For the past couple of weeks, I've given long and hard thought to something I haven't ever considered about GTX0 -- why do I spend so much time working on it? This is something that's gotten in the way of all kinds of IRL stuff, both in terms of stress and workload. My weekends legitimately don't feel productive no matter how much IRL stuff I get done unless I also do work on GTX0. And why? Well, I gave it a couple of weeks of thought and didn't do much here while I thought about it.
There were a lot of extraneous reasons, and some of them didn't actually make any sense in context. Basically, I've distilled it down to -- I've put a stupid amount of work into the new systems this year, they're about 75% done, and I just need a little more work (and some advertising) before things get interesting here. Basically my goal is to finish what I started last November or whenever it was and try to make some kind of income from the platform.
Let's get a few things clear here:
I cannot prioritize GTX0 anymore
I have another business that I'm trying to get started next year completely unrelated to web design or games or anything like that. I compared it against the goal of GTX0, and it's way more profitable way quicker but like GTX0 it's a big open-ended project that will take up a lot of time. I've had several years and several good opportunities to pursue this better business plan, but didn't because I worked on GTX0.
GTX0 has made me lose sleep, feel stressed on weekends, quit jobs, and has overall been basically a continuous 8-year part-time job done for really dubious reasons.
This is not going to happen anymore. From this point forwards, GTX0 will cease to be any kind of priority in my life. I'll still keep it up, I'll still work on it a lot, but at this point it's a hobby with some future potential instead of a relentless slave-driver.
I think I might actually be *more* productive this way, oddly, GTX0 has had a kind of identity crisis for a long time with the direction I want to take it -- this will let me distill things down to their raw priorities and also prune the massive tree of ideas I've had for the site over the years.
So let's talk about what GTX0 is not, what GTX0 will be, and then kind of what to expect with my schedule for it.
What GTX0 Is Not
These are things that you might think GTX0 is, or will be in the future. Perhaps I've promised some of these things in the past, but they are no longer on my agenda in any capacity.
GTX0 is not a nostalgic gametalk preservation
GTX0 is not a loose collection of discussion forums with their own rules and communities
GTX0 is not a games site that tries to be what GameTalk.com was or wanted to be
What GTX0 Will Be
These are the directions I'm actually moving GTX0 towards.
GTX0 will be a place where you can talk about a variety of topics in a friendly community-driven atmosphere
GTX0 will be a place where you can play many different styles of multiplayer text adventure games. You can also host your own.
GTX0 will be a place where you can explore text-based open worlds, add to them, or even roleplay inside of them with other users.
GTX0 will be a place where you can watch other people stream and have a dedicated channel yourself. Channels will have moderation that you set, a chat area, will be very visible on the site when you are streaming, and having sessions where multiple people stream at the same time on the same channel will be very easy.
GTX0 will be a place where you and your friends can take turns sharing videos and music with one another while talking all the while.
GTX0 will be a place where you can watch an entire playlist of videos at some scheduled time with other users. You'll be able to talk all the while as well. Think of it almost as a short TV show.
GTX0 will be a place where you can play Mafia automatically with other users.
GTX0 will be a place where you can read interesting articles written by other users, comment on them, or even interact with them. You can also write your own.
GTX0 will be a place where there are many interesting post types to read and interact with.
GTX0 will be full of features, both optional for accounts, and built into the site itself.
Basically, GTX0 will be a place where there are lots of interesting things to see, do, and talk about.
What to expect from me
Right now I'm a couple days away from getting a car, and then my next priority is getting some kind of job in my field. I'm almost up to full-time hours at work (35 hours next week), and will be spending my mornings working very hard to get a job in my field, so don't expect too much from me during this time.
I'll still do things here because I'll very definitely need breaks from IRL projects, but for the most part the every-day GTX0 work isn't going to happen for a while. When it does happen again though I'm not going to stress about it, and I'm not going to prioritize it either. IRL comes first.