It’s been 1,095 days since embarking on my adventure in blogging. As much as I’d love to have something, really…anything prepared for an anniversary post – a set of goals for the coming year, accomplishments, etc. I decided to keep this post short and sweet.
I feel like I have come a long way since deciding to nudge myself just outside my comfort zone and start something like capturing some of my thoughts about video games as a blog. I still remember sitting at my workplace desk, feeling as if both my youth and sanity were being steadily depleted, before I began scribbling down some random ideas I felt I could actually do as a means to regain something made me…uh, me. Starting out it was both exciting and terrifying as I had absolutely no idea what I was doing other than trying to transfer my thoughts and other half-baked ideas into semi-coherent sentences.
In many ways, I still feel like I’m still one of the new kids around the playground and have no damn clue what I’m doing. The entire experience thus far has been, I dunno….transformative? life-changing?(possible hyperbole). I’ve managed to interact with so many different cool people and has even led to opportunities like playing and writing about a few upcoming games – this still sounds bizarre saying out loud and would never have happened had I NOT gone against my initial instincts. The fact that I even felt confident enough(?) to branch out from there and try different creative outlets such as streaming or making a few short videos is nothing short of amazing considering my default response is usually just….do nothing.
Despite a few setbacks the past year or so, the decision to begin blogging and inception of Gaming Omnivore has impacted me in more ways than I can properly articulate.
A long December and there’s reason to believe, maybe this year will be better than the last…
Greetings! It’s been a few….<ahem>weeks since my last post and I wanted to write up a quick update, if for no other reason than starting off the new year on the right foot. 2021 was a year full of ups and downs. There were many positives to be found in my third year on WordPress and second year on Twitch, along with some negatives as well. I found myself having a hard time feeling particularly motivated or engaged when it came to writing, especially the latter four months of the year where my output dropped to the point I have only managed to write three blog posts since September 26. I was still able to come up with different ideas that I liked, only to struggle to expand upon any of them as the times I would sit down at my computer to begin writing something, I ended up feeling unable to focus and compose any combination of words and phrases I was satisfied with. Stressing out about whether or not I’m able to do something consistently is counterproductive and I made it a point to not beat myself up too much about it – especially something I do purely for my own enjoyment. I ended up backing off a bit not only from WordPress, but also from social media and streaming a few different times over the year when I began to feel a bit overwhelmed. I’ve also noticed many others around the blogging community that have opted to go on hiatus over the course of the year, so it appeared I wasn’t alone in feeling like something was off and deciding to redirect some of that focus to rediscovering things that bring you joy and simply taking care of one’s self.
One consistent thing throughout 2021 was of course, video games. I found myself diving headfirst into gaming as an escape/diversion from everything else – endgame level grinding in Dragon Quest XI, obsessively working towards the platinum trophy in Returnal or simply playing Halo Infinite multiplayer for hours on end. There have been some great games that I played in 2021, whether released just this past year or not and I have been formulating a list of my favorites. I have a gaming blog, so it’s practically a rule that I make up an end of the year list, right? That should be completed sometime between now and this time next year…..keeping expectations in check and all.
It seems I’ve started rambling a bit, per usual, so I’d like to conclude this with wishing you all a happy new year full of great things and a sincere thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read/comment/share anything I’ve written on this site. It truly means a lot.