The Problems With Starting a Blog #17 14/04/2018

Do you ever start writing a post and then realize that even though some things have happened it just doesn’t seem worth writing about but you know that probably once you get started the thoughts will just start coming, passing through from your mind in a rambling rant somehow finding it’s way to your hands and your fingers just get possessed…ah wait, here they come.

I could feel myself slipping. The obsession with the blog and changing things have really started to wear me down. I remember having the same kind of thoughts more than a couple of years ago when I had my initial break down after my ex and I split up. The feelings are all too familiar. I kind of shrugged it off because the last time, I let them get into my head and if I didn’t feel like writing then I wouldn’t. I would procrastinate until eventually, a point reached where the blog was never a thought in my head again and we all know how that turned out, don’t we? I kept on going through so points to me.

On Thursday night I went over to Andrew’s house. In case I didn’t mention it Andrew is a guy from work who I swear is nerdier than I am. He’s keen on the retro podcast idea, discussing old games and generally just having a good time. The idea for this night was to get the right equipment and software that we needed in order to record the games of whatever we were playing. The night did not go as expected. We could not for the life of us find a decent program that we could use to record gameplay and we battled to have two mic sources going through to the same pc. Apparently, we need to do a bit more research. It’s a little frustrating because once I get a bee in my bonnet, I have to charge now. We will see what happens next week though, hopefully, we make some progress on that front.

I did, however, make some progress in another avenue last night. I’ve recently obtained an early model PS4 camera which I was super stoked about unfortunately the PS4 camera is kind of redundant for what I want to use it for.

*An article will be coming out next week on ways Sony could improve the camera functionality including voice commands.

I was hoping that you could record gameplay without streaming and have the camera record myself and whoever else was involved in the process. Sadly, not. The camera only really works well when it comes to a live stream, so I’m still trying to figure out a workaround for that. Greg is coming over tomorrow so we can do an actual game stream podcast and I’d like everything to be ready.

The other set of good news is that I had no idea that I had a Twitch account. I must have created it years ago. I’m under the impression that you need to pay money to even sign up to Twitch. I stand corrected on that, I haven’t really done all that much research into it yet as I’ve been pretty busy keeping up with Twitter. Last night I was able to record a successful Twitch stream.  I was then able to export it to my new YouTube channel. It’s really rough though. Admittedly I have no idea how to act. When I’ve watched other Twitch or YouTube personalities everything just flows so easily for them. I have no idea what to say so I end up speaking in point form or not speaking for a few seconds at a time. Plus, I have nothing really unique to offer anyone that comes to my channel. My end goal is to somehow be able to do this kind of thing and make money from it so I can leave my job and actually enjoy what I do. Hell, I’m even considering going to Patreon to see if that works.

The other thing that I became interested in was the Extra Lives live streaming for a cause service. I had heard about Extra Lives before but because I didn’t have decent internet at the time I really didn’t see the point. It would be nice to game for a charity and that sort of thing but honestly, I would want the money I could potentially make to go to a wellness clinic of some sort. I’m not against helping kids at all but that is what I’m passionate about at this current moment in my life. It’s something that warrants more investigation.

One thing really bummed me out though which contributed to me not posting last night. I worked really hard on my article Spider-Man Then & Now and it’s hardly getting any traction. I’ve promoted it on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Tumblr, Linkedin and nothing. It sucks when you’ve actually worked pretty hard on an article and no one notices it. I’m not saying it’s the best article but even I can say objectively that I put a lot of work into and it and although it’s not great it means something to me. It suck’s that no one has acknowledged it yet.

Then, the highlight of last night. While obsessing over other things, I decided to tweet at Chris Baker. If that name sound familiar that’s great. I actually mentioned him in my Spider-Man article and linked to his YouTube channel. He was a developer on a quite a number of Spider-Man games and I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I could interview this guy and get the skinny of the development process and how it might differ from the other games in the genre. The DM tweet didn’t go through to him so I contacted him directly on his site and left him a public tweet on Twitter. Luckily, he replied that he could go do it for me but it won’t be any time soon. He’s a really busy guy and I want to do some more research on what he has done. I don’t want to seem like a total spaz when interviewing him. I think that’s a great way to start this blog off right though.

There is still so much more that I want to do and fine tune. All the social platforms have their own resolutions and it’s annoying to have to resize my Gamers Therapy logo over and over without losing quality and making sure it fits on each platform accordingly. I also need to try to get a decent intro to videos on YouTube. So much to do, so little time.

‘Till next time!

 

2 comments on “The Problems With Starting a Blog #17 14/04/2018

  1. About the blog and blogging, you might want to follow a fellow named Cristian Mihai (https://cristianmihai.net). (Also, sorry about the link if WP decides to mark this comment as spam.) Mr. Mihai is an incredibly successfully blogger whose site is always full of great advice for new and seasoned bloggers alike. I’ve found some of of his blogging tips to be very helpful, and he seems like quite the nice person to have around on WP.

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