Danger, Will Robinson..
I know this is a horrible thing to ask of you guys, but I really need your help…
I have been writing this blog for about four months now. I have really enjoyed some parts of it, but to be honest there are some parts I feel like I sucked royally with, and right now I am feeling burned out. I have considered stopping altogether, but I had hoped to some day make this blog into something great, and so I want to stick this out and do my best to succeed.
Right now my problem is that I’m being as up and down as a whore’s drawers. I mean, I have made a few funny videos, some not-so-funny ones, posted about things unrelated to gaming, hashed out game reviews and game how-tos, written about the latest game news…along with just about anything that has randomly come to me. I’ve decided that it’s freakin’ impossible to continue jotting down just everything like I have in times past. I feel like the red-headed step child of a make-shift journalist.
So I really, really need your help. You guys, the ones who read this blog every day. I know there are at least several hundred of you, which is amazing – thank you all so much! But I really need you to comment/e-mail me today.
What is it that keeps you coming back here? What do I write about, what things do I say, that you find valuable? What things would you like to see in the future?
The way I see it, if I keep going as I have I know that I am going to end up finding something completely different to do, so I have to specialize in something, for my own sanity, and the sake of providing enough value to the people that come here to be able to somehow make a living doing this some day. These are the different options I see:
Writing about my own life – this would basically be my random thoughts about gaming, life, and everything. Interesting to me, but I don’t know if it would be interesting to other people.
Video blogging about life/gaming – as above, but in video rather than typing.
Writing/making video how-tos and game explanations – my how-to about the Xbox Live avatar hair color has been a big hit, as well as the information about Gears of War 2 ranks/chevrons. I could specialize in providing this to people, but I doubt I would have constant readers, more like individuals who are looking for a specific thing and who move on once they find it.
Making (or trying to make) funny videos – I loved making the Gears of War 2 Match Maker video with Dark Natt, and truth be told have a special place in my heart for these (even though that would mean much less effort on the blog itself, and more effort on the videos).
Writing opinion pieces on the gaming industry – writing about the top games for 2009, new gaming hardware, things like consoles vs. PCs…honestly this is some of the most difficult stuff to write about for me.
Becoming an “insider” in the industry – my time at CES led me to meet many interesting people in the games industry, and my goal could be to pass on “insider” info that they allow me to talk about before other people would know about the things I learn.
Or something else?
The reason I need your help is that I feel a responsibility toward you, you are my babies; the people who come and read my blog/watch my shiz. I really want to provide something of value to you, without exploding in a pool of gelatinous lack of worth. It is very important to me for you to provide feedback here, to let me know your thoughts on this. I really want to make nixiepixel.com into something worth reading/viewing on a regular basis, with the goal of focusing my efforts in mind. So any help you can provide to me is truly appreciated.
I am in your debt for continuing to read and support me, and for taking the time to read and respond to this. Thank you so very much.
p.s – U make my heart go boom!