Earlier today, I received this comment to one of my puzzle posts:
“Wtf. I thought this was a Warlock blog. Need some Cataclysm info and musings. Snap out of this madness and get back to the real business at hand.”
Now admittedly it did appear in my Spam folder alongside “I love farmville” and some paragraphs about medicinal drugs, but I think it’s probably a legitimate remark and it’s certainly worth discussing.
As I’m sure most folks who stop by here know, I quit WoW back in February. There were various reasons for packing it in but at the end of the day, I was just bored of the game. After playing for several years I’d seen all the content I wanted to see and all that was really left to do was grind for one achievement or another, and I wasn’t very interested in that. So I stopped playing, and I haven’t really looked back.
After I left Azeroth I actually stopped gaming completely for a while to focus on my studies and personal life, as well as my other hobbies. I had an extremely busy summer doing one thing or another, and there was neither the time nor the inclination to play anything. I did, however, keep this blog going, and that seems to be the issue of controversy here.
The simple truth is, I like blogging. I really do. I enjoy the sense of community that exists with other bloggers, the many different viewpoints that are publicised on any given issue, and the sheer variety of writing styles and information which can be found on blogs around the web. It’s also just nice to have my own, personal place where I can post my thoughts for the world to see. But the problem came when I realised my blog was devoted to something I didn’t actually do any more.
See, when I lost interest in playing the game, I also lost interest in WoW itself in general. I wasn’t willing to read the news and keep up with current events like I had done, and gradually the blogs and sites I read dropped away until all that remained were the ones who either didn’t talk about WoW all the time, or the ones I simply enjoyed reading for the author’s style. Unfortunately for my own blog, this obviously meant that I literally had nothing to write about. I wasn’t willing to publish content about things other than WoW, because that’s not what the blog was for, yet I couldn’t post the types of articles I used to that were full of “info and musings”, as the above comment put it. In the end, I was left with the weekly puzzle questions, which I knew were popular among at least a few people, and my increasingly rare story posts – and this is pretty much the state the blog has existed in for a few months now.
I understand that to some people my blog used to be a source of information and perhaps even entertainment, but rest assured that nobody is more frustrated about it than I am. Despite my more mathematical tendencies I love to write, and the lack of effort I put into the blog these days does bother me. It’s very easy to write up a puzzle and answer each week and simply leave it at that, but it’s nowhere near as satisfying as the times I would put up a different, 1500-word article each day for a week. Or when I took part in NaBloPoMo and posted every day for a month! But I digress.
Stated simply, DHM is no longer a World of Warcraft Warlock blog. I can’t write about anything game related because I am no longer a part of that community, and it is extremely unlikely that I will be again. At the same time, I’m reluctant to leave the blog. There are people who would miss the little content I do put up, and while I could perhaps continue to post it somewhere else, where would that be? I don’t actively write to any other blogs and, while I could start a new one, what would I write about? The thing about WoW is that it is an ever-changing subject; there is always something fresh and new to comment on, and that’s what a blog needs as a subject. The few games I do play and the other hobbies I have are essentially static, and I would soon run out of content.
So here are the big questions. Do I continue with DHM, posting the weekly puzzles and eventually getting around to continuing my fiction series, or should I start a blog somewhere else and write there? If so, what would people want me to write about? Should I just give up blogging altogether? I’ve been brooding on this issue for a few weeks now and have yet to reach any conclusions.
Your comments are most welcome.
P.S. If any of you are on Steam, I’m playing all my current games through there under the username of – you guessed it – Veliaf. Feel free to say hello.