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I applaud BlackHeartedWolf for undertaking yet another lofty
community oriented blogging project so of course I am compelled to support it
however I can, even if it means doing something I historically don't do...blogging
about myself. Sure I blog a lot and yes, the traditional blog is nothing more than
an individual's perspective on a given subject. But seldom do I write about these
types of questions.
Where Am I As A
Honestly, I don't really consider myself a writer as much as
I consider myself a gamer who likes to write about video games. Even though I haven't
received any formal training on writing, I do a fair amount of it in my line of
work - everything from presentations briefed to Admirals to award citations
that are presented for noteworthy accomplishments. But blogging for me is an
escape from the formality and constraints often required of formal writing. So,
to answer the question of where I am from a writing perspective, I would say I'm
blessed beyond measure but right where I want to be. I've achieved far more
than I imagined and much more than I deserve. I've blogged in all sorts of
locations before and about a myriad of different topics...and as good ole
Dorothy once said, "There's no place like home." For me, Game Informer is
currently that home.
I've made some long lasting friendships, met some amazing
people, have amassed an audience who, for whatever bizarre reason, enjoy my
posts, and I've had the pleasure of talking with various staff members who
publish the best video game magazine in the world. My writing at Game Informer
has provided me with so many unique and wonderful opportunities, I really
couldn't ask for more. At this point, I'm not looking for glory and riches or
even employment opportunities as a writer or video game journalist. Honestly, I'm
not even sure I have what it takes, besides maybe the experience of being
around for a long time and being exposed to so many different games and systems
- but I'm not entirely sure that's a pre-requisite. I've written for money
before and frankly it stole the joy of writing for me. I have a job and am
under contract for at least another 2 years, so right now my focus is
(obviously) being successful at my job and having fun with my blogging. I think
I'm doing that.
Where Do I Hope To
End Up With My Writing
Good question. In Fantasy Land I suppose I hope Gabe Newell
happens across one of my blogs, recognizes a spark of creative genius and
offers me a very high paying job at Valve for the rest of my life or as long as
I choose to work there. I'll have a wonderful office all to me adorned with all
kinds of memorabilia from the Valve games. Maybe even my own Gordon Freeman crowbar.
But alas, this is the real world and not fantasy land, so my answer is much simpler.
This harkens back to the first question where I said I'm just a gamer who
writes, so I really don't think about what it will result in. I mean, we have
some bloggers who are English Majors studying to be journalists, supporting
their college newspapers...and we have me...some old guy in the Navy who's played
video games with Noah on the Ark and instead of chiseling his thoughts out on
stone tablets, he types them up and posts them online.
Do I Aspire To Be A
Full On Gaming Journalist
No. Not really. I have two years and maybe more before I can
depart active duty service and pursue a career for the first time ever in the civilian
world. Two years may or may not seem like a long time. Sometimes I feel like that's
an eternity away, and some days I feel like its right around the corner. One of
my hobbies (or mental disorders) is going to a bunch of the big names in the
video game industry, searching their job boards, and asking (or telling)
myself, "I can do that." After having devoted my life to the service and my
country, would I enjoy working in the video game industry? Absolutely. But I'm
not so sure it will be as a journalist. There is a lot more to the job than
meets the eye and there are is a ton of other career choices in the industry.
However, if Andy McNamara said, "Saint, send me your resume after you get out
of the Navy." I'd be a fool not to listen to the man.
Am I Happy Being An
Are there professional bloggers? I'm happy with being
whatever I am right now. If that's an amateur blogger, a wannabe blogger or
even a crappy blogger doesn't really matter. I've made a ton of friends; I'm enjoying
some great opportunities and smiling the whole time. At least on the inside.
Most people, including many of you (especially born4this and mojomonkey12 -
although they're getting better) probably don't get my unusual sense of humor.
I say that, because some people take my blogs much more serious than I even do.
The truth is, I'm seldom ever that serious.
What Typically Gives
Me Problems With Writing
Time. Not enough of it. I have so many ideas, projects,
unfinished blogs and other things I want to do but I never have enough time to
get to it all. And, word count limits. The assignment was to respond in
700-1000 words, which I take very seriously. My goal was to split the
difference and keep it to 850 words. But clearly I'm over that and will barely
make the 1,000 max.
And there you have it. A snapshot of me...just a regular gamer
who likes to write. In 980 words.