It seems like the older we get, the quicker time seems to pass us by. It feels like yesterday that I decided to start up a website and write reviews. I originally only wanted to write video game reviews, but as time went on, I decided to diversify. Writing full-length posts regularly helped me expand my vocabulary, refine my writing, and make me ever so slightly more confident in posting things online.
This post is about as far from a regular post as possible since it isn’t directly about video games or movies. Today, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on two whole years of Sergiereviews.com. I’ll be honest, the second anniversary sneaked by me this year. Nevertheless, I wanted to share with my readers, whom I cannot thank enough for reading my reviews even to this day, what my thoughts are for the site’s future, what my challenges are, and what I am most proud of.
I feel humbled that regular visitors read my reviews, let alone that anybody discovered me. What surprises me so much is how well some of my posts did. The current reigning champion of Sergiereviews.com is my Game Vs. Game article of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee Vs. Sword and Shield.
1. Game Vs. Game – Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee VS. PokemonSword and Shield
Never in my wildest dreams did I think an article comparing Pokemon games would welcome tens of thousands of people to my site. What’s more, I’ve seen people use some of the pictures I made in an evening to write posts. At first, I thought it was just a coincidence; that someone used a picture similar to that article’s header. Curiosity got the better of me, and, one reverse image search later, the image led me to only one spot: Sergiereviews.com. I didn’t think my quick photoshop job was worthy enough to use for anything else than that post, but the internet proved me wrong.
To this day, that one article draws in dozens of readers every day, despite that post, and Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee and Sword and Shield being over a year old. The first Game VS. Game article for the website exceeded my expectations. It made me realize that I’m not the only one who likes comparing games side by side.
2. Game Vs. Game – Monster Hunter Wor Iceborne Vs. MonsterHunter Generations Ultimate
My second most popular article on the site is another Game VS. Game. This time comparing the beginning of what people call “modern” Monster Hunter and the last “classic” Monster Hunter game. While a far cry from the Pokemon Game VS. Game, it still brings in curious readers debating on whether to dive into modern Monster Hunter right away or explore the oddities of the classic gameplay style. Today, I am grateful to Monster Hunter World for introducing more people to the series, but Generations Ultimate holds a special place in my heart.
3. Elite Dangerous
Elite Dangerous is the first article on Sergiereviews.com to take off. While I wrote numerous posts before then, it was the first to generate genuine traffic for the site. Looking back on it, it might be because the headline used the words “worth it” that Google loves. I remember feeling elated that people were finding me. I didn’t know what to think, other than: “keep writing.”
The Strides Made Thus Far
The main idea I had for Sergiereviews.com was for it to be a video game review site. That part was easy enough, but then I began to think about more things I wanted to write about, and I sometimes craved a challenge. Thus, I implemented new ideas for the site.
The first departure from the norm I had was to make an Editorials section for the site. Since I like writing, I thought: “why not have a section that’s about looking at different ideas in the video game space?” There were some topics that I wanted to highlight for people who might be less involved in video games in general. My Monetization in Video Games article is the chief example. The Editorials is where I stretch my writing muscles the most. Like working out actual muscles, it might be difficult at first, but it feels terrific once the workout is done.
2. Writing Movie Reviews
This one still surprises me to this day. What started as an April Fool’s joke turned into another feature of Sergiereviews.com. I planned to review The Mummy 2017 first, then the Demastered since I thought Demastered was a surprising hit for me, given the lackluster source material. The number of views accrued by the movie review caught me more off guard than the game’s quality. When I realized that, I thought: “I should write more of these.”
3. Game Vs. Game
What came about as an idea for a comparison piece between two similar games turned into the site’s most successful new venture by far. I love comparing things to one another, thus why I decided to go with the idea. Apparently, the internet also loves comparison pieces.
Obstacles and Challenges
I feel like I can speak to a vast majority of people when I say the past few years have been some of the most challenging in terms of … everything. The pandemic put a strain on life as a whole: yours truly is no exception. While I feel fortunate in getting by thus far with everything going on, I have to acknowledge that it wasn’t easy and thatthere are still things to tackle going forward. While that last sentence is all-encompassing, let’s stick with the stuff that’s relevant to the site.
Over the past two years, my schedule saw numerous shake-ups. I started a new job within that timeframe, and I have a family to take care of. Those two factors make it difficult at times to stick with a regular posting schedule. I am not a fan of skipping a week (or sometimes even a month) of posting things to the site, but sometimes, it is necessary for my health to take a break.
2. Finding the Time to Implement New Ideas
I still have more ideas and improvements I want to bring to Sergiereviews.com. The main issue is finding the time to do so. Not only is there a time issue involved, but there is a level of artistic skill that I feel I lack to implement said ideas properly. I have to admit that one fault of mine is that I sometimes have trouble asking others for help, especially from strangers. Speaking of which…
3. Getting the Word Out There.
It is probably the biggest self hindrance for the site if I am honest with myself. I hate soliciting strangers. That said, that is something I have to work on if I want real growth for the website. This is my most challenging obstacle. Upon reflection, I know I have to step up my call-to-action todraw people to the site, but my need to not be intrusive usually keeps me from doing so.
This segment might seem like I am too hard on myself, but it is always good to look at a situation as objectively as possible. I am not undermining what I accomplished, and in fact, I seek to strive. Hence why I wanted to take a long look at what is holding me back and reflect on it.
One thing remains true, Sergiereviews.com wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of family, friends, and readers. I struggle to find the words to show my appreciation for coming to visit Sergiereviews.com. It means so much to me that of all of the reviews by talented writers out there that people are willing to read myarticles. Thank you all so much for two eye-opening humble years, and here’s to many more.
You are all wonderful!