What a difference a year makes. Or, rather, how similar I guess things are this time last year.
Around this time last year, I had done three interviews at Defend the North for Splyce’s esports content site. I had come off a pretty mild showing for Slingshot eSports at Evo 2016 after having been fired over at Gamurs. And that was about it. I would be looking to go to SCG Syracuse, where I would infamously have a run in with a now former MtG celebrity and by the end of August, Splyce would close their content department.
Like the year before it, I told myself that if I wasn’t working full time in content creation that I would hang up the keyboard. Well, here we are. One year later. And, effectively, nothing has changed. Sure, I had a strong run at Worlds. In fact, I think I’ll look back at my interview with James “Dash” Patterson and Alberto “Crumbz” Rengifo as two of my strongest interviews ever. And my run at Worlds did lead to a shot, that failed, at writing for PVP Live. Which, admittedly, I maybe could have poured more of myself into.
But, the fact remains. Here I am going on year three of being a freelance esports content creator and not a whole lot to show for it. As I talked about before, the space is shrinking for writers like myself and opportunities are scarce. And, honestly speaking, I’ve never done much with my shot to begin with.
If I critically look back at these pass few years, I can’t say I was consistent or that I gave it my all. If it weren’t for events like Evo or Worlds, my content production rate is abysmal. I squandered a lot of opportunities and right now, I’m honestly not doing a whole lot.
I’m very proud of the work I did this year at Evo. And I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished as a freelancer, but I’ve decided that it’s time to call a quits. And what does that mean actually?
Unless asked to otherwise, I will be producing content solely here on SageGnosis.com. I’ll be writing essays about race and gender, conducting interviews with people I find interesting, and writing the occasional anime review or two. I’m going to create content because I love it. I think I’m past a place of wanting to hunt down contract after contract. I honestly feel my content and my mentality have suffered greatly from being on this freelance grind.
I still love interviewing. I still love going to events. If opportunities to get paid while doing so present themselves, I’m not opposed. I’m just done hunting for opportunities. The fire just isn’t there anymore. Maybe it’ll come back.
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