For a living I used to slouch behind a computer screen and pencil push 40 hours a week. I’d done that, hell, eight years and let me tell you IT WAS THE MOST BORING THING EVER. But it paid fairly well and offered outstanding benefits. The problem was that I had no interest in that job. Like, I didn’t give two shits about the material I dealt with on a daily basis.
When I was 21 or so (back in 2009) I was beginning to tire of “going through the motions” and found myself wondering what I wanted to do with my life. But…what COULD I do? Hell, I didn’t even know what I wanted to do, so how could I even begin to do something? Not only was it frustrating, but it was a vicious cycle. I needed to find something to do — something that made me feel like I was doing something productive and for myself.
Around that time I had been visiting IGN during my lunch breaks and had become somewhat familiar with their blogging system (I was a genuine lurker— I never posted or commented). But shortly after E3 2009 I remember sitting on my couch, watching the coverage on TV and thinking about the direction my life was going in. Did I really want to spend the rest of my life working at a job for which I had no passion? The answer was clearly no. What was tearing at me, however, was that I wasn’t doing anything about it. I would bitch bitch bitch about how my job wasn’t right for me, but that’s as far as it went.
I don’t know what it was about that day, but something changed. I turned off the television, whipped out my laptop, logged into my IGN account and 20 minutes later I had written my first blog on IGN. I believe I called it Just a Gaming Chick Venting. To read it now is cringe-worthy, but hey, we all start at the bottom of the darkest and shittiest well, amirite?
The blog ultimately took off amongst the community, one thing led to another, and before I knew it I considered myself to have two jobs…I just didn’t get paid for one of them. Unfortunately I wasn’t getting paid for the one I enjoyed the most, but that’s how it goes when you’re first starting out!
A list of things that came shortly after my IGN blog:
- I co-hosted a weekly podcast about videogames and the industry
- I hosted a weekly community podcast about We’re Alive called We’re Not Dead
- I coordinated and ran community contests for We’re Alive
- I wrote articles for Zaxy.com
- I began attending and covering industry related conventions and gatherings
- A YouTube channel
- BlondeNerd.com was born! MUAHAHAHA
I founded BlondeNerd.com (y’know, this little website you’re currently on) a few years later in January of 2011. While I was still having a blast on the IGN blogs, I figured it was time to really start building a brand for myself. Y’know, it was time to start building my meal ticket. (Or something. Did I even use that term correctly?) I didn’t have a lot to go off of, but my experience with Zaxy.com (RIP ZAXY!) and a few years of blogging on IGN gave me the basic tools I needed to get my stuff up and running.
So, on top of all of the podcasts, blogging and video stuff (some of which I no longer do), I was still working at the same ol’ 40-hour-a-week-pencil-pushing-job.(I often stumbled into work with big-ass bags under my eyes. Sleep? AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR SLEEP.) Yet as much as I wished and yearned to leave that craphole, it was a paying (albeit boring) craphole (aka job) that supported my hobbies. Plane tickets weren’t cheap, after all!
For the next year and a half everything stayed basically the same. I continued to e-hustle (HA!) and work at the same job. But fast forward to July of 2012 — July 17th, 2012 to be specific – when something pretty awesome happened. Friends, I can say on this fateful day with the sincerest form of sincerity that it was the day I made the best decision of my life.
I quit that boring, directionless job and, well, jumped head-first into the unknown.
It was a bit scary, but man oh man has it paid off. I now work from home (I started a little social media marketing shindig, something I learned I had a knack for via BlondeNerd.com) and since then I’m finally able to dedicate the love and attention my baby deserves. And, uh, needs. I think this website has become a lot more needy.
So YEAH! That pretty much wraps up the past several years in a nutshell. If you have any more questions feel free to ask! <3