This blog has been in cryostasis since the first quarter of 2014, but that’s about to change. Byte-Size Impressions didn’t have a sizable following by any stretch of the imagination, but so what? While it’s preferable to write for an outlet that provides exposure – more on that in a bit – that’s never been my primary motivation.
My entire life has been devoted to film, video games and writing. Since about 2006, I’ve been writing DVD and Blu-ray reviews for DVDTalk.com. I still am, as a matter of fact, although the amount of time I’m able to devote – as a father and husband with a full time job – has been reduced to a ‘when I have the time’ basis. That’s not the only reason, though: My creative juices were fizzling out. That’s not to say I didn’t give every review my all, because I did. If anything, DVDTalk was the outlet which allowed me the time, patience and understanding to better my writing. As it stands today, I’m pleased with the content I produce, and have even used my skills to help aspiring writers ‘find their voice’ and/or improve their craft. But that’s enough background information: Why did I put this blog on freeze in the first place?
Well, I was directed to the Indiegogo campaign for Pete Dodd, also known as famousmortimer. Basically, he’s the guy that blew the lid off Microsoft’s plan to make the Xbox One a DRM machine. Anyway, he was seeking funds to build his own website. The mission statement was, more or less, to build a website and community where there would be no conflict of interest. This meant no ‘wink wink, nod nod’ relationships with publishers or devs, no paid advertisements from the software makers or hardware pushers, etc. Because there would be nobody to appease, every piece of writing, be it reviews, editorials or otherwise, would be completely transparent. No hidden agenda.
I knew I had to be a part of that. Even in my DVD and Blu-ray reviews, I made it a point to discuss the lack of transparency in Hollywood, or all the bad decisions that were made due to financial motivators, so to do the same in regards to gaming? It was a no brainer. I e-mailed Pete, and it wasn’t long before I was added to the staff. This was about the time I stopped adding content to my blog. Any and all ideas were placed in a mental vault, as to unleash them on Dodd’s website when it was ready. But, as with anything, complications arose and the site kept getting pushed further and further back. Some ideas were timely and had to be ditched, whereas others survived and made the site’s launch in August.
So, why am I back on Byte-Size Impressions?
I’m not going to get into any of the nitty-gritty details, because that wouldn’t be fair to anyone. All I’ll say is that the potential for the site hasn’t been met, and with the way things are going, I doubt that potential will EVER be realized. I did my best to steer things in the right direction, but my thoughts and ideas would seemingly vanish in the ether.
And with that, I’m back on Byte-Size Impressions, ready to continue writing for any and all who are willing to read it. Even if nobody cares enough to do so… it’s not a big deal. This is a passion project of mine, after all, and it doesn’t matter where my writings are posted. Again, while exposure is nice, it isn’t my primary motivation.
The articles I posted at the other site will appear on this blog in the very near future. They won’t be disappearing from where they were originally published, because my intent is not to hurt that place by removing content. They’ll be here, though, because the writing is mine, and nobody ‘owns’ that besides me.
I can’t wait to discuss video games and the gaming industry with you all. Despite not having written here in some time, I love this page, as minimal as it may be.