feel like although these bugs that may be annoying they don’t want me to leave / quit nor do I think this is making Club Penguin falling apart.

I feel we need to give the Club Penguin team a break, I don’t believe that they are ‘Falling Apart’, they have to tackle so many new challenges and it can be hard. I do however believe that Club Penguin need to fix bugs that may be small but might be critical in terms of the users playing experience. I also say to the players that mention ‘bring back old club penguin’ to email, talk to Club Penguin’s support team, make the suggestion, the idea, your voice needs to be heard! Or action can’t be taken upon.

I believe in order to move forward, Club Penguin need to address some of the points from Trainman1405’s blog post; these are defiantly the core fundamentals e.g. chat filtering.

I love Club Penguin, that’s why I’m here, even if I’m older than I used to be when I started, I was brought up with the game, and hopefully I can go to the Club Penguin’s HQ sometime in the UK as it would be a fantastic experience.

If you want to have your say, feel free to say in the comments your opinion.

In other news! Pup1one recently adventured to the Club Penguin HQ and might I just say I’m highly jealous of you and whoever has been to the HQ, it seemed that you had a fantastic time!

I just want to say that some interesting answers were given by Polo Field on questions you penguins had asked! – like I said, it’s about the community thoughts/comments and opinions!

Here’s a playlist of the videos, so please check them out and leave a comment/share and like!

2014 in Review & My Life

Hi all,

Hasn’t it been a while! – It was summer the last time I posted on my personal blog and boy there has been a lot of things been going on in my life.

I do try and not say a lot of personal information on Twitter but here; I feel I can say what I want without being criticized, as it is my blog at the end of the day. So let me fill you in with what has been happening since July and then I’ll say an overview of how I feel 2014 has been to me.

I’m still in an overdraft, yes believe it or not, after doing calculations, I’m paying a heck of a lot more than I did last year in terms of accommodation and the rates for housing have spiked considerably in my area, although I’m managing to cope, it is depressing knowing that I can’t spend any money due to lack of jobs and time to actually work out of education.

My grandma is much better, the scare we had this summer has significantly got better, she’s taking her time doing daily activities, she’s managing to get on and that’s the main thing. If I lost my grandma, it would be a big shock to my system and too be honest I don’t think I could of coped, I would be literally broken. She’s defiantly got more years to go but it does make you take one step back and look at life and say, every day is a bonus, treat it’s like your last as you never know what might happen. She is my rock and my main source of family apart from my Mum and Sister.

I’ve not publically mentioned this yet as I didn’t want to say much but since June 25th, I’ve had a lifestyle change in the way I eat and exercise I’m proud to say that I’ve lost 4 stone 4 lbs (60lbs) and continue to keep losing weight. Being the type of guy that has been slightly a little bit bigger than the average guy, it’s incredibly made a life change to the way I am today, I’m much more healthier and 2015 is going to be my year in terms of me continuing to lose weight. You may ask yourself ‘Why did you do this?’ – it all started when I was in Gibraltar in June with Joelle as you do, you walk around town, go to places which in Gibraltar, you can go to Malaga which is just across the border, however I’m a relatively slow walker, and I always said to Joelle and her mum, go ahead and leave me I’ll meet you up, although I didn’t mind this, it made me feel so depressed and saddened inside, I felt insecure and alone, knowing that I’m slightly bigger than an average guy and I couldn’t keep up with them.

I’m going to be honest as well, I’ve truly had feelings for Joelle, at one stage more than a friendship way but I’ve never ever approached Joelle in a way of telling her that I liked her more as a friend because I’m an embarrassment, I’m not the fashion guy or prince charming upon who Dupple or Sol was back in the days and who she liked more than a friend way. I felt sometimes the middle guy. My mind went into meltdown and in the afternoon that day, when dinner was served, I didn’t eat a lot, her family said that I should have some more, insisting however I persisted that I was fine, I was, I wasn’t hungry, I normally drink more than eat when I’m away in a hot country.

It was at the time I was sitting on her couch, thinking how can I change myself to make me happier, I’m a loving, caring, honest and truly respectful person, I try my best for anyone and do what I can. It then clicked, a trigger finally occurred, I made the decision, I’m not happy and I need to change, so I did, after joining the gym, monitoring what I eat, training mentally and physically with myself on how my lifestyle could be so much better for me.

