I had the opportunity to ask Kevin Sousa, the host of Paranerds Podcast a few questions to find out what it is like running a gaming podcast, games, and much more.
Q. Hello! Could you introduce yourself to my readers?A: Why hello there, my name is Kevin Sousa owner and host of Paranerds and the Paranerds podcast
Q. How did Paranerds come about?
The site was supposed to be about movies, video games and music, and then turned to comics, and eventually it just became anything “nerdy” related, we do anything from TV Shows to Comics now.
Q. What has been the highlight of running the podcast and the site so far?
As cool as that is, we have made a lot of good friend with fellow sites (classicl337, 4logpc just to name a few), and we have never met in person. It's just awesome to see that there is someone as nerdy as I am. Also some of the feedback is quite touching like the “Gay-mer” we had who was thrilled that we are all for Gay rights and what not, we just didn’t think that what we said mattered, not that it really does but someone was touched.
Q. Have you got a particular section of Paranerds that you prefer working on the most?
Mind you, we do get more hate mail more than love mail, I'll take that as a good thing (never towards us but on something we said about a game i.e. Rooster hating Dragon Age 2).
A: Like Nike’s slogan, "just do it". I leave my site open for contributors that want to get their name out there but have no experience. Writing, or becoming part of the "video game journalism" world is tough since obviously you're writing about video games.
I know that California is huge for gaming journalism jobs but even just becoming a freelance writer is tough for the big companies. However if you really do want to make it, all I can say is:
A: Learn to write
B: Start your own site or freelance for others (most likely you won't get paid but it for experience, give any site a shot they're all trying)
C: Keep at it, most sites I contributed to shut down or just stopped caring. That is very disappointing.
D: Network, reach out and ask people for link exchanges. Listen to other podcasts and give en shout outs, read independent Blogger sites and ask if they would write for you. It's all about networking!
8-Bit Girl: Thank you Kevin, and all the best for Paranerds!