Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Upgrading the Town Center

It's been a few months since I've given a general update on the state of this blog and figured now was as good of a time as any as a lot of pretty significant stuff has happened over the last two weeks. Overall, I think the blog is going in a good direction even though it seems to be constantly morphing into something different than I initially envisaged. I'm really open to feedback, so if you want to see something in particular over the next while let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do to make it happen.

First, the biggest news over the last few months has been the launch of the Passion for Pixels podcast. It's been a bit of work to get it off the ground but my recording partner Stian has been really good for taking the ball on this one. We have six episodes recorded and just today the third one went live. We are planning on putting out a new episode every two weeks and have been sticking to a Tuesday release schedule which seems to work (I see no reason to change it). We've already received quite a bit of feedback both positive and constructive and I feel that, with every episode, the whole thing gets better. That said, it is a constant work in progress and I am new to the podcasting scene so would appreciate any advice on how we can make the show more entertaining. Also, if you have any topics you would like us to delve into, let us know!

One thing that you may have noticed when cruising the blog over the past few days is the sudden appearance of advertisements. I've tried to place them as unobtrusively as possible and am keeping them to a minimum. Hopefully their presence doesn't turn anyone off but I'm experimenting to see what sort of income they can bring. I'm not expecting much but intend to reinvest everything back into the blog. On that note,I have started to look into the possibility of getting a shared server (right now almost everything is hosted on blogspot) and will likely take the opportunity to migrate to a WordPress platform. A shared server will give me a bit more flexibility in hosting future podcasts and WordPress provides a lot more power than my current setup. Unfortunately, this stuff isn't free (though not terribly expensive either) so hence the ads. I have no definite plan on when this migration will take place but am hoping that it should be relatively seamless when it does - I'll be sure give more info as it comes.

In terms of content, a few changes have happened over the past five days that most of you probably haven't even noticed yet. First, I've stopped contributing for StudentCom.co.uk. The decision to stop writing for them was primarily fueled by a heavy real-work schedule in the next few months and I felt it was best to not spread myself too thin. I may return to StudentCom at some point and have left on amicable terms. But, at least for the immediate future, I won't have anything new go there. On the theme of concentrating my work, I've been speaking with the team at GeekBinge and intend to get a bit more active with the site. The most immediate result of this is that I'll be running my Twitch streams under the GeekBinge banner. I'm still putting replays up on my own YouTube channel for the time being but won't be surprised if this eventually migrates to GeekBinge's channel. I'm expecting that I may end up streaming a bit more and likely delve into Let's Play style broadcasts with a partner. My thought process with GeekBinge is one motivated primarily by exposure, the raw truth is that a lot more people are reading my stuff when it's posted there.

What this all means is that the articles I will be putting on the Sofa will be a bit more personal in nature. Playlists and Sofa Stories will still come, though I expect to be more directly chronicling my gaming life in kind of a journal format. I'm not exactly sure how it will work but I'm committed to posting at least one article a week - one thought I've had is to write about my best gaming moment of the week. It's a bit of a feeling out period with Geek Binge so a lot of this is up in the air but I definitely know I won't be shutting my blog down - it's a personal space where I don't have to worry about editors, political-correctness, or even attracting readership (though I hope people continue to enjoy my stuff).

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog! It really is awesome to get feedback so please keep the comments coming!