Blogging about Pokémon professionally for the first time

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If there is one thing that you can take away from the BestGeekLife blog, it’s that I love Pokémon. When Pokémon Red and Blue released in the UK during 1999, my 10-year-old brain was hooked. At the time, the gameplay was fresh and exciting. Obviously, as I progressed into adulthood, I found later games to be slightly dull and repetitive, but still enjoyable. I have no problem with later Pokémon designs or additions to the series like the new types, Dark, Steel and Fairy. As a franchise, it has developed and changed, just as anything should to stay alive or stay relevant.

But this blog post isn’t about the evolution (haha) of the Pokémon franchise. This blog post is about the first time I was able to write about Pokémon in a professional sense. Interestingly, this opportunity came from the strangest situation. During the summer of 2016, the world was obsessed with Pokémon Go. The fuss generated by this mobile game was so great that it even penetrated the office where I worked at the time, a place where the people were really nice but mostly not geeky or nerdy.

To cut a long story short, I managed to write a blog post on their website that compared playing Pokémon Go with undertaking postgraduate study. Entitled Postgraduate Study Takes (Poké)balls, it definitely was meant to be a funny article, something that should be read with a tongue-in-cheek attitude.  It was an interesting exercise and something that sparked the need to write more blog posts about geeky stuff. It probably seems like a small thing, but getting paid to write about a series of video games that i’ve followed and loved from childhood was something straight off my bucket list.

If you want to read the article, it can be found here.

Published by Jamie Depledge

Digital & Multimedia Designer by day, Geeky Blogger by night.

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