It has been over a month since my last update and a lot of stuff has happened in that span of time. My lack of updates isn't because of a lack of things going on, but has more to do with the fact that all the cool stuff I've been doing I can't really talk about at this time.
I still don't have a job, but I feel confident that that won't be the case very soon. Just this past week I was out in San Francisco meeting with a few game companies, and all my interviews have gone very well so far. I'm feeling very good about my chances of finding work soon/in the new year, and I can't wait to share with everyone where I land, and more importantly..start at a new company.
The past few weeks have been very exciting because as I talk to more companies, I'm getting a better idea of exactly what I want to do in my next job. I'm getting more creative ideas, and getting more inspired about what I can do in my career and how I can be someone in the game industry that is moving game community and social media practices forward. It has brought me to an ambitious goal that I now have, which is to be one of the best social media professionals in the game industry – and I think I can do that. I'm very proud of and excited by what I've been able to do over the past year in the gaming social media space, and I hope to be able to continue on that path in 2010 and really make some waves in the game industry. I think there is a lot of opportunity to utilize new social media technologies to build communities and engage with gamers, and I can't wait to get out there and do that for a company that I'm passionate about.
So far the unemployment train ride has been an interesting one, with lots of different waves of emotions going over as situations change or new things happened. November was a bit rough, since it was my slow month and nothing was really happening, so it was definitely a tad bit sad and lonely. Staying at home all day and no longer going into an office of your best friends took some getting used to, but things are much better now. December in general has been a much better month, and I'm very thankful for all my friends and family that have helped me get through this temporary run-in with unemployment.
All in all, things are looking up, and I'm hoping to have some good news in near future. At the very least, I'm excited to go back to Ohio for a few weeks of Christmas vacation, with plans to hang out with my nephew as much as possible and get my family together for some Beatles: Rock Band. Then after that, I'll be turning 22 on January 2nd! Lots of good things ahead of me 🙂
Lastly, I wanted to close out with an update on gamerDNA: Today it was announced that the gaming news website Crispy Gamer has merged with gamerDNA. I've met Chris (CEO of Crispy) several times, and I've always liked him a lot. I wish Crispy and the remaining GamerDNA crew the best of luck on their new journey!
-Sam "QforQ" Houston