High Five!

You know the drill by now…

Gosh, has it really been another year already? I’ve heard many people say that the whole Covid stuff kinda slowed their perception of time down, what with them being at home a lot more and so on. For me though, if anything the past two years seem to have gone by even faster than those before.

Anyway, this here blog is half a decade old today. Time to pop the champagne, no?

I’ll rather have a Corellian ale, but thanks!

On the face of it, yeah, absolutely. As I’ve said before, I really had no idea where or for how long this would go when I started, but I surely wouldn’t have bet any money on still being active five years down the road – if you’re willing to call one or two posts a month “active”, that is.

Because here’s the thing – I can’t help but admit that my enthusiasm for blogging has declined even more since my last blogiversary. In that post I talked about how there were no MMORPGs I really wanted to play at the time. Well…since then I’ve tried New World, which wasn’t for me, and Lost Ark, a game I had high hopes for but turned out to be a huge disappointment after the first thirty hours or so. Man, what a treadmill.

I don’t need to be playing MMORPGs to have something to blog about though, right? True. But, as I’m only now starting to realize, I need to be reading other blogs to feel a motivation to write myself, and that is something I haven’t done much of lately either. I still regularly read my handful of go-to blogs (you know who you are) because they’re just entertaining no matter the subject. Anything that’s solely focused on MMOs and/or isn’t compulsory reading for me has fallen by the wayside however, and that includes MassivelyOP.

While this might not sound like much of an issue it’s pretty big for me. I’ve visited that site religiously since I stumbled upon it, which was in 2011 I believe, back when it was still under AOL’s umbrella. I helped to kickstart its rebirth as MOP, and I’ve even applied for a writing job a couple years back (which I obviously didn’t get, but given how things have developed that’s definitely for the best). The site meant a lot to me for a long time, is what I’m saying.

I didn’t make a conscious decision or anything, I just…stopped, and only after a while I realized that I had, and also that I don’t even miss it all that much. Of course that’s actually not very surprising when I think about it, what with them predominantly covering a genre I’ve become pretty jaded and unhappy about. That some of the writers themselves, especially the boss lady, seem to feel the same way doesn’t help matters either.

Anyhow, I’m rambling. My point is, I’m discontent with the state of the MMORPG-genre, I’m by and large not interested in reading about it anymore, and as a result I have a hard time finding motivation or inspiration to write about anything myself.

That said, I haven’t covered everything I’d like to say about Hunt: Showdown yet, so I’ll get at least one more post out of that.

Also, to end this on a more positive note, I have no intention to quit for good. Posts may well continue to be few and far between for the forseeable future, but if nothing else I’ll try and show signs of life at least once per month.

So despite all of the above chances are we’ll still share another cake a year from now…

7 Replies to “High Five!”

  1. Grats on the half-decade. On your ennui with the genre and the process, I’ll just say the same thing I say every Blaugust, which is write what you want, when you want and stop when you don’t. And it applies to playing, too. The whole “Quitting mmorpgs/blogging” posts routine has always seemd over-dramatic to me. Just drift away and leave the doors open so you can drift back when the mood takes you. The games and the readers will still be there when you come back. Mostly.

    On a personal note, though, I hope you carry on blogging, on whatever topic you find interesting. Yours is definitely on my go-to blog list. And as for MassivelyOP, I’m constantly on the verge of removing it from my feeds (Although I’ve actually been finding it less provocative lately). The cost of having to get page views, I guess, all that unecessary sensationalism.

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  2. @Aywren – Thanks! 🙂

    @Bhagpuss – Thank you! And regarding MOP, yeah, the content’s quality has also declined in my opinion, but I didn’t want to delve into that too much.

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  3. Congrats on hitting 5 years, Mailvaltar! Whatever comes next, that is beyond impressive as an achievement.

    I hear you so much on a large part of the drive to blog coming from reading through the work of others, too. As life has become quite crazy of late and much of my ability to do that has faded, to the point where I don’t even get the chance to skim sometimes, it becomes a bit of a cycle.

    FWIW, I do enjoy your work though and hope you decide to keep it rolling even if it is at a reduced rate or perhaps after a little break.

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  4. Congrats!! I stopped blogging on year .. 11? I think.. that was a few years ago. I still use my blogroll to lurk sites that I enjoy reading. Just not engaged like the good old days 🙂

    Hope you and your family are well!

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