7 Billion Runners – Thank you to my Patrons!

A big thank you to awregner, MooseKrazy, Cheeanne, TechsCode, and muscat for your support on my Patreon page! You have helped me break through my first milestone, and for that I owe you this video.

Take a step back in time with me to 7 years ago, when I first wrote these thoughts down on paper just after the Boston Marathon bombing killed 3 people and injured 16 others, including some runners who went back into the chaos to help those who had lost limbs and couldn’t get to safety. They inspired me then, and they inspire me now.

In 2011, my good friend, Chris Nuss, was killed in a fatal car accident. He was twenty-two years old. Sixteen-year-old James Henry was ejected from the same car and killed as well. It hurt. When I heard the news, I cried.

That same week, a close family friend from the day I was born, Pastor Norm Livingston, passed away. I wept.

A couple months later, my Aunt Mary, someone who was there for me my entire life and whom I loved dearly, died from various health complications. I sang at her funeral and barely made it through the first verse of her favorite song before I couldn’t go on any longer. I grieved deeply while I stood in front of my audience of grieving family members unable to hold myself together.

Not even six months later I sat next to Leah in my Uncle Gary’s living room and watched him die. When my grandpa, who was the strongest man I’d ever know, fought against quivering lips that were displaying his sadness, I couldn’t stop the tears from coming into my own eyes.

Within twenty-four hours my own pastor, Doris Schwartz, finished her battle with cancer and died. That was a hard week.

Then, just a few months later, one of the best guys I have ever known, been inspired by, and come to love dearly, Aaron Michael Cox, died at the age of 22. I still get emotional thinking about how I’ll never see him again. That was a hard month.

Last week I sang at my great-grandmother’s funeral. There were no tears in my eyes. There were none left.

Seven people. Seven names. Seven loved ones.

Chris, Norm, Mary, Gary, Doris, Aaron, Genieva.

Last night I spent some time with my friend in the hospital. She has terrible asthma — not the kind of asthma that allows you to take an inhaler and get on with your day. This is the kind of asthma that closes up her lungs for days on end and forces her to be hooked up to a machine to breathe normally. I’m not mentioning her because I think she’ll make #8 on that list above, but because the time I spent with her last night really taught me some valuable lessons. Lessons that I wish I had known the last year as seven people whom I loved were taken from this world.

When I think about the two disasters that occurred this week — first the Boston Marathon bombings, and then the West, Texas plant explosion — I am drawn back to the lessons I’ve been learning from my friend.

At one point I looked at her, after sitting in silence for a while, and apologized for not having much to say or knowing what to say in the moment. She picked up her pen and paper, because she couldn’t speak, and wrote down for me, “Just you being able to come here and sit with me is encouraging.”

My heart jumped into my throat. Later, as I tried to speak encouraging words to her and tears filled her eyes, I knew I was doing the right thing. She needed someone, and I was so happy to have been given the opportunity to be that someone for her.

In the last year there have been seven people in my life who died. Seven people I hadn’t taken much time to talk with in the weeks and months leading up to their passing on. Yeah, I’d emailed my friend Aaron, called Chris, seen my Uncle Gary and Pastor Doris, but I hadn’t really taken the time to show them how much they meant to me. Hadn’t really sat down with them and told them I loved them and that I was grateful for what they had taught me.

I don’t grieve over the lost opportunities; that attitude just keeps my mind in the past and not on what the present is giving me. I seek the next opportunity to honor those seven people. Opportunities that are popping up every single day.

There are people now, in Boston, Massachusetts and West, Texas, who are struggling. People I can’t possibly go meet or hug or listen to or grieve with.

But there are seven billion of us in this world. Seven billion names. Seven billion people connected by the common ability to help each other and show each other compassion in times of need. Seven billion runners going in the same direction towards life’s Boston Marathon finish line.

Though I can’t be in those two cities to encourage the portion of the seven billion people who are there and injured, I can encourage the fraction of seven billion people listening to this now to go and do what is possible. I can encourage my friend in the hospital and show her love so that when she gets better she can do the same for someone else. I can encourage you to take some time out of your busy day to go say “Hello” to someone you’d forgotten to catch up with. They might need that more than anything in the world right now.

You never know when it will be the last opportunity to do so.

You never know if the encouragement you give someone today will help them encourage someone else tomorrow.

You never know when the next fire, cancer diagnosis, car accident, or terrorist bomb will affect some of the people in your own world.

There are seven billion runners in the race of life, trying to experience as many fleeting moments of joy as they can between the start and finish lines. Don’t let someone you care for deeply stop, even for a moment, and struggle alone.

Sometimes we just need a hand to get back up again. Sometimes a word of encouragement to tell us to keep going. Sometimes a back to climb and be carried on.

In these bodies we will live,
In these bodies we will die.
The way you invest your love,
You invest your life.

— Mumford and Sons, “Awake my Soul”

We can’t do everything alone. We can’t do anything at all when we think that we’re alone.

