Monday, October 21, 2013

Back to the Future: Where The Sofa is Waiting is headed

Back from a week long vacation, today I am going to break a bit from my normal routine and posting style. The reasoning for this is twofold. First, it is a way to easy myself back into the rhythm of posting after taking a bit of time off. Second, and most importantly, I want to talk a bit about some of the changes that will be happening with the blog itself (all good in my opinion) both immediately and over the next few months.


I think the most important thing to let everyone know is that I have accepted two games writing positions. In the next few weeks you should start to see my work popping up on GeekBinge (www.geekbinge.com) and the UK StudentCom Portal (www.studentcom.co.uk). While my commitments in terms of length and style of article are a bit of a deviation from the stuff I have been producing over the past few months, both sites provide me with an opportunity for exposure well beyond what I ever imagined I could achieve in a few short months of blogging. While I would love to maintain the daily posting on my own site, the reality is that my available time won't be able to accommodate this. In short, you can expect to see a bit of reduction in my posting frequency on The Sofa is Waiting (but still a few posts a week!). I want to be clear that this does not mean an overall reduction in the content I will be producing (in fact, it is quite the opposite) it just means that you may have to visit a few different places to get it all. Of course, I will do my best to communicate the articles I am working on and direct you to them (and hopefully you will check out all the other great content on those sites too)!

With the above in mind, I think that it is a natural point to start transitioning my own blog into a more personal space. You may have noticed some of my more recent articles have started to hit this tone. I intend to provide more content along the lines of my recent Sofa Stories and Playlists. I had a blast writing these pieces but I realize that this style is not really appropriate outside the sphere of my personal blog. In other words, I don't expect to be able to write a lot of these kinds of pieces for other sites but really enjoy writing them so I may as well use my personal space as a place to play a little. I also love writing the more socially conscious pieces (such as my post on gender inequality) and I am hoping that they will be acceptable submissions for the other sites I am writing for. On this note, I am intending to use my weekly Playlist article to help give everyone an idea of what to expect to be going up on these other sites; a sneak preview for the week to come (although I have little control over exactly when my submissions will be published). I hope that the more personal angle is enjoyable to read and I would appreciate any feedback to make it better.

Long term, I have made little secret about wanting to transition to writing about games in a professional capacity. I am still a ways off from quitting the day job but I feel like these new opportunities are a step in the right direction. That said, I will always maintain this blog as long as I have the desire to write and a passion for gaming; it is a place where I can say whatever I want and I doubt that will ever grow old. I sincerely enjoy writing and it is especially awesome to use it as a platform to discuss my hobby with people around the world. I hope my love for games comes through in my writing and I hope to continue to build my readership here even as I venture out. All said, there is no place as comfortable as the sofa at home but it is nice to get out of the house every now and then.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my work, it is truly inspiring to connect with you all.

-Danny