New Years Revolutions
Hello #Backloggers and welcome to 2019.
Wasn't 2018 such a great year? TrashTurkey and I originally set out on our podcasting adventure with one small goal in mind and that was to focus on actually playing and beating a few games over the course of the year instead of just collecting those games and letting them all sit on a Shelf, Forgotten.
I have to say that 2018 was a SMASHING success in that regard. Both of us ended up beating the majority of the games we took on over the months and any failures we had were really minor.
We also started to build a little bit of a community and our little podcast has developed beyond just a podcast into a (nearly) monthly newsletter with some (sometimes) sweet extras for all of you who were kind enough to sign up for it. We've added segments as the year went on and refined our show into something we are happy with and hope you all feel the same way.
Now I'd like to talk about 2019 and goals that I have for our podcast and for our community.
Building our Community
Over the course of 2019 I'd really like to continue to be active and build the Backlog Community. We recently moved over to join the Quest 4 Pixels podcast network and with that we ended up with our own channel on their Discord Server. We have a couple of people who are joining in on the conversation there but by the end of 2019 I hope to have that channel be one of the busiest on the network. I hope all of you fellow Backloggers out there will eventually join the server and pick up on the conversation in the Backlog Busters Lounge!
I also want to reach out to other Backlog Content Creators to form a quasi Backlog Content Network where we all help promote each other and push each other to greater heights in 2019. My first target has been acquired and that is Patrick who is behind The Backlog Odyssey (please follow his blog and subscribe to his podcast and even follow him on Twitter. He is a pretty great guy).
I also hope to continue to have our #Backloggers continue to contribute to the show and possibly to the website as well. Last year we had some amazing people willing to help us out with content creation whether it was in the form of a Blog Post, music drops for our show, segment suggestions for the show or even those amazing souls who were willing to be adopted for (probably my favorite feature on the podcast) Adopt a Backlogger!
While I absolutely love recording the show with the Turkey nothing tickles me more than realizing there are so many amazing people out there who not only listen to us but are willing to make us better by contributing to what we do as well. I hope we continue this trend and expand upon it in amazing ways for 2019.
Backlogging Instead of Backlog Building
Yes, this sounds pretty obvious but the truth of the matter is that no matter how successful I was in actually playing and beating games in 2018 (I beat 13 games which is probably more than I beat over the course of the previous 5 years combined) I still bought more games than I beat. I bought more games than I played for that matter.
So, in 2019 I'm going to focus more on playing those games that I have so that I can erode my backlog over time instead of growing it faster than I could ever be able to keep up with. Now this doesn't meant that I need to go through and beat all of the games that I own. If I put some time into a game and I really just don't like it then I am willing to put it away and move on (counting it as Completed, just not beaten).
There are a number of purchases in 2019 that I don't feel like I can get away from (Super Mario Bros WiiU Deluxe, No More Heroes, Fire Emblem and a few others) but I am hoping that most of my purchases can be while games are on sale (deep discount preferred) and no where near full price. Also, there are a few things I'm going to pick up more for my collection (like the Celeste Collectors Edition from LRG that came with a Steelbook that I totally missed out on today because work distracted me). I'm a Steelbook guys and one of my goals is to pick up every Steelbook that is released for the Switch. This will be a difficult and uphill battle but until it becomes too unobtainable and ridiculous I'm going to hack away at it.
Also, one of my challenges here is that I received money or gift cards for Xmas and I have some credit built up as well. My Goal is to only use this money to buy games over the course of the year (today I spent the money I had in PayPal on 2 random Steelbook cases from LRG hoping to get 2 that I don't already have). I feel like this should be pretty easy when I'm waiting on games to go on deep discount through Amazon or the eshop.
That's it. Those are my two main goals for 2019 and while two goals doesn't sound like a lot I know there is a lot of work to be done towards them.
I hope you all have a successful 2019 full of games and fun and that you all have your own individual goals that you will achieve. Please feel free to share them below in the comments section. I would love to know what you all are looking forward to accomplishing in 2019 as we take this journey together.
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