I reflected upon why I was a little bigger than normal, I thought why did I do this to myself? – although I’m still a little bigger than normal now, I realized what it was.. bullying, all my life I’ve had bullying, not a lot of friends believe it or not, because somehow for girls in my area that is, they like the bad boys, the boys that don’t give a damn care about anyone and for boys, because I was different and unique that I actually am a motivated and caring person, they didn’t care. Physical and emotional attacks constantly, I couldn’t get away from it, the school didn’t help, and I felt trapped in a corner. I’m glad to be away from high school now.

When I was 12, March 2008, this was the month that I was in the peak of being bullied, being escorted to the bus stop because I was physical and emotionally scared of walking home, it was that month when I started blogging, I felt more secure, I made friends online, I had an escape, this meant that food and exercise was more out of the window in a sense, I didn’t have barely any friends because they wanted to stay away as I was the kid that was getting bullied, they never stuck up for me. This meant I gained weight, I didn’t care, I was young, and I had a safe gate, I missed the chances of going out like normal kids having fun with ‘friends’ because of the bullies ruining my childhood and not allowing me to be ‘normal’.

Now that the bullying has gone and I’m now 19, being at University I reflect and hate thinking of the past; it still tears me up now knowing what they did to me. Although having true dear friends that care about me in University is amazing and the things that I missed out in when I was a kid I’m now finally experiencing, although I do wish I could have had these experiences when I was a kid.

I’m glad of what happened though, otherwise I wouldn’t of met a lot of people that I’ve met online, I would of probably just stayed being miserable, I would of probably need counseling which surprisingly I didn’t have. I’m a strong individual and I managed to cope it by myself.

In terms of Joelle, I like her as a friend and now that she has a boyfriend and she’s grown older, we’ve lost a lot of communication, things have changed, I did feel like she never cared for me as I did for her, a main reason for this is because I would emphasis something to her saying x y or z were important and she would forget/wouldn’t remember, it angered me however she says sorry, I still felt that all I was needed for in earlier days was for x y or z. She didn’t like the way I was so personal to her about my feelings, emotions, I thought that was what best friends were for, to be there for each other no matter what. She never said that she had a problem elsewise I wouldn’t of been so personal to her. Although she’ll pop up and talk to me, I feel I can’t talk to her about personal things anymore, I’ve even told her that and she has requested that I didn’t, that mentally hurt me. I felt like I was a tool more than a friend to her, although we are friends still now, I’ve still kinda lost a ‘best friend’ because I can’t be open to her. Joelle if you are reading this, you are a friend and always a friend to me, but I feel a little lost with our friendship these days.

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I don’t give a damn if people will laugh at my thoughts or my feelings, I’m a human and I don’t care if you think this makes me weak, because it doesn’t and I’m proud to be who I am.

In the 1st year of University, I managed to get a 1st upper-class honours, the highest you could get, it’s a shame it didn’t count because it’s 1st year and it doesn’t get taken into your degree, I had so much stress with exams and more to come this January, but I’ve now said to my brain, why stress? – you can only do your darn best and that’s all you can do. That’s what I’m going to follow :)

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas season, it’s been nice to be home! I hope santa gave you what you wanted for Christmas. :)

This Summer I had really spoken to Maggie, Athena, Lulu, Dans and Danny a lot more, although I feel a burden ever since with Joelle (even though I didn’t do anything wrong to her), I don’t feel like I want to bother them with my presence however I truly love these 5 people as no matter what, they do care and want to be there for me no matter what. There may be others that I talk to and if there is, thank you for what you’ve done for me this year I really do appreciate it, I feel a bond between these 5 people, I feel I can relate to them, I feel that I’m not a tool to them. I love you guys and girls, I hope we can talk even more next year, if I’m not a burden to you that is. I always feel like that now because of my experience with Joelle.