But we are never actually alone, so let’s not act like we don’t need other people just as much as they need us.

If you’re alone and running, it’s not a race and you can’t win it. If you’re alone running the race and you cross the finish line alone, you came in last place even as you came in first. If you’re running alone, there’s no one with whom to celebrate at the finish line. If you’re running alone and a nearby explosion causes you to fall, there won’t be anyone else around to help pick you up.

Good thing there’s actually 7 billion other people running with you.

We are not alone. You are not alone, even if the best friends you have are those that you play Minecraft with from the other side of the world, you are not alone. We’re running the race together. Never forget that.

Thank you to my Patrons, who this video was made for. You helped me reach my first milestone, and you’ve helped me get the boost I need to keep pressing after that finish line. Your friendship and support keeps me going strong.

#runon

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Friends of the Server Minecraft Podcast

Welcome, my friends, to the brand new Friends of the Server Minecraft Podcast for Server Owners! As you continue your journey to create the best Minecraft Server you can imagine, this Podcast is here to help you along the way.

Tune in each week to hear Tips and Tricks for Minecraft Server Owners and Admins straight from the professionals as I interview a different guest to get their unique perspective on how to run a successful Minecraft Server. From YouTubers giving thoughts on how to advertise your Minecraft Server, to full-time plugin developers who have worked for well known server networks, and beyond, I’ll be asking the hard questions that you have always wanted to ask these folks so that you can get the answers you need to succeed.

Whether you’re a brand new Server Owner looking for the best ideas on how to get started, or a Veteran of the game who wants to see what others are up to, this Podcast was created to help YOU become a better Minecrafter.

 

How To Listen:

Previous Guests:

Here are a few of our previous guests whom I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing. There’s a new episode released each week, though, so click one of the links above to see what other creators have been invited to the Interview Island!

Would You Like To Be Interviewed?

If you think that you or someone you know would be a perfect fit as a guest on this Minecraft Server Owner Podcast, you should get in touch! I am always looking for more talented people to bring onto the show and share their creations, experiences, and advice with other listeners.

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Want to Support the Show?

This Podcast is possible because of the great support I receive from all of you! When you become a Patron, I’ll give you a shout out during the Podcast, add your name to the list below, release content to you before anyone else, and give you plenty of other perks all listed on my Patreon page.

Check it out by clicking the Patreon logo below, and thank you so much!

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Vlog – The BEST Four Days Of Gaming! GenCon 2018

Your eyes aren’t seeing things. That is, in fact, Gandog the Grey.

Wow. What a week this was! For my fifth year I have had the pleasure of attending GenCon in Indianapolis with my friends from Conceptopolis and Jetpack7. This is a gaming convention that has been running for decades, and with over 70,000 people attending every year it probably won’t be slowing down any time soon.

A few of you asked me to show what GenCon is like, so I took a bit more time than I usually do to venture around and check out the cosplayers, board and card game prototypes, competitions, and vendors around the Indianapolis Convention Center during the 4 day event.

I had a ton of fun attending, but honestly I probably had more fun putting this video together. This was my first time creating a vlog in this style, so it was a real challenge, but I think it turned out pretty good. What do you think?

Overall, this makes me want to attend more conventions to show you guys more of what’s going on out there. Any recommendations on where I should go next?

Learn More:
GenCon – http://www.gencon.com
Jetpack7 5E Supplements – https://jetpack7.com/
Conceptopolis Art – https://conceptopolis.com/
Super Show Card Game – http://www.srguniverse.com

5. Life as a YouTuber’s Girlfriend w/ MrsSystemZee – Friends of the Server Minecraft Podcast

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how being a YouTuber will affect my relationship with Leah. She’s been patient and encouraging, but there’s always this question of, “Am I doing the right thing?”

It’s a tough question to answer, which is why I asked MrsSystemZee, who is SystemZee’s girlfriend, if she would join me for an interview and talk about her life as a YouTuber’s girlfriend, to see if she might have some ideas that could help me keep focused on the most important things in life.

This was a great podcast episode, and even though she’s not Minecraft Server Owner or Minecraft YouTuber specifically, she still gets a nice behind the scenes look at what it takes to be successful in both of those areas, and I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast episode.

MrsSystemZee:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsSystemZee
Instagram: https://instagram.com/MrsSystemZee
Snapchat: MrsSystemZee
“Life as a YouTuber’s Girlfriend” Blog: http://mrszeeblogs.com/

SystemZee:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sysZee
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SystemZee
Instagram: https://instagram.com/SysZee
Snapchat: SystemZee
Become a SystemZee Sponsor: https://www.patreon.com/syszee

Show Notes:

Here are a few of the questions I asked throughout the podcast:

7:07 – Who are you and what is your role with SystemZee’s server?
16:38 – What is your fondest memory with the community?
20:47 – What are some pros and cons of living with a Minecraft YouTuber?
24:57 – What are some ways that someone can help encourage a YouTuber?
32:00 – Any tips for how to approach YouTubers as a fan or to hire them?
35:10 – Lightning Round!
40:20 – Final words of advice for Server Owners and YouTubers
49:06 – Is Minecraft Dying?

