EDIT: WoWInsider will be shutting down on February 3. I just….
I hope that the writers find success in all future endeavors, and that WoWInsider is remembered for many, many years to come. You guys were the best thing to ever happen to the WoW community. I feel like a part of me has been ripped away….
Thank you WoWInsider, thank you.
I have some potentially very sad news for you all today. WoWInsider, your source for the latest and greatest in the World of Warcraft might be shutting down. AoL plans to shut down Joystiq, the place where WoWInsider is hosted. While the shutdown of WoWInsider has not been confirmed yet, there is definitely a risk of this happening. If the shutdown were to happen, I’m not sure if the website will disappear into the void but for certain this would mean the end of all new publications. The end of WoWInsider.
I’m going to be brutally honest here: this sucks. This sucks hard. Like when a family pet dies or a friend moves away for forever. WoWInsider in many ways is the lifeblood of the WoW community. When I heard the news I actually teared up a bit (and then ranted on Twitter). The shutdown of WoW Insider would mean the destruction of a community that I can safely call my own.
Because WoWInsider is so much more than just a website. WoWInsider is people. Its the writers, the commenters, the trolls, the readers, and everyone and anyone who has contributed to the site over the years. WoWInsider is a community. In fact, it’s one of the better communities out there. Are there trolls? It’s the internet, there are always trolls. But far outnumbering the few unsavory individuals are the people. The Mathew Rossi, Anne Stickney, Alex Ziebart, Adam Holisky, Olivia Grace, Christian Belt, JeffLaBowski, Scott Leyes, Mogs, Valencemagi, Armenius, Draknfyre, Razwick92, Liopleurodon, Sleuth., Retpallyjil, Eliza, HerrKlokbok, Chrth, and every other person who has commented or written on the web page (if I missed you, I’m sorry! I still love you all!). WoWInsider is made of people.
But just as WoWInsider is made of people, WoWInsider has also made people. I personally owe a HUGE portion of my success to the site.
When I first started reading WoWInsider, it was just like my experiences with WoW: over the shoulder of my dad. One of my first memories of the site was way way back in the days of WoW.com, there was a drawing contest. I remember being amazed at what the people could make and awed that it was all WoW related. That is what inspired me to try to make WoW themed art, something I have continued to do to this day.
Eventually I graduated from reading over my dad’s shoulder to reading the site by myself. For years I read about the crazy antics, wishing I could join in (I was still much too young). I remember laughing my head off at the Choose My Adventure (Especially Archmage Pants’ bits). I remember the great Orcish Proverb Breakfast topic, which is still saved in my bookmarks. There were days where I’d hit refresh over and over again, waiting for a new article.
Then a year ago, my dad came up with the idea of writing a WoW blog together. We both really enjoyed the game and I really enjoyed to write, so the logical step was to make a blog. And one of the starting ideas we had was to submit articles to the Community Blog Topic that WoWInsider then hosted every week. So I made an account for livefyre and we did.
Looking back, my writing was pretty terrible then. But it didn’t matter. Mine and my father’s words were posted, with very litter altercation, on the front page of the webpage that I had read for years and years. It was a surreal moment.
From there, it only grew. I began to get dozens of hits from WoWInsider, and the commenters convinced me to join Twitter. From there, the rest is history. I have met a bunch of amazing people, been able to play with many more, and have made friends that I would have never guessed. And all because of WoWInsider.
If it hadn’t been for WoWInsider, its pretty safe to say that I would not be blogging. I would not be on Twitter, I would not be raiding (the majority of my raiding happens with people I’ve met because of WoWInsider), and I might not even still be playing WoW. This is how big of an impact that WoWInsider has had on my life.
So to say that WoWInsider is merely a website is to ignore the people who contribute to it and the people who are helped by it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: WoWInsider is the lifeblood of the Warcraft community. WoWInsider is a friendly and vibrant group of people who all love WoW. WoWInsider connects people from all walks of life and unites them under one hobby. WoWInsider is the meeting room for gamers that is ever open to new members. It’s the best source of news and the greatest spot for debate. It’s the best mishmash of chili, haikus, WoW tin foil hat lore, My Little Pony, GIFs, and HMDI converters there will ever be. WoWInsider is pretty dang amazing.
Remember the haikus. Remember the class columns. Remember the Scott Leyes photoshopped images. Remember the 1k+ comment Queues. Remember the memories. And #SaveWowInsider.
Addendum: The commenters have created a guild for the Queue now! “of The Queue” is the alliance guild on Nesingwary/Vek’nilash/Nazgrel US realms. Keeping the legacy alive! (I need to go join this!)