Maggie – you’ve been there for me thick and thin, through crazy times in the day or night, you’ve cared, you’ve listened. Although we’ve not spoken a lot on Skype, we constantly message each other when we can and yes sometimes I don’t message/talk to you and that’s my fault, I’m not giving you any excuses, I don’t mean to do that and I’m sorry for that, I promise I won’t do this again. You are my #1 best friend that I can go to for ANYTHING, literally, you are amazing and I wish there was more people like you because you really make me smile even when the worst scenario happens to me. I love you and thank you for the fantastic memories in 2014! And I hope that 2015 will be even better for both of us! <3

Athena – we’ve had a great year, this summer was especially awesome. I really do hope and wish that we can talk more, I feel a burden to message you sometimes, I love you and thank you for everything you’ve done this year for me. I can trust you with anything I tell you and like I’ve told you there isn’t a lot of people in this world I can do that with. There needs to be more people like you! I hope 2015 can be even more ‘awesomer’ for both of us. <3

Lulu – we’ve had a fantastic year eh? – Literally it’s been awesome, so many funny times we’ve had and yes we’ve had to deal with drama and some bad times that you and I have encountered through other people but I’m glad that’s past, I know we don’t talk as much as I would like to but I hope that can change for 2015, we always have fun time when we call. You are one of a few friends that I can trust you with anything and I appreciate that so much, there isn’t many people like you and there needs to be. Thank you for a fantastic 2014 – so many good memories <3

Dans – dang Dans, where do I begin with you, you are literally (“peace”) (“salute”) best friend, literally I can talk to you for hours and you’ll actually listen and we have a great time when we call, hours of fun times :) – Thank you for a fantastic 2014 – so many funny memories <3

Danny – I know I don’t talk to you a lot, that’s my fault and I’m sorry but you are a great person, we’ve had talks, you listen to me and we have had some great laughs. I promise you in 2015 we’ll talk much more. Thanks for everything this year <3

Apart from the Summer, I have other people that I would wish to thank including Devin, Tech163, Robert, Monchocho, Cena12121, the Club Penguin team and several others.

Joelle - it’s been a roller coaster of a year and I just wanted to say thanks, you’ve taught me some life situations this year and although we’ve gotten older and no matter what I’ve personally felt this year, since I’ve known you, we’ve had hours of call conversations in the past and you have cared. Although we’re getting older and moving on with life I’d like to say thanks for what you’ve done in 2014. I can only hope 2015 will be even better for the both of us. :)

2014 – It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, a lot of negatives but yet some positives, losing weight and finding true friends. If you aren’t the 5 people mentioned above but yet have spoken to me, done something for me, been there for me or anything like that. Without you I’d be probably in a darker place and friends/people like you that actually have honesty, trust, respect and dignity then you have the upmost respect from me and that’s people who I truly care about. Thank you.

I hope 2015 will be a fantastic year; it’s a new chapter, a new leaf, and a fresh start to the year. I wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you for everything.

Summer 2014

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I last posted and back then I was in bad state, things have gotten a tad bit better. So what’s new?..

Well I’ve finished and passed my 1st year at University and now I’ll be moving onto my 2nd year doing Computer Science, so that’s some positive stuff, I was proud of my results as the switch from A-Levels is quite drastic, it’s totally different! I’m now in the mind set of how I can structure my time more efficient next year.

Being a student has it’s downturns, my mind always reminds me that I’m going to be in debt when I get out of University (every University graduate is the same) although the money I was given from the government wasn’t enough and I am currently in an overdraft with my bank and due to financial problems and other stuff at home it’s hard right now.

I’m going to be posting more on CheatsWhiz, I had some downtime due to University, as it was something new, I had no idea how to time manage my work and so forth but now I do, so now I can get back into doing it again.

I appreciate the community, the laughs, the friendships that I have with you. I really appreciate it. The weather here in the UK has been fantastic, literally! – 27/28C a day, with clear blue sky, it’s been fantastic.

My grandma is better as well, she’s still having an issue catching her breathe in the heat but things are settled down. This is just a quick update to let you know that all is going well and despite the financial problems, I’m doing well and having a great summer.

I hope you are having a great summer! – Remember to have fun but to stay safe!

Until the next blog post.. have a great day!

My Life

Hi all,

WARNING: Before you continue, please note this gets very personal, so you will learn things about me that may make you sad or upset, don’t worry about me. I’ve coped all these years and will continue to do that. I’m happy.

Easter break has recently finished and the University has come back alive again with over 20,000+ students around, considering the hall campus for the past 3 weeks has been dead quiet and I’ve kind of gone insane with no noise has been crazy. It’s good to hear people again! Haha!

In terms of my work, things have got slightly better, I’ve managed to gain a fairly good pass in my Java assignment project and C assignment project, the other assignments are still to follow to see how they’re going to turn out. I’ve still got the exams to think about as well might I add.

My grandma has returned home and things are better than it was, she isn’t able to do as much as she could do before she went to hospital but things are getting back on the right track for now and I hope and cross my fingers things get back to a complete recovery.

