Off-Topic: Managing My Time and Energy
Yesterday one of my best friends came over to talk to me about the best way to get the most of my blog in terms of making it self-sufficient, and maybe even profitable eventually (i.e. I might have to get over myself and start adding ads and such, but we’ll see). The biggest issue I have with my beloved blog here, however, is managing my time and energy. I tell ya, if I could work full-time on this blog, I’d pound out the content, but I’ve been dealing with a lack of time and energy that’s coming from a bunch of factors. I won’t go into those, but I do wanna talk about the results of our chat, which was very productive.
The big thing is I’ve been trying to do too much. Play multiple games at the same time to cover them plus multiple news pieces plus whatever else. While this is doable in some sense, I just have trouble mustering the energy, especially lately. This then feeds into a cycle of guilt and inaction that leads to me doing nothing at all for the site except the bare minimum. It’s too big in my head, and I’m too close to it. My friend helped me pull back a bit and try to refocus on keeping things simpler. Maybe work on one game a week instead of several. Maybe focus on what she called the “most important” news and don’t worry about covering everything. Stuff like that, you know? It basically comes down to doing what I can with what I have and making the best of it. Eventually the situation will change (we’ll hopefully move to a bigger place closer to work wherein my commute and lack of space hopefully go away), but until then, I might need to simplify things.
What does that mean? It means news pieces might need to be more focused and to the point, and cover more important stuff rather than everything. It means content might be a slow burn for a while in terms of getting stuff out, because I don’t wanna half-ass anything. It means I’m still learning to make this blog the best I can make it without putting so much pressure or guilt on my own damned self. You guys are the best readers a blogger could hope to have, which is why I’m being open and transparent about this. Y’all have told me that you’ll be happy whenever I put out content, and I have to actually, you know, accept that and not guilt myself about it.
This blog is a journey, not only in space gaming, but in time, energy and motivation management, gaining writing experience and in connecting with awesome people like all of you. If I can succeed at some of that, I’ll be happy, but I eventually want to succeed at all of it. Thanks so much for reading my rant, bearing with me on this journey, and for visiting the site. Y’all mean the world to me. :)