Not a bang, but a whimpered "Goodbye"

| Sunday, October 28, 2012
I started this blog to talk about WoW.  I branched out slightly to talk about other games, many of which no one played or cared about.  That's how I roll.

My first post was February 12, 2008.  That means that I've been blogging longer than I was in high school or college (but not both).  Those had start and end dates, times when I had to have figured it out and regurgitated it and then I'd get a piece of paper and maybe a handshake.  Blogs don't have that.  I haven't figured it out.  I'm still working on it.  By analogy, I think that means I'm that person working a dead-end job who is going to take night classes to finish up his degree.  But never will.

WoW changed, I did as well, and those changes were not complementary.  The result was that I left WoW.  A couple friends brought me back.  I left to play Guild Wars 2.  Sadly, I left on my own and that died off as well (not saying GW2 is dead).  For weeks I've been meaning to get back into it, to play again, to explore and even try some dungeons.  Sadly, that all turned out to be too difficult.  Mentally I've been too drained.  I'd hoped to log on a few days ago and check out some Halloween content, but there was a patch and when that was done downloading I was tired and went to bed.

I've not stopped gaming, but I've stopped new gaming.  I've gone back to Civ IV and Call of Pripyat.  Neither of those are new, neither of them are MMOs, and neither of them are inspiring me to write grand posts.  Well, I do have one that I keep trying to write about the Civilization series and history education, but it keeps falling into pedantic droning and I close it and forget about it and weeks later make a new draft post.  I could probably keep 'blogging' for a few weeks just by posting my failed Civilization posts (slight exaggeration).

You've probably picked up that I'm limping toward something and that that something is that I'm probably out of ideas and out of content.  In other words, probably stopping with this blog for a while.  Probably I have a problem with qualifying my statements too much.

I'll still be around commenting and reading, but that's about it for the foreseeable future.  So, I'll call this a goodbye.  Thanks to all the great bloggers.  No thanks to the terrible ones.  And biggest thanks of all to Larisa, whose linking and commenting and referencing is probably 90% responsible for this blog being a slightly bigger insignificant blip, with another 5% being split between a bloggers with large audiences, 3% to hilariously bad Google search terms and results (Skyrim porn edition is still top), 2% to various WoWInsider writers who linked me (Thanks, Allison), and finally 1% to me for writing a lot of words.  It's pretty awesome being in the 1% and getting all the credit.

Bye!

P.S. I have a more politically-oriented blog over at Delusions of Truth.  Sometimes I talk about science as well.  It's not always relevant to the current news cycle and comes with a liberal dose of liberal bias.  I try to post about once a week.
P.P.S. I snuck this edit in after the first comment.

24 comments:

Jessica said...

Awww Klep. Your biggest thanks went to me. It's a lesser wonder you even remembered this old gnome!

Thank you for this time. And I don't take farewells. Nowadays we mostly keep in touch by other ways than through our blogs. You're always welcome of course to stop by at my new place. But if you're not comfortable there, well, you where to find me on e-mail and twitter.

Big hugs and loads of love from your sister in arms

LarĂ­sa

Verilazic said...

Just be sure to let us know here if you start up again on a different blog? I like your style. Doesn't matter too much what you talk about; I've enjoyed the tangents into politics as much as the on-topic posts about WoW.

Azuriel said...

Thanks for the entertainment.

Rem said...

It's been a pleasure - and a privilege - to read you. Thank you for many inspiring thoughts and points of view.

Nils said...

You will be missed ... maybe we will meet again in a better virtual world - some day ;)

flosch said...

Booo :(

Can't claim I understood all of your posts, especially when they got a bit more esoteric, but I enjoyed most of them. Sad to see another blog go into my "inactive" folder. On the plus side, that means if you decide to start blogging again, I should be there within a day!

Take care, and don't stop commenting!

thenoisyrogue said...

Klep,

Keep it open. You'll never know when you'll feel like pontificating on a video game subject, and having a blog sitting there with an audience is not something to be taken lightly. Particularly when you spent so much time building it up.