However with that all being said, you probably don’t want me to talk about the stuff I’ve said above. You may have heard recently over the news about “Ashley Hicman”, my best friend and still is my best friend may I note. It was recently unveiled that she wasn’t who she said she was in terms of her name, picture and age. Ashley wasn’t a she, it was a he and yes although this was a big in a sense, I don’t consider Tanner any different to who I knew Ashely was, he’s an amazing guy and in fact I’ve told a lot to him more than people may think, I respect his honesty and dignity he shows. It has taken a long time to think about what has happened lately but at the end of the day, it’s happened, you learn from your mistakes and you learn new areas which too be honest, you need to learn to grow and understand what can happen to you and others in life. Tanner will always be best friends with me, I don’t want to lose that friendship we have.

It made me think about life in general, my love life, social life as you may think it’s crazy but it’s not, my social/love life is probably as not as good as you, yes you, who’s reading this. I’ve had a lot of bad things happen to me over the years and months and nothing just wants to go the right way for me. If that’s in terms of Ashley or another person ‘Jared’ who did something similar, or being bullied for all my high school career with my grades being affected physically and emotionally, iI remember the reports I had to do, to ‘tell them off’, that made things worse because I became a ‘snitch’ when all I was doing was the right thing. If I didn’t I would just be attacked more, I’m not the fighter/if I get picked on, I wouldn’t attack back. I was mainly bullied due to my personality of doing what I could do for people, male or female and they didn’t like that as I weren’t like them and also as I was a little bigger than them. There are also other things that have happened but I just don’t think I’m ready to say them yet.

I started Club Penguin wanting a community, back in 2007/2006 it wasn’t that strong as it is now, I’m proud to say that I’m one of the bloggers still writing for Club Penguin and also I’ve met many friends across the years helping people out, being more than just online friends in some cases, yes I’ve actually met people online in real life due to Club Penguin. It’s turned my life better in some ways, it’s helped me towards my BSc Computer Science degree which I’ve always dreamed of doing and one day doing what helped me to get there, joining Disney or even Club Penguin when I graduate. I’m still here today doing what I do for Club Penguin and glad because you guys make me a lot happier on some days and really do cheer me up.

Although having this, the negatives sometimes do out weigh the positives in some aspect..

I can never love someone or even get the courage to approach girls in a term of being more than a friendship, I was different in a way in high school, I treated girls with respect/honestly/dignity like I thought a normal guy in my school would do, clearly they don’t, I’m in a way not a stereotype of a guy in the school I used to me in. If you know me personally and have ever told me something that should never be shared, you know, you know.. I haven’t told anyone, I’ve never had people come up to me and say ‘YOU DID THIS!’ – and if that has occurred, I always show ‘evidence’ in a way, to show I’m a good guy, I really am a good guy. In a way I think people won’t approach me to be in a relationship due to the way I look, I’m a little bit bigger than average, I enjoy playing rugby, I’m pretty good at it. University is good and fun and although I complain sometimes about the workload, it’s actually something I want to do in life and learn, so I do love it, even if I say it annoys me, haha!

I post this as people may think my life is all ‘good’ in a way, but no one until today knew about my past the way that I’ve wrote in this post. Life is pretty much unfair for me.

What I’m trying to say is, you learn a lot in life, be as happy as you can, I’m still happy with all what’s happened to me.

‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ – Steve Jobs

Regards to you all and a good day!

P.S: You’ll have to mind some areas if it doesn’t make sense, it’s 3:30 in the morning here when I made this post and I’ll have to check over it later. I may add more as it’s so early at the moment I might of missed/said something that needs to be changed.

Easter Sunday 2014

Hi All,

Easter Sunday has been a mixture of emotions today, earlier this morning I was called by my mom saying that my grandma was taken into hospital due to breathing difficulty and she assured me that she was fine. She’s had two injections in her stomach, blood tests and they said she couldn’t be released from hospital today, she’s had results from her blood tests and they said there could be a potential blood clot somewhere that was causing the breathing problems. She’s due for another test and a body scan shortly. So that was an interesting ‘start’ to Easter Sunday. I’m just praying to god and hoping that all things will come clear and say that she’s okay and fine to go home. Being at University has several downturns, one being that getting home fast can’t be done if something happens.

