Wow, just… wow. So July was my best month when it comes to views even though I only posted on its bookends. The previous best month for me was July of last year. My blog was still very new and I was going through the naive phase where I could do anything with this new platform. I didn’t have a job at the time and was void of many of the responsibilities I have today, leading to the stupid decision to have a post every weekday. Combine that with my most controversial post about the Trayvon Martin case and how I felt like it was causing an even greater racial split in America and I had the recipe for my best month of views.
I think that post was a kick in the pants for me. When I finish writing something I post links in a few places in a weak attempt to find new people. One of the sites I linked that post to, a site that doesn’t exist anymore, was populated by a large amount of people who would tend to stereotype what I was saying without even reading it. Several people commented in the site when I posted this opinion, criticizing me of being racist and asking me if English was even my fist language (it is, to be clear). That was the last time I ever posted on that site since it was apparent that I would be judged unfairly, and that the sole intent of linking my posts there was not working. Instead of drawing readers I drew ignorant judgement.
Luckily that was the only bad experience I’ve had with this blog. It’s crazy for me when I think back to what I was thinking when it first started. I was inspired to make a place for my own thoughts when it came to video games and life in general when my favorite video game site, The Loading Bar, was shut down. They soon started a new endeavor and it’s awesome to see people overcome adversity. Now I’m here typing on my laptop because there’s one or two people who actually read what I post. To be honest, I have no idea how many people actually follow me and how many just click on a link from their Google search, abandoning it soon after. If you’re someone who reads most of what I post, I wish I could meet you and shake your hand. I’d have to ask you what you’re doing with your life… If you’re someone who just clicked on a link in your Google search… what did you search to find this post?
I have this weird, stupid dream of working in video game journalism. I know that it’s not a job that’s very fun or as amazing as little kids may think it is, but it would be awesome to just be a part of this amazing thing we have. Video games are the best thing to come from the invention and refinement of computers, in my opinion. Games have the opportunity to educate, entertain, bring people together, and to provide a place of solace in the storms of life. They have their flaws, their ability to tear lives apart, but this is why there needs to be people whose job it is to inform. This is what I want to do. Hopefully this blog will serve as a body of work that shows I can do this, whether I do a standout job or not. I’ve only been going at this for a little over a year, but give me a few more years, a degree in psychology and journalism, and a lot of practice. Maybe all this will end up serving a purpose after all.
Also, this is post number 100! Hurrah for milestones!