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The Possible Return

So…uh, hi.  Miss me?

Yep, I abandoned the blog for a while.  There’s reasons behind it, good ones, but they’re too complicated to go into right now.

The short version is, I’ve been dealing with Stuff.  That Stuff includes health issues, a severe case of WoW burnout, and the realization that I am probably a lot more mentally fucked up than I thought I was.  I am, near as I can tell, fighting depression that has taken a heavy toll on my mentally-intensive recreational activities, and that includes blogging, especially blogging about WoW.  I actually took over a month off from tanking for my current 10-man raid, Doom and Blet, because of that burnout.  I’m back, and we’re now 6/7 normal Firelands and beating our heads against Ragnaros, but I pretty much only log in to raid these days.  The spark, the Warcrack addiction, the all-consuming gotta-have-it, is largely, if not completely, gone.  These days, I like talking about WoW more than playing it.  (Although, in a good sign for my WoW enjoyment, I did log in this weekend to do Firelands dailies, because Linedan is only about six or seven days’ worth away from getting the fiery hippogryph mount.  And the dailies are dead easy when I do them on him in Fury spec.)

So after dawdling and thinking on it for a while, here’s what’s going to happen going forward.  Achtung Panzercow is not going away.  But it will become a more general gaming blog and not be 100% WoW, all the time.  I have a wide variety of gaming interests besides logging in two nights a week to slap the denizens of the Firelands around and take their lunch money.  Currently I’m dabbling, to various degrees, in Lord of the Rings Online, Rift, EVE Online, and my newest addiction, the online racing sim iRacing.  And looming on the horizon like the Death Star is the Big Kahuna, the 800-pound Wookiee that’s going to turn me into a shut-in and has made me damn glad I’ve got the entire last week of the year off…Star Wars: The Old Republic.  I have been in the beta for several months now, and since the NDA is lifted I can say this much:  It’s a good game.  Very good.

In the meantime, in lieu of actual, y’know, content, I’m going to be revising the tags and categories on existing posts to allow for non-World of Warcraft posting.  And trying to think of good posting ideas.  That’s always the hard part, even harder than finding the time to write good content.  Hopefully, I can come up with enough to get this here blog thang back off the ground, because I do love writing when I feel like I’ve got something good to say.  Here’s hoping I can get back to doing that on a regular basis.

7 responses

  1. Welcome back, Lin. I missed you. I made the move away from my WoW blog a couple months back and only recently picked up blogging again myself.

    Depression sucks. I battle it often as well. Keep up the good fight, man.

    *warrior fistbump*

    November 22, 2011 at 12:35

  2. Welcome back. Hugs to you and yours. Great big hugs re depression and burnout. Can totally relate to both of them. I moved from ‘having’ to raid 3 nights a week until later than I really wanted to and joined a chilled guild that raids when we get enough people. The folks are lovely ‘me’ sort of people who like cats and cakes and having FUN. Best thing I’ve done in WOW in ages and gave me a new lease of life.

    I hope that you can find joy again, in life and in WOW. Hugs to your tanklet too 🙂

    November 22, 2011 at 12:46

  3. Good to see you back, Lin!

    It’s all good, whatever you want to do.

    November 22, 2011 at 14:40

  4. Choop

    Great to have you back around mate. try Skyrim – it’s a nice simple single player game without the stress of WoW, and it’s a pretty nice game too.


    November 23, 2011 at 06:26

  5. Welcome back! I took a long break myself and know all too well the damage depression can do to you. Good to know you are fighting it head on. I am really excited for ToR and can’t wait until its started although I am moving at the same time so that will keep me from hunkering down into shut-in mode. That might be for the best because that first week will be so laggy anyway I will be able to be just behind everybody and everything won’t be so crowded, lol. I always say as long as you’re having fun that’s all that really matters! So have fun!
    K Out!

    November 23, 2011 at 19:32

  6. Just a quick note to say thank you. Your blog was the inspiration for me to get a WoW blog going. If I help one person half as much as you helped me, I will be glad. Welcome back and good luck with everything tankerific!

    November 28, 2011 at 19:56

  7. Wow. Just as I start my morning smiling at the return of Kadomi, I see the panzercow has also made his return. As I said to the good orc lady (who has treasonously jumped ship to play a dorf paladin), I’ll be following your blog as I previously did – especially due to the SW:TOR content you’ve hinted at.

    Welcome back, Lin. I did miss you. 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 05:13

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