Apart from that I still have work to do in terms of projects for my course at Uni. I’m getting through it slowly…

I didn’t do much today, I had myself a Cadbury Twirl Easter Egg and I’ve just been in touch with my family throughout the day. It’s also my friend’s birthday @Joelle so Happy Birthday Joelle! – if you are reading this. She’s turned 20 today, we’re both getting old… it makes me think that Easter is a time for celebrating life, being with your family, being happy and enjoying every minute that you spend with your family and friends.

Happy Easter all. Have a fantastic day.

Life in University – Year 1

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I last posted on here and let me explain to you why. I’ve been in University since September last year, taking on a BSc in Computer Science. I’m near to the end of the first year out of three upon which I have to do. Although it’s got me thinking in different ways about life, currently this course has around 25-28 hours timetabled per week, much more than it is in general school and yes I’m aware that it’s all about growing up and life changing as such, however I have to say I personally haven’t been enjoying myself as much as I thought. I love the majority of the course I study 12 modules. In the first Semester I study 5 modules and after Christmas break, 7 modules. Although I managed to score a 2:1 in Semester 1, which is pretty good, and for the 1st year you just need to pass at 40%, this Semester has been different.

I’ve not had the time these days to have a ‘social life’ or theoretically speaking, having time to have a break to do personal things in my own time. If I’m not in lectures throughout the 9-6 days apart from the odd day, I’m working out of hours. I’m living with a flat of 8 people, which there courses are like Psychology, which compared to my timetable they have 8-11 hours per week and less coursework/assignments and so forth. They’re always like, come out, why are you doing all this work, they’re confused about why they never see me that much. Once one of my friends who was in my flat, was here for 5 days, I was as well and I never saw him in those 5 days, I occasionally heard him but never saw him, that hit me hard… what is my life turning into with this course? Although some of the modules that I’ve done are fantastically presented to us, to learn however it had to be our year that some of the modules have been changed and there has been quite a few problems of certain courses upon which has affected not only myself but also others.

My brain is like a ticking ‘worker’ bomb, literally I have so many assignments/projects upon which for some areas we’ve just been told to use ‘Google’ to help us find the answer, yes self learning but Google in a sense doesn’t give it us all, yes we’ve had lecture PowerPoint slides however 2/3 projects we’ve never touched upon in labs or if in lectures it’s been very little.

You might be asking yourself, why are you writing this? – Well mainly because I have a lot on my mind and apart from having loads of work, I have personal issues at University with my flat mates sometimes arguing and stuff however they’ve turned into a ‘love’ flat in a sense, all the flat are going out with each other apart from me. When I come home I barely see anyone due to it being like 6:30/7pm and they’re just in each other rooms as they’re going out and then there’s me, just continuing on with work.

I was always told University is a challenge, I kind of have a love/hate relationship with the course – I like programming and the assignments, I think it just gets to a point where they give us way to much to do, compared to all the other courses. It’s like this Easter 2014, I’m currently staying in the Halls of Residence doing my work with another fellow course friend, who upon which he’s staying here as well.

I don’t know how the next month and a half is going to be like, I have 5 exams, and a lot of project work to do, it’s difficult and I work and when we meet up each day in this Easter holidays and we’re stuck upon what to do, it’s hard to communicate to the lecturers or other friends in the course, as they are stuck in a similar situation.

All this has just made me into a different person, I always used to be happy/cheerful and now my family sees that things are stressful. If it’s like not getting any sleep at night due to my flat mates arguing or something going on in the flat, or with the workload making me not sleep. Who knows? – I’m generally good at coursework; I personally prefer it to exams, don’t you? – I occasionally go out on a Saturday with my friends but that barely happens anymore.

I just have no one to talk to these days, in terms of people messaging me if I’m okay, I just feel a bother all the time if I just ‘pop up’ first or just not having the time to message anyone. I thought University would make life better, in some aspects it has but the negative aspects defeat the positive aspects. I finish at the end of May and I feel like I can do this, there’s just a lot on my mind…

Roll on summer, where I can properly start continuing to blog about Club Penguin and other virtual world news, I’ll be happier then.

I’ll probably edit this to add more later / remove some stuff – but in a short sentence, I’m tired/stressed/sad and lonely…

Christmas 2013

Hi all,

How’s it been? – It’s been a while since I last posted here. It’s that time of year again, the weather has changed, the Christmas/Holiday spirit is in the air and it’s a time to be with the family. Not a lot has changed since I last posted, although in unfortunate news, my cat Smudge, passed away a few days ago. I got a new dog which, we’ve had since July called Duke.