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Tree Farm Is DONE – Terrain Time! 🌲 Ep. #11 Haus of Stifflered – Let’s Play 1.13 Minecraft Survival

What an incredibly long video. Normally I try and plan for under 30 minutes for a Minecraft Let’s Play episode, and this one ran 40 MINUTES! The reason is simple: I lost the clips to the episode I was originally going to air (OBS gave me black-screen recordings), but I still needed to get an episode out for you so I took the clips for the next episode and combined them into this one. End result: one really long episode.

Besides that, though, I really enjoyed this episode. There’s just something about landscaping and terraforming in Minecraft that I really enjoy. Maybe it’s because of the wide range of blocks being used, or because this proves that a blocky game can still be “beautiful”. I just love it, and I got to sink my teeth in just a tiny bit on a small landscaping project around the fully operational tree and podzol farm.

After that was all done I went on a short adventure, and I realized that I really need to make an automated food farm of some kind. That’ll have to be the next episode. 😉

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I’ve been playing Minecraft off-and-on since Beta 1.5 in 2011, and in all those years I have never beat Minecraft Survival.

It’s time to change that. Welcome to Haus of Stifflered, my new Let’s Play Minecraft Survival series here with Update Aquatic 1.13 official release. I plan on continuing this series at least until I beat every boss, discover every structure, and gather every item that you can get in Survival Minecraft.

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New Minecraft Podcast! 🤩 Friends of the Server w/ ArZor Owner of DareToSurvive.net

I am excited to be launching Friends of the Server, a brand new Minecraft Podcast for Server Owners! This is going to be a weekly podcast where I interview a Minecraft Server Owner about their experiences running a multiplayer community.

Show Notes:

In this inaugural episode, I interviewed the owner of DareToSurvive.net, ArZor. Here are a FEW of the questions that I asked him (with plenty more throughout the video):

  • 12:25 – What was your first Minecraft Server and why did you decide to switch to DareToSurvive?
  • 18:30 – How do you keep your players engaged in an SMP server?
  • 29:40 – What kinds of questions do you ask Minecraft Plugin Developers before you hire them?
  • 40:30 – How would you describe a successful minecraft server?
  • 48:45 – How do you grow your Minecraft server?

DareToSurvive.net
Discord Server – https://discord.gg/fMCAX6K

Ask your questions in the Server Owners United Discord server and I may feature it in a future interview! https://discord.gg/K7UUm5f

If you would like to be interviewed or know a server owner who should be interviewed, head to stifflered.com and send me an email.

Welcome to Café Stifflered! I create content that will help you build better Minecraft Servers, grow a strong Minecraft Community, and take all of your Minecraft Creations to the next level.

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Building the Tree & Podzol Farm 🌲 Ep. #10 Haus of Stifflered – Let’s Play 1.13 Minecraft Survival

Let’s face it: I keep running out of wood, and I need a lot if I’m going to make better builds in Minecraft. It’s time to create a simple system for collecting wood logs, saplings, and apples from my tree farms, and automate it with everything I learned about Redstone in the last episode of Haus of Stifflered. I will say, though, the new water mechanics for Minecraft 1.13 have actually helped quite a bit figuring out the final steps.

Music in this Video:

I’ve been playing Minecraft off-and-on since Beta 1.5 in 2011, and in all those years I have never beat Minecraft Survival.

It’s time to change that. Welcome to Haus of Stifflered, my new Let’s Play Minecraft Survival series here with Update Aquatic 1.13 snapshot pre-release 8. I plan on continuing this series at least until I beat every boss, discover every structure, and gather every item that you can get in Survival Minecraft.

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5 Small Tricks For Making A Better Minecraft Server 👷 5×5 Build It Better #13

Do you want build a better Minecraft server? Are you looking for simple tricks to help you get started? Here are 5 easy ideas for small things you should look at which might help the quality of the gameplay experience on your server in surprising ways.

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Don’t Start A Minecraft Server ☕ Double Shot of Minecraft Server Tips

Should you start a Minecraft Server in 2018? Here are some reasons why I think you should think about starting a server before you do.

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Time to take your double shot of Minecraft Server tips, and get that kick start to your day. Great comments on my videos will be shouted out in future Double Shot videos!

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5 Reasons Minecraft is Dying – DEBUNKED 💀 5×5 Build It Better #12

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Video Description:

We’ve all heard from someone that Minecraft is Dying, but is it? Here are 5 arguments that players often make when saying that Minecraft is dead, and how you can explain to them that it isn’t.

  • AntVenom’s Video “Is Minecraft… still dying?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFw9lyXkP2o
  • Welsknight Gaming on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WelsknightPlays/status/1014696268839489537
  • Welsknight also released a video just before I published mine. You should watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGEXTU_PNQI

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