Jan 9, 2013

Noah's Weekly Journal Entry 1

     Since I'm just starting out in the vast world of video game journalism, I thought it might be nice set aside some time each week to reflect on the things I have accomplished in the past few days, as well as briefly discuss my plans for the near future. I'll probably also touch on little things that go on in my day to day life or my overall current thought process. I can also see this as a way for my readers (when I actually have some) to get to know me better. Mostly though I'm doing this for myself as a way to track my progress as a game critic/reviewer and also to organize my thoughts about what I've done and what I'll do next. Anyway...

Picture unrelated. I've just been watching a lot of "Adventure Time" and thought this was cute.

     The way I look at it is that this week is the first week of Bucket Hat Aficionado. I've held the domain name for almost 2.5 years now, and have been working on the current website on and off for the past 3 months. As of this point in time I'd say the website is 90% complete. The major things are in place that were necessary to take care of before I started writing. Little things like object locations and stylistic choices still need some work, but overall the site is looking good!

     Also, the amount of blogging knowledge, tips, and tricks I've crammed into my skull over the past week is literally mind boggling. I've memorized little snippets of HTML, read countless articles about driving traffic to your website, and tutorial after tutorial of how to do X without screwing up Y. And don't get me started on what I've been going through with social networking! Even though I'm about to go into it anyway.

     As of right now Bucket Hat Aficionado's web of social networking platforms is spread out over 11 separate websites; not all of them will be used regularly (if at all) but still. I know there are thousands more, but I'm pretty satisfied with the ones I have chosen, at least for now. Right now Bucket Hat Aficionado has its own Facebook page, Twitter, Google+ page, Photobucket, Tumblr, YouTube channel, Pinterest, and RSS feed. I've also signed up for and submitted my first article The Difference Between Critique and Review in Relation to Video Games to social bookmarking sites Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and Buzzfeed; I didn't even know social bookmarking was a thing until a few days ago. I also have a LinkedIn page for myself: so, there's that.

     Right now I'm feeling pretty good about the direction BHA and I are heading; even though I'm getting pretty tired from lack of sleep and long hours of research. Either tomorrow or Friday I will be posting my picks for Top Ten Games of 2012 (I know it's a little late, but I don't care, I do what I want) as well as a sort of mini review/discussion/whatever of Pokémon: Soul Silver. Next week I finally get to do a critical review of a game, DMC: Devil May Cry; I haven't yet decided what my article for the week will be about, but I have no shortage of ideas to draw from.

Self advice for the week: Get more sleep and learn to separate work from free time; too often they end up bleeding together. Working the better part of 13 hours a day is probably overdoing it; even if that work is blogging based.

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