Hey guys, David here.
You might have noticed that the blog has been inactive for the past month. I didn’t die but I was out of action for a few weeks due to (minor) surgery and it caused me to reflect on some thoughts I’ve had for a while.
First things first, I’ve had an amazing time over the past four years. A lot of really cool things happened because of your support. I went to E3, we raised over $5000 for charity, and it’s been a bundle of fun to chat with readers on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (and in the real world, too).
Despite this, there are problems that have compounded to the point that I can’t ignore them anymore:
- We’re deep into the 3DS lifecycle and, as a result, the news has slowed down considerably. This makes writing about the 3DS a lot less exciting.
- I’d planned to focus on the Wii U but most of the news stories are about its low sales numbers, which meant it hasn’t been fun to talk about.
- By the end of 2012, I’d taken this blog as far as I could hope to take it. I’ve tried and failed to find the next step. It continues to be more of the same.
I’ve also been conflicted about the quality of what I’ve been publishing over the years. I consider myself a writer but locked myself into a situation where speed mattered more than quality. It’s what brought people to the site but I’ve been criticised for my shaky editorial standards and, to that, all I can say is, “Yes, I was wrong.” I’ve been a page view journalist and that’s not what I want to be.
With all of this in mind, I’m closing down the blog. This was not a planned decision but it’s also not an emotional one. It’s just has to happen.
If you’re disappointed, that’s fair enough. I’d hoped for a more glamorous end. I’ve left the comments section open though so feel free to share your grievances, questions, and general comments. I won’t censor anyone (as long as they’re not mindlessly cussing me).
As far as 3DS news is concerned, there’s a lot of great resources out there:
- Nintendo Life has you covered for the big stories.
- Nintendo Everything is extremely fast at posting screenshots and videos.
- Vooks is the best website for fellow Aussies.
Also feel free to share other great resources in the comments below (even if you happen to own that resource).
I’m sorry if this all comes across as sudden and unfair but, if I keep the blog going, I’m only going to be stringing readers along, and I’ve already done too much of that.
That’s about all I have to say though, so I guess for now, I’ll talk to you later (if you choose to follow along with my new projects, that is).
It’s been a wonderful four years and I’d love if you kept in touch. (You can send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org if you like.)
P.P.S. If you’d like to start a video game blog, read this: How To Write About Video Games for a Living: What I’ve Learned from 27,214 Daily Readers.