Hatch, That's encouraging in regards to the Gvt' job. You find time to game as well?
On the other hand, I work for a "government" agency right now, and I can safely say that I would rather be in the private sector any day of the week.
I took the government job route. Six figures and counting! Don't discount the gov't work :-)
I ran the application in the program I purchased to check the Value Demand and Real Supply of "Role Playing Games" and "Play Dungeons and Dragons" as key phrases. Neither came back with a profitable result. This would mean that I would probably have to find another avenue besides an information site to build revenue. I did find another concept in which I am interested and knowledgeable that has some potential to be monetized. Since this is our game site I won't boar you all with the non-gaming details. I may still put together a site that includes my favorite hobby, gaming, but it just will have to happen after I do my primary site to generate income. Once I get to that I'll let you all know. Until then, look for more campaign blogs from me on here. I'm only about 6 sessions behind.
Thanks for the encouragement, Farcaster. I am not putting all my eggs in one basket. If the product delivers as advertised it should be able to point out if a nitch is profitable. I have some other ideas if it doesn't work out. I will also put in some resume's but my greater focus will be able to work what I enjoy! I will let you know but if it strays from the RPG realm I'll blog it elsewhere. This just happens to be the only place I blog.
I'd love to do the same thing myself. Although this site does generate revenue, much of that goes to supporting our bandwidth, server and occasional freelance costs. I'd love to take it the next step and make this my full time job -- the things I could do with this site if I had a full 40+ hours per week to work on it ...
If I may offer some advice on starting up your website, I'd recommend that you find a niche that your site could fill that either isn't being filled today or that you could do better. P&PG has been as successful as it has because we offered a valuable service that wasn't being fulfilled out on the web in the form of our Player Registry. There were some sites out there that were trying, but they were leagues behind where they could be. So, find something that you can offer that is unique. Perhaps that is your voice in the form of Otakar's blog, or perhaps that is something else.
The second thing I'd recommend is to forget about throwing a bunch of money at advertising and instead focus on building relationships in the RPG community. A tiny fraction of the members who have made it here came because of any sort of advertising. Many found us because people in the industry mentioned P&PG and were kind enough to link to us. Those are the kinds of relationships you really want to build.
I hope you're able to find something that you can enjoying doing, whether that is running a website or something else. Keep us in the loop on how things are going.
Thalion, you asked if Tuan was upset with you. In reality Paul will be gone next session and I'm not sure if he'll continue due to travel time. The character was perplexed with the outcome so I thought that I would write that into the story. Be ready to game as I'll be back from vacation soon.
And I thought you were on vacation! No posting on vacation!
Is he going to continue playing with us? I hope he's not upset with me.
Tuan did take off and leave the group, for now.
Wait... did Tuan take off and leave the group?
Keep who? The shaggy creature?
Oh man! Don't get me started on what happened with that shaggy creature!
Suffice it to say, there was a "tad bit" of a disagreement as to the subsequent interaction with said shaggy creature.
We should've asked if we could keep him, he would've been useful as a pack mule for our treasure, lol.
You could always multi-class!
I'm going to be a cowboy and wear a mask.
Wait... I'm not a ranger
Certainly not you, Spider Rider!
Hey... hey.... hey! Who's a dummy?
Sounds like your party is doing great. You all keep up the good work and I'd love to read more! Take Care Jarrod!
This one time, my girlfriend's character and I were climbing down this shaft into a larger room...and when we landed the dm decided to whip out 5 fire beetles on us who all used their fire breath the very first surprise round...she went down as most of the fire was centered on her square, and I was close....I called the dm later on that week and said, "BAD DM!....BAD DM!" lol oh, the perils of learning a new edition huh?