Monday, October 24, 2016
Proud to announce...
Starting very soon, I'll be writing for Speedcubeshop on a blog right on speedcubeshop.com!
As I've already mentioned before, Speedcubeshop is an amazing site and business. Their prices are good and their selection is wide, which is a very good thing in and of itself, but that's not what makes them special. Their customer service is beyond any other business I've ever known - packages are almost always shipped same day as long as you order before the cutoff, emails are replied to often instantaneously, problems are resolved extraordinarily fast, and throughout the entire process you're usually talking to Cameron Brown, the owner and face of the shop, directly. I've never heard any negative feedback towards Speedcubeshop, not 6 years ago when I was still cubing, and not since 5 months ago as I restarted.
What's more, Speedcubeshop is involved directly in the community, to the extent where Cam often comes and chats with us on our r/cubers Discord server directly. Everything just feels so personal. When you order from Speedcubeshop, you don't feel like you're ordering from a store; you feel like you're ordering from a member of the community who wants just as much as you do for your order to proceed seamlessly and quickly and for you to receive excellent products.
Starting soon I'll be working directly with Speedcubeshop and writing for them. Reviews for new products will now be sponsored by them, which would let me publish much more easily and make sure all of you are up to date on the latest puzzles. Cameron was kind enough to offer me a blog right on the site, which could create some interesting possibilities of integrating reviews right into product pages, which hopefully might simplify the selection process for all of you. :)
Of course, you all may have concerns - wouldn't me writing directly for them bias the reviews? Well, I don't intend to change anything about my analysis of the products I'm reviewing - if I don't like a cube I will still say I don't, just as I will say I like a cube if I do. The same objective metrics will still be there, as will my subjective opinion. Of course, working with Speedcubeshop it would make no sense for me not to suggest purchasing from there - but know that I do this not just because of my affiliation, I do it because I genuinely believe it's the best option.
What's to become of this blog? Not sure yet. I'll probably still write a few reviews here and there, depending on the cube and the content. I might also delve into a few DIY projects, and anything I think of that would be out of place on the Speedcubeshop blog, such as a cube review of a cube they don't carry, will end up on here.
I couldn't be more excited to start this endeavour with Speedcubeshop! I'm sure this will be a great thing to all of us, whether that's me as a writer, Speedcubeshop as a cube shop, or you as a faithful audience.
As a final note, I want to say a sincere, heartfelt thank you to everyone who's read my blog. Over the past few months this blog has grown larger than I ever thought it would, and that is what has allowed me to do everything I've done and gain the opportunity to work with Speedcubeshop. None of this would have been possible without you! :)
I look forward to seeing you again soon, whether it's on this very same blog or on speedcubeshop.com!