So about those changes I was talking about in the Blatherings

A change is as good as a holiday!

So a couple of Blatherings ago, I talked a little bit about some changes I want to make to the site.

Some are to the Blatherings themselves.  While they are not entirely disappearing, I don’t feel comfortable doing a regular co-hosted show and calling it ‘my blatherings’.  So the Blatherings will be reserved just for my special episodes, where I have something to say or want to talk about a particular topic.

The new show will still be Alpal and I, with occasional guests.  This is probably a change that is still a few weeks away, but it is a change that is coming.

The other side of the coin though is the written articles on the site itself.  I enjoy writing about games and pointing out upcoming things I am excited about, but it’s not all I wanted to write about.

I wanted to use the site as a way of going through my games library and making sure every game got played.  The fact I would be reviewing them guaranteed more than a quick solo playthrough and opinions formed that way.

Unfortunately, my desire to write about something every day has gotten in the way of this.  Instead of giving me some dedicated gaming time, I am turning away offers to play and organising game days.

If I was writing during games night, I would have missed 2008's Hurry'Cup for another 10 years!

I still read my gaming news and go for some different gaming web searches like always, but instead of playing a game and writing how it was I have been looking for the next bit of news.

Now I am not what I would consider a journalist.  I have stated I don’t have ties to gaming companies or sources of any sort.  Still, somehow over the last few months, I have managed to fall into a pattern of looking for the next ‘story’.

Because I write about how a bit of news has an impact on me, I have been happy with what I have been writing about.  The problem is, not something happens every day I want to write about.

This was starting to put a lot of self-imposed stress on myself, especially when I looked at the countdown on the right.  PAX Aus is my birthday and year-long celebrations all rolled into a single event, and I was getting worried about what I could do to keep content flowing in October.  Sure PAX is three days, but I am road tripping it this year followed immediately by a three-day work conference.

It was in looking at alternatives during this period before and after PAX Aus when I realised just how much I had gone off the path I intended.

PAX. It's my favourite time of year 🙂

It’s also when I came up with the simplest solution.  Why write every day?  Sure, there are plenty of times I will have a bit about a game announcement, Kickstarters that have caught my eye, or just a rant on the world as a whole.

But if I don’t have anything to write that day, then what’s the issue?  I am hoping you will agree with me when I say ‘None at all’.

So probably in about a fortnight, you will see me writing a bit less than I have been.  I won’t stop, it’s simply that I will be rediverting my energy into some other areas of the site I have been looking at doing.

First and foremost will be Reviews.  Less pressure on myself to write something new every day means more energy to write reviews more often!  I don’t have a firm time yet for when this begins, but Reviews will be coming every week in the future at a minimum.  Every now and then (like when I am on the road!) there will be extras 🙂

Second is Videos.  Now I am not talking about streaming, I am too old and too tired for that kind of schedule.  One reason I have not done videos up until now is time – video editing is very time-consuming, and time writing is less time to edit video.

What sort of videos?  Some of my older video classic games playthroughs, and some board game ‘how to play videos’ definitely.  I have some other ideas as well, such as Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game.  Rodney Smith did a great video over on Watch It Played (a site I recommend for all board gamers), but there have been comments on a ‘spoiler’ playthrough.

Now I am not really comfortable with a full playthrough of a game that hasn’t even been fully released worldwide.  Especially one with as many spoilers such as Detective.  But, a video with some actual gameplay of ‘must hit’ locations and working examples of the Antares Database in action would fill in some blanks from the manual and the instructional video.

A video of the first few hours, showing the mechanics in action - what do you think? Something you would watch?

Videos would be on a when done basis, and if I can get into a groove I may even extend into the video review realm as well!  As I said, editing takes a lot of time and I am far from proficient at it yet, but I won’t say never.

So what do you think?  Would going the occasional day or two without a small article be worth more gaming reviews and content in the long run?  Let me know what you think!

Until next time,

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