I knew it would be asked: “What’s next?”
People wonder. It’s flattering.
I don’t have One Big Answer. Or, at least, if I did have a couple bigger ideas, I’m not ready to show those cards just yet.
I do, though, have lots of little responses. I suppose I could sprinkle them here, rather than try to keep squeezing them into messages elsewhere, right?
- I want to send real feature pitches to major gaming websites. It may never pan out, but I would not mind trying. How cool would it be to be published somewhere recognizable and begin building a portfolio? I like writing. I would not mind showing myself, and others, that I can actually do it. Honestly, I could just say here, “I want to keep writing.”
- I want to be A Guy, rather than The Guy. I want to go back to posting on retro gaming forums, being generally encouraging to those I encounter, and not having obligations and responsibilities elsewhere.
- I think I would enjoy popping in as a guest on podcasts occasionally, if that opportunity opened. Before 1MoreCastle.com, I had never done podcasting as a thing — it turns out to be quite fun.
- I will continue to hone my comedic craft on Twitter. You may even, gasp, see material that does not rely on puns.
- I want to just screw around with pixels. Palette swaps, memes, misplaced quotes, original artwork, whatever. I really like pixels!
- I want to find talented content creators and greet them warmly.
- I want to write more stuff on this blog. For example, abuses of the bullet-list formatting.
So those are just a handful of thoughts.
One thing I think I want people to understand that I have not put into words: Having a family, having less time, etc… yeah, it made administrating 1MC hard. And it will be nice to have less responsibility. But that’s just it: It’s not about the extra free time I gain. It’s the flexibility of it. I don’t have to post things, reply to as many time-sensitive emails, things like that.
Yeah, that sounds super selfish, so understand that that’s just a small part of the closing and it’s very reductive to hone in on that. The positive part I’m trying to get to is that, well, I’m not dead. Retro gaming is my hobby. It just is. So I’ll keep rolling around in it, one way or another.
[ Edit: Let’s add, “I want to figure out how to add clean line breaks in a bullet list, a.k.a. I’ll be bothered someday to peek at the HTML and manually force it to look purdier next time I promise ugh. ]