Eep! I almost forgot to do this today. I’ve been trying to get a friend moved out of her place, and The G.A.M.E.S. Blog was conducting writer interviews, so it’s been a busy day. I haven’t slept yet since I first got up, so this one totally still counts even though there’s technically still going to be a day between this post and my last one. Anyway…I don’t know what to write about.
I suppose I could write about writing. Though I’m enjoying my volunteer positions and I never want to leave The G.A.M.E.S. Blog permanently, I’m still looking for a paid position in tech or video game journalism. Why don’t I just give up on all of this and try for a well-paying engineering job? Well…I guess goals can change. Also, I’m still waiting for the right company. If I could do tech work for the right place (read: not some place that’s government contracted), I think I could be happy.
If I had never started this blog in the first place, I might not have ever considered changing my mind. Blogging reminded me that writing was always a wonderful creative outlet in my life, and now I don’t want to let it go ever again. I have a tech background and I love geeky things, so I figure as long as I keep writing and seeking out opportunities, I’ll land my dream job some day. (Also, I’ve been drawing inspiration from posts like this over at Otaku Journalist. It’s a great site, especially for aspiring geek writers.) I’ve also gotten really good at researching for articles and getting short-form posts done, but I want to expand my skill set.
To that end, I recently picked up Fraps, and I’m hoping to try doing some video walkthroughs or something for TGB. I haven’t played with it much yet, but I think the first thing I want to make is a tutorial on the Portal 2 level editor that came out earlier this year. After that, I’m not sure. Got any suggestions?
I also want to get into podcasting. (I’m taking suggestions for topics!) It seems like all the journalism jobs I find say it would be a great bonus if you’re familiar with audio and video editing software, so I figure I should move this up on my “life skills to learn” list. It’s been on said list for a while, but this is something I could play around with immediately using open source tools, so why not do it now? Maybe I’ll become Internet famous!
It’s weird, though. I don’t want to just abandon my tech background for journalism because the tinkerer in me is still an important part of who I am. One microcontroller project I’ve been mulling over for a while is a quiver that can cycle through different arrow types like Hawkeye’s from The Avengers. I feel like it would be pretty simple (mostly getting a stepper motor to spin the way I want it to), and it would get me back into a little hardware work. I also want to create my own website and eventually migrate my blog there. The free WordPress site has been kind to me, but I’d like a little more freedom with my blog’s look, so paying for hosting and playing with site building seems like a good idea. Do you have any skills you’d like to pick up?
Ultimately, I guess I’m still figuring things out. I do know that my college experience shaped who I am, but I don’t want to give up on the writer I rediscovered. Maybe I’ll end up in a tech job doing web development or at an embedded systems company, or maybe I’ll end up going into journalism. Heck, when I was growing up, I wanted to be anything from a geologist to an astronomer to a politician.
In the end, I just want to do something I love.