I’ll try to keep this relatively quick-ish, because it’s not about any form of actual rogue news, and who the hell wants to just read me blather on about myself? Besides me, I mean. I could read my blatherings about me for DAYS.
It may or may not have recently come to your attention that a certain red hat is now appearing on WoW Insider. This is arguably a pretty big deal, and I’m arguably still having trouble entirely accepting that 1) it’s actually happening and 2) I won’t spectacularly fail at this now that I’m obligated to regularly produce content for a very large audience. (It’s always one thing when you do something as your own personal project; now there’s all these wacky “expectations” that I will “create” articles that are “good” so that “people” can “enjoy” and “learn” from the”m.”)””
But here we are. And a few of you have rightly asked, “What of Red-Hatted Rogue Reporter/RHR/RRR/R^3? Is it doomed?”
This is a post to unequivocally inform you: Psh, heck if I know.
Here’s what I want to have happen: I want to write my WoW Insider column every one to two weeks, in which I pick a topic to explore and then spew forth with 800 to 1200 words on the subject, after which I shall soak up all the interesting things you all have to say in hopes we’ll all ultimately understand the issue a lot better than we did when we started.
Meanwhile, I want to keep R^3 here very close to what my original intent for it was: To act as a repository for news and information on developments impacting WoW’s rogue class. In other words, an incredibly dry and boring resource for anyone who isn’t into the day-to-day details of what makes rogues tick — or, maybe more accurately, the details of what the watchmakers are doing to our tickers.
What this would mean in practice is that you see fewer rants on here, since I’d be more likely to post those as WI columns. And you’d see roughly the same amount of news posts, of which there have generally been fewer over the past couple of months — ever since I stopped creating a new post basically every time a Blizzard person tweeted about rogues, and instead just dumped them directly into the collection.
But we’ll see how things shake out. After all, this blog is a hobby — as is my actual WoW playing time, and my time playing other games, and all the other things I like to do with my spare time. I’ve got this cool WI gig now, but I also have an actual full-time job that at times can be all-consuming (next week, for instance, I’ll be pretty much away from WoW and blogging entirely), so juggling it all properly without turning myself into a quivering mass of neurotic goo is something I’ll need to work through.
On the plus side, whether it’s my “real-life” job or my new WI column or this blog or gaming in general, I am doing things that I love to do. That there are those of you out there who appreciate what I’m able to give back, and who enjoy reading words that I fling on the page just because I like doing so, is still pretty extraordinary to me. So thank you, each of you, endlessly for the support. Your feedback — praise and criticism alike — is always warmly welcome, so please fling it whenever you’ve got it.
Now let’s get out there and see what kind of havoc we can wreak. TEAM ROUGE.