It’s amazing how time flies! Back in June 2018, which was when I was on the hunt for other video game-centric blogs and found Jett. The poor sap was subjecting himself to the demo of the GameCube’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is not the best TMNT video game out there. It brought back memories of Rachel and me playing it when we were younger, as we are both fans of the the Ninja Turtles, and I wrote a little comment about the post and video. Little did I know that starting that little correspondence led to Double Jump and In Third Person becoming great friends, on our blogs, streams, and in real life.
I was always looking for new gaming blogs to read and follow as well. I remember Kris mentioning the blog post to me and how she commented on it. Instead of thinking, “Cool, a new friends!” I thought, “Oh, my God! I forgot about that game. We should play it again!”
I was never planning on streaming that Ninja Turtles game. Actually forgot that I owned it. When I opened the Mario Kart: Double Dash case, there was a demo disc that had the Ninja Turtles demo on it, so I tried it on a whim. I hated my life in the moment, but put the video out there anyway cause the work was already done. Not long after, I saw Kris had commented on my video, and as I tend to do, I clicked through to see what she was writing on her end. That’s how I first found Double Jump. Talking a lot about Nintendo helped catch my eye, but as I read more of your posts on that first visit, I quickly grew to admire you as writers and as gamers. I loved (and still love) your point-of-view on this hobby. I respected your hustle in posting every day, which is really hard to do. And the sister dynamic really gave you something unique. I hit subscribe without hesitation. Even though I mixed you up in our first post together about Favorite Mario Spin-Offs, I started to get a sense of the differences between you two as well during the early days of reading your blog. It’s great to see your works as individuals as well, especially in areas where you two differ in interests and opinions.
At this point though, I didn’t think anything else of it. I’d read your posts and we traded a few comments across each other’s blogs. But over time, I felt this weird sensation in my gut that said I needed to reach out to you. This was particularly odd for me, as I very much consider myself to be a “lone wolf” in the world of blogging. Blogging is a very personal experience for me, and I didn’t make any sort of effort to build an audience, collaborate with others, or promote my site because that’s not what I do this for. I essentially look at my blog as a private online diary where I forgot to adjust the privacy settings. Even so, the feeling that I had to reach out to you two grew stronger over time, and I didn’t really know what do with that.
It got to a point where, out of the blue, I told my wife about you two while we were driving. I told her that I’d found your blog, loved it, and that I felt like I should reach out. Didn’t even know what for, really. We talked about it some more, and she told me to go for it. Even after that talk, it still took me a few days to muster up the courage to reach out. Eventually, I did. I figured at worst, you’d never get back to me and I’d carry on as I always did.
We’re actually floored by how our writing about our beloved hobby of gaming resonated so strongly with someone, but we’re so glad it did! Rachel and I definitely started our joint blog in order to reach out to fellow gamers, especially if one considers that the only close gaming buddy we have is each other. However, sometimes with our schedules — me with a day job and pet sitting, Rachel with working on and collaborating with other authors on her main blog along with babysitting — it’s difficult to reach out and develop even stronger relationships with other gamers. I’m definitely grateful that Jett made the first move past the occasional comment we tossed at each other’s posts, and quickly came to admire the posts, streams and videos Jett constantly puts out.
Working with Jett on streams, both his Boss Rush show and for the Extra Life charity stream, in these past six to seven months has given us so many more connections with fellow gamers and writers alike. The support to our own streams that Jett has given us has been nothing short of fantastic, as well!
One of the big reasons I started blogging was because I wanted to share my passions with like-minded people but also to inspire others whether they have the same interests or not. I do that through my main blog but Kris and I decided to start Double Jump and reach out to the world through gaming. It blows my mind that, even though Double Jump is still a toddler, we had that kind of an impact on you, Jett. Because that’s what I’ve always wanted to do – inspire others, make friends, and share the love of gaming. Of course, I never imagined we’d be collaborating so much. You’ve helped us grow in more ways than one and we always value your opinions and help.
