It’s been a crazy month here at the Amiibo Dojo. I got over 15 new amiibo to train and release guides on, and I won my first tournament, among other things. 2016’s off to a great start. However, it’s been a few months since I’ve updated you guys on the behind-the-scenes happenings at the Dojo. In this post, I’m going to explain what’s going on and what guides are coming up next.
The Work Load
I’ve been really busy with the Amiibo Dojo lately. I’ve been trying really hard to make it a great resource for all you amiibo trainers out there. Before we talk about the guides, I need to talk about something that I’ve actually never spoken of before. The work load here.
To say the least, running the Dojo takes a lot outta me. It costs money, but that’s not even important. Maintaining this place costs time, which I can never get back. With that being said, I feel blessed to have gotten the opportunity to open and run a site like this. So many people look at it every day, and it’s enough to keep me going.
Here’s my main concern: guide updates and new guides. Well, maybe that was a bit obvious. But please, stop to consider something for a moment. Aside from the Amiibo Dojo, I’ve got other stuff to attend to. I run a forum that’s been around for half a decade. I draw a comic every week. I have school. I have a job. I need to prepare for college. I need to start driving. My plate’s really full, actually. But back to the guides. Every day, I get requests for new guides, and also emails telling me that links in “old” guides are dead.
Updating Old Guides, and Inaccurate Information
I’m actually more concerned with the articles we’ve already got on the site. There’s a lot of them that need updating, and I’m the only writer here. I’m the only one who “works” here at the Amiibo Dojo. This ties into the work load that I was talking about. Here are all of the guides below that I still need to update before I’m happy with them:
- Bowser Jr.
- Mr. Game & Watch
- Donkey Kong
- Toon Link
- Zero Suit Samus
- King Dedede
- Meta Knight
- Little Mac
- Duck Hunt
- Captain Falcon
- Dr. Mario
- Dark Pit
- Mega Man
That’s a lot. Want to know how long each article takes to write? It takes me about 2 hours to fully train an amiibo to level 50, fight it with my other amiibo, and take notes on it. Then it takes me about four straight hours of typing to come up with a guide I’m happy with. Now, as for the guides above – they all need to be updating. For some, it’s because they include information that I no longer agree with – mainly stuff like using aerial attacks and combos. For others, it’s because they don’t have the same format as my newest guides.
Let’s add the 2 hours it takes me to train an amiibo to the 4 hours of writing. That’s 6 hours total.
There’s 37 guides that still need to be updated. 37 times 6 is…222 hours I still need to spend. 222. Do you guys see what I’m talking about? I feel bad, because a lot of people read these old articles, and they aren’t at their best. The information within them is credible, it’s mainly the format that’s really bugging me.
Being Happy with the Guides
Cheezy title aside, being happy with my guides is also something I kinda struggle with. A lot of times, I’ll look at one of my guides and automatically say “I need to rewrite this”. Like my Ness championship guide. I used strategies in that guide to win a tournament. Yet, I look at it, and I say “y’know, this could be better gramatically”. Basically, when I look at one of my articles, I feel like, grammar-wise, it could be structured better. I don’t know how to describe it, really. I hope I’m making sense here.
Releasing New Guides
There’s still a number of guides I have not released yet. Peach, Wario, Diddy Kong, Sheik, Samus, Palutena, Fox, Wii Fit Trainer. Those are the guides I still need to release. But this bring up another new problem. Do I update old guides first or work on new guides?
I hope you guys see what I’m talking about. Now, despite everything I’ve said, I want to reiterate that I’m very glad to be running this website. I know I’ve helped a lot of people, and that gives me the motivation to continue on.
The next two guides are going to be Palutena and an updated Rosalina guide. Expect them this week – Rosalina will come first.
So, that’s pretty much the end of this (poorly-structured) Amiibo Dojo updates post. I just wanted to talk about the work load, and how much it is – why did I do this? I want you guys to understand that it’s not simple writing up a guide. I also wanted to talk about new guides I’m releasing. But there’s one more thing I want to say.
Thank you guys very much for using the Amiibo Dojo. Your continued support has literally been invaluable. This site is one of the biggest parts of my life, and you guys help make it awesome.