Slightly iffy video, top song!
Today, for me, marks four years worth of Blogging on Warcraft.
There's going to be a new logo at some point, but as my Graphics Department's spent the best part of this week in a muddy field in Sussex, it's not going to be for a while. Needless to say, I don't need a snazzy new thing for this bit, I'll make do with grainy 1980's video and some words, because that's pretty much what this whole thing is about anyway.
I have a great deal to be thankful for over the last four years, not simply the fact that people keep turning up and wanting to join in on the discussion. Although I may have met perilously few of you in the flesh (hope that might change in the future) I do feel as if I know a lot of you well, and that gives this place a really rather comforting and homely feel, which was pretty much one of the main reasons I persisted with my ramblings in the early days, when it was just me and the three other people I told about my writing. I know over the last year that my abilities as a writer have increased considerably (practice does make perfect, those old sayings aren't patronising) and the benefits of sitting down and pushing myself to write daily about a game I still haven't fallen out of love with despite everything are being felt in places far away from the screen where I now sit.
There are people I'd like to thank this time around: there are my regulars, without whom some days this would be quite a lonely place. There's Mr Alt, Sarol, T&E, Dobs, Mr G. Elf, Nav, Ancient, Mr Amateur, Bob, Cym, Ratty and Cyn, Iometa, Yoco, Nev... and everyone else who has taken the time to come here and leave a comment. You know who you are and I am grateful for every thing you've said over the years. I'd also like to thank @AltosGold who has probably been the single biggest contributor to my success via Twitter, whose daily retweets means I'm getting over 500 page views per day. Your work is not forgotten, my friend, and I remain eternally grateful. I realise I am a very small fish swimming in an extremely large bowl and actually, I know that's the way I like it, and I hope that if I do continue to grow I can still try and remember everybody (though you may have to start wearing name tags for easy identification.)
I am hoping this month to bring you some, or indeed all of the following, and my Birthday gift to you:
- A Pet Battling Guide that lives up to my own hype.
- Original Warcraft Fiction. BE AFRAID.
- More observations on Monk Levellage.
- My thoughts on every current incarnation of the game, starting with Vanilla and why, most of the time, it really did suck.
- More of the same high-quality, badly spelt and copychecked gubbins.
For now, I thank you all for continuing to read, to participate, and making me feel a part of what is undoubtedly the best online community I have ever been lucky enough to be involved with.
You're ace, every single one of you.