Katie is my wife, and she asked me this the other day.
I think that I have accomplished what I set out to with WoW Insider. For one, I wanted to build up a community of gamers that were like me; honest, caring (mostly), young (now old), intelligent (we like to think so, at least), and demanding the embrace of diversity. When I started at WoW Insider, we had all the underpinnings of that, and we made it even better.
It wasn't just we as in the writers though, it's we as in the community. All of us contributed to what made WoW Insider the great place that it is. It's the kind of site I'm proud to be a part of.
WoW Insider has not been easy on my life. There's a lot of drama that goes into any major site; and the best ones, I've found, keep it all behind the scenes. Sleepless nights, countless hours of work, missed holidays and dinners... it's pretty standard. But when you wake up the next day and there's 500 questions from people around the world for you to answer, it suddenly becomes worth it.
What's your favorite chili spices?
Man, do I love me some garlic salt. It's just the perfect spice for everything you need.
Fries? Garlic salt.
Burgers? Garlic salt.
Chili? Garlic salt.
Other favorite things to put into my chili include honey. Seriously, try that. It's amazing.
Q4TQ: I'm currently backing up all the KYL articles for personal safekeeping (it's a very long and tedious jobs) and it turns out that it's going to amount for well over 1000 pages of brilliant writing from you guys. My question is this : have you thought about combining all of these to make some kind of encyclopedia of World of Warcraft and sell it? I mean you could even work with Blizzard on this. I know I would gladly pay even a hundred bucks to have a hardcover book with all that lore in it with some artworks and stuff too. It could be divided in WoW expansions and have a section for tinfoil hats articles.
Unfortunately AOL owns everything, so we have no rights to this content, which includes KYL. There's not much that we can do to back it up for public use; and a book is something AOL will never do (nor would it have done it). Blizzard probably wouldn't have been cool with it either, although there might have been a way to work with them. They like working with cool people and concepts, I've found.
AOL has told us that Joystiq will be rolled into a subdomain on Engadget. Does that include us? No one has been able to give me a straight answer. Personally, I'm expecting that all our articles will be around about two years in some form, and then vanish. The Internet Archives, however, should have all our stuff backed up. We're pretty popular and get linked around a lot, so I'm hopeful we'll live on there.
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