Life never sits still for me. There are always new challenges and new troubles. This is nothing profound. I am sure most people can say the same. In my case, it is high time to start a new business so that I can start to earn while working around my health limitations.
I have decided to start using the audio production skills that I learned recording audiobooks for Audible, coaching, writing, and as a UXD to offer my services as a producer, editor, and developer for podcasts.
- I have no worries about the technical process; I know my way around Audacity, Wordpress, BluBrry, and dHTML.
- Nor do I have much difficulty in developing content ideas, coming up with good descriptions and SEO.
- For the podcasts I hope to produce I can write and I can act. I have spent many years getting certifications from Toastmasters, I've hosted a television program before.
Where I am weak these days is understanding how to best devellop and optimize RSS feeds, on marketing podcasts, and the various options that Podcast 2.0 has to offer for monetization and publicity, etc. And so I have been diving deep into material like the Audacity to Pocast and every relevant book I could find in my public library.
And few things make me happer. There is something about ploughing headlong intto new ideas and skills that wakes me up and makes me come alive.
As I was contemplating what to do about my poor neglected blog this morning, I realized that the same reason I have been letting it slide for the past week is the same reason I have loved writing for you all over the last few years. I love sinking my teeth into a new system, a new setting, or a new world. I like learning how to build fun new experiences using the tools of TTRPGs.
And as I have had the opportunity over the last few years to play with a lot of people, especially the OSR crowd, I have come to realize that it is also what I love in a fellow player and in a GM:
If you like the challenge of digging into something new and complex, whether it is a creative obstacle in the dungeon, the next move in a sophisticated and sprawling campaign, or whether it is a new game entirely, you're the person I want to play with. Someone who enjoys learning and throwing themselves at it can be trusted to keep inventing new ways to keep the game and the hobby fresh.
I suspect that is one of the reason so many OSR gamers like hacking rules and collecting games even when they only have a few variations from the ones we already know. There is always at least a few exciting new things in every book.
It is why, although my life is very stormy at the moment, I have no intention of stopping. There is too much left to learn about my hobby, even if for now, my time is being consued by XML and RSS tools.
(and Palworld, if I'm perfelctly honest.)
And I suspect it is why many of you enjoy coming back here to. I thank you for it.
Right now I am looking for suggestions on new games to explore. I welcome suggestions!