I just don’t have the energy to continue running this blog. My love for the Alliance will never fade, but for Tumblr, I haven’t the time or the enthusiasm.
In 2.5 years of running FuckYeahAlliance, I have made 2400 followers, and among that made maybe 2 friends and 3 acquaintances—acquaintances that just as quickly turn and talk shit if I so much as miss a single artist credit or post something instead of reblogging it. Maybe I should have tried harder to make connections, but sometimes I feel that my only notable impact on the community is that I piss off artists in spite of working to give credit where it’s due, which is more than can be said for some WoW blogs. I’ve come to ask myself, “What am I doing this for?”
I can use it as a place to speak out, but truth to be told, since MOP, the Alliance has healthy favor these days, and even Blizzcon wasn’t nearly as unwelcoming as I expected, so it feels petty to complain about anything more. I might get attention, but what’s attention when you don’t make friends? Not one person met me at Blizzcon. despite me making several posts about wanting to meet followers, about wanting to meet up for lunch with anyone, no one, not even the person who won the Blizzcon ticket at the artist contest, did so. There was no obligation to it, but it would have been nice to say “I shook one internet person’s hand” rather than “I went home and read about others meeting up with friends and Tumblr artists and having a blast.”
I won’t appoint anyone as a successor. This is my work, this follower count is my final score, and I’m not giving that away. I’ll be damned if FYA falls into the hands of mods who would muck it up with neutral art, gnome punting jokes, or taint it by mistaking blood elves for humans or Sylvanas for a night elf. There was much that I still wanted to do this year, one among them being a final “Best of” week before taking off, but I just don’t have the heart to go on for even another month.
There is hope, though. One reason that I’m not allowing anyone else to run the blog is that, in the absence of FYA, I know there will be people who will say “I want to try running an Alliance blog, and it’s going to be even better for X, Y, and Z reasons!” And that’s fantastic, because what the world and fandom needs is quantity to be convinced of an Alliance presence. Even if you’re an Alliance/Dr. Who/Dragon Age blog, every person counts. There is strength in numbers, and for the Horde not to mock us, they need to know there isn’t just a blog, there’s a following.
And in spite of my absence, there always will be a following. You’ll be out there, and so will I. But I won’t be on here. Not another day.
For the Alliance.