I’ve known for about a week, but Alex just posted it publicly today, so I’ve already got the initial disappointment out of the way. But yes, class columns are getting shut down at WoW Insider. The only reason for this is budget cuts, and it’s not just WoW Insider that’s affected — it’s other AOL sites like Massively as well. This is by no means the end for WoW Insider. It’s still being staffed by a big group of people who love the game, and I’ll still be going there for my daily WoW news fix.
I’ve only been there for 5 months, but in that short time I’ve met some great people. I had fun hanging out in the work chat room all day just talking about WoW and whatever else was on our minds. There’s a ridiculous number of talented writers and it’s sad to see so many go, but I’m glad to have made their acquaintance and I’ll still be following what they all do on Twitter and whatnot.
This gig was my first serious attempt at blogging at all. I just applied for the job when I saw it. I had been reading WoW Insider since way back in 2006 and it was very cool to be writing for a site I had literally been viewing every day for that many years. The other writers were welcoming and friendly and dealt with all of my noob questions when I first started. It was a little daunting taking over the reins from the legendary Frostheim, but the readers were overwhelmingly supportive.
I’ve really enjoyed doing that column every week, not just because it was a job, but because I really enjoy writing about WoW and hunters! I think my favorite time there was during BlizzCon. Many of the staff had headed out to the convention itself, but a few of us (the “home team”) spent literally 15+ hours per day working on the site and watching the live stream to get all of the news up as fast as possible. It was tiring, and I often forgot to eat or drink, but it was a blast.
So that’s where Eyes of the Beast comes in. I had been planning on getting a hunter blog up (it seemed weird I was one of the only writers without a personal blog), but I had been procrastinating. Setting up a brand new site takes time and can be annoying (still working out kinks). But when I heard the news, it forced me to finish and get this thing going. If you’ve enjoyed my writing at all, I hope you’ll keep this site in your bookmarks.
The one thing I won’t miss about WoW Insider? The tiny 580px images! You might have noticed I take a bit of pride in the screenshots I used, often jazzing them up in photoshop, so I made sure that header images here were twice as large. 😛
R.I.P. Scattered Shots