Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Trying something new, well old actually...

 


Unfortunately my time with the Buddhism course was rather limited due to the fact that the website the course was hosted on developed a glitch that prevented me from logging in to submit my answers. Since the answers were typed directly into the site, and I couldn't log in, I lost a day of productivity, and I didn't fancy playing catch up, so I told them that I'd drop out this time and reapply in the spring. This has left me with some unforeseen free time on my hands, so I've decided to try something new. Well, actually, it's an old thing with a new twist.

Back around 2009, when I first joined Twitter, I ran an astronomy blog on Tumblr that had around 150,000 regular readers. Part of the success of the blog was the fact that I used Tweetdeck to load up the twitter accounts of NASA, ESA, JPL, ESO, and a load of other space agencies and observatories, so that I could keep an eye on them and post interesting news when it came up. This proved to be quite popular, so I've decided to have a try at it with video games.

Above, you can see a desktop capture of Tweetdeck with several columns from the twitter accounts of Nintendo, Xbox, Playstation, Gamespot, PC Gamer and GamesRadar. I have this running in the background, and I check these regularly to see if they've posted anything interesting, which I then retweet on my own Twitter account. This way I'm sort of using my Twitter account as a amalgamated video games news outlet, which could be something that people might want to keep an eye on.

On top of this, I've also been making an effort to share more personal posts, selfies and other bits and pieces to give the Twitter account something a bit more interesting than just me complaining about stuff and generally behaving like a grumpy arse.

Now, I'm under no illusions that this will ever reach the dizzy heights of my Tumblr astronomy blog from a decade ago. Twitter is a very different place than it was then, and it's a lot harder to get your posts seen now, especially so since Twitter changed how the timeline works. However, I feel pretty positive about this, and I want to turn my Twitter feed into something a bit more uplifting and less about me moaning about stuff.

With all that said, I've got a few new links to share with people if they're interested in following:

The first is Twitter: https://twitter.com/Peteuplink
The second is my Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/peteuplink/
And the third is my new Ko-fi page: https://ko-fi.com/peteuplink so people can support me if they like what I'm doing.

I'll probably keep this blog for the games development and post any further updates about my other things on the Ko-fi page.

Anyway, hopefully you'll like the new direction, and I'll post here again soon when I've got some new games development stuff to show off.

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