For the last week or so there’s been a fair bit of soul searching as to whether I’ll make it to Eight Years of Warcraft Blogging in February. It’s not that there’s nothing to write about, I could do this every day until I die. It’s whether anyone actually cares any more, and before you think this is one of those ‘oh I need validation please notice me’ posts, you can stop that right now. I’ve never done any of this to get anybody’s Senpai to notice me. The harsh fact is that unless I’m offering free shit every week, or I’ve got a Patreon that effectively demands me to produce X amount of content in a set time frame or I don’t get paid, the majority of people are not interested.
I can tell you this as a fact, just looking at my site hits on any given day. You cannot escape the numbers, after all. The future, like it or not, is in podcasting or live streaming stuff, or tying myself into a content delivery system that I would never reasonably be able to justify asking people to pay for. People just don’t read long form content any more and for someone who’s life and soul is words? That can be a bit of a bitter pill to swallow. That means going forward there needs to be some thought applied to how things continue to work.
Because I am in charge, and there’s no staff to pay, because I can afford domain name upkeep and site costs without being homeless? It all becomes a bit moot when you think about asking people for ‘help’ and so that will not be my answer. If I want to make cash, I’m not going to do it here, because I think there’s more than enough people asking for that from this game, and in part a lot of the issues that have grown up around Azeroth are intractably tied to the notion that gaming is a business. In that regard, there is absolutely no desire to add to a pile of people demanding your time or vying for attention. I’m not about to try and pull together advertising either, because that’s something I just never want to go to. That then strips down my options to a basic yes/no: do I keep writing, or do I decide to call it a day?
With my playtime at the lowest level it has been since I began playing back in 2005, there is a stark choice to grasp. If I stopped writing, I’d probably stop playing too. As yet, that’s not something I really want to entertain, and so that means we continue onwards, but if I’m going to justify the effort expended, it might be time to bite the bullet and accept that if I provided more ‘popular’ content, more people might be interested in turning up. Therefore, starting in January, there’ll be a weekly news post on Monday, which will cover my view on the previous seven days events in an inimitable and slightly jaded fashion. Although I can’t do a weekly giveaway, there will be a more regular focus on handing over to you ActiBlizz themed goodies. I have a budget for this that does not need to be worried about as yet, and as long as that remains, I’ll give shit away for no other reason than it might make some of you spend five minutes reading another blog post.
The fact remains that I’m still doing this for myself in the vain hope that once in a while, I make someone think. In the last six months free thought’s been in short supply all over the place, not just on the Internet, and I have to hope that maybe there’s a possibility going forward that more people might start trying to expand their horizons and not just watching other people playing the game they could be, or reacting to the stuff they don’t want to think about. I suppose, when all is said and done, my desire to keep going regardless is because, deep down, I still haven’t stopped having things to say about Warcraft. It’s a game that continues to stimulate thought, and challenge ideas I have about the World. I don’t want to use it to make money, I never did, and I think that if there’s one thing that I want to maintain it is that belief that the reason you start a fan site is ultimately to make yourself famous. Nothing has ever been further from the truth for me.
I do this for me, and nobody else. However, if I am to survive and continue to justify the money thrown at what staunchly remains my hobby and never a job, it may now be time to try and evolve to improve the landscape for everybody. Please therefore bear with me whilst I attempt to transition to the 21st Century.
Thank you xxx