A lil’ history

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For a living I used to slouch behind a computer screen and pencil push 40 hours a week. I’d been doing it for, maaan, eight years and let me tell you children IT WAS THE MOST BORING THING EVER. But it paid fairly well and offered outstanding benefits, two things any young adult needs while venturing into the real world. The real 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 would bitch bitch bitch about how my job wasn’t right for me, but that’s as far as it went. I knew I needed to find something to do — something that made me feel like I was doing something for myself.

Months passed, and nothing had changed. But a few days after E3 2009 I was slumped on my couch, watching G4 coverage on TV and found myself yet again lamenting over 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?

I don’t know what it was about that day, but something changed.  I turned off the television, whipped out my laptop and logged into my IGN account. (I had been visiting IGN during lunch breaks and had became somewhat familiar with their blogging system. That being said, I was a genuine lurker— I never posted or commented.)

20 minutes later I had written my first blog. I called it Just a Gaming Chick Venting. Reading it now makes me cringe, but hey, we all start at the bottom of the darkest and shittiest well, amirite?

The blog ultimately took off among 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.

Things that came shortly after my IGN blog that defined my “second” job:

  • I co-hosted a weekly podcast about video games 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 continued to blog on IGN.com
  • I began attending and covering industry related conventions and gatherings
  • A YouTube channel
  • BlondeNerd.com

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, 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 thanks to my experience with Zaxy.com (RIP ZAXY!) and a few years of blogging on IGN I had the basic tools I needed to get my website off of the ground.

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. And as much as I wished and yearned to leave that craphole, it was a paying craphole that supported my hobbies and travel. Video games and plane tickets to conventions weren’t cheap, after all.

For the next year and a half everything stayed basically the same; I continued to e-hustle and work at the same place. 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 my experience with BlondeNerd.com) and now 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.

SooooYEAH! That pretty much wraps up the past several years of my life in a nutshell. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. And if you find yourself in a similar position as I was in, just keep moving forward. It will pay off. :)

 

 

  • Darius

    Hi,

    well i think it was a good choise because it’s something it makes you happy and good luck with your Website.

    with regards
    from the other side of the World

  • Richard

    I really like what you are doing, it’s fun and entertaining. I hope that you continue to grow and I wish you much success.

  • http://people.ign.com/wardcove Caleb

    I am in a very similar position as you are/were. With your job that pays the bills that sucks and wanting to do something else. I am also very interested in writing and having it deal with video games…because I love video games. So this was very inspiring for me to read. Keep doing what you are doing. I will now be checking your site often. Oh and I enjoy all your work that I have read so far and am now going to check out Just a Gaming Chick Venting if I can find it :)

  • Jim Tanner

    Keep your chin up, having something in your life that you love doing (even if you aren’t paid to do it) is what we all should strive for, I understand your pain about the 40 hour gig, you seem to have a great attitude and plenty of energy, you will get what you want someday…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/MOTYSHIZ Justin Ordonez

    Mang, here we have a true gamer girl living a nerd life, rather than just a hottie that poses with controllers.

    When I first liked the facebook page, I honestly didn’t think it would last long.
    Yet, you’re still posting! ^_^
    Hope your “second job” is keeping you happy, because you’re fairly underrated.

    -Justin

  • Theduke1812

    like your site blondenerd.com. It’s fricking awesome. Your second job inspired me to start my own blog. YOU ROCK!!!!

    • britt5091

      THANK YOOOOOU!

  • nick

    lol i am pretty sure you have heard this before but you should look into affiliate marketing. you like games, you have a blog and i am pretty sure you get a pretty decent amount of traffic to your site a month. look into it if you haven’t. gamestop has an affiliate program and i am very sure tons more gaming sites have affiliate programs you can earn money from. good luck… and keep gaming!!!!! lol

  • The Great Video Game Blog

    Good Luck on all you do! Us here at TGVGB have been working hard to build an audience and one day be able to work for ourselves doing what we LOVE.. so Keep it up and great things will come!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Video-Game-Blog/153423151469450?ref=hl

  • michael smith

    Thats a wonderful story and blessed to have u as a friend!! Happy V-Day Britt!!

  • http://twitter.com/IS_Neko I.S. Neko

    Awesome that you are able to take some time to yourself and have some fun. ^_^

    • britt5091

      Thanks man. :)

  • Pizano

    you are utterly amazing, you are Zelda, i just dont think Gannon or and other evil baddass could ever keep you locked up in their dungeon for long willingly.

