So, out of everything in 2016, I realized blogging was not my favorite platform for content creation. It feels a bit too response-less, and even though that may be from the small amount of traffic coming into my blog, I can derive much more enjoyment from another weekly content model: Podcasting. Podcasting allowed me to talk with a friend about recent events in gaming, and can easily provide multiple viewpoints without going into the eventual war zone that the comments will eventually become. Thus, finding out about how easy it was for me to slide into podcasting excited me. While the Heated Gaming podcast may be on hold until resources and free time are easily available, it will continue in due time.
Podcasting had its epiphany moment during the recording process. As I went over articles from larger gaming news sources, I was able to get quick thoughts and was easily able to start an intellectual debate. No flamewar, no hassle, just a nice conversation. It flowed better than I had thought it would, and while editing was a bit tedious, it was no issue once I had gotten into it.
However, something almost stopped me from finding out how enjoyable this could be. During the research process, I found the process of finding and rewording good information difficult, as there was plenty of insignificant news to sift through in order to find what people had wanted to hear. I pushed myself through the process (along with outside help, of course,) and eventually finished the minor news. There, I found my next roadblock.
The major news proved even more difficult to find than the minor news, as it’s not every day that you get something groundbreaking or an AAA release coming out. I soon realized that the timing would have to be looser than that of the minor articles, and once I accepted that, I was able to find what I needed. Luckily, at the time of writing, the first episode of the Heated Gaming podcast had came within a week of the Prey demo and the announcement of Call of Duty: World War II. While I have changed my stance on the game, it provided news enough and my temporary excitement helped fuel the energy needed for my first episode.
After pushing through these two complications, I found that I heavily enjoyed podcasting during recording. Overall, I believe this has one message to people: Stick with something to the end, even if you’ll do it only once. You may find that you enjoy it. If any reader has their own stories pertaining to this theme, summarize it in the comments below.