Some of you might have noticed that I haven't posted a WoW-related post in a very long time. At the risk of disappointing my remaining readers (however few of them are still left), I will come clean: I have quit WoW for several months. But I imagine most of you have already figured this out.
So what's the point of having a World of Warcraft blog and not playing WoW? Well, over time this blog has slowly slipped into discussing other games and activities. I would have gone mad if I'd talked exclusively about WoW. It so happens that there came a time when I simply felt burnt out. I thought Cataclysm would rejuvenate WoW, and it did... for a month or two. After that, boredom instilled. And then I realized that although Cataclysm had changed Azeroth, the core game had remained the same: same grinding, same questing, same dungeons, same gear race, same same.
I quit WoW after playing it for many years, after leveling half a dozen characters to level 80 and beyond, after trying all the classes, after amassing over 500,000 gold. After all that, I left everything behind and never looked back.
How do I feel after quitting cold turkey? Thanks for asking. I feel just fine. I don't miss WoW at all and I haven't gone through any withdrawal symptoms. In fact, when I imagine going back to WoW, it literally makes me nauseous. Yet, I won't deny completely that one day I might go back to it. I'll have to write a separate post on that though.
Ever since I have once again become enamored with the desire to play Diablo 3, I can't even conceive playing another game, much less WoW, when D3 is released.
As a result, this blog is dead, as far as WoW is concerned. After more than 2 years running it (and over 400 posts), I am faced with the simple fact of having to stop posting about WoW. Wowalone won't disappear off the face of the Internet. It will continue to exist because (strangely enough) a lot of people still visit it, yet it will remain frozen in time.
I have recently changed the blog's tagline. From "The Art of Solo-ing WoW", it became "The Art of Solo-ing WoW, life and other games". I think it's a funny play on words and it describes accurately what this blog has become.
Since I'll be probably playing Diablo 3 for the next 10 years (until Diablo 4 comes out heh heh) and since it's guaranteed that I'll get the urge to blog about it, I've been considering the following dilemma for the past couple of weeks: should I continue on this blog or should I start a new blog?
Continuing here has the advantage of a large readership. Many WoW players will also play Diablo 3. Some of my WoW readers will transfer seamlessly to the new Diablo format. Still, I will alienate a lot of WoW readers.
Starting a new blog has the advantage of focusing everything on Diablo and making a clear cut from WoW. There won't be any confusion as to what the new blog is about. I can have a new design (the current one has grown old) and I can attract new readership.
Overall I think the second option (of starting a new blog) is the most appealing. I'll need to think if I want to keep the Darth Solo persona or not.
So what do you guys think? Who's for a new blog?
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