Since August, the gaming industry has seen many things, meaning I have seen many things. If not for the internship, I likely would have missed a lot. There were several conventions that I followed to see the next big thing in gaming as it happened.
What really matters though, is the fact that I learned where my strength in writing about games lies. Guides have brought me success as an intern. It was a free day and I was stumped for article ideas, so I decided to write a guide. My Titan Normal Mode guide was an instant success.
This was a pretty difficult fight, when FFXIV: ARR first released. This is also where my success as a guide writer began.
I turned it into a regular thing, writing guides as I cleared content, and my view count increased dramatically. Unfortunately, as people started clearing content themselves, my guides had less relevance. I was running out of relevant material that I could clear consistently. I still haven’t reached a point where I can cover the Binding Coil of Bahamut.
During that decline, the Lightning Strikes Event came out for FFXIV. I got up early for each chapter’s release to post a guide for it. These guides surpassed all of my previous view records. My For The Winsome guide has hedged out my previous top two articles from back in August.
It was a real eye-opener to see how timing effects an article’s success or failure. Timing was one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this time around, and it will be something I continue to capitalize on in the future.
If you’re interested in taking up an internship at GameSkinny, now would be a good time to sign up. I definitely look forward to seeing many new faces in the next phase.