April was a pretty big month for us even if you weren’t able to tell from the outside. We produced our highest number of articles (this one included) as well as finally received some recognition for our hard work. We also saw our visitors and views triple in number which is very exciting for us.
To clue you in on some more of our inner workings, we saw our first set of comments as well as our first request for a game review. As a blossoming company, these are major milestones as it shows us that not only are we doing something right but people want us to continue down the road we began on. My initial quest was to create a place where indie games and AAA titles are celebrated at the same level and we’ve been creating articles that showcased that. So imagine my surprise when one of those articles actually attracted the developer who then commented on it. It was one of the most surreal moments I’ve had in a while.
Outside of that, Bombchu also got the chance to speak with the CEO of Lince Works and he actually wanted to speak more with us and answer any questions we had in greater detail. It was flattering to be taken seriously after just five months of operation and I guess that’s really what this post is about. Earning recognition.
Anybody can start a blog, write one ‘click baity’ article a week and then go to PAX Prime on media passes because they’ve been ‘around for years’. Anyone can also begin a Twitter that only retweets memes and information from other sites as their own. However because so many people do it, they’re often overlooked as just “like everyone else”. I’ve been actively trying to identify what sets us apart from other gaming news sources and how I can promote us to make developers give a crap. I started with “passion” but no one cares about that. I tried “audience” and at the moment we pale in comparison to the others. So then I decided to go with “dedication” and that seemed to really win people over.
For almost every month since launch, we’ve released an article for every day of the month. If we happened to miss a day, you’ll find two or even three per day to make up for it. Personally, this was something I had always planned to do for Bombchu but with the inclusion of DoubleChris and Aizenstein to our team, that message became part of everyone else’s psyche too.
It’s still extremely surreal to say I own a gaming news site. Something I couldn’t utter in November of last year. But, somehow, in some way, people have begun to notice and this is just the beginning. Recognition is a powerful drug and while it means more opportunities, it can also mean more perils. As our site inches ever closer into the public eye, I fear we’ll begin to see the darker side of the industry that I’ve heard about. As the editor in chief, it’s my job to make sure that we continue to create solid work and report on topics that excite or inform us and not just the ones that will help us get more hits and likes. Something that has been plaguing the news in general are spin heavy titles that draw people in only to learn that the article is not even about the topic or the “evil company” is not so evil. We don’t intend on putting anything like that out and if the day comes where I look through our site and it’s littered with topics like that, I’ll be pulling the plug.
That said, I am hella happy for all of the support we’ve gotten on Facebook & Twitter and want to thank you all for your kind words! This site is just as much for you as it is for us and we hope you continue to enjoy our brand of news and bad jokes as much as we like writing it. I know I promised some YouTube this month but that has been delayed so we can build up a little more of a backlog. Trust me though, it’s still coming!
Thanks once again for reading and we hope you continue with us on our journey to become the best damn video game news team out there!
Andron (or Ace as he likes to call himself) is the so called "Head Honcho" of Bombchu.com. He has a deep passion for video games primarily RPGs, Fighting or Adventure. When not gaming, he's furiously typing on his keyboard or coming up with new schemes.