TGC Re-roll

The Game Chair has announced a change in direction, due to the busy schedule and shift in priorities of the site owner and editor, Seth. I started writing on The Game Chair two years ago, when Seth stumbled across my games blog. He contacted me and invited me to become a contributor to the site. At the time, I was also blogging at another game site, which is now defunct (I honestly don’t know how I had time to write on three game blogs!). I agreed because The Game Chair’s writing guidelines held me to more structured standard than the other place, which I loved for giving me a lot of freedom to blog whatever random game-related fluff and fun that I came across. I wrote a few “progressive reviews” for The Game Chair and some other pieces. I wasn’t as active a contributor as the other writers, but it was a great experience, regardless. I look forward to see how Seth evolves the site and I’m grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to write there.

Seth writes:

One of the big changes is that the site no longer has the review feature we once did and that I removed those elements that tried to categorize the site by content types. This is the significant re-roll move. The idea is from a content perspective I wanted to start fresh. My hope is to use this space more openly and more flexibly to share some thoughts about games when the mood hits me. I don’t think this precludes The Game Chair from having other writers contribute, but I think removing the guise of being a game review site and attempting to find ways to generate viewers and traffic to grow is a great relief to me right now.

Since I no longer have a gig writing on another blog, I’m going to explore what sort of spare time game writing I can put my keyboard to. Should I look for a blogging gig that pays (even just a little)? Should I instead be more serious and structured about writing on this blog? I was offered an unpaid writing (game reviews) position at a small and growing gaming site over the weekend, but I turned it down for various reasons. What are your opinions, readers?

  6 comments for “TGC Re-roll

  1. 7 August 2007 at 00:24

    Have you considered freelancing for game magazines?

  2. 7 August 2007 at 10:08

    I’ve always thought that you can’t beat getting paid to do something you enjoy. I’ll still be reading whatever it is.

  3. 7 August 2007 at 11:43

    Unpaid writing is a great way to eventually get paid writing, especially if, at least, they send you the game. It’s an easy way to “find your voice”.

    But you’ve got a voice and are more than good enough to send out samples to some of the pro sites and mags.

    Check the Escapist publishing calendar for a start – great editors and lots of lead time if you need it. Plus I know a few places that could use the occasional contribution.

    Structure and schedule on your main blog is part and parcel of that, of course. But I don’t think that’s a problem, is it? You update often enough, don’t you?

    But, like Tony, I’ll seek your work out wherever it is.

  4. 8 August 2007 at 12:34

    Thanks for your input and the votes of confidence.

    I had a brief look at The Escapist’s calendar, and there are a couple of topics that look interesting. I’ll have a think and see whether I can flesh something out.

    As for the blog, sometimes I feel as if it’s all over the place, you know? Maybe that’s just my own impression.

  5. 9 August 2007 at 11:29

    I agree with the other folks. Why not see if you can’t make a couple bucks at it. You’ve worked hard on a lot of writing samples which I have had the pleasure of working with you on. Why not see if they might open a door for you. Could be fun to see what happens.

    Would be happy to be a reference if you want. :-)

  6. 12 August 2007 at 18:00

    “As for the blog, sometimes I feel as if it’s all over the place, you know? Maybe that’s just my own impression.”

    If by “all over the place” you mean “I’m playing Guild Wars!”, then sure. ;)

    Blogs are supposed to be wide ranging, to some extent. At least you don’t have Buckeye stuff all over the place. (Go Terps!)

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