Aw, thank you both (blush)! Glad to have been a positive influence on you two, as you’ve done the same for me. We’ve collaborated a bunch all over the internet at this point, and all of our interactions big and small have been wonderful. Whether we’re liking each other’s Instagram posts, or getting super mushy in a written post like this, making appearances on each other’s Twitch channels – including the time you give me the opportunity to share fart stories on your Twitch channel – I cherish them all. Maybe not so much my fart story, but you can’t win them all. It’s so cool to me that we’ve lived completely separate lives up until this point and now they’ve converged in this really cool way.
Admittedly, I was not expecting our friendship to go the way it did. I greatly enjoyed writing those first posts with you, but I saw a potential outcome where we just never got around to collaborating again. Not for malicious reasons, but just we each move on with our respective agendas and nothing more comes out of it. Unbeknownst to me, around the time we were writing those posts, you two started streaming. I think I stumbled on it by happenstance and that’s where I first saw you two play The Lion King. I felt like that was a turning point, as that seemed like where we started to get to know each other better.
Hey, you voluntarily told that fart story, haha! Nevertheless, all the stories we’ve shared between streams and posts have been fantastic, and to have each other’s support for our endeavors — mostly video game related, but occasionally other life goals — is something that not everyone gets. I’ll forever be grateful that we have each other for that.
I’m glad that we became friends rather than mere acquaintances on this journey! While we’re always excited for the achievements that all of our blogging friends have made, being in a creative field such as writing and entertaining via streams, can be extremely competitive. Having others to be excited with you when good things come your way through hard work is absolutely squad goals!
I’m so bummed (no pun intended) that I missed the fart story… I have plenty of fart stories. But anyway, we had been wanting to stream for so long and finally got around to it. Thankfully you were there to help fix our technically difficulties (more times than we can count). I think it was just all good timing. And I do agree with Kris – I love how we’re able to collaborate in various ways and cheer each other on all the time.
Rachel, I look forward to hearing your fart stories! Doesn’t matter where we are on the internet, I’m all ears. As for the streaming part, I vividly remember one night during one of your early streams where the frame rate started to drop really badly. Though we’d never actually spoken voice-to-voice before, I felt compelled to give you a call to try and troubleshoot the issue. Screen resolutions and bitrates are an odd icebreaker, but in the moment, it was more important to try and assist if I could. So proud to see your channel grow the way it has since then, and I’m always available to help you out however I can, even if that means playing the role of tech support, behind-the-scenes clipper, or whatever other role helps me contribute positively to your ventures.
Some of the most fun I’ve ever had during streaming was hanging out with you Kris while playing Pokemon on stream. The matches were great, but just hanging out and talking about completely unrelated stuff really felt like we’ve been friends all along. Considering how we didn’t even know each other at the start of the year, that was next-level cool. Rachel, you and I have yet to battle, but I look forward to us hanging out like that sometime, just chatting about life while Pokemon is in the background. Hopefully you’ve got an answer for my Snorlax though! And of course, all three of us hanging out in some form, whether the internet sees or not, will only get better with time.
At this point, I’ll collaborate with you two on anything and cheer you on in everything. Never foresaw any of this happening, but this friendship is really special and I’ve been blessed to have made this connection with you. Looking forward to what the future may hold for us!
Considering we were brand new to streaming and had no idea how the screen resolutions and bitrates could affect our stream, we are forever grateful for that icebreaker. Moreover, we’re incredibly thankful that you were kind enough to reach out to help us with that in the first place. Sharing what you’ve learned from your own streams to help us was wonderful of you!
Being able to stream with each other — whether watching and getting yelled at by your autobot for excitedly using all caps in your chat or joining each other’s streams for some Pokemon battles — is still amazing to me. If you allow me to go into Grandma mode for a moment, way back when I first started gaming as something to pass the time, I never imagined that I would be able to be in such close touch with a friend in another country! It’s been a fantastic ride so far, and here’s to it never slowing down!
This is going to sound corny, but it really goes to show how powerful blogging and communication can really be. Thanks for all you do, Jett!
Thank you for Kris and Rachel for everything! I’m not sorry for making your blog all mushy. You deserve all of the love! I’m sure we’ll make it a point to continue crossing paths whenever we can. #teamkris #teamrachel #triplejump