Welcome to Coffee Talk! Let’s start off the day by discussing whatever is on your (nerd chic) mind. Every morning I’ll kick off a discussion and I’m counting on you to participate in it. If you’re not feelin’ my topic, feel free to start a chat with your fellow readers and see where it takes you. Whether you’re talking about videogames, Intelligentsia’s La Tortuga Honduras, Mariano Rivera’s record-breaking save, or Charlie Sheen’s celebrity roast, Coffee Talk is the place to do it.
I wanted to use this edition of Coffee Talk to reaffirm my message from Coffee Talk #100 and to thank you for your readership. Yes, I’m Raymond Padilla and I’m still your verbal entertainer. I’m not a journalist. I haven’t thought of myself as one for a long, long time. I’m a verbal entertainer. My goal is to make you laugh, think, or cry with words. Sometimes it’s written word, sometimes it’s audio, and sometimes it’s video. While I enjoy posting stories, I get a real charge out of using them to start conversations with you all. That’s the best part of this site — the interaction with you guys and gals.
In the past I’ve said that calling most people that write about games “journalists” is an insult to actual journalists like VentureBeat’s “Dancing” Dean Takahashi and the LA Times’ Alex Pham. Being a verbal entertainer is a lot like being a professional wrestler. Certainly there’s an athletic component to pro-wrestling, but most people don’t consider WWE Superstars to be professional athletes. Similarly, there are journalistic aspects to what I do and sometimes I engage in actual journalism, but it’s not what I’m about. I’m a verbal entertainer!
The last few months of running the site have been difficult. Losing my Amazon Affiliate money in July was a huge blow that my bank account hasn’t recovered from. The hosting problems created by the morons at AnHosting caused the site’s traffic and ranking to take an enormous hit that it hasn’t recovered from. I wanted to make sure that you knew that I’m still committed to the site and still committed to being your verbal entertainer. I’m not going to be able to spend as much time on the site as I’d like due to my finances, but I assure you that it’s not going away any time soon.
Thanks for dropping by Coffee Talk #400. Let’s make our way to #500!!!