I always loved our furious discussions.

Imraith Dos Santos said...

You are one of the better bloggers I know, and I am sorry to see you leave, but if you're not into it anymore, well, there you are. I don't write much myself anymore either, so there we both are. Anyway, I will start following your other blog...keep on writing! You are really very good at it.

rimecat said...

Congratulations on the run. I've not always agreed with you, and replied to your posts very infrequently, but I could always expect a topic that was at least articulate - and that is vanishingly rare on the Internet.

I would like to see your post on Civ and history education if you ever decide to post it. I may do IT now but I majored in history and still belong to the AHA, AIA, and the rest. And Civ, though a fun game, makes me twitch.

Stabs said...

Thanks very much for all your superb insights over the years.

I'm sure after a while out you'll feel the urge to say something again.

Pathak said...

Aw, nuts. I do so enjoy reading your game related posts.

Ever hopeful, your blog shall stay on my RSS until Google Reader or Feedburner gets it mixed up with some other blogspot blog (which I've seen happen a couple of times).

There's still the rest of your life to go. "They" may create a game worth playing, and you may find it's worth commenting on. I'd like this place to be home to those comments.

Rioriel said...

Farewell, Kleps. I've laughed, I've yelled, I've disagreed, I've spread your word as if it was gospel, but mostly I've engaged and enjoyed.

So long, and farewell. x

Klepsacovic said...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I'll try to finally write that Civilization post.

River said...

Why is Elton John "candle in the wind" playing in the backgroud....

Anywho well it's sad when a fellow blogger hangs his hat. I wish you the best of luck in whatever you move on to. I hope day you come back to this blog with some fresh insights. Take care of yourself, and Thank you.

Marcus Cox said...

Thank you for your insightful words. Your an excellent writer.

Tesh said...

Have fun with the games, at least. :)

Anonymous said...

A few years ago, you made a post saying that you were stopping the blog. I made a new character on Zul'Jin (I think I recall that being your server?) and grinding enough money to send you a letter thanking you for such an entertaining blog. Unfortunately, the post was published on April 1. I was completely oblivious. This time, however, I would actually like to thank you for such a great blog. I haven't played WoW in quite a while, but even now I check your blog daily.

Klepsacovic said...

@Anonymous: Zul'jin was probably my server back then. I still feel a bit bad about that terribly awful attempt at a joke.

Rubel said...

Why can't we have a world with gaming blogs that aren't about MMOs? I have always enjoyed reading this blog...which I first came to due to my own now-neglected Troll Shaman. Thanks for the entertainment!

Electrolux said...

Nuts! You're the only blog I've got bookmarked. Your blogroll is effectively my feedreader.

Anyway, come here everyday and you always came up with the goods. Many thanks and I wish you well with future endeavours.

Klepsacovic said...

@Rubel: I'd guess that it's a matter of interaction with the game. MMOs are ongoing and very deep, provoking discussion, opinion, and analysis. Your shooter isn't going to do that as much. Games like Civilization, from what I've seen, can trigger the deep community. On the subject of community, MMOs are much more stable than other games: even with the patch/expansion cycles, it will be the same people coming back.

Klepsacovic: Answering what are probably rhetorical questions since 2008.

@Electrolux: Based on my own statistics, Blessing of Kings is a very popular blogroll to use. Mine will stay up as well. I don't plan to delete this blog.

Keredria said...

I am terribly behind in my blog reading, so just now seeing this.

I will miss your sarcasm and sense of humor!

Angelya said...

So, I'm a little late.. but I just wanted to say thanks for making me smile, think and generally admire your writing. Don't be a stranger :)

Sideshow said...

Going through the Sideshow & Syrana blogroll and saw the post. Thanks for being one of our consistent commentors. Our site has also been on a extended hiatus. I'm not good at creating much content and Syrana is doing other things now.

Good luck in your future endeavors.

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