What We're Up To...
So Grandma and I discussed things and OGHC is moving to a weekly schedule rather than daily. It takes a lot of pressure off us both and keeps the blog going strong, just as we like it: without advertisement.
This requires a bit more explanation.
We recently had the opportunity to expand the blog to a site that offered us unlimited space for videos and podcasts. The only stipulation was that ads would be placed on the site, the revenue from which would be split between us and the partners. Grandma became weary of the offer, however, for several reasons.
First, they sent us ideas for content. "Could we get Grandma to do..." and the like. Grandma is very much not a circus monkey. We haven't discussed content format and development with anybody. Not even MTV. The blog is Grandma's piece of freedom on the web, in which she can say and do whatever she pleases. Compromising that is a switch we're just not prepared to make.
Second, the ads. We've never had ads. We can support ourselves pretty well, and Blogspot provides a great, free way of publishing just about whatever. Ads are pretty annoying if not done well, and if they are tasteful and nonintrusive- they create an issue with property. If a company invests in Grandma and me, and they split ad revenue, and if they are wise, you can be damn sure they will protect their investment. If we say something that hurts ad sales or we're not funny or interesting enough, they will be required to do something to change that. This brings us back to the first point.
Third, we've anticipated a schedule shift ever since I took on another job, not to mention the fact that I'm trying to get back into school, if the opportunity presents itself. Maintaining a web "business" based on my Grandma really isn't fair to her. We do this shit for fun, man. Not money. The second she stops playing games because she likes to game and begins playing something only so we have something to write is the moment it stops being fun for Grandma.
We have a lot to tell you guys. The comments by Collin and Dana in the Guitar Hero post have pretty much been the talk of our house in the past week. Karaoke Revolution, Taiko Drum Master, Guitar Hero and Dance Dance simultaneously?! Are you KIDDING?! FUCK YEAH! ...Wait, did you say Taiko Drum Master? ...Is that the game from Lost in Translation with the dancing noodle things in the arcade? Well after your endorsement, Grandma went on a quest to FIND it. She also downloaded the full version of Crystal Quest on XBox Live Arcade, and we finally have a million-plus score in Geometry Wars that is driving her grandson insane. She bought World Championship Poker 2, and she thinks it very well may be the worst game she's ever played ever (in the past year.) Brain Age is coming up for Nintendo DS (wooo!!!) and they sent us a couple copies of Electroplankton, which is curiously addicting.
The bottom line is we're going to have a weekly post, which will be huge. We will have podcasts (we need your input on subjects for our first) and we will have new videos. We love you guys, we're going to do this right.