Thats A Wrap

16 Jun

This afternoon I had a conversation with Ophelie that led to her admitting that she no is longer interested in recording our show, the Double O Podcast together.  It has nothing to do with me as a person.  It’s not that we do not get along or anything on a personal level.  There is no drama to be had or anything like that.  She has just lost a lot of interest in World of Warcraft and hasn’t been participating in the community like she used to (e.g. her blog, Twitter), so I kind of had a feeling that this was something that was going to start affecting the show and it has.

This leaves me with three options:

1)  I can try to find a new co-host – an honorary “O,” if you will, since it’s highly unlikely that I would meet someone whose name happens to start with “O” and that I mesh well with.  Preferably this person would have some knowledge or desire to learn how to handle the editing or the behind the scenes aspects of the podcast, whereas I would continue handling the more social aspects of the show (e.g. promotion, finding guests, coming up with topics).

2)  I can move on from the Double O Podcast and perhaps join another existing podcast that is looking for a guest host.  I really do enjoy podcasting and I admit that there are so many sides to it that I still have yet to see or to understand.  I think podcasting is a great way to get people talking and to expand your audience in a way that blogging can’t.

3)  I can stop podcasting altogether and focus on my blog and other community efforts (e.g. spend more time posting on forums like Elitist Jerks, MMO-Champion, or the official boards).

Without sounding too dramatic, I feel like my walls are caving in.  I have already been dealing with uncertainties regarding what I want to do in Mists of Pandaria, then this comes along, and now this.  I keep wondering who is next.  It seems like everyday someone else I know, someone I admire, or that I respect, or someone that I have some genuine history with decides to call it a day and stops playing World of Warcraft.  It’s like a demented game of Guess Who and I’m the one in front of the board just flipping faces down, one by one.  There aren’t many faces still standing anymore and that’s mighty depressing to me.

Am I next?

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6 Responses to “Thats A Wrap”

  1. hayfayfay #

    Whatever you do we’ll always have our Mean Girls moments. I hope you choose to stick around though. Your priest information is lovely <3

  2. Arazu #

    Sounds like a good time for a hiatus, friend. With the expansion being over I’m not sure what there even is for a wow podcast to talk about right now.

  3. Tzufit #

    I don’t at all mean for this to sound callous, so I hope you don’t read it that way – but the WoW community often seems to go through phases where it feels as if we are hemorrhaging good people. It’s like the “celebrity deaths come in 3s” rule, except that for WoW bloggers and podcasters it’s less like 3 and more like dozens. The last time I remember seeing so many people leaving at once was around the time Pink Pigtail Inn shut down around this time last year.

    I’m in a similar state of confusion at the moment. The guild I’ve been with since ICC, of which I’m a member, and through which I have made some amazing friends and raiding partners feels as if it’s slowly dying each time I log in. I check our log and notice more and more of our younger/newer players who have either left the server or gone off to other guilds with a younger playerbase who are more inclined to keep playing through the doldrums of the end of this expansion. For those of us who have been playing longer, or who are at the older end of the age spectrum in the guild … we’re tired. We need this break if we’re going to leave the ground running when Mists is released. But because rest is our priority, we’re alienating people who don’t feel the same way. It sucks.

    For me, the only thing that has really helped me keep going in slumps like this in the past is making a conscious effort to expand my circle. Sometimes that means reaching out to new bloggers (“new” to me, or actually new to the blogosphere), and sometimes it means finding people in my guild who maybe I haven’t spent much time with before and seeing what interests we have in common. It’s a horrible feeling to have good friends leave the game, or to significantly reduce their playtime. In the past I’ve reassured myself by thinking that there will be more good people coming to replace them. We’ll see whether I can maintain that optimism through the coming expansion. I hope you’re able to. :)

  4. Sora #

    Aww, I’m one of those who have left WoW. I doubt I will come back to it, but hey there’s always a chance. I just know it isn’t any time soon, and I doubt it will be for MoP. Now’s not a really great time for WoW to be content with a lull in the expansion, honestly I think they’re relying too much on the Annual Pass to get people to stick around, rather then add new content to the game. /shrug

    It does suck to not be around your friends as much. But one of the great things about the internet is that people are never that far away from us. I can still log into Mumble and chat with my WoW guildies. I can still log into twitter and catch up on the latest gamer shenanigans. People can still come together and play games. Nothing lasts forever, but communities can outlive the games themselves.

  5. Dahrla #

    I would think that you might want to take a break from WoW – it’s a great time to do so, and you can spend that time thinking about whether or not you miss it enough to go back. Put the podcast on haitus, and go guest somewhere else every now and then if asked, but take some time away from the game – you haven’t seemed to really enjoy the game wholeheartedly for a while now, to be honest, and maybe you just need to take the summer off.

    On a side note, I’ve posted my “I’m done” note on my guild’s forums myself. It’s scary to think of whether or not you’ll ever find another hobby that’s both as engaging and socially rewarding as WoW, but the only way to find out is to put yourself out there and try new things, right? :-)

  6. Dawm #

    If you want to podcast about Tillers and my farm in WoW, I expect to be addicted to that for at least a few months.

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