Scott Dallas Espenschied is Online

I may have been quiet, but I've also been busy...

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Get ready... this is gonna be a long winded blog and rant. I haven't blogged in a long time so who knows where my keyboard and brain are gonna take this.

What I've been up to the last few months...

I think after I made my online content management software called CuteWord I worked so hard on it I sort of burnt myself out with creating things for the web. But, that's not to say I haven't been staying busy. As you can see here I've written a few new songs since then. I've also just been working a lot because when in doubt I can always go work and make money.

I've been doing online food deliveries as a part time job to get me out of the house, profitable, and clear my head. So, whenever I hit a mental block where I just can't create anymore I jump in the car and literally drive money into the bank. It's been quite freeing from the 9-5 desk job I used to have being a programmer and web designer. Being a professional programmer and web designer for an actual company for so long was stripping the passion I had for actual projects of my own. It's been amazingly freeing to leave it all behind and take care of what I really want to do with life. I don't plan to do online food deliveries forever, but I'm grateful they exist so I can make my own schedule and choose when to work on more important things.

But, little did I know that leaving my comfy desk job would be right before a global pandemic. All-in-all though, as much as people are talking about how grim 2020 was and how they couldn't wait for it to be over... it didn't directly affect me too much. I haven't gotten sick nor has any of my friends or family. Well, okay that's not entirely true. I had two friends get COVID-19 but they only experienced mild symptoms and recovered. I should say I haven't lost anyone to it. Also, I can continue to work because people still need food even in a lock down. I just have to be smart about it, which I always am.

I've met someone to share my life with!

A few months back I met a girl and it has been amazing. We both have a passion for creating things online and her passion to do so has fired me back up to get back to work as well. Since we've been together we've been creating video content for YouTube, which is something I've always wanted to breach into more than just uploading the random song here and there, and launching some new websites. In fact, today I'm thinking about launching two more. One that will compliment some of the video content we are planning to make in the future and another to accommodate a podcast I've been thinking about for a while.

This girl's name is Ashley and you can find out more about her at her website amcmee.com or you can find more about us and our shared content at ashandsco.com. We met by happenstance through mutual friends and that has been a wonderful thing. We didn't talk on an app first, we didn't even know each others social media usernames or accounts, so we only knew each other face-to-face from hanging out with mutual friends. At some point we started to realize we get along great we should take a shot at something more and it's been amazing. It all felt very organic.

I needed a haircut real bad there haha... but she still stood next to me for a picture. I put it off even longer than that. I really need to keep up with my haircuts. Okay, I need to get off this haircut tangent. Definitely not important.

I'm still a gamer nerd...

I've been playing through the Tomb Raider reboot series starting with the 2013 release. It was amazing and I wish I had recorded the gameplay so I could put it on YouTube and this website. I'm on to Rise of the Tomb Raider now. It's just as amazing. Actually, in some ways I wish it was a little less intense compared to the previous entry. They are adding a few new things to it and I was already happy with exactly what they had going on in the previous entry. But, that's okay I'm sure I'll get used to it with time.

I've also started up a Cyberpunk 2077 game. I always do this. I start up more things than I should before I've finished the first thing. But, what can I do? I gone done did it now so I'll just have to push through and deal with it. Cyberpunk 2077, however, I did have the foresight to start recording the gameplay from the very beginning so that you can actually watch online as I progress. I only have the first 4 hours of my gameplay uploaded so far, but that's still quite a bit.

You can watch the Cyberpunk 2077 video by clicking the image below:

I couldn't believe that my video got a copyright strike for a song playing in Cyberpunk 2077, but only in the very last few minutes of the video. If I would have stopped just a few moments earlier the video wouldn't have gotten copyright striked. But, it is what it is... and who cares, my next video would have gotten a copyright strike then because I was inevitably going to get to the part that had a radio playing in it.

Being a gamer nerd with Ashley

Ashley likes games too so we're planning to make some video content of us streaming on Twitch and posting to YouTube when we find games to play together. We just finished both Overcooked and Overcooked! 2 and, in hindsight, we should have recorded that. I knew I liked the game but I didn't expect she was going to like it so much. We needed to complete every single level to the absolute best of our ability.

The level in the picture of Overcooked there is one of the ones we laughed at the most because we loved beating up the mice as they came out to steal our food. We never got 3 stars on that level, but it was still hilarious and satisfying hearing that SMACK sound when you knocked a mouse away from stealing an item.

I was surprised by our strategy. A lot of times we should figure out exactly what we each needed to be doing to be 100% efficient without much talking about what we needed to do. We would just understand what needs done and get it taken care of. In previous playthroughs with people I remember there was a lot more talking about strategy and delegating tasks. Maybe it gets like that when you have more than two players. We want to try it again with 3 or 4 players sometime soon. Perhaps we'll remember to record the playthrough when we go through it again doing that.

Being more active online and trying new content creation methods...

I'm trying to quickly learn how to get used to recording more frequently, being on camera more, and improve my video editing chops. I have a video I've been meaning to edit that I'm going to try to get today right after I post this. Ashley's willpower to just do it and not let anything stop her is inspiring to me to go ahead and be the same.

I've also started a reward/penalty system for myself for keeping on top of things that I often start to procrastinate on. Some of those things are blogging and creating content more frequently. I am trying to do a little bit every day now. I almost have all my current sites configured just right so that I can just focus on creating content and not so much of "building the site" and "configuring the site for launch." I'm so tired of building sites and getting them ready for launch. That is what I did for years for other people and that's specifically why I built my own website software that fast tracks all of that. And so far, it's been working just as planned.

Well, I think that's it for my rant now!

I'm not hoping 2021 will be a better year than 2020 the same way people are talking about it online. What I mean is that, yes I'm hoping 2021 is a better year than 2020, of course, but I'm just hoping that I'm more productive in 2021 than I was in 2020. That's the requirements I need to meet to make this year better. I don't suspect 2021 will be a whole lot better than 2020 when it comes to... well you know... all the things that plenty of other people have already talked about more than enough online and on TV.

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