Hi everybody. As many of you have noticed, we have been on a bit of a hiatus. I appreciate the messages of concern but do not worry, I am fine. Good Grief Games is not dead and neither am I. Today I will give you a brief overview of what is going on and where we go from here.
There is no “we”
In recent months, you may have noticed that I am the only author at this point. Previously, we sought out guest writers and Luke would edit articles and do the Friday articles. Luke has moved on and between writing, editing, and promoting 3-5 articles a week, I cannot reasonably hunt down guest writers like I used to. So now you are looking at a one man show and it is not easy to run.
I really, really enjoy doing this. When I started this website I was fresh out of grad school and unemployed. I had all of the time in the world to write. But this was never planned to be my career or a source of income. Notice that we do not run ads or premium content of any kind. It is all free and I do not intend to change that. However, I do have a career in digital advertising now. I work full time and commute 1.5 hours each day. That is eleven hours of each day right there and then hopefully I sleep for eight more. That leaves five hours in the day for me to live, run errands, and spend time with my fiancé. Then after all of that I have to squeak out enough time to play Magic and write about it. I do not mean this as a complaint. I have a great life and job but I also love producing free content for all of you folks. I need to find balance and for a few months, I was just giving up sleep and personal time to work two “jobs”; my career and the site.
So What Happened?
Well it was combination of burnout and timing. I was already failing to get five articles a week out; a pretty ridiculous goal for someone who works full time. The site was doing great anyways. I aim for about 5,000 readers a week (1,000 per article) and we were surpassing it every time; even if I only got three or four articles up. I also aimed to have 1,000 likes on the Facebook page in the first year but it only took nine months. Basically, victory defeated me and I felt like I did not have to prove anything. So when Grand Prix Richmond was coming my way I decided to take a week off and had a a wonderful time.
But when I came back from five days of Magic, I did not really feel like writing about it. Especially with no interesting Modern events to cover. Then the new Pokemon game came out and as explained above, my time is quite limited so I took some personal time. Now, we are in the holiday shopping season and it is crunch time for digital advertisers like myself. In fact, I am writing this between spurts of weekend client work. Between all of these events it has not been possible to write articles. To be honest, I needed the break. From January to October I wrote well over 100 articles.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Well I am definitely back and the site is not going anywhere but as for a plan? Beats me. Readers like yourself have often asked me, so what do you plan to do with it? There never was a plan. It was never to make money or be the next MTG Goldfish. The plan was always to have fun and for a while there I just wasn’t anymore. I will keep writing articles but I am not going to hold myself to crazy standards like five-per-week anymore. I kicked around the idea of writing an article every day of December up until Christmas but that’s kind of ridiculous no? I still have goals for the year that I want to achieve so we will push forward. But in 2020, I think you will be seeing fewer articles but much larger articles from me. Either way I am not going anywhere and you will be seeing new articles very soon. Until then my friends.