I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this blog and why I write about Star Wars The Old Republic (and occasionally other MMO’s). In particular, why I keep this website running despite the high cost and little gain (not just monetary, but recognition and exposure) I get from doing so. I love the community of people who do read my blog and the interactions I get from my regular readers and the SWTOR Family on Twitter. But I still feel frustrated that compared to other fandom mediums, Blogs get little attention and I honestly don’t have the means to expand into those other mediums as much as I might want to.
When I thought about it more, I realised I love writing (and I’ve always loved writing) and really, writing should be my focus. I’ve really struggled since High School with not knowing what I want to do with my life. Now I finally feel after years of Universtiy and exploring careers that involve my various interests that writing is what I should have focused on all along (I’ve just had motivation issues). They say it’s never too late to pursue your dreams!
So what does that mean for Xam Xam Says? I’m going to start writing a lot more than I currently do. I’m going to focus on my love of writing and improving my craft. Then perhaps someday I will be able to make a career out of writing.
While I will certainly be continuing to write about SWTOR and other MMO’s (and will keep endeavouring to write more on the later) I will be expanding my blog/website to discuss other areas of interest to me. I feel that honestly, this is the only way for me to expand my audience.
New Major Topic of Discussion – Star Wars
I feel it’s a logical to start actively writing about Star Wars given I’ve been a huge fan for many years. I certainly have a lot to say about all aspects of Star Wars from the Films to the Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and even the fandom itself. There really are no limits in a galaxy far far away.
New Major Topic of Discussion – Film and TV
Reviews, some news and even gawking over merchandise. The focus will be on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action/Adventure and other geeky (or otherwise) Film or TV that interests me. So expect to see a lot of Marvel, maybe some other popular franchises and even some more obscure ones discussed.
New Weekly Blog Series – Aussie Living in Austin
Something I’ve been wanting to do for a while (and a few of my Twitter friends and followers indicated they were interested in was seeing) is doing a blog about what it’s like for an Aussie living in the US. At this stage, it will be a weekly series where I discuss various topics that merit comparison between the two countries. While I aim not to get too political with this series it will probably be inevitable when it comes to certain topics of comparison between the two countries.
Future Endeavours – Fanfiction and Short Stories
Honestly, putting my fanfictions (from various games and franchises) and stories to paper has always morbidly terrified me. It is the one fear I have still not conquered when it comes to writing. I really want and need to conquer it. When will that be? Who knows? For now, I’m going to continue to focus on the blog-style writing I’ve always done.
What are some things you’d like to see my cover/discuss? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!