So… for a while, I’ve been considering just what to put on my Medium account. It’s so empty that you get an “Error” message when you go to it. But now… I think I have an answer to what exactly should go on there.
Well… not exactly video games: video game coverage, namely in the form of two things.
Reviews and Thinkpieces.
Earlier this year, from February to April, I worked for Siliconera as a contracted contributing writer. It was one of the most joyful times of 2020. I grew not only as a writer, but also as a translator. In fact, I grew exponentially. And from that growth came over 100 articles, 95% of them translated from sites like Game Watch, Famitsu, Dengeki Online, and 4Gamer.
But then COVID-19 happened. You can fill in the blanks.
Since then, I’ve by and large stopped covering Japanese video game news, in large part because, at this time, it’s just not possible to cover things to the same extent as I used: I will get burnt out, and burnt out quick. I don’t have the ability to do that kind of coverage, plus, I’m not a major platform. I’m one Blerd creative who’s trying to do my own thing the best I can. That means not pushing myself to the brink right now.
I used to pen three articles a day, five days a week: that’s fifteen a week and upwards of forty-five a month, give or take. While I didn’t always do three a day, I did do at least two, which is still a lot when you consider research -in Japanese and English- followed by writing, editing, and proofreading.
That was all paid.
And the thing is, I know that my work is worth being paid for: I was before, and when I re-enter JP-EN video game news coverage, I’ll be paid again. Right now, that’s not the situation so… I’m firmly stepping back from coverage until I’m a contracted writer again.
But I still really want to do something with video games: truth be told, I miss engaging with video games in the way I did. I miss doing that daily, or at least frequently. And while I never got to review games, I felt like that was a possibility.
So that’s what my Medium is going to be focused on. Reviews and Thinkpieces.
Writing about video games: about why they matter, about characters, about themes and motifs, and sometimes music. I’m going to review video games: visual novels, , peaceful little titles. My hope is that I’ll be review Raging Loop first, a game that I’ve been positively aching to replay. (It’s also a game that I have thought about every day this year since I played it during my New Year’s vacation to Sendai.)
At this point, it’s gonna be one of a few titles: Raging Loop, VA-11 HALL-A, The World Ends With You, or Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I’ll do one to review and two to write about… though we’ll see which one gets popped into my Switch tonight. Then, we’ll see what sticks: knowing me, it’ll most likely be Raging Loop that gets written about because gosh, I just… really love that visual novel so, so much.
Originally when I created my Medium account, I thought it would host all of my writing. But then I joined Anime Feminist and got a new lease on my life as a contributing writer. Now, I really want Anime Feminist to be the home for my anime and manga pieces: at least my big pieces, primarly I can easily share them to this blog.
In fact, that’s what I did with my Summer 2020 season premier articles: it’s what I’ll do with my Fall 2020 coverage, Chatty AF episodes -I’m on some un-released episodes- and any other Anime Feminist related work. It’s really going to be the hub for my more critical pieces, at least for the forseable future.
This blog also is a hub for my writing and thinkpieces: while it mostly serves to catalogue my work as a Blerd creative and my Japanese media reviews, it also will eventually include some other articles and retrospectives that don’t necessarily have a place anywhere else. (After all that’s… kind of why I made this blog.)
Just like all of my Anime Feminist work -and this blog- my articles on Medium will remain free indefinitely. I’ll include links to my Ko-Fi and my PayPal -just like I do with posts on here- but anything I write will be free to read without a paywall in sight. That’s honestly what makes me feel most satisfied: I want the things I have to say to be as accessible as possible.
So yeah, that’s today’s big thought: I think I’m out of them, given that it’s Sunday evening and I’m just mentally a bit exhausted. It might be time for me to pick one of those games from up top, kick back, and just let my entire body relax. (Also: I’m gonna make some herb-infused buttered pasta.)
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