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Re-establishing my online presence

So I finally got around to updating my website, which was way out of date. Well, it wasn't really out of date more than not fit for purpose anymore.

It was originally created a few years ago for me to have a simple online presence as a software engineer, way before I made the transition into game development and started Pixie Software. At this point I had absolutely no other significant online activity: I had no Twitter account, my Facebook usage was purely functional (monitoring my account just in case someone decided to contact me there rather than through more "conventional" methods such as a phone call, SMS or e-mail), and I wasn't on any other social media platform. However as I started becoming more active in the game development scene, there was an inherent need to have a more active presence online. So I set up profiles and accounts for the studio and started communicating as the studio, but it soon became clear that this was not really working for me. It feels silly, and at times impossible, to communicate with and relate to other people when it's not even clear who is speaking: yourself or "the studio". I'm finding it very strained, limited and artificial.

So I've decided it's high time I update (or actually, set up) my personal online presence and make that completely distinct from Pixie Software. After all, it's only fair for others to be able to relate to me as a person, and not feel like I'm constantly about the work and the business like some big corporate entity. There's a place for that sort of thing, but this is not one of them. This is me, Stephen, relating to friends, colleagues and other people on a personal basis. Furthermore I'd like to be able to voice my opinions and pass silly comments without them being automatically attributed to, or considered as coming from the studio. True, I'm not one to be extremely vocal on anything really, but on the occasions when I do feel like saying something, I'd like to feel like I can do that freely without having to filter it through the studio's channels.

As a result of this:
  • I've now set up this website to act as a sort of blog for when I feel like ranting on something or other. It's still in flux (don't really like its design...very bland and lifeless).
  • I've revived my dormant, single-tweet-in-2009, Twitter account to house my Twitter activity instead of the studio's account. I'm starting from scratch and have absolutely no followers, so I'd appraciate a hand in that regard i.e. follow me ;)
  • I'm also going to start using my Facebook profile a bit more...probably just repeating what I say on Twitter and on this website, or just linking to it directly.
  • I have set up an Ask.fm account. Don't know who would be interested in asking me anything really, but hey, it's there. Ask away.
  • Naturally there's my LinkedIn account, but that's not really all that social.
  • I'm planning on starting a Steam curation list, but having some mixed feelings on that. We'll see...
  • Twitch/YouTube...not really my scene. Again, I'm really quite a reserved kind of guy. Let's just say it's a "maybe"...something to be considered in the future, perhaps. Baby steps right?

My initial target is to shift my regular activity from the studio's accounts to my own. Following that, we'll see where things lead to...