As some of you may already know, I’ll be be pursuing Twitch/Youtubes full time starting on August 24th. For the last 3 or 4 years I’ve been dabbling in the business with occasional spurts of excessive time thrown in followed by large absences from the scene for good measure. Not only is it frustrating for me as I’m not able to land in a consistent rhythm, but on the receiving end you guys are stuck not knowing what to expect. One of the ways I’ve looked at is you can’t have a favorite tv show if you never know when it’s going to air. In an effort to make both parties happy, we’ll be going full-time mode in just one week!
Making videos full time is something I’ve thought about from the moment this whole thing started. If you’re so inclined, feel free to watch a few painful moments from the VERY FIRST videos I ever created; Dead Space! It doesn’t take more than few moments of those videos to see how far I’ve come, but all I can think about is how far we have yet to go. I have so many ideas of where I want to go and goals I want to accomplish that I’m very excited to finally be at the point where I can start to realize them. I’ll finally have the time to take a few classes and figure out how to apply some editing skills! I’ll be able to deliver consist Youtube and Twitch content at the same time every single week. Most importantly, I can finally start to implement my various thoughts and ideas on creating a community. Games are games, but games turn into something more when you’re enjoying them with like-minded folks and laughing so hard it hurts. I have no intention of turning this into a friend finder of sorts but the goal is to create a culture that draws in people with similar values and ways of thinking where you’re much more likely to find someone you gel with. I feel like this is the piece that’s missing from various websites where people attempt to swap gamer tags and skill levels and why it’s such a shot in the dark.
I’m also being asked why decide to do this now and not <insert time here>. For the first time I’m financially in a place that I can take a break from work to even be able to entertain the idea of going part time in order to make this childhood dream come true. There’s simply no way this ever could have happened while I was working in OK. Unfortunately when I moved to AZ I traded one problem for another. I started to make significantly more $$ but at the cost of a consistent schedule. The VA over here also expects a minimum of 7, 12 hour shifts per pay period (every 2 weeks). Everywhere besides the VA full-time is simply 6 shifts every pay period. That may not sound like a big difference but an extra 12 hour shift thrown in at a random time certainly doesn’t make it any easier to create a video game empire. I really cannot emphasize enough how important a consistent schedule is with regards to being happy. I’ll be able to get back on my gym schedule of 4 days a week, more easily plan events with Mrs. WaldoDude (such as scuba diving in October!), and spend more quality time with Great White Warg via happy little trips to the mountain I’ve yet to see! Just happy. Happy happy happy.
The big push I needed in order to actually take the plunge and go part-time resulted from my good friend Greg/Daintygoose recently passing. Greg had taken life by the horns and he had his act together. He was making life happen on his own terms and pursuing his dreams. It’s complete bullshit that he was taken when and how he was. I still haven’t properly dealt with Greg’s death and I just can’t quite make sense of it. Anger, sadness, confusion, and regret are a few of the emotions I experience when I think about him or hear his name mentioned. The one decent piece to come out of this god-forsaken mess is realizing that life can be tragically short and there’s no reason to put my own dreams on hold any longer. It’s terrifying taking a risk like this but I feel like the alternatives would be even worse; 40 years from now regretting not taking the chance and wondering what would have happened if I had.
This week might be a bit quiet as I’m attempting to take care of a few logistics and working this last week of my ridiculous schedule (one day on, one day off, one day on, one day off). However, in no way do I expect to hit the ground running next week without any hiccups. As a result of the storms that have been happening lately our internet has been very spotty in addition to comcast pulling their usual shenanigans. I need to go over to their office and figure out why if I’m at 40% of my usage am I being throttled on bandwidth for the month. I’m ordering new equipment and furniture in order to streamline the process of creating dem vidyas. I’m also setting up some rather impressive (if I do say so myself) decorations in order to make it look like games might actually be played in my office.
Anywho, more details as they come.
A very nervous yet excited Waldo D Dude