I have been lamenting the closing of many WoW blogs as of late, and I unfortunately have to say that I am now (temporarily at least) going to be one of them.
I have been finding many things associated with both blogging and WoW frustrating as of late. I am unable to do any of the things that I enjoy doing in game, and I rarely spend time logged in properly anymore. Sure, I’ll sit down at the computer, log in for a little, and futz around (as in…. run around Dalaran for an hour, or alt tab straight back out and afk disconnect), but I don’t get anything of meaning done. I am essentially locked out of raiding, since I am too far behind the gear curve, the rep curve, and most any other curve that there is to ever catch up. I am never online when other guildies are, so I know a small handful of people well, but to most I am some random Warlock who logs on occasionally.
As for blogging, the WoW Blogging community has changed and evolved so dramatically that I find it difficult to keep up. Being in a completely different time zone to most bloggers keeps me out of the loop much of the time as it is, and I don’t get to have some of the interesting, fun conversations that I am sure are happening somewhere. The community as a whole has also seemed to change their approach to writing, and I don’t necessarily think it is for the better. There is this perception that if you are not writing ‘important guide posts’, your blog isn’t worth reading. Ditto ‘analysis of random game stuff posts’, whether it be gear, spells, talents, players, the social side of the game, or a fricking tradeskill. The community has started taking itself incredibly seriously, and I find it difficult to reconcile the prevailing attitude with my current game time and experience.
*This is not to say that there are not many wonderful WoW journal style blogs out there! Unfortunately, I do not think that these blogs get the recognition that they deserve, and are seen by many (falsely) as the ‘inferior’ style of WoW blog’*
I will be leaving this blog up, and no doubt if I read something that I want to respond to, or if I have a sudden startling idea, I will post about it. I would hope that most of my readers would not unsubscribe, but of course this is a totally unreasonable thing to demand! I will continue to be a small part of the Blog Azeroth Community, and I will be able to spend more time on my one very very small job within that community (looking after the Shared Topics) so that I am actually doing that properly now. I just am tired of feeling guilty because I don’t have anything ‘important or relevant’ to say.
Thankyou all for being wonderful readers, commenters, and great people all round. It was great to meet you all though this tiny little corner of the internet, and I hope my muse returns to me and I can be back to normal soon!