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 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

 

 

  • 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!!!!

  • 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. ^_^

  • 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.

  • 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 $$$.