I write this in response to your Vlogbrothers video on september 30th. As you can probably tell, I am sort of a chronic procrastinator. This letter has been in the back of my mind for about a week now. I figure if I want it to have a chance of still being relevant, I have to write and post it now.
I have been a Nerdfighter since 2012. You and Hank are amongst the people I admire the most, not only because of how talented or succesful you are, but because of how generous and humble you both have been with your talent and success. I really like the direction Nerdfighteria is headed. I love all the new channels! I also enjoy your series in Ethiopia. Am I alone to think there’s potential here for a permanent channel about pwning world poverty? I’d be totally into that. Also, if you and Hank ever want to tour Canada, I would gladly help, particularly in Montreal. Hint, hint.
I think it’s nice that you and Hank would survey Nerdfighteria over which projects to prioritize. It feels good to know our opinion matter to you. I hope you know, however, that it would be VERY HARD for you to antagonize us. We’re willing to follow you pretty much wherever you want to take us. We trust you.
I guess what I’m saying is, I wouldn’t want you to feel too much pressure. I think I get it. You’ve had so much success these past few years, it builds expectations, and you aren’t sure you’ll be able to live up to them. I know how crippling that can be. And I think I speak for all of Nerdfighteria when I say this is the last thing we want.
On your last video, puff levels seemed perhaps a little too high, and I’m worried. Maybe you are burning out, maybe you were just having a bad day, I don’t know. But I realize that you didn’t really get a vacation since 2004, except for paternity leave, and that doesn’t really count.
Nerdfighteria told you via survey that they wanted you to spend more time with family. I believe Nerdfighteria would support a decision on yours and Hank’s part to take a vacation. Maybe take a month off, no videos whatsoever.? Maybe in january or february, after P4A. Or maybe two weeks in winter and two weeks in summer. Whatever, I’m sure you know best. You could take the opportunity to feature guest bloggers. That’s how I got to know WeezyWaiter and NerdyandQuirky, you know, and I subscribed to them both afterwards. Everybody wins : we discover new vloggers and you come back fresh and recharged. Absolutely no one would resent you for it.
I can only imagine how much pressure you must feel to write a new book after the success of The Fault in Our Stars. And I doubt the buzz around the Paper Towns movie is going to make it any easier. You hereby have my permission to TAKE YOUR TIME with you next book. As eager as I am to read it, I’m willing to wait a few years if that’s what it takes. I also give you permission to write a novel rather than a best-seller, if you know what I mean. I’m sure your next book will be good, but TFiOS was a New York Times best-seller for how long now? Your next book does not have to live up to that.
I’m sure you knew that already. I’m sure other people told you. I figured it couldn’t hurt to add my voice to theirs.
My first attempt at drawing a thing, and on what an occasion. Happy birthday, John Green ( fishingboatproceeds ) May the 37th year be even more full of awesome and devoid of suck than the 36 that have come before.
An indication of John’s anxiety. When John is nervous, he runs his hands over the top of his head, making his hair stick out and increasing the level of the puff. John’s writing and Vidcon tend to make puff levels very high.
I’m trying to hunker down and work on schoolwork and I’m feeling anxious and depressed and maybe it was my choices in food and I should check my blood sugar or maybe I’m stressing out but anyway I am somewhere between
It’s an essay. Due on Monday. I’m still not even sure what I’m writing it over. It’s used as the final. Has to be at least 8 pages.