I just wanted to put this write-up as an update to what has been going on in my life, specifically gaming related.
If you were a long time follower of my blogs, you would have probably read somewhere that I used to write for a site called MEGamers.com . I freelanced game reviews and was paid for writing Features, Blogs, and Opinion Pieces. It was an opportunity that enabled me to get more exposure on my articles as well as improve my writing skills all at once. However in late May of this year MEGamers.com joined up with IGN to form IGN Middle East. This had both it's positives and negatives. On one hand, I can have my name somehow associated to one of the biggest gaming sites in the world (this proved really handy later on). On the other hand, there were a ton of restrictions on what we can or what we can't do as a site. All reviews for example were now handled by the official IGN offices. The things we could meddle with however were articles, blogs, and features. So although I don't write for them as often as I used to do, I still contribute content every once in a while.
Since then I decided to go my own way. I thought to myself, "hang on a minute, I might be able to get press copies of new titles to review on my own". So I started up my own Youtube channel and blog, and proceeded to contact various publishers and developers. It was quite surprising how many of them responded quickly to my requests, and as you can tell, I am now able to write my own personal reviews without being restricted by any rules or guidelines a gaming site might impose.
My Youtube channel took a while to set up, and I'm still struggling to get views and subscribers. But hey, I need to appreciate how far I've gone so far. I never expected myself to pick up a camera and start talking about video games and topics related to them I find of interest. It was a pretty big breakthrough to me personally and that is what matters the most at the start of every big step.
As a wrap-up, I first want to thank you for giving me feedback on what I do and also supporting me by reading or watching whatever I put out. It's pretty hard doing your own thing and while this is pretty much a career I would love to get involved in fully, I don't have as nearly enough of a follower base in order for me to do that. But hopefully that can change if I put a lot of effort into what I do.
In addition, you might have noticed that I've been putting up daily videos on Youtube andf then putting them on my blog here for further discussions and whatnot. Do you think I should reduce the amount of blog posts I do on TL? I mean should I just keep it to a blog every couple of days instead of putting up a blog every time I put up a video on Youtube? I would really appreciate your feedback!