A little bit of sad news came across the wire today. News that AOL might be shutting down the gaming site “Joystiq”. I don’t read much else on there besides WoW Insider, but as an avid fan of Warcraft, I spend many hours a day reading WoW Insider articles and commenting, sometimes prolifically on the site.
What is WoW Insider? It’s a Warcraft blog, but it is so much more than that. It is a collection of like-minded personalities who share battle stories, tips, and just general information. Articles like, The Queue which have been around as long as WoW itself are iconic. Though I have never met any of the staff or partook in reader gatherings, I feel that they are guild members. I have a personal connection to the site and many of the good people who comment on there. Even the trolls.
If not for WoW Insider, I would probably not have gotten into blogging. I don’t get paid for blogging. I don’t have any ads on my site. I do like to use blogging to keep my writing sharp. Who knows what doors will open in the future?
My favorite memory from WoW Insider is probably during Wrath when they announced Cataclysm. I would tab out from playing and check out the latest news. We would have discussions on the new features and changes to the game. Fortunately the experience would continue with Mists and then Warlords. During BlizzCon, reading the live blog is definitely something I look forward to.
I’m clinging to the small hope that the readers and fans will make their voices heard. Tweet out and be sure to link articles like these. Pass them along to like-minded friends.
If you are a blogger, feel free to link your fondest WoW Insider memory in the comments below!
Edit: @elepheagle has also sounded off on this topic on his blog: Feckless Leader: #SaveWoWInsider. Very well done Ross!
@grammarkobold added his thoughts to the mix on his blog: Exodar Sisters: Dear WoW Insider. Bravo!
@applecidermage sent in her contribution on her blog: Apple Cider Mage: Here lies Kyle, Son of Durotan.
Matt Low @matticus, former WoW Insider writer offers up a post on his blog: World of Matticus: I’ll Never forget the Fond Memories at WoW Insider.
@Liopleurodonic joins in the fun with her blog post: Battle Pet Roundup: Thank You, WoW Insider.
@ravyncat1 had this to say on her blog: Ravyn’s Reliquary: WoW Insider.
@thefussypants posted these words to her blog: Growing Up in Azeroth: A Call to Arms: #SaveWoWInider.
@LibFeathers wrote this on her blog: Lib Feathers: More than a totem: WoW Insider.
Corhi linked their contribution, posted at Corhi, casually: #SaveWoWInsider.