⚓️ best of biv 2022
an NFT year in review
I’m closing out 2022 strong (but not Pudgy Penguins strong).
today’s newsletter will be some of my favorite and most popular posts throughout the year…with some 2023 BivNFT news at the bottom.
let’s reflect on 2022…but leave that POS (not proof-of-stake) in the rearview mirror. onward to 2023 which I can already *feel* will be better for us all.
a little (re)intro of myself
for those who may have *just* started reading my newsletter. hi. my name is biv (on the internet) and I love NFTs.
my journey with them began on NBA Top Shot, but the first *real* project I loved on Ethereum was (and still is) Cool Cats.
to say that Cool Cats had a rough year is an understatement. they hired a new CEO, they fired that CEO, then they hired a new CEO. they laid a bunch of their staff off, and they launched a “game” that wasn’t really a game at all.
they saw their 13 ETH price floor bleed out all the way down to 2 ETH at its lowest…and a lot of the NFT community (and influencers) moved on.
but not me.
through it all, I haven’t been able to quit them.
I suppose I could take the emotion out of it and start treating them like stocks, but if I do that…then what’s really the point?
call me crazy (or broke) but I still think NFTs should be treated as collectibles and art. behind my NFTs, there’s always a story…and if there’s not, then I’m in it for the wrong reasons.
what I’m about (that life)
to be fair, Cool Cats weren’t the only project to see *big* downturns this year.
I don’t know if you heard but crypto and NFTs went through a bear market. it wasn’t fun, but I suppose losing money is a part of life.
(no? just me?)
while a lot of our friends on NFT Twitter jumped ship and got back to being productive at their day jobs, I stuck around. and I tried my damn best to stay positive and keep writing.
I went from writing every weekday to dropping down to 2 days per week. but I kept reporting on the NFT news and trying to find *you* where the opportunities laid.
where did I land? I had *mostly* bad takes but I also laid out the criteria for a project that would thrive in a would-be bull market. they were:
now tell me that those 3 words don’t perfectly describe y00ts, Pudgy Penguins, and Sappy Seals…all of which are *ripping* right now.
turns out this post (above) was a banger…but as usual, I didn’t follow my own advice.
covering NFT news is still a full-time gig
speaking of bangers…remember when we all got obsessed with that typo ‘bagner’ and there was even a whole project made about it?
yes, the NFT world (despite the down market) never stopped being fun, entertaining, and ultimately…weird af.
we had people yelling at each other in Twitter Spaces, reply guys becoming legitimate online celebrities, and we had mfers, digits, and Goblins.
there were highs, there were lows, and there were monkey buttholes and rainbow vomit for some reason.
…and a community of outcasts came together to trade JPGs on the internet and somehow make it feel like home.
read these up while you can…
what a ride this year has been with BivNFT…I hit 100 issues, had my one-year anniversary, and even had a guest writer for a few editions.
so what’s on the agenda for BivNFT in 2023?
I’m not sure…as you know I go mostly off vibez here.
I do know there will be a premium version of BivNFT though. but don’t worry, it won’t affect anything *really*.
I’ll simply be charging to access my archive after 1 week. this means if you want to refer back to NFT news for some reason, you’ll need to upgrade to do so. pricing will be $5/month (because that is the Substack minimum), but I’ll probably just make it available for the year at $22.91 (my ENS digit).
I’ll leave the evergreen pieces 🌲 unlocked too.
I’m just trying to hit the ground running in 2023 and maybe make a few extra bucks on the side. if you need to FUD me now though, I’ll understand.
(dad joke voice) see you next year.