At the risk of sounding like John Farnham*…
The time has come for me to hang up my writing pen (at least, my WoW writing pen), and take a step back from the community. After a lot of soul searching, I have realised that I simply spend far too much of my time focused on the game and immersed in this online community. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I have stopped thinking so much about the ‘Real World’, and it has begun to affect things it quite frankly shouldn’t be affecting.
I guess people might have a few questions….
1. Why you quitting? That above answer seems kinda vague.
Well, it is. I don’t really want to go into all the nitty gritty of the things blogging has changed in my life (some for the better, some for the worse). Essentially, I’ve just decided that it isn’t healthy for me to have my focus lie here, so I am going to drop WoW blogging and spend the (great deal of) time I worked here and in other places focusing on my job and saving some money.
2. Does this mean you are quitting WoW?
At this point, no, I’ll continue to play the game, hopefully at least until Cataclysm. I’ll also hopefully feel less obligated to be all serious and mathy about it… hell, I might even spend time on alts rather than my main.
3. Will the website be staying up?
I am 99.9% sure my hosting dies in March. At this point, I’ll either pay to keep this page here (probably useless, as there is no relevant info to be found here), or I’ll transfer all the content over to my old free WordPress site and let the hosting expire. I’ll always keep hold of the name, just in case. We all know I haven’t done well at quitting in the past, but this time I have a much better incentive.
4. What did you mean, hanging up your WoW writing pen?
I do have a personal blog, and I’ll continue blogging sporadically there. I’m not going to link it here, as the writing standard is (unbelievably) even lower than here, and most of the posts consist of me emoing out. However, it’s not hard to find, I am pretty sure I have links to it here and there on the community, so if you are interested enough to track it down, feel free to have a look.
However, I will be ceasing all writing at this point in time on Destructive Reach, and more than likely Tree of Doom as well. If I do happen to post on Tree of Doom, it will be without fanfare, and I certainly won’t be expecting readers!
5. What about your involvement with the WoW Community?
Most of my involvement with the community will also be coming to a close. I am more than happy for anyone to have a chat to me about, well, anything at any time, and if you want to do so, you can look at my Twitter page for my contact details. I will probably eventually be withdrawing from the WoW twitter community as well.
As for Blog Azeroth, I am also planning on withdrawing from that community as well. So, I am hoping that a couple of motivated bloggers want to step up to the role of moderating and helping the BA community. If you are interested, please please PLEASE let me know. In this regard I am quite disappointed, as there were a couple of things I was hoping to achieve in the community this year. However, it will be nice to see new people take on the role and achieve something :-)
So, this is the part of the post where I should do thank yous. However, I am absolutely terrified of leaving someone out, so I would just like to thank those in the WoW and Blog Azeroth communities who have been so kind to me over the past two or so years, and who have helped me through SO many things. I’d also like to of course thank every person who reads this blog, and those of you who are kind enough to comment, regardless of whether you have agreed or disagreed with me. You have all been truly amazing, and I consider myself blessed to have such wonderful people actually interested enough to read what I have to say.
Thank you all again. It has truly been wonderful fun, and I will miss you all immensely. Best wishes in the World of Warcraft and beyond for you all.
*Oh… and who is John Farnham, you ask? Well, he was a singer in the 80’s and 90’s in Australia, who has probably now made a large amount of money of countless ‘One Last Time’ tours. I think he has been quitting performing since I was about 10… and is still trekking around doing ‘last shows’. The man just doesn’t know how to quit.