I don't want to do something new. New suggests cutting edge, setting out new boundaries, proving new areas conquerable and worthwhile. There are enough people doing that and besides, I'm bored of the new.
Blogs are hard bloody work and, run professionally, demanding. Podcasts can be good but there are thousands of nerds 'talking' now and the results are mixed. I'm also the most boring person in the world, the single handed destruction of marketing conferences assured as soon as I take my place on the podium. Video? No thanks. If film adds 2 stone in weight to the subject I'd succumb to an instant coronary attack.
The new is done, it's there and there are more intelligent people than me making a go of it.
The old, though? The old has been abandoned and left to rot, seemingly obsolete and defunct in the face of Web 2.0. It's not, it's as valid as it was and there's plenty of scope for doing things.
Electronic fanzines, then. Or are they ezines? I don't know. Strip back to everything but the name, the subject matter, and you potentially end up with something so raw it engages the reader on a more honest level. "we like these things and this is what we're writing about". No pretensions of 'Kotaku for this' or 'BoingBoing for that'. Just a desire to shout.
That was what blogs were for, but blogs require regular updates. A semi-regular fanzine, published when there's something to say, all pretension and desire to make a living stripped away solves every problem at once, no burning need to be relevant, no drive for SEO or advertising.
It's this simple: text file, email it out, let it grow.
Littleboxes.txt is coming and if you're interested in saying something about anything related to tabletop gaming, drop me a note. No commitments, no timetables, just words and an eventual txt file getting sent out.