Several months ago, Frostheim formally announced his retirement from WoW blogging. He had been on his way out slowly for several months, and my blogging had steadily increased during that time, so filling the void he left on the WHU wasn’t a difficult transition for me.
But I also stated at that time that I didn’t plan on curating the WHU indefinitely, and that once I had a clearer plan, I would share it with the community. That time has come.
I’m leaving the WHU, and the world of hunter blogging, within the next month and a half. I plan on coinciding my departure with the 200th episode of the Hunting Party Podcast. This podcast will also be the final episode of the HPP, so it will end at the same time. Darkbrew and I had originally planned on announcing it on last week’s podcast, but my tardiness prevented that, so hopefully I’m not jumping the gun here, but it’s something we’ve been discussing for quite a while. We’re not looking for a replacement blogger on the WHU (unless Frost steps back in with other plans)…it’s tempting, but it has had its run, and there are many, many hunters out there doing great work that will keep the community strong.
But I don’t want sadness! The WHU has had an incredible, unbelievable, legendary run. So has the podcast. And we aren’t done just yet!
I’m not simply stopping the blogs and calling it a day. Ever since I took over the WHU, I’ve had a rollout plan to help with the transition of the WHU Hunter community.
The Hunter Project
Knowing that the WHU wouldn’t have its place in the community forever, I created the Hunter Project as my parting gift to the hunter community. I don’t know what impact it will have on hunters in the expansion, but the scope and intent of it is something we can all be proud of. And even in the few hunter-specific announcements we’ve gotten for Warlords of Draenor, there are signs that Blizzard is aware of and addressing many of the issues that the Hunter Project raised.
We’re going out with a bang. Episode 200 will happen sometime in January, and will feature a TON of familiar faces. We have verbal commitments from Frostheim, Euripides, BigRedKitty, Michele Morrow and possibly 1-2 others (we’re going to contact Zeherah, for example, and maybe a couple other semi-regular past guests). I can’t promise that all of those people will be able to make it, but I can promise that many of them will. It will be epic.
Also, Alisaunder is open to continuing the podcast in some other form, and Darkbrew and I are willing to aid those who might want to start doing their own thing. This specific incarnation of the podcast may be done, but I hope some hunter blogger or community figure someday takes up the mantle. If you know of anyone that may be interested, feel free to contact me (ArthWHU@yahoo.com, or more generally for the podcast at email@example.com).
200 is an incredible run for a podcast, especially one as niche as ours. I’ve been proud to be a part of it, and will be proud to help see it off next month.
Other than a potential simultaneous party event during the 200th podcast, there will be no new events planned for the WHU Guild. But there are still many hunters who play in the guild, and it long ago took on a life of its own. I’d encourage current members and officers, and anyone else who is interested, to continue to try to grow and maintain the guild. It’s become a wonderful and unique environment in which to play, and there’s no reason it can’t continue to exist and thrive.
News and Views
Hunter and WoW news will continue on the WHU up to my final blog. There won’t be a dropoff in coverage in the next month, except when my real-life schedule intervenes through some of the holidays. You can (and I hope you do!) continue to stop in every day, every week, or whatever your current WHU browsing schedule is.
The number of both WoW and Hunter resources on the internet is now staggering. The final blog post I write won’t be a goodbye, but will be a comprehensive list of sites and resources for hunters who may stumble upon the WHU looking for information. Since the WHU’s contents will eventually become outdated, I want to make sure any stray visitors are able to find the best resources out there to continue to get the most out of their class. Whether or not Frostheim decides to keep the site up indefinitely (it may continue to pull trace amounts of ad revenue, for example, or it may be worth keeping an archive of posts), this final post should help hunters to pay their dues even after the site itself is faded from relevance.
I’d say it’s been fun, but that would be a massive understatement. I know I wasn’t quite the community figurehead Frostheim was, but my time on the WHU and in the hunter community in general has been unbelievable. Stay tuned – we’re not done just yet – and cheers!