Almost 1 year ago today on January 1st, Ponyslivenow was started and posted in the nightly roundup. The day after Ponyslivenow had their first video game stream with me (Edock).
Over the next month we had several small victories, such as getting retweeted by Andrea Libman, getting a partnership with Filly Synchtube and AskthePonies, and interviewing Bree Faith (and my interview skills were horribad). At the time these were huge celebrations with everyone part of Ponyslivenow. There was plenty of sqeeing and giggles.
However, I felt that we needed to be bigger…we needed to do more for the community. The team was on board with this idea. So we brainstormed…little did we know what we would all do.
As we were growing, we often got told by bigger names that we are a video game stream…and that there are a thousand brony video game streams just like us. We refused to be the same. We refused to be the norm.
Towards the end of our first month we became more bold. Because of this we met our now very good friend 2007excalibur2007.
February was a pretty quiet month for us because we were planning something huge. HUGE.
The first ever brony 24 hour video game marathon for charity.
During this event we raised $2620 for Humble Brony Bundle. Being quite possibly the LARGEST brony fundraiser thus far.
We met tons of people through this event, such as the folks over at Everfree Network, artists, and fanfic writers. Also those in attendance might remember when trolls got our channel banned from twitch tv because of ponies.
This event had a snowball effect and shortly after, charity events were poping up all over the place. This event wasn’t the only reason for this…but it was a good part of it.
April marked the year of the Daneit Joey. Long time viewers, you know what it is.
Also quite possibly our biggest event in PLN history.
We teamed up with Everfree Network, The Brony Show, The Traveling Pony Museum, and various people from the community. We interviewed a lot of people in the brony community (Take a look at the post, there are so many people!!!) while playing video games on our channel! With the help of everyone, we raised $5053! Yea, I typed that correctly. All this money went towards Inked! Art For Africa. Check out the followup post to see all the results.
After this massive event we had smaller ones such as Johnny streaming scary games for 12 hours. We also have a TF2 party with The New Lunar Republic.
We were already planning our next event…which was…
As you can see, there were 4 other charity events going on during the same day. Crazy how that worked out. I guess this was during the big brony charity boom. However we were able to raise about $600 dollars for Green Village and Tanzanian orphanage which led to it being fully funded! This would be out last huge charity event.
Around this time some of us started up our own projects such as the Ponyville Survival Game Minecraft map. Through this we met tons of friends.
Did I ever mention through all these events and such, nearly EVERY DAY someone was streaming a video game on our channel.
Things started to slow down for PLN and our most recent events were the 8-bit Pony tournment and our last charity event where we teamed up with The Traveling Pony Museum and hosted a Hurricane Sandy Relief event.
Wow, its been such a fun (and sometimes crazy) ride. It’s hard to believe that we helped raise $10,000 dollars for charity. Bronies are awesome!
So I bet you are asking why we are closing. The main reason is that everyone started getting caught up in life and wanted to do their own things. For me (Edock) personally, I wanted to do something that I always wanted to do, which was make a game. I would not of left if everyone else on the team were committed to the steam, but I understand that life is more important than PLN. I left with the stream in Revere91′s hooves, but, everyone else was unable to help with the stream still.
It was a hard decision, but we decided it was time.
All of us are still close friends and even plan on going to Bronycon still! I guess, I just wish the stream could of gone on forever, but that is unrealistic.
A lot of people never known about PLN and our involvement within the community. We often got overshadowed by other brony events/groups. We could of become one of the biggest groups that everyone in the community knows about. But you know what…
I’m glad we were never extremely popular. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I think the rest of the streamers would agree on this, but the friendships I have personally gained through this is remarkable. To the streamers, I freakkin love you guys. You are the best friends I have ever had. Even all the viewers, I loved getting on stream and just chatting with you guys. It was so awesome. Even all of the many Skype chats I’m in. You guys all mean the world to me. I know this is getting personal…but I could of became popular and only hung around other popular bronies. But I’m glad I didn’t. Because then I wouldn’t of met all of the wonderful people in this community…I would have been too pompous.
Anyway, to all the fans of PLN.
On behalf of all the streamers, we love you. Some of you we encouraged, some of you received love from us for the first time, and some of you were “converted” into bronies. We are glad we made a lasting impression and we want to thank you for giving us support and loving on us too.
Some of us will be streaming on our channel randomly however we will have nothing official.
I guess that’s it. What a year it has been. Maybe someday we can all meet up somewhere and have a party. Yea….Let us do that.
Love you guys.
Until we see each other.
Ponylivenow – Edock
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