How do you approach your first post? I have had this idea to start a blog for a long time now. The problem was that I didn’t know how to get it started. I still don’t know if I actually do. I had a few ideas. Maybe I would just start putting up pieces and not address it at all. Should I push publish with only one piece up or should I wait until I had a handful of pieces to share? The ideas eventually turned into fear. What if my ideas aren’t interesting? What if nobody reads them? What if I can’t come up with a single original thought?
The more I thought about how to start, the more nervous I began to feel about this process. I’ve never written anything before outside of a school setting, and I have definitely never written anything about games. What pushed me back into focus was remembering why I wanted to do this in the first place. I’m not trying to get as many views as I can. I’d honestly be happy if I were the only one to see this. I’m also not trying to make a living doing this. Of course, that’s not to say I wouldn’t be happy if I got a lot of views and made a livable wage writing about games, but that’s not why I’m here right now.
I’ve always wanted to write as a way to get my thoughts out of my head in a productive manner. Social media is one way to go about this, and I am part of a wonderful gaming community, but that comes with a myriad of baggage and distractions. (Not to mention that long form writing does not work well with most social media.) Ultimately, I’m here writing right now, because I want to get better at expressing myself and my ideas. By making my thoughts and ideas public, I force myself to spend more time thinking about how to express them and open myself up to (hopefully) constructive criticism from my peers. With that being said, I will always be open to any advice about my writing. I welcome it.
So what am I going to write about? I’m not entirely sure yet. While most pieces will probably be about games directly, I’m also hoping to look at other aspects of life through the lens of games. How does gaming affect other aspects of our lives? I’m also very interested in the gaming community and how social politics affects that community. This could be a touchy subject for some, but everything I believe comes from a place of love and respect for everyone. Because I am hoping to post something at least once a week, some pieces may just be the mad ramblings of someone with no ideas at all. Only time will tell.
And so it begins. This will be posted in the next hour. Once it’s up, I’m committing to it for the foreseeable future. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit anxious about publishing this page. I feel like I’m exposing myself in some way. Mostly, though, I’m excited to finally start this journey. My plan for the next few weeks is to get into my game of the year picks. I will be writing not only about my ten favorite games of 2017, but also about other categories as well. Some of these will include the best moments in games and the best new characters.
And now it’s time to push the button.
Aaron (me) is a lover of games, Extra Life member, Twitch streamer, and husband. I have never written much before, so I apologize if things start a little rough. I hope to improve in time.