Last Friday, terrible news broke through the gaming side of the internet with the announcement and confirmation that AOL will be closing down their Joystiq branch. This closing includes the main Joystiq website and their sister sites Massively and WoW Insider. The news of WoW Insider’s ending stung quite a bit because I always thought that WoW Insider would last long enough be reporting on the story of Blizzard pulling the plug on their very last WoW server.
As established readers knows that I was a hardcore World of Warcraft player and end game raider for years and WoW Insider was my go to news site for all things in the world of Azeroth. I was a loyal reader, reading all their mage class columns, downloading all of their podcasts, and refreshing their home page multiple times during the day during their coverage of BlizzCON or the first few weeks of an expansion.
A bit of trivia I have shared time and time again,but what made World of Warcraft and WoW Insider so special to me was that they were catalyst and inspiration for kick starting my own blogging career.
It all started with a 2009 Around Azeroth post with a published screenshot that I submitted. Around Azeroth was a series featured the best community submitted screenshots from World of Warcraft. I, at the time being in Highschool, seeing my in game username shown right on my favorite website not only made my week as well as earning some several nerd points with all my other Warcraft buddies.
Then in 2010 I gathered the courage to submit a few written pieces to WoW Insider when the staff were calling for submissions for their breakfast topic posts, another community driven article series with the purpose was a question to ask their readers every morning. Over the next year and a half, I was able to submit three articles as a paid “AOL guest writer” earning me $10 a post.
If getting my screenshot made my week, these made my week. and on top of being a paid job it inserted the thought that I could be one of those online personalities that gets to talk and write about videogames for a living.
Following that, once it was clear that WoW Insider’s Guest writers program was going to to be as frequent as I wanted to to be, I struck out on my own by creating my own website where I could write about World of Warcraft as often as I like, which was the creation of this very blog.
Even after I started making my own blogging content, WoW Insider gave me support by publishing my submissions to the weekly Blog Azeroth Shared Topics on Blog Azeroth, a website dedicated to networking and communicating with various other World of Warcraft bloggers from around the internet.
And WoW Insider was the first time I had my voice recorded for a podcast. If I remember correctly I was the first person to ask the WoW Insider panel on their first live show at PAX East.
That is why it is so tough to see them go, not only were they a cornerstone of my high school and college life but that years and years later it still provided quality World of Warcraft news and editorials. It is because of WoW Insider’s initial and continuing help and support has allowed Be MOP to be so successful on WordPress and any other success that comes from the Be MOP name, whether it be the followers I have on Twitter or the community that I have found with the launching of my Twitch page in April of last year.
Good bye WoW Insider, it is sad to see you take your bow so soon.
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