I’ve haven’t really been one for New Year’s resolutions for a while. When I was younger, it was a great benchmark to look at my past year and try to make myself a bit better in the coming year. Of course, my follow through on these resolutions was pretty hit or miss, so it tended to lead to disappointment and a bit of self-deprecation in the end. For a while now, my “resolution” has just been to “be better”. Be a better person, be a better son; whatever was pertinent.
This isn’t to say that I’m against the idea of resolutions. Plenty of people use them as reminders of how they want to be and what they are doing to achieve their goals. While I have a couple of thoughts as to how I want to improve in upcoming days, weeks, and months, this has turned me toward my gaming and blog habits.
I mean, let’s face it- 2018 has not been a hot year for a lot of people for a myriad of reasons. Maybe having a few goals in mind could help me with reaching some desired results and working toward being a “better” me. After a lot of thinking and retrospect over this last rotation around the Sun, I’ve come up with a few aspirations I have going forward.
Write More Regularly
I’ve actually managed to stick to my goal of not beating myself up when I don’t post frequently. Life is unpredictable and a lot of things, both negative and positive, can really muck up a writing schedule when it’s not paying your bills. I had a good solid amount of time, though, where I was putting out content regularly and got into a rhythm that seemed to suit me well.
Things came up. I started a new job that didn’t have regular hours and life became a bit of an overturned toy box for a number of reasons. I’ve done very little to hide that depression has been a big factor in my disconnect at times- and that’s okay, too. Mental health is important. While writing has been a mitigator in curbing some of my more depressive states, getting the ball rolling has been a struggle at times.
I don’t plan on having stringent deadlines or pushing myself to write when I can’t; nothing good comes from that so far as I’ve experienced. What I do want to do, though, is work on writing more pieces in between reviews. I’ve really enjoyed writing the overviews for Fire Emblem and the Atelier series. I miss jotting out a quick Top 5 article to get some discussion and conversation going. I’ve wrapped my head around the idea that not every post has to be a deep dive into the innards of a game that doesn’t warrant it. Sometimes it’s nice to just write to get some thoughts out there.
Read More Regularly
My goal was to read at least three to five posts a day. I love a lot of the blogs and bloggers I’ve come to get to know through this medium. They put out some amazing work and opinions. Not to mention that my interactions with the folks behind these blogs have been eye-opening and have made me feel like a part of a community of sorts.
If you think it’s tough to write while depressed, though, you should see me trying to focus on an article in that state. Between working with some of the attention deficit I have and events going on around me, I haven’t read nearly as much as I would like. Slowly, though, I’ve been getting back that spark to hone in and really dig into some good books, blogs, and articles lately. I feel like this goal may not be as hard to reach in the future- so long as I actually stay cognisant regarding the goal itself!
Game For the Sake of Gaming
This isn’t a hard goal for me at this point, but it’s one I’ve tried to keep at the forefront of my blogging mind. I grew up playing games. They’ve been my getaways, my friends when I’m lonely, and my art and composition studies. I want to write about games because I love them and discussing them. It’s the same reason I love discussing horror movies and comic book characters. There is so much to be passionate about- but that passion doesn’t work (at least to me) if I don’t enjoy what I’m being passionate about.
I’ve talked to a few friends who have been streaming and writing lately, and the consensus seems to be the same- play games when you want to and play what you love (or think you might enjoy, at least). Don’t get me wrong- if 3PStart suddenly takes off or I suddenly start seeing income from my writing, I may have the occasional duty to perform. I don’t see this as being more than a passion project for a long time, though, and I’m actually okay with that. This is why you’re going to see the same articles going forward on weird obscure games, retro titles, indie hits, and the rare looks into the current superstar games. I’ll be more than happy to have you along for the ride!
Let’s Ring in the Holidays and the New Year!
There’s so much more to say and plenty of other goals to reach that are a bit less “personal”. I’d love to give the site a visual overhaul among a few other quality-of-life improvements.
Saying thanks to everyone who reads, comments, interacts or any combination of those things feels important. This community has meant a lot to me. So many of you are so hard-working in your lives and with your hobbies and blogs of your own that I feel pretty amazing that you stop and check out my little corner of the Internet when you do. I strive for positivity and analytical conversation, and I get it in spades here and with plenty of folks on Twitter.
Whether you’re a few miles away or across an ocean from here, just know that your hard work and passions are admired- even if I haven’t gotten to leave many comments or interact much with you. I’ve got my goals going forward to try to rectify some of that, and I’m sure everyone who reads this has their own, as well.
If you want to share some, I’d love to engage in discussion. If not, I wish you well on whatever your goals are going into the next indeterminate amount of time and hope to engage with many more of you throughout!
Until next we meet!
– Matt (a.k.a. The3rdPlayer)