I’ve always been an ideas person. Always. The problem, on the other hand, has been my lack of follow-through. At various times, I’ve had ideas for the following creative projects:

  • Participating in NaNoWriMo and writing a novel.
  • Learning how to make things with chainmaille rings.
  • Multiple blogs.
  • Recording songs that I’ve written throughout the years.

So yeah, like I said, I’m an ideas person. Unfortunately, The Twice-Lost Geek was well on its way to becoming another abandoned project.

Within the last year I decided to take the plunge and start a TLG YouTube channel, subscribed to Adobe for access to Premiere Pro, subscribed to Epidemic Sound for access to really good royalty-free music (some of my favorite creative types use Epidemic Sound, which is how I found out about the service), recorded and released the first two episodes of a Let’s Play series on an old version of Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego, and released a few episodes of the TLG podcast.

Of course, 2020 ended up being a complete shitshow, thanks mostly to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a resurgence of my clinical depression. I *did* accomplish some awesome things, though:

  • Go on an epic solo road trip to visit The Ohio Caverns in West Liberty, Ohio.
  • Go on *another* epic solo road trip to visit the SkyStar Wheel and Lucky Cat Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as the original Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield.
  • Go on *yet another* epic solo road trip to see all of the mountain tunnels that surround Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Learn how to enjoy my own company and value doing things solo.
  • Learn how to make *the best* homemade pizza dough.

Pretty cool, right?

So, what do I want to do with The Twice-Lost Geek? For starters, I’ve updated the tagline to read, “Retro Games and Curiosities, Road Trips, and All Things Geek!” I still want to talk about roadside attractions, of course, but I feel like this tagline incorporates a category I’ve always been interested in: retro computer (and video) games as well as retro technology. I’m slowly beginning to collect retro tech, and I’d like to talk about both – specifically on the TLG YouTube channel I mentioned above.

Next, I want to blog on a regular basis. This pandemic has helped me to realize just how much I enjoy writing, and I feel like it would help me connect even more with all of you. I’d like to write about my road trip experiences, politics, memories, and events that I go to. Finally, I want to establish and stick with a regular schedule for releasing episodes of the podcast. I’ve realized that this is something I need to actually plan and I think that doing so will help with being consistent. Furthermore, I want to reach out to more people that I admire and try to book them as future guests.

I’ve played around with the idea of starting a Patreon, but not until I see that more people are engaging with the podcast, YouTube, Instagram, etc. My dream goal is to do TLG stuff on a fulltime basis, like some of my internet heroes (LGR, The 8-Bit Guy, Abroad in Japan, to name a few) are able to. I understand that this will take massive amounts of effort and dedication, but I (for the first time in forever) believe in myself, and the “mission” of The Twice-Lost Geek.

In closing, I want to express my gratitude for you taking the time to read this post. As much as I like doing all of these things for myself, I like the thought of sharing my experiences with other people, and hopefully entertaining and educating them as well. So please, take the time to subscribe to the podcast or YouTube channel and like The Twice-Lost Geek on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Buckle up – 2021 is going to be a lot of fun!

To the journey!

Ross