Da Newz – Makeover EditionJuly 17, 2008
So as you may have noticed from this week’s edition of Da Newz, we’re not only growing bigger and bigger in the WAR community, but when major news happens — multiple times, no less, in the space of a week — it just gets nigh ridiculous to try to cover it all.
I’ve been asked how I find the time to do Da Newz. Frankly, it’s getting hard. Back in March, it was a light little project wherein I’d be scrounging for even a good scrap or two of news or commentary. Now, as we’re getting slammed (in a good way) by breaking news and diverse opinions and multiple features, I’m spending 1-2 hours every night perusing all of my RSS reader posts and other various sources to compile it all. And really, it’s getting kind of nuts and taking away any enjoyment I’ve had from opening up my Google Reader in the first place to see what’s going on in the Warhammer world. I know it’s one of the more popular features on this blog, and I liked doing it knowing that I would be helping those out who didn’t have as much time to scoot around the web looking for WAR stuff.
On Tuesday, for instance, I had over 400 posts to sift through. That’s just one day! Next week I’ll be gone, and I’m just wincing as I think about how fast and furious all of the news is going to pile up, awaiting my return.
As much as I’ve loved providing the WAR community with this service, it’s just getting too unwieldy and somewhat unneeded — there are plenty of Warhammer Online news aggregators out there, along with your own RSS collectors. And I have a rule about blogging: I started doing this just to write about whatever struck me as interesting and enjoyable about the game. If it ever started to feel like “work” or if I felt duty-bound to continue it, then I was going to drop whatever it was with no regrets.
I’m feeling like Da Newz might fit this situation. If I felt more motivated to keep it going, I’d maybe “hire” on a staff person or two to handle it, but that defeats the purpose of just penning a fun blog. So as I leave this next week on a trip, I’m going to chew on what I can do with this Thursday column in a way that’s both fun and interesting for me to write, as it is useful and entertaining for you to read.
I have a very good idea what’s going to happen, but I’d love to hear any and all of your thoughts on this. When I get back, we’ll talk more, mkay?