Just around the corner

supermanAs 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.

 

Sincerely,

 

A very nervous yet excited Waldo D Dude

24 comments

  1. Obviouslyadouche

    WOOt More waldocontent. Also suprised the great white warg is still kicking, thought he was dead for sure. ANd that header image better be little waldoboy.

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  2. I know you’ve probably been asked this a lot, but after going full-time, can we expect future content where you will be playing with Xcal? Obviously it’s none of my business if something caused a rift between you guys. Just as somebody who has enjoyed your Co-op videos for years, I wanted to know if there is a chance of that happening again. Otherwise, I really like all the videos you put out and wish you the best of luck!!

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  3. I´m gonna be really disappointed if that “gaming decoration” doesnt include a giant buffalo head or similiar

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  4. Obviouslyadouche:
    WOOt More waldocontent. Also suprised the great white warg is still kicking, thought he was dead for sure. ANd that header image better be little waldoboy.

    Lol, you know it is!

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  5. You’re a scuba diver, eh? Lots of fun, I’ve been meaning to go lately.

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  6. Great to see you back, even though I haven’t caught any streams since you’ve been back. Very, very happy to see you pursuing what you describe to be your childhood dream, pursuing and living for dreams is a lost art in this narrow world. The reason I haven’t caught any streams is cause I’m currently pursuing my dream of being in a band and playing music for a living. You sign off “A very nervous yet excited Waldo D Dude”, I’m right in the same boat, average day we (5 dudes) make 10 dollars, that’s 10 dollars to divide among all of us, some days we make more, some less, least we’ve made was 86 cents per member playing a show for 12 kids but the feeling of writing music, playing in front of people and having them move around to it and get engaged is simply bliss.

    At the same time it is absolutely fucking terrifying being out in the merciless world with dog shit for money, we have enough to eat and get gas, that’s about it, no phones, no van insurance, we sleep outside in tents or in the van, wear unwashed clothes. Sometimes people at shows will let us stay at their house/apartment which is nice cause usually we can take a shower and wash our clothes, we do both of those on average twice a month, yes we shower twice a month on average. These are the things that I’m willing to do to live for my dream.

    Anyway, kinda went off on an unneeded off topic tangent, if I can go through that then you can do what you want to do. You have the best channel on Youtube and best stream bar none, Bruce was there but I’ve had enough of his hype bullshit and the person he’s become. Good to see you back, grab the video game world by the balls, may Greg rest in peace.

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  7. Does this mean the return of the VDFB podcast because man i’ve been waiting for part 3 for a very long time. I had the pleasure to recently listen to the 2 you posted so long ago. Man good times were had! Ultra excited about your more consistent return. I’m down for the community you hope to create. Thanks as always!

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  8. Really excited for next month, but school is right around the corner so it will be tough for many of us to keep up with the content that you will be doing.

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  9. I am wishing you the best of luck waldo. Your videos have always made me so goddamn happy. And every time i read something on this site i feel like diving into a novel.
    As weird as it may sound i kind of feel like whenever i feel bad or something seems confusing, watching some of your content fixes it and helps me deal with my problems #no homo. Because no matter how hard life gets i will never be as butterleggy as you are, and that is something that always gives me some comfort.
    I have really missed you in that one year long break but i am incredibly happy to see you follow your dream.
    I hope everything goes as planned and i am looking forward to all them laughs and tears we are going to share.

    Sincerely, someone.

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  10. Pants are down and I have assumed the position. Counting down to 8/24.

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  11. Hold the goddamnphone. Your bringing sexy back?
    This is excellent news, pure fucking butterlegs beautiful.
    Will there be a Donation/Subscribe button on the twitcharoo?
    Godspeed Waldo, I wish you the best of luck!

    My body is ready, commence the manscreams.

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  12. Good luck..

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  13. Im still waiting for that Rabbit Hole where you’re supposedly gonna suit up in your shiny armour

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  14. *Waldoscream* WOOOOOOOO. It can be really hard to catch your streams when you live on the opposite side if the globe. And while I watch the VODs sometimes it’s just more fun to be there in the moment, mocking G0ggy for liking the witcher 2 and all that.

    Really looking forward to this man. And rabbit hole videos would be fucking awesome if they came back!
    Cheers

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  15. I’m so happy for you Waldo. Every time that I see one of your streams or videos pop up i get an excited, bubbly feeling in my stomach. I’m going to college tomorrow, so I will be trying to keep up with your channel. Best of Luck!

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  16. Nice can’t wait for more butterlegs! Are you gonna play with Bruce more often now that you will have more free time?

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  17. I am excited to see your content more often, and I fully support your transition. I think you will be able to do a lot for the gaming scene in general full time, and you will have a very very happy fan base. Glad you are getting everything together the effort and time is appreciated, and if I can recommend some gym paraphernalia get some battle ropes they are a lot of fun. Counting down the days.

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  18. It’s good to see you making the best of Greg’s untimely passing (my condolences). Part of his spirit lives on in you!
    It’s also good to hear that you are pursuing a dream, and taking life by the dong.
    Goodluck and godspeed, WaldoDude. I’m looking forward to what you will create.

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  19. Trying not to piss my pants with excitement

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  20. Fuckmehard:
    Really excited for next month, but school is right around the corner so it will be tough for many of us to keep up with the content that you will be doing.

    I’ll be rolling out youtube content as well and a few other ways to participate so hopefully you wont feel completely left behind

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  21. FUCK YEAH FOR WALLY’S RETURN

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  22. Awesome Wally! Can’t wait!

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  23. Yo Wally, this seems awesome, I wish you great luck with YouTube and Twitch! If you get a sub button for your streams I’ll support you without hesitation, brother! Sadly I won’t be in the chat cuz I’m banned (boo) but I’ll see if I can drop a donation every now and then to at least to make up for being an idiot

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  24. Great to see you finally pursuing this, you’re easily the most entertaining dude on the great white web known as the internet, so getting more content from you will be fantastic. I would love to see your channel get really big for obvious reasons, but at the same time as you add more people you’ll inevitably get more idiots and trolls, so hopefully you can find a balance between the two. But those are thoughts for another day, for now, I hope you have fun with the Mrs. (scuba diving is awesome lemme’ tell you) and I can’t wait to get more content.

    Nothin’ but the best, from a longtime fan.

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