My reputation precedes me
So I have been told by many people that I did not earn my so called popularity. That I have just been leeching off of those around me. Starting with TrueDarkFusion and his starting of Forgehub all the way through working with GunnerGrunt on Helix. Many do not think that I earned or deserve my spot as a level designer. Some feel that I have just hitched a ride on the bandwagon and just so happened to get noticed. So I am going to change how I approach my works of art. I am officially announcing that all things that I release will be designed, built, tested, released, and advertised fully by myself and myself alone.
What this means
So what does this entail? I will not be releasing any of my content on any community site. This is the only place that I will officially advertise my gametypes and maps. I no longer want to get "lucky" and get noticed because of the name that is attached to the map/gametype thread. If my content gets popular it will get popular the old fashion way. I will share it with friends and hopefully if they enjoy it enough they will share it with their friends and it will continue. If those who play the map do not deem it worthy to pass on, then I can do better and I will do better. So all of my content will get popular based on me earning it. I will not be "given" attention with some feature on some forging site just because of the bias of a few people. If you like it you share it the old fashion way.
Earning my pride
All of you know me as quite the egotistical guy. Well I want to prove to everyone that I have earned that. I want to show the world what I can do with no assistance first before I can be trusted as a co-designer. I will no longer be known as a "Talentless hack just leeching off of other's popularity." I am going to rough it out and make my chance at popularity more difficult than those who try to post on community sites. I feel bad for those that never get noticed, but have great maps. Maybe with one less popular guy taking your glory you will receive the attention you deserve Mr. Unknown Designer. I step out of the way to allow you to step forward. I will continue to teach and release fun content for everyone, but I will not pursue advertising and publicly showing off myself as much as I once did. I will only show off my work in game and through friends that are close to me. If they see my works as valuable pieces of fun to share, then I have succeeded in my job to provide the community with fun and happiness.
The new possibilities
So looking on the bright side of things, because I will not be putting focus into advertising or anything like that I will be able to bring all of you more quality content. There are those out there who feel that they need to rush their maps and testing in order to get their pieces of content out fast but not nearly as good as it could be. I give you my word that I will be releasing my content as early as possible for a completely different reason. The sooner I release it the sooner I get feedback from you to improve upon it. Expect all of my content to have constant updates to keep them improving. A good level designer is not afraid to go back and fix what is wrong. It helps them learn and helps them improve that which is already great. So all that time I could be spending advertising I will instead spend having fun with you guys, building fun things to play, and improving those fun things to play to make them the best that I can possibly make. Keep an eye out for the last updated date in the description of all my stuff in my fileshare to always have the latest in fun. Hope you guys understand what I am trying to do here and I hope that you guys support me as much as I will support you. And I hope that all of us have a blast come Reach. Lesson 8 is out tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Btw this does mean that I will no longer be updating any other sites with lessons or anything else. I will only be a community member in those sites. No more online advertising for me. So if you really want to keep reading these lessons then you will continue reading them of your own accord. I hope you do and I hope you share with those you feel could benefit from anything on this site. Peace peepz.