Let’s talk about my job for a minute – well, one of a few of them, at least.
Among my other clients, I write for Examiner as the National MMORPG Examiner. I started this up 16 months ago, and it was the kick off to a full-time plus career as a video games (freelance) journalist and writer. Anymore, I usually just say “writer” or “specialist” because there’s this huge debate on whether video games journalism can even be called that, blahblah. Different tangent.
Because of the format of Examiner, the only news that appears directly in my stream is my own. This means that I put in a lot of extra effort to post as much news in my field as possible. Essentially, I’m trying to run a gaming news site about MMOs by myself. I’m competing with sites like Massively.com, which have multiple writers, but doing it all on my own. I can never hope to be like Massively – because I’m one person. Editorials, play alongs, interviews, features – all of these things I can do, but not on the scale that they can. Still, for covering news, I’m doing pretty good for a one-man show. After all, I not only have e-mails and press releases to deal with, but also scour over 300 websites each day for news.
Nonetheless, doing so much just for one client – not to mention 4 other clients – can really burn a person out. When you do it 7 days a week, anywhere from 8 to 16 hours a day (yes, really, 16!), you start to forget all about anything else in the world.
What’s my point in all of this?
I don’t really think I have one. I just want to pat myself on the back and say I do a damned good job for what I do, and remind myself that I really do deserve a break once in a while. I am, after all, only one person trying to do the work of a full publication team across multiple sites. I guess I also just wanted to point this out to my critics who say I don’t do enough, as a reminder that I’m only one person and I do pretty damned good despite. 🙂