A Content Creator’s Realisation

So, over the past month and a half, I have been looking at the content that I have created, as well as the content I didn’t manage to create. This has led me to a significant realisation.

I was trying to do too much.

As you may or may not know, I have been trying to create the following;

  • 3 to 4 livestreams per week.
  • 1 to 2 blog posts per week.
  • 2 YouTube videos per week.

Whilst I know that level of content creation is manageable for some, it really doesn’t work with my lifestyle. After all, as a parent, I want to have time to spend with my daughter as well.

This meant that I was having to choose between creating content or spending time with my family. I’m sure you can understand that I chose my family. So, that leads us to today.

Quality Versus Quantity

In order to meet the level of content creation mentioned earlier, the only way to do it would be to allow quality to fall really low. I wouldn’t have time to edit videos, quality check posts or improve my streams. I would just churn out the first draft of every piece of content, providing a sub-par experience for you all.

I refuse to do that.

So, I’ve been thinking a lot, trying to figure out the best way to provide quality content for you all using the different channels I mentioned at the start of this post.

In order to do that, the time for a content pivot has arrived. So, let’s take a look at how I am planning to do said pivot, shall we?

Better Blogging

Let’s start with the blog since that’s where we all are right now.

Moving forward, rather than trying to throw out 2 posts each week, I will ensure that there is a minimum of one post per week. This will be done by continuing the reviews of the Weekly Retro Showcase game on here. Every week, after we play through the retro game of the week on Twitch, I will write up my review on here.

However, I will no longer be giving a numerical score at the end of the reviews. Instead, they will simply be my opinions on that game and whether I recommend it.

On top of that, I will be writing one blog each month looking at how gaming can help to change and improve lives.

I’ve been a fan of Final Fantasy for years, so there’s a lot of content to create around the series.

Then, also once per month, I will create a detailed blog post that embraces one of my biggest gaming passions (and one that already has its own section on here); Final Fantasy. That leads us into the plan for YouTube.

Yearning for YouTube

Okay, so that subtitle is pretty poor, but I couldn’t think of a better word beginning with Y. Anyway, it fits, since I am yearning to actually create quality content on my YouTube channel. I really haven’t so far.

With that in mind, in order to improve the video content I create, I will also be dropping the number of videos I plan to create. To begin with, I will no longer be making video reviews for the retro game of the week – these will be focused on the blog, specifically.

That instantly frees up a lot of time. From there, the plan for content creation will be as follows;

  • 1 Demo Reel video per month, where I play the first 15 minutes (or first section) of an RPG demo for the PS4, PC or Nintendo Switch.
  • 1 detailed discussion video about Final Fantasy per month.
The first Demo Reel video featured Valkyria Chronicles 4

This way, by focusing on making 2 videos each month (rather than each week), I can put far more time into them. I can spend time editing (and improving my editing skills) and put more research into the videos rather than relying on purely opinion-based content.

I can also have time to actually script the videos, meaning that the content will be more concise, focused and informative. Less rambling should make for better video content.

Basically, I will be putting a focus on generating quality YouTube content rather than trying to throw out numerous videos.

However, I will still be creating videos for events like the Doncaster Video Game Market, or any unboxings & reviews of gear that I am sent.

Time for Twitch

So, we have covered both the blog and YouTube. It’s time to move on to Twitch.

My streams on my Twitch channel have become a large part of my content and brand. After all, I am streaming in support of the National Autistic Society. On top of this, the streams allow me to actively interact with you all. So, there won’t be much of a change in terms of my streams. The schedule moving forward will be as follows;

  • Thursday evenings – Final Fantasy VII (original version until the remake is released)
  • Friday evenings – Shadow Hearts/Final Fantasy series
  • Saturday evenings – Kingdom Hearts 3/Fire Emblem Three Houses
  • Sunday evenings – Weekly Retro Showcase
We’ll be starting Final Fantasy IV soon, as we play through the games in order of English language release, moving forward.

On top of this, the last Friday of each month will be the community stream, where we play games together. This has historically been Final Fantasy Dissidia NT. However, moving forward, we will decide in Discord each month whether we do Dissidia NT or an MMO like Guild Wars 2.

And That’s All Folks

So that pretty much covers the content pivot that I am planning. By cutting down on the quantity of content that I want to make, I can ensure that I make quality content, as well as actually making the content!

I am excited about the future of the blog again now, and I think you’ll find that you enjoy the content across all three channels a lot more.

Let me know what you think of this in the comments below!

About


Hello there! I’m Gareth, the 16-Bit Dad; a retro gaming blogger, Twitch Streamer and Autism Parent. With a focus on great games, a wonderful Stream community and help for other Autism Parents, I review games, play them with the community and share my learnings about Autism!

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