    • britt5091

      HA! Why, thank you! You flatter me!

  • Motief

    Blondenerd, I love what you do. I know you mostly review games and such but have you seen this? http://www.fantasywomenbattles.com, its a new type of video, gaming where people get to vote for who wins the battle.

  • Greg

    I see you completed Dead Space 3 but I can’t find a review for it here. What did you think? I personally liked this review:

    http://voices.yahoo.com/dead-space-3-scariest-game-played-a-12337676.html?cat=19

  • gabe

    I know I’m a bit late with the comments. I generally don’t ever comment on anything but I would hate myself for not. Just wanted to say as someone in an executive management job ( yes, I hate it, but it pays the bills and let’s me play WoW when I get off) that you have assets you obviously realize you have but as I look around the site ( granted its for the first time and haven’t clicked on most of the links) I can’t help but feel like your not maximizing its potential. I read a comment a sec ago about affiliate marketing…and your statement about juggling podcasts, industry events and such and that’s perfect. As you already know, your lucky enough to have genes that give you the looks you have and that and your totally using them to your advantage and I freaking love that. Its the “sex sells” angle that we all know works. Even though I don’t see anything sexy and I’m not saying you should sell your morals (like I do, which makes me an asshole) but most gamers dream of a girl with your particular physical features. I’m more of a brunette guy no offense but I just saw your site from a side link and wanted to say Grats! Keep doing what your doing and the sponsors will start rolling in if they haven’t already. I just look at your concept and see $$$.

  • stealth20k

    This would make a great E Hollywood movie

    • britt5091

      I’M DOWN

  • alypolicia

    You know what, I’m in precisely the same position as you were. Currently typing this from my boring, 40-hour-a-week, sitting in the same place for too long so it makes your back hurt, crossing the River Styx everyday to get to work kind of job. It’s not a “career” and it’s not what I love. But for now, I’m stuck with it. I’d love to do what you’ve done – so from a fellow girl gamer stuck in the real world – I’m proud of you! Do what you love! Eventually I hope I can do the same. I hope you succeed – and give us all the proper nerdship we deserve!

    • britt5091

      Aw, thank you so much. I know you know this, but trust me when I say I’ve been there. Keep working hard for whatever you want, make sacrifices (mostly in the time department!) and something will work out. :) <3 Good luck!

    • HalesGayles

      I feel the same way. Working 40 hours at a job I can’t stand with people that annoy the hell out of me just to pay my bills and gas money to drive 45 minutes back out to this less than eventful job. In the past month I’ve decided to go to school for video game design and development. I am beyond excited to see what this could do for me!

  • Chris

    A bit late to the comment party but better late than never. You my friend are what this generation needs. You have direction, drive and a work ethic. On top of that you are making a living doing what you love, congrats keep up the awesome work.

    • britt5091

      Thank you so much, Chris. I appreciate the kind words!

  • Misterblackman

    Not going to lie. When I first saw you picture, I thought you were pornstar. I guess it was the blonde hair.

  • DarkCommando3771

    All I want to say is that I admire you for being able to do that. It’s funny I love gaming I always have but my wife hates so I never pursued anything even relating to that. I’m 38 getting ready to retire from the military and wonder if there is anyway for me to get involved and make a name for myself in the industry. I wish I could just work from home and do a lot of the things you are doing to have even more time with my kids as well as my love of gaming. But I truly admire you and think you are awesome for what you have don ewith your life.

  • ThePinkPhantom

    Congratulations on turning your passion into how you live your life! Here’s to much more success in the future so the Woman cave can become as large and well known as the Batcave! Nana-nana-nana-nana BlondeNerd!

    Tune in tomorrow. Same Britt time, same Britt (social media) channell

  • http://youtube.com/user/goshdangtravino Travino

    I’m working an even shittier maybe 25-hour a week job – I can’t even get a shitty one that gives me 40 hours anymore. I’m going to college and I’m considering bailing on that too, at least, for a different college. One that actually offers the stuff I’m into [gaming, journalism, animation, all that jazz], and man, things are rough financially.

    I’m considering trying to start up a gaming channel to maybe get some video editing experience, and I’ve been animating for over a year with a few good cartoons out. It’s all about making time, man. Reasons why I stay up until 4am – it gives me some peace and quiet to go out, record stuff, and just do my thing with a clear head an no distractions.

    I just wanted to say, I’m really rooting for you! You seem to work hard – I need to get that in order for myself.