As is traditional at this time of year, I thought I’d take a little time to reflect on the year that is is nearly complete and take stock of what was accomplished and where I’d like to take this little blog in the year that is to come.
In my 2013 review, I mentioned wanting to post a new Dames Who Make Games interview every month in 2014. It turns out I succeeded at this particular goal, as well as my goal of speaking at a convention as a panelist (although maybe not in the capacity I had originally envisioned).
Actually, I accomplished all of my blog goals for the year:
- Create a video game themed blog link up
- Post 12 new Dames Who Make Games Interviews (interviewee suggestions welcome)
- Make a Let’s Play video with Rick
While Gadabout Gamers never really caught on the way I wished it had, I accept full responsibility for its failure. My insistence on obtuse prompts that even I had difficulty being inspired by and an inability to keep to a regular posting schedule made it difficult for others to participate. I would love to take another stab at hosting a link up, but I think I need more time to come up with a theme and structure that will work well for everyone.
I’m incredibly proud of what I was able to accomplish with Dames Who Make Games this year, and I’m so grateful to all the incredible, talented women at all levels of the video game industry who took time from their busy schedules to answer my questions and share their lives with all of you. While the video game industry still gets a bad wrap for how they treat ladies, these fearless fems prove that you can have an amazing career in games, on your own terms. I am constantly inspired by the women I interview and I hope I can be as prolific with it next year.
I’m also so happy to have started making videos this year. While Rick and I are still struggling to find time for Indie Game Date, I’m crazy proud of the two videos we’ve managed to post so far. I’m hoping to do lots more videos in the year to come and I’m hoping Rick can be an even bigger part of that, since he, in many ways, is what inspired my love of video games and this blog.
This was also the year that I finally got to meet a whole bunch of my favourite bloggers IRL, including the amazing Kaitlin from PwnLove, Elizabeth at Being Geek Chic, Usagi of Usagi in Wonderland and the always lovely Margot Meanie. I only recently realized how big a part of my life my blog friends are and how dearly I value their support, not just as readers, but also as genuine friends and colleagues. While distance and funds make it impossible to meet every one of you, I would like to make more of an effort to attend meet ups and conventions I know fellow geek bloggers will be at in the future. You guys are an inspiration and a comfort and I cherish you all for that.
In many ways, despite blogging off and on for going on 10 years now, I feel like 2014 was the year I finally hit my stride as a blogger. While I’ll be reducing the number of days I post in 2015, I finally feel like I have a handle on the type of content I want to create and how to position Gamerwife.com in relation to other blogs. While this blog will continue to grow and evolve, it seems like I’ve finally come to terms with this blog’s place in my life and that’s filled me with inspiration and hope.
Finally, I just wanted to thank everyone who reads this blog, tweets at me and shares my content. It means more than you can know that my work is appreciated and there’s no way I could continue doing it without you.
Here’s to an amazing 2015. I can’t wait to share it all with you.