The Third Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase!

3 Years Already!?!

I never thought this project that almost died in 2018 would still be going strong three years later. Your support on this has been awesome and I’m excited to see what 2021 has in store for cool creative content! Hope you’ll join me for more Showcases and other fun events year-round!

The 2020 Complete Collection

Happen to miss out on any of the showcases last year? No problem (and not like I blame you, it was a year)! I’ve got your back, now you can read up here! You’ll find links to each host and their respective showcase along with other helpful information if you want to learn more about the program or help keep it going.

Reflecting on the Past Year

Last year we tried a lot of different things with The JCS with mixed results. We saw some truly innovative approaches to hosting that I’d love to see more of, one of them being a digital magazine! Super cool. Let’s look at a few other things I personally tried as a bit of a check in.

New promotional materials were largely received well and have been fully integrated. I’m pleased with this result. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the visual schedule. Since we had some people cancel, others change usernames, and other kinks means I won’t be doing that again this year as it’s too much effort for something that quickly becomes functionally useless if any changes happen at all. Plus, nobody used it.

The idea behind the visual schedule was a good one though. People always ask me who’s hosting next as opposed to just checking the schedule here. While I am the event organizer, this does get kind of annoying since the info is publicly available at all times, but it looks to be a necessary evil for now at least.

Hosting Schedule 2021

Speaking of the host schedule…

You can find the schedule here via the Doodle poll. We need folks for 2021 so please sign up and join #TheJCS to keep the community event going strong! This program is volunteer based so it doesn’t happen without folks like you. You can find more info here.

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I’m Hosting #TheJCS This Month!

Now on to the good stuff! I’m hosting this month so I want your AMAZING content from December of 2020. Anything from written posts, drawings, to videos and more! If you made it, are proud of it, and it’s creative we want to see it. Full instructions below:

Submissions are open from 1/4/21 until 1/22/21

  1. Share something YOU created, from December 2020. This can be anything from a blog post, piece of art, video, podcast, or anything you created! Do this by using #TheJCS on Twitter and preferably tag me @JS_Reviews if you don’t reply on the main thread. Alternatively, you can email me, reply here below, or hit me up on Discord. See my contacts page for that stuff.
  2. When putting your submission in, be sure to mention that we are looking for December 2020 content. These threads get long and people get confused by the 15th tag and have no idea what this is for. Build good habits and avoid the headache of needing to repeat yourself to people!
  3. Invite a few friends to join in on the fun! Do this by tagging (I suggest 3) friends when making your submission. It doesn’t matter if the person you are inviting only has a few followers or millions, if you think they are an AWESOME creator, please don’t hesitate to tag them!
  4. If you get asked a question like, “What’s this showcase thing all about?” please do your best to answer. You’ll find some useful resources below:
  5. Last, but certainly not least, explore the showcase and help promote it! Look over some of the submissions that came before you, retweet some that you enjoy, and maybe even follow a new creator or two! While it’s true that I’ll be compiling everything for a MASSIVE post at the end of the month, there’s no reason to wait on discovery amazing creators and interacting with each other.

Once again, I’d like to extend a warm “thank you!” to everybody who has participated in the project so far. Your support is greatly appreciated and I’m so glad that there are all these people who enjoy this community initiative of mine. Whether you’ve hosted, participated each time, or this is the first you are hearing of it, thank you so much!

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The Second Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase & Best of The Decade!

2 Whole Years!?!

I seriously can’t believe that #TheJCS has grown to become as large as it has been. It’s thanks to all of you that the project has become as successful as it has, to which I am truly grateful. Here’s to another excellent year of the showcase as we look back over 2019 and see what 2020 has in store for us!

The 2019 Complete Collection

Happen to miss out on any of the showcases last year? No problem! I’ve got your back, now you can read up here! You’ll find links to each host and their respective showcase along with other helpful information if you want to learn more about the program or help keep it going.

Reflecting on the Past Year

Last year I had several goals for Jon’s Creator Showcase, let’s look back on those and see what went well, and what didn’t:

Goal:  More participation outside of the anime community. I love the anime community and we have had a good amount of participation outside of it before, but I’d love to see other hobbies and interests represented EVEN MORE. This could be travel, board games, film, literature, or anything really!

Result:  This was a rousing success! It took a little doing, but the showcase has really branched out over the past year. We’ve gotten videos, artwork, book reviews, and a whole lot more! The topics have seen an uptick in variety as well, which is also great! I don’t see this stopping anytime soon as the program gains more traction in the community.

Goal:  Post type variety. Unsurprisingly nearly all of the content featured in our monthly issues are text posts. That’s awesome but wouldn’t it be cool if we had image posts showcasing art, video, and even podcasts? It think so too! I want to encourage more content creators to participate beyond the blogging community.

Result:  I pretty much covered this in the last point, but we did manage this. All of the things I listed above were featured at least once throughout 2019. So, goal achieved!

Goal:  Personally, I’d love it if just one person with a big following participated this year. They often get linked but ignore joining. The showcase is for everyone, big or small, and we want to celebrate the wonderful creations that YOU are putting so much effort into creation. Don’t think you are ever too big or too small for this project, because, you aren’t.

Result:  I’m going to say we achieved this one as well! Some of you guys have actually become pretty big yourselves! That’s great! While we still haven’t penetrated to the masses, I am still happy with the level of reach we managed to achieve in just one year’s time. Here’s to continued growth!

Goal:  On the same side of the coin, I’d like to see a hand extended to smaller creators trying to get off the ground. It’s hard to get recognition so be mindful of who you nominate in this next year.

