About Me

I am just your average guy with a passion for gaming. However, the dream is obviously to someday be propelled into a career that shares my passion. But for now I can only hope to satisfy that hunger and give back to a community that has given me so much over the years. This blog will be a collection of that work as well as the trials and tribulations throughout my journey.

So, you may ask, why start a blog especially given the vast amount of blogs already out there? Well, after meddling so long about what to do or how to get into this niche, or better yet establish myself for a future career I figured the best thing to do was to just get started. As they say, any action is better than no action. This may or may not become anything in the future; however my hope is that it will. At the very least I am optimistic this will lead to other opportunities while I get the chance to learn and provide relevant information.

Lastly, you may be curious why I choose the name “Beyond the D-pad”? I wish I could say it was the first name I thought of but that wouldn’t be the truth. Again I put a lot of thought into what I was trying to accomplish, why I initially set up this blog and where I eventually hoped it would go. After all that and many failed names I choose “Beyond the D-pad” because it incorporated all of the things I wanted. For instance, it still had a gaming orientation which will be the core of this blog while also allowing me to blog on things outside that specific arena with the reference to “beyond”. The D-Pad or directional pad has a specific link to me, my life is about to go in a different direction, thanks to this blog. I also wanted the opportunity to address the possible “Ups & Downs” of this adventure I am about to set sail on.

If this isn’t all you ever wanted to know about me and have a specific question or just have any sort of feedback, I would be happy to answer it. Simply just write a comment below or send me an email directly by clicking here.  So, for now I look forward to this journey and glad that you are here with me.


2 responses

7 06 2009

We are looking for writers at GamingFront.net if your interested maybe you can get some experienced or you can stick around for the ride, our goal is to a fully fledge gaming site with paid staff unfortunately we can’t pay at the moment since we just started in January but as you can see we’ve made huge progress in 6 months and who knows were we might be in another 6. If your interested shoot me an email at oriolzertuche@gamingfront.net. cya.

4 08 2009

Hey! My name is David and I’m a marketing coordinator for HardestLevel. Hardest Level is a partner site of Xanga.com and is a HardestLevel is a blogging community focused on video gaming and video game culture. I was actually browsing through your site and I found some of your posts incredibly interesting. I’m a gamer myself, so I can relate to many of your posts and have a great appreciation to what you are writing about. In essence, I think your posts would be great to feature on HardestLevel and I’m sure our readers would agree as well.

I was wondering if we you’d like to be a featured blogger on HardestLevel. We would keep all your posts the same and simply add open-ended questions at the end of each post with a link back to your blog.

Here is how being a featured blogger works:

Our editors select posts they’d like to feature from you site. (usually at least 2-3 posts from your blog are featured/week, including older archived posts)
When an external post is featured on ireallylikefood, info about the author is shown on the right side of the post, along with a link to their blog on the bottom of the post.

Here is an example of what a post would look like when featured:

The benefits of becoming a featured blogger:

* Your blog will be exposed to a whole new audience.
* An increase in traffic for your site.
* An increase in traffic on search engines.

I think you would make a great contribution to our site and hope you’ll consider joining our network of featured bloggers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I hope to hear back from you soon.


David Go
Marketing Coordinator
555 8th Ave Suite 2102
New York, NY 10018

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