Well. This has been a day. (And it may even continue to be a day for some time, from what I understand of how the passage of time works.)
I’ll try (and likely fail) to keep this quick-ish, because THE WARLORDS ARE COMING.
Just five short months ago, I was invited to take part in what, for me, was the writing opportunity of a lifetime — a culmination both of my own lifelong love for gaming and a desire to be more deeply involved in (and, I’ll be honest, recognized as a core part of — hey, I love the love!) the community of folks who share that passion.
Sixteen Encrypted Text columns and a handful of assorted other articles later, here I be. Deeply saddened for the WoW community, a little bit bummed for me, and curious to see where we all head next.
To me, the crappiest aspect of the budget cuts that WoW Insider has been forced to grapple with is that it takes something important away from the large number of players who have benefited from WI’s huge range of amazing class columns and other features. As Alex stated in his announcement post, WI will very much go on, and it’ll continue to be a go-to source for breaking news, information and perspectives. There’ll just be fewer of us writing for it, in fewer ways. And that’s the biggest loss here, in my view.
For those of us who are leaving WI behind in part or in whole, odds are we’ll continue to do our thing somewhere — just probably not all in the same place, so we’ll be a little harder to track down. I’m back “home” here at R^3 for at least the next few weeks, as I take stock of my time at WI, see what other opportunities are out there, and decide for myself what the heck I actually want to do as a gaming journalist/writer.
I’ma be honest with you guys: Even though I only wrote for WI every week or two, those columns were draining. They didn’t take too long to write, but they did take a long time to edit and refine — and creating new title images each week, something I did because it felt fun and different, turned out to be a huge time investment in their own right. There were, I crap you not, weeks in which the image took longer to prepare than my entire column did. The reason I didn’t write more often for WI, and the reason that my forum posting and my blog entries here became more sparse, was because between all of that and my job and my actual-real life, I was stretched *extremely* thin. Now that WI is out of the picture, I’m only stretched *very* thin. :)
So I’m a bit torn now. R^3 was intended to be, and still primarily is, a home for often mind-numbingly boring details about changes to and Blizzard statements regarding WoW’s rogue class. But as a columnist for WI, I couldn’t just cover news; I actually had to voice my opinion on things — and I found that I enjoyed it. Ditto for some of the more general/advice pieces I’ve written, like my tips on rogue leveling, which I’d never done in this blog before. Seeing these pieces actually have an effect on people — seeing people use them, respond to them, share them and even start playing rogues because of them — has been tremendously empowering and inspiring. I want to keep providing that. I’m just a little unsure the extent to which I can.
So! For now, know that this blog will continue to be this blog. Real life is about to get really hectic for a week or two — it would happen, of course, when Warlords chatter suddenly kicks into overdrive — so you may not see much of me through early March, but when I’m properly back in the saddle I’ll decide where to take my horse next. I’ve toyed with the idea of expanding the scope of what R^3 is meant to do, maybe include more rants/analyses, guides and guest posts. I’m even playing around with the idea of a new site more broadly devoted to rogue discussion, or perhaps discussions that apply to melee DPS classes/specs in general. We’ll see.
In the meantime, to each and every one of you who reads this blog, who has read me on WoW Insider, who has tweeted at me in birdland, and to the really overwhelming number of you who have posted kind words to me and the other WI writers in Alex’s announcement: It really is all for you guys. Thank you for sharing your own thoughts, and for being as integral a part of this community as any of us who blog, write, podcast, Twitch or otherwise preach about the game we all love (or love to hate). Without you, I’m nothing but a random red hat sitting alone in the vastness of cyberspace. Instead, I get to tip it jauntily in your direction.