Dreams are a tough lot; some of us have them, some of us are less aware of them. Some of us know what they are, and are afraid of going for them or held back in some other way. Some of us know what they are, go for them anyway, but struggle.
I don’t mean any of this in a “woe is me” fashion, but creating content, especially when you do it alone, is hard. Doing it with regularity is even harder. Sometimes it’s f*cking brutal. But so many of us keep going, keep creating, keep sharing.
When I started this website over four years ago, I knew I would write on a schedule. I created a writing Facebook page to link each piece I wrote, as well as created a Twitter account which, I rarely use. When I started those accounts, I invited people to like the Facebook account; people who I am friends with who I know love and read about games.
There are over 60 people I’ve invited, people I know, who have never even “liked” my writing page.
For some reason that hurts.
Don’t get me wrong, I know there are many supportive folks out there who read what I write and interact with me about it. Those people are my lifeline. I could not appreciate them any more than I do.
But I am saddened by the knowledge that so many people I know who love games, love playing games, love reading about games, won’t read what I write or even throw a like to a page or a post. It’s the least amount of effort to say to someone, “I see you. I see you trying.”
I know many people who create. I know what that takes. If I see someone post something, even if it’s something I’m not necessarily into, I’m going to throw them a like of support. I want them to know I see them trying and I want them to know I’m proud of them for every piece they write, podcast they record, game they create, anything. I want them to know I support their efforts to create. So many of us do it despite feeling broken inside about whatever we are doing. We have to band together and support our friends who are out there and going for their dreams, no matter what those dreams entail.
When I say support, I never mean financially. I only mean through the power of interaction. When someone comments on a link to a piece I’ve written, I’m ecstatic. When I started writing, my goal was to engage people and start discussions. At the conclusion of nearly every piece I write, I ask the reader a question, sometimes more than one. Maybe ask your friends who create a question or two; I know I’d appreciate it. In the years I’ve been doing this, I’ve been asked so few questions, I could count them on one hand. Some pieces I write don’t get any interactions; that’s hard. More and more lately, I’ve been assuming it’s just me; I assume I’m of less and less interest to people and am pondering irrelevant things.
I would like to remind everyone: you can subscribe to my website. At the bottom of each page, there is a field to subscribe via email. I don’t often bring this up, but it’s there all the same. I post links and other interesting gaming related things on my Facebook page; please feel free to drop a like there, too. And I’d bring up Twitter but holy crap I rarely use it and I don’t think I’m witty enough to be engaging on Twitter.
Going after a dream is hard. Putting in the time and effort isn’t always enjoyable or rewarding. Please let your friends know you care and support their endeavors. It might mean more than you think.
To everyone who leaves a like or a comment, I honestly can’t thank you enough. It’s been increasingly harder, and you keep me going. Thank you for your support. Truly.
Your friends need you just as much as you need them. It’s rough out there; we all need to band together to make it through intact.