This wasn’t the original name for the blog when I decided to make this blog back in 2012. The name was “My Little Pony Meme” and was a blog dedicated to posting silly pictures and memes that the MLP community created. After about a month of doing the blog and gaining the number of followers, I wanted to change the name to be a bit more welcoming and really focus on the idea of being in a community. I change the name to Bronies United because I felt the community was in fact united as a whole under the Brony banner. I still believe that this is the case and my view on that matter hasn’t changes. I then started to think about the word “Brony”. I really liked that title for the community and thought it was unique.
At the time of creating the blog, I was having a real hard time finding a job as a high school student and needed to find a way to make some money for myself. I came up with the idea that of the Brony Wristbands and thought I could provide that services to the community. I got the start-up money and I made the first wave of Brony Wristbands. I was nervous at first, but I realized that what I created was a bit of a success. It was a fantastic feeling that I could create something from an idea I had and it was very much real and could provide this product to people within my community.
The next step on the Bronies United campaign was going to my first con. I picked Bronycon because it was located on the east coast plus it was in my favorite city, New York City. I took some family members with me for support and travel and had a fantastic time. I had a really bad location at the con (my table was in the back against of the hotel), but still it was a major success. Bronycon was amazing because I felt like I was a part of the community. I saw a lot of the blogs I followed and saw some of the voice actors of the show which was great.
After Bronycon NYC, I wanted to keep the hype train going and I kept selling wristbands online until they announced Bronycon in New Jersey. I was so pumped to go to this Bronycon so I went all out. I got myself a half-booth again just to cut down on cost. I am glad I made this choice because I was able to meet one of my favorite artist in the community, Raikissu (My Little Chubbies). Our families had a great time working together and enjoying the con. I loved working with them and it was a great honor. I got to meet John de Lancie, Tara Strong, Andrea Libman and even Lauren Faust
(Sorta). I even got to meet other people within the community like Mic the Microphone, The Living Tombstone, Laserpon3, Nowacking (Vinyl), Shroobs (Scootaloo the sadist), Eile Monty, Jen and Griffinilla (Friendship is Witchcraft), Rhodarein, The Manliest Brony, Steve Holt, BreeFaithVA, Rina-chan, Ezeeshady and so many more! These people are awesome and bring so much to the community as a whole that makes it so welcoming. Bronycon New Jersey has to be my favorite still to this date. The wristbands allowed me to go this con and meet this wonderful people.
After Bronycon New Jersey however, things started to go a bit slower for the blog and I. My post started to get far and few between, I was unable to find things I felt I should post, I got into college and things started to fade away. I still watched the show and was still believe I was a part of the community, but I started to feel like I was only simply watching the community and became a less active member of the Brony family. Bronycon Baltimore sort of reminded me of this a bit for some reason. I had a great time, but I just felt different when I was there that time. It was still great to meet everyone again though! I even got located next to Raikissu’s booth again which was fantastic. Her family is still amazing as always. I had a blast still but it wasn’t the same experience I had during New Jersey Bronycon. Part of this wasn’t really the con itself, but more so that I felt like I was losing grasp on why I was doing Bronies United in the first place. It felt like it was being taken from me oddly enough.
I don’t want to say or have people think “I’m leaving the community! Omg,” That’s not the case. This is just something I realized was happening lately. My last post on this blog was almost 4 months ago and I feel I am at a crossroads. I can keep working on the blog and maybe keep it alive. I still get notification that people are still liking/rebloging content from here. I could also start a new blog and maybe make something out my character Levvy (Bronies United Mascot/Original character). I can keep selling the wristbands to those who still wish to have them. So I guess I will leave this with you all. What should I do?
TL;DR: At a crossword with what I can offer to the community, what should I do next? Make Levvy a character, keep working on Bronies United, or try something completely different?
Just to clarify: I am going to Bronycon 2014 this year and I will still be selling wristbands along with other merch this summer.