To me. Exactly one year ago, I had a rather long winded conversation with the owner and managing editor of Strategy Informer, and they decided to promote me to Deputy Editor, which I’m sure they’ve been regretting for the past 12 months. Strategy Informer was one of the first sites I ever started working for nearly three years ago, and I’ve been with them ever since.
Not THE first, incidentally… the first site I actually started working for was called GameSlave, a small volunteer run site owned by a nice guy from up north somewhere. It was unpaid, and I committed the cardinal sin of just disappearing on him after a couple of months… I’ve always felt bad about that.
Anyway, Strategy Informer was the first, and only, paid gig I got back then. At first it was just reviews and some news… then when I got some free time they sent me to events as well.
It’s a testament to the power of networking really – I quickly added the ME, and then the owner to MSN, and I talked to them a lot. As time went on I tried to get more and more involved in site issues, offering suggestions, helping out where possible, even volunteering to go to GamesCom on their behalf. Did that for two years and then they brought on officially as a member of the management. Fun times. It’s been a very interesting year: Being self-employed, working from home, having a serious(ish) job… all new experiences, and the past 12 months have been one big learning curve. A good one though… I think. It’s been very stressful, some of it is to do with my specific situation, part of it is to do with the fact that I’m growing up – which sucks – but it’s all looking up I think. I hope.
Thoughts now turn towards want I want to do from here. In the short time, I might think of moving jobs if I can… towards a bigger website or a magazine if possible. We’ll see. One of the great things about working here is that I’m involved at the top, and am actively helping shape it’s future, which is something I probably wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. Still, we’re not the most mainstream of publications and it would be nice to move to one of the sites that are higher up the food chain.
Long-term thinking is what’s really got me down though… knowing how hard this industry is, and how low it pays… I’m not going to be content with just making do until I’m like 30 or 40… I need to keep moving tangibly upwards, earning more… I mean I’ll want a family eventually, and I’ll need to support them. The logical part of me knows I may not be able to do that and stay in games though… I’d need to found a successful company or move to another industry, but maybe a related one. Some of you might point out that I’m only 23, but that’s not really an excuse – I’ve been complacent before, and it’s not gotten me anywhere, so I have to be more proactive.
Anyway, enough about me. I’m petitioning the Queen to make this a national holiday, so go out and enjoy One Year Day.
Until next time.