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Christmas in my house, is a time where we all get together and spend quality time with each other, although the weather here in the UK isn’t good at the moment, with weird stormy weather. It’s great to know that everyone is okay in our family. I decorated my home with lights and a real Christmas tree:

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With that being said, I hope you and all your family have a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

To all of you Happy Holidays!

My Childhood

When I was younger I liked racing, I used to have a lot of Formula 1 racing games and for my 6th birthday I had a racing competition with my friends and I had won a small trophy at the end for coming 1st. My dad was really into watching all the Grand Prix on television which really got me interested into it as well, for several years I would watch and take interest into the sport and I always used to love when Michael Schumacher won the Grand Prix. I also remember when I was 5 I had fell of a ledge when I was riding my bike and lost a few of my teeth!

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I was around 9 when I went abroad to Spain with my friend and my sister. She was really young and we were at a accommodation which was a bungalow and one of the biggest memories I can remember and I will never forget is when my friend put my sister the wardrobe and shut the bedroom door as we both saw a big tarantula spider moving under the bed, of course my sister wasn’t happy but she laughed at the end of it. We were also going up this mountain and we had to stop half way as there was an eruption at the top with a volcanic flow. I apparently didn’t like airplane food and slept throughout the journey there and back.

When I was 10, I had grown out of being into the Grand Prix and I turned into liking technology, I remember back in school we had a Windows 95 operating system and I was addicted playing the games and using paint, which led me on the World Wide Web, back then we had dial up, so accessing websites took a long time to load and as being a 10-year old I really didn’t go on the web much due to how long it took. Oh the days though remembering hearing the ‘Dial Up’ sound it would make when accessing the web and also when my mother and grandma used to get annoyed as they couldn’t use the home landline. I remember vagley at 7, my dad had a computer which he had AOL running, I remember hearing noises like ‘You’ve got Mail!’ or ‘Welcome to AOL’ and so forth.

However that being said I still liked Sports and had a favourite football team, Manchester United. The players Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham along with the manager Sir Alex Ferguson made the game really interesting. My dad used to go to a few matches at Old Trafford and I remember seeing the tickets he had for each match and I also remember when I went to one of the matches, it was fantastic!

When I was 12/13, I had broadband, yeah roughly 4mbps download speed of internet, which was pretty fast back in 2006 in the UK anyway. This led me to starting up using the web more which led me finding out about YouTube in the middle of 2006 and creating an personal email address later on and in 2007 I joined Club Penguin. At that time, I had a Dell computer (which I still have today), a computer that cost over £2500 back in the day, which runs on Windows XP. It still works today although as you can imagine it’s slow and getting old as it’s 7 years old! (In front of the monitor is my current laptop).

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That was basically my childhood, some great memories. I hope you enjoyed reading about my childhood!

It’s about the Community NOT Statistics

I write this today as I see a lot of people mention about not having enough followers or subscribers. Chris Pirillo (Lockergnome) has mentioned in the past that community is not about how many subscribers or followers you have, it’s about that person who takes interest into what you do.

That is the same advice I would give to you, it doesn’t matter if you have 10 followers/subscribers or 10,000 followers/subscribers, it’s about that person who is reading your content and is appreciating what you do for them. It’s about the community and the relationships you make not how many subscribers or followers you may have.

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You can make content about anything, but if the viewer can see you are just doing it for money, they can easily spot that and won’t be interested, so be yourself. You may have for example 10 followers and may feel like ‘Ugh, I should just give in, I want 10,000 followers’, it’s not going to happen overnight, having content people will appreciate, relationships and getting to have a strong community is key. I notice some people ‘buy’ followers but I think to myself what are those ‘followers’ going to do for you? NOTHING at the end of the day, they aren’t going to help you at all and it just shows a ‘number’ on your account.

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If you appreciate the work you do for people, the people you do it for will appreciate that work and also you. Hard work, dedication and having a good spirit is what’s needed. Some of this I mention is what Chris Pirillo mentions and hey, he inspires me, and this is the same advice I would give to the virtual world community out there, stick to what you do, someone out there appreciates what you do and you should carry on doing what makes you happy. Statistics may be useful sometimes, but it’s the community that gets you the statistics.