It has become clear that a few bad apples, have been causing stress in your lives, regarding expectations of the what, how and when of your content. I want to say with my loudest, firmest outside voice...don’t let the voices of a few (even if it seems like a lot), steal your joy and peace. The overwhelming majority of Hermitcraft fans love you for being uniquely YOU, and don’t want to lose the sincere joy that shines through in your content when doing what makes you happy.
Over the past few years, we have become extremely spoiled, as you all have faithfully pumped out content for our enjoyment as we were stuck in our homes. Thank you for that!! It was a blessing in a rather tumultuous time worldwide, and for me, specifically, navigating the process of declining health and eventually an eighth brain surgery in the midst of a pandemic. Hermitcraft was a place of calm, joy and refuge in a storm, and I am forever grateful. That said, though you were that for me and literal millions of others, you all were literally doing your job. You didn’t OWE anyone the substantial increase of high-quality, thoroughly entertaining content. You were working, non-stop...through a stinking pandemic. YOU DESERVE A BREAK. Now that things are somewhat normal again, you do not have to keep up with the pace that was set when everyone was stuck at home. Please be kind to yourselves...ignore the people with unreasonable expectations, and know that the literal millions of true fans will always be ready to click that video when the notification bell rings. And many of us will watch multiple times.
The pressure to build the super biggest mega build at a break neck pace...always bigger, faster, better, isn’t needed for us to enjoy your content. If you want to do so, by all means do it big!! But the magic happens when you are thoroughly enjoying what you’re doing. That pure joy and delight shines through our respective screens and infects our lives with inspiration, laughter, and a happiness that sometimes is hard to attain when we look about us in the real world. If you’re not having fun because of stress and pressure, then take a moment and find that spark that brings YOU joy....don’t listen to the few or sometimes even your own hearts that may be telling you that you have to do this thing or that thing. We watch for you, and don’t want to lose that “genuine you” in your quest to hit an ever moving target of unreasonable expectations.
Lastly...it delights my heart that you all have made careers of a thing that you love, but all of us must be intentional in remembering that people take time off for vacations, illness, family emergencies, personal time, and mire. Sometimes people take extended sabbaticals to pause, regroup or even change course in careers. Hermits, you are entitled to these things. I’m certain it’s hard to not feel an urgency to respond to the pressures of producing, but LITERAL MILLIONS of us will be here, with excitement and anticipation of watching you create magic, whether it be breathtaking builds or “laugh-til-you-cry” moments of building community with one another...we’ll be here. Rest...breathe...stretch...touch some grass...We will be here.