*tap tap* Does this thing still work?
Joking aside, hello to the intrepid few that may still be hanging out on my corner of the Internet! It’s been an enormously long period of time since I last posted here and I have to say, I’ve missed writing a great deal. I won’t bore you with the lengthy explanation for my absence — it pretty much boils down to college, work, and other real life responsibilities. However, even in this interim, both my father and I have continued to share our love of the game together. Warcraft remains important in my life, as does writing, and I wanted to take a moment to sit down and type up a post today.
While years may have passed since I regularly posted on this blog, this place still remains an important part of my Warcraft identity. Part of this is absolutely due to the fact that there was never any closure — as my life got busier, posts became more and more infrequent before they eventually ceased. Without a definitive end or hiatus, I’ve always viewed the blog as a project I will or should pick up again once I have the free time. Sort of like the last item on my To Do list, it has lingered in the back of my mind for years.
More fundamentally than this, I’ve come to realize that the blog likely will always be a part of my WoW identity. For one, many of my earliest experiences and friendships in the Warcraft community are cemented within the archives. Even though we may not blog much any more, I still keep in contact with friends that I made half a decade ago because of this site. However, it was actually the words of someone I met at Blizzcon that fully clarified my own feelings for the blog. Upon meeting up with an artist friend I had been mutuals with for years on Twitter, they exclaimed, “oh, you’re the one who writes that blog! Growing Up in Azeroth!”. Keep in mind, even by the time I was meeting this person, I had not been regularly posting for some time. Those words really stuck with me, and even got me to try and get back on the blogging bandwagon for a little while.
I’ve given those words a great deal of thought over the years and realized something — I don’t think I will ever fully turn out the lights here. I’m still enjoying Warcraft and still playing with my father, which means I potentially may always have something to write about. I’ve also realized that setting myself strict goals for posting or content (see some previous year’s Blog Resolutions, haha) aren’t actually the way that I interact with this space. This is my happy place, not my job. I want to reinvent and treat it as such.
This brings me lastly for my reason for posting today. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found myself buried more and more in work and relationships and productivity. Spaces that I enjoyed for the sheer sake of fun shrink. Of the three things I claimed to love when I started this blog, writing, art, and video games, I only actively participate in one of them. Growing up means a lot of change, responsibility, and maturity for sure, but it doesn’t have to mean putting aside all the things that I love.
My New Year resolution – my personal one, not one associated specifically with the blog as I’ve done in the past – is to embrace my creative outlets more. Write a little more. Paint a little more. Sing a little more. And do these things because I want to, productivity be damned.
So yes, long story short, Growing Up in Azeroth is back! I can’t promise that I’m going to post on any predictable schedule or with any predictable content, but what I can say is I do plan on using this space once again to discuss all things World of Warcraft that I care about. I know the heyday of Warcraft blogging has likely passed (and I’m honestly not sure anyone will read this other than myself!) but I want to get this out there to the world as a promise to myself. It’s time to write for fun once again!
I somehow, by chance, randomly stumbled across your blog. Ironically, I just made the difficult decision to leave a guild and my random Google search of “I left my guild”, as if somehow searching for answers or comfort, led me to your article when you did the same. As fate would have it, my teenage son and I started playing WoW together just last year. I played for years before but had become pretty casual until this past summer when I agreed to return to the game and join a raiding guild with hiim. The experience has been amazing and, as I read through your articles, I’m brought to tears of happiness having seen that you and your Dad started a similar journey years before. It was just today that my son said that he wants to always be in the same guild as me and that this is our special thing that we do together. Thank you for sharing your journey. I have a lot more to read but I’m sure it will give both of us fun insights into the path we might take over the next several years together. I look forward to catching up on your story and hearing more as you have time to share.
Oh my goodness, thank you so much for this comment! I can’t adequately put into words how wonderful and validating it is to hear from other parents and kids who play the game together and happen to find their way to mine and my dad’s corner of the internet. It’s like a wonderful secret that just we get to share.
I’m likely a few years older than your son but I can assure him, the journey just gets better with time! Even though my dad and I don’t play together as much as we once did, we have that bond, forged over years in Azeroth, that connects us. We still talk about the game all the time, and make a point to level together every expansion. He might “complain” about having to go Alliance, but his Pandaren Shaman follows me to every guild I join. That special thing you do together is so much deeper and richer than just a game. I hope you two enjoy playing together for years to come ❤
Welcome back! I never doubted you. 🙂
Over the years my blogging has cut back a lot as well, sometimes weeks will go by. So much has been said and done, what is there to tell at times? Other times, it’s hard not to share every other screenie as you run into weird stuff. The upshot is, expect me when I show up.
Ain’t no thang.
Thanks, it’s good to be back! And that will probably be what this second era of blogging is like, a lot more sporadic but a lot more interest driven. I’m super excited for that flexibility!
*thumbs up* You go girl. *waves from the Horde side*
Thanks!! *waves from the Alliance side*
Welcome back Fussypants!! Writing is a gift, and you have it.