A Brief Update for Active Long Form Discussions

Long time no post!

What's going on with The Geek Spot? If it's not already apparent, the random posting schedule from 2020 is still in effect. But the scale of the holdover has expanded. This blog is not going away, yet I don't have the ability to set it into hibernation mode. I know I don't owe an explanation to anyone on why the posts dropped off. For those whom have been following this blog I wanted to leave a few words. At the very least it would put my mind at ease.

With the current state of the world and my life, playing new video games and catching up on industry news has become non-existent during my downtime. I never wanted The Geek Spot to be a smash and grab quick news blog. There needs to be a sense of reason with everything posted, even the smallest of takes. And with free time seemingly less available, putting out a subpar post is not worth the effort if I am not going to be satisfied with it. This is also why other gaming content that I share through Twitch and social media have fallen away. If I can't provide my full attention to the task, I won't be happy with the results.

When I do peek at social media to get a glimpse at what gaming topic is on the radar, the amount of shaming and unnecessary blaming has become a concern for me. Social media is a necessary evil. We need it in our lives to promote content, but it also thrives on quick takes and mob mentality. Responsible, reasonable discourse is not on the menu with the format we're provided. There isn't enough space to hold a proper debate nor discuss content at length. Even if a comment I share is seemingly benign, I don't want to continue contributing to the restrictive arrangement that social media has boxed us into. Both in space and with the "twitter mobs."

It's important that video games continue to have healthy, active discussions in order to improve the medium. That's the case with everything. Movies, television, books, your job, health care. All of it. We can't enhance the content, we can't make it better unless we talk about it in a reasonable manner. Research. Analyze. Review. Dissect. Accept that the content we consume is not always good. Content that you might enjoy may be objectively bad (FYI: you can still like it. No one will ever take that away from you). Content that you think is fine may be harmful to others, and it needs to be addressed. We have to get back to analyzing media in a healthy way so that it doesn't become forgotten history.

Which takes a lot of time to do! Time I haven't had.

Thank you to everyone that has supported this blog over the years. I'm not giving it up. One day I'll be at a place where I can finally take a breath and start writing meaningful content again. I'm looking forward to it.