Result:  Would you look at that, all goals hit! We could still be a bit better about this, but in general the mix of large and small creators has been very healthy. Several new faces emerged across 2019, which was awesome!

Image Overhaul & New Promotional Material

I’ve been really excited about this one! Recently I’ve been working on rebranding my personal image, but I thought the showcase could also use a bit of a makeover. While the old material was great, it used the old hashtag and just didn’t fit what the showcase ultimately became over the past year. Here’s all the cool images I’ve made for the showcase which you can use to promote the showcase yourself!

TheJCS Updated Banner
New banner!
A new cover poster!
New informational poster!
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A new promotional image! Thank you to everybody who OK’ed me using their images for this.

Hosting Schedule 2020

Like always, you can find the schedule here via the Doodle poll, but I also made a visual schedule for convenience. The tweet below has the image and all of the hosts tagged in order, just in case you are unfamiliar with any of them. Be sure to say “Hi!” while you are there!

I’m Hosting #TheJCS This Month, With a Twist!

Since the decade has come to a close, I have a special twist for this month’s hosting! You may choose to optionally submit ANY creation of yours from the past decade (2010-2019), regardless of if you have shared it for a showcase before or not. This is a special one-time deal, so feel free to take advantage! Of course, I’ll personally read/watch/review anything you send my way so long as you follow the instructions below:

Submissions are open from 1/3/20 until 1/30/20

  1. Share something YOU created, either from December 2019 or the past decade (2010-2019). This can be anything from a blog post, piece of art, video, podcast, or anything you created! Do this by using #TheJCS on Twitter and preferably tag me @JS_Reviews if you don’t reply on the main thread. Alternatively, you can email me, reply here below, or hit me up on Discord. See my contacts page for that stuff.
  2. When putting your submission in, be sure to mention that it is ANY content from the past decade this time, not just the usual December 2019 submissions (though that’s fine too of course). There’s always a little confusion on this, so let’s start making good habits this year by mentioning the desired date range.
  3. Invite a few friends to join in on the fun! Do this by tagging (I suggest 3) friends when making your submission. It doesn’t matter if the person you are inviting only has a few followers or millions, if you think they are an AWESOME creator, please don’t hesitate to tag them!
  4. If you get asked a question like, “What’s this showcase thing all about?” please do your best to answer. You’ll find some useful resources below:
  5. Last, but certainly not least, explore the showcase and help promote it! Look over some of the submissions that came before you, retweet some that you enjoy, and maybe even follow a new creator or two! While it’s true that I’ll be compiling everything for a MASSIVE post at the end of the month, there’s no reason to wait on discovery amazing creators and interacting with each other.

Once again, I’d like to extend a warm “thank you!” to everybody who has participated in the project so far. Your support is greatly appreciated and I’m so glad that there are all these people who enjoy this community initiative of mine. Whether you’ve hosted, participated each time, or this is the first you are hearing of it, thank you so much!

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What’s up with Jon? – State of the Blog & Other Stuff

Heya Folks!

I hope you all have been well this week. I wanted to take today’s normal Friday slot (though this is coming out a bit late) to update you all on a few things. We are going to talk a bit about what’s going on with the blog, what stuff is coming up, and some general life stuff when it comes to me. Some really great news, and some not so great news in this one, but either way, I’m glad you are all in for the ride with me here! Continue reading “What’s up with Jon? – State of the Blog & Other Stuff”

The First Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase – A Warm Thank You & Submission Update

CONGRATULATIONS!

Thanks to YOU and the efforts of the community Jon’s Creator Showcase is now celebrating its first successful year! To think, this project was almost completely shutdown after the first month of operation, and there was a bit of a rough patch towards the end, but everything worked out and it is now a fairly beloved staple in our community here. To every single person who has hosted, submitted, or promoted the project in any way:

THANK YOU!

Continue reading “The First Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase – A Warm Thank You & Submission Update”

Three Year Blog-a-versary

Happy Birthday!

The site turned three yesterday so I thought I’d make a little post here as a thanks to everybody who has helped support the site over the years. I really appreciate everybody who stops by whether you are a long-time reader or somebody new, everybody who comes and supports the site makes it all the better!

With each passing year the site has grown and grown, becoming larger and larger with each passing month. We hit a lot of great milestones this year by consistently reaching 100+ views per day and exceeding 400 followers! Again, I really can’t overstate how awesome everybody has been to make the site so awesome.

Of course numbers aren’t the only thing that matters. Engagement with the stuff we post here has been excellent, which has lead to many wonderful discussions and friendships. I hope that we can continue to have more great times ahead!

This is the part where I would announce a giveaway or something else fun like that but I’m just not financially able to do that. There’s a lot of stuff going on, and has been going on, during these three years. Long-time readers will know that I’ve had troubles with health and employment which sometimes improves for a short time before going back downhill again. Sorry I couldn’t manage that because believe me, I really wish I could do something like that for you guys.

Let’s work hard together to make another great year for the site!

– Jon Spencer

100 WordPress Followers! – Thank You & Q&A

We Finally Made it!

After almost two years Jon Spencer Reviews has finally hit the 100 follower milestone. We’ve had more than 100 followers for awhile if you count Facebook and Twitter, but I still felt that this was a most momentous occasion. I’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everybody who has supported the site and everybody who has, and ever will, work here!

Since we hit this milestone I figured I ought to do something special. While it is a bit tried and true, why don’t we do a Q&A article? Post your questions for myself or @jacobtheawesome1 in the comments below and we’ll answer them. A bit cliché, but hey, they are fun to do from time to time!

Again, a thanks so much for your continued support and I hope that we can continue to grow our community here each day. You guys are truly awesome! 🙂