The 2012 Goal for In Third Person

In Third Person has come a long way from its humble roots as my pet project that was lucky to get 10 hits a day. While it’s still very much a pet project, the site is fortunate enough to reach an audience of thousands of visitors a month. Ever since the WordPress front page promo, thousands of visitors every month manage to find their way to my little slice of the internet. To say that this was all part of the plan would be a lie. I’m still surprised to see the number of views my posts get and the number of great conversations I have with readers in the comments.

Instead of simply riding the tides to wherever it takes me, I’d like to set a 2012 goal for In Third Person.

The Goal: Attend E3 2012

As a life-long gamer, attending E3 has been a dream of mine ever since the very first E3 took place in the mid-90s. It’s the biggest industry event where all of gaming’s biggest announcements happen and where all of gaming hottest upcoming products are displayed. It was always a treat to buy the round of video game magazines after E3 to see all of the news, screen-shots and impressions of upcoming games and systems.

Even as I grew up and learned more about the video game industry through gaming websites, message boards, and podcasts, the luster of the event never faded away for me. What gaming nerd wouldn’t want to go to E3?

I’ve always wished I could just hop on a plane and attend, but I’ve never had the qualifications to go. For the longest time, I didn’t think I ever would have the qualifications to get in.

That is, until this year. The committee behind the event changed the requirements for online sites in order to limit the number of attendees at the event. Press passes were now given out based on the following criteria:

– Your site has to have been operational for at least 6 months

– Your site must get at least 8,000 unique monthly impressions.

I meet first point just fine. The second point? Not quite. But is that unreachable for me? Back when my blog was getting 100 visits a month, I would have said that was way out of my league. Now? It’s not out of the question. With a combination of good posts, word-of-mouth and the hope of my blog showing up in more Google search results, it totally could happen.

It’d be so awesome to earn that E3 press pass all by myself. However, I’d still have pay for the plane ride to Los Angeles and back, as well as all of the accommodations. This would be easier said than done if I didn’t have a few major life milestones planned that are going to cost me an arm and a leg. These milestones are much are much more important than E3 in the grand scheme of things, but if I can put enough money aside (and I meet the criteria), I’d be there in a heartbeat.

What would I do if I got there? Well, it wouldn’t be all fun and games. I think I totally would write a ton of notes on the show floor and posting as often as I could; either from the show floor or after the show ended.

That is the goal. Thank you for support to date! If you enjoy my work, please continue to support the site by checking in for new material. If there’s someone you think would enjoy In Third Person, send them my way with a link. I’ll make it up to you somehow. At the very least, I’ll provide you with my impressions of E3 if I get to go!

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