Friday, 25 February 2011

Well-Rendered Changes the Record

Two months ago, I was mooching around the internet reading reviews of Deadly Premonition when I came across GodisaGeek. I read a few features on the site which I really enjoyed. Then I noticed a link at the top.

"Write for Us"

That was two months ago.

Since then, I've received countless press releases, been to events that I would never have gone to otherwise, met some awesome people and inadvertantly started a flame war. GodisaGeek is growing very fast, and it is run by a dedicated team of extremely nice people. I'm so happy to be a part of it, and I want to help it grow.

What do I get out of it? Well, it's extremely good experience, and I've already learned a lot about SEO techniques which I didn't know before. Working with the team has also been extremely rewarding (as has going to the pub with them), but most of all I'm doing it because it means more people read my stuff.

There are only two drawbacks.

One is the fact that it means I can spend slightly less time each week picking my nose or whatever it was I used to do in my lunch hours. The other is that every time I come up with a good idea for an article, my instinct is not to write it for Well-Rendered but it write it for GodisaGeek because more people will read it there.

So what to do? I built Well-Rendered as a space where I could play with words and ideas and CSS and videogames, and though it has grown into a nice portfolio, I'm just not having fun with it at the moment.

Which is a tragedy. If it's not fun, what's the point? Life is too short. It's so sad for me to look at that logo and the background photo and all the links and think of all the fun I had creating those things and yet still feel like I can't be bothered to nurture it.

So I have decided to spend the next couple of weeks on a throwaway project I have been thinking about for a while. It's got nothing to do with videogames, but everything to do with writing.

It's about why I write, really. Maybe it's about why anyone goes about creating anything.

I hope you enjoy it, but not as much as I hope I enjoy it.

Watch this space.

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