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I suppose this blog could be called my 'Swan Song' but hopefully that won't be the case. I haven't been blogging as much here lately, and that's mostly been on purpose. I had limited myself to one a week in an effort to work on quality over quantity. In a way, it has worked. I'm still not at the level I'd like to be, but that will come. I hope.
I don't want to say that I'm 'Moving on to greener pastures' but that feels like what I'm doing. GIO has been pretty green, and I've enjoyed my year and change writing here. I've met some great people and writers, and I've seen several people come and go. It's my turn to Go.
My goal has always been to get my writing seen by the important people in video game journalism. I started blogging on GIO for that sole purpose, so I could eventually work/write for Game Informer. Unfortunately, I don't have a degree, so I was letting my writing speak for itself.
It feels a little bit like I've failed, but not entirely. Andy McNamara praised one of my blogs on Twitter, and some of my pieces have several hundred views, so it's getting seen. It has just been a slow process. Not until recently have I felt that I was actually going somewhere.
My very good friend joyfulpenguin alerted me to a staff writing gig with The Game Effect ( thegameeffect.com ). I applied, on a whim, and was offered the job. I accepted (along with a few other GIOers). I have been trying to juggle which ideas to turn into GIO blogs, and which to post as articles on TGE, but it's extremely difficult. I feel that if I continue to try to do both, I'll succeed at neither. Something's got to give. I believe that, for my future (if I'm to have one) in the business, I have to move on.
That's not to say that I'm leaving GIO entirely. I'll still lurk when I have free time, and sporadically comment on blogs. As for writing, I have to focus on one site. Unfortunately, I'm restricted with my internet situation, or I would likely try to do both.
I would like to thank this community, though. You all accepted me as one of your own with haste when I joined back in March of 2012. I've been able to write things from video games to personal topics involving my family. Feedback has been outstanding, comments have been steady on my blogs, and some of you seem to actually look forward to my writing. For all of that, I truly do appreciate it. You all have given me some much needed confidence to continue to pursue game journalism.
If you're interested, visit The Game Effect. It's a relatively new site with a small community. Daniel Jones is the Editor in Chief, so you know it's a good place to stop in every once in a while (hopefully more). You all know him better as Indie, cohost of the Jacked Up Indie and Mojo Show. I personally haven't done much over there, but that's soon to change. I'll still be on Twitter (name on my GIO page) if you wish to discuss game things and non-game things alike. I tend to be an acquired taste, however.
I guess that's about it? Thanks you guys/gals. Who knows... if things don't work out, I may return... someday.