Well, kids, this is it.
At midnight on tomorrow, (the 21st of June), Archive Crawl will cease to exist in its current form. The content will be stored away in my hard drive, but the site as you know it will cease to be. I’ve just been putting off things again and again and it’s just not worth keeping the hosting up anymore.
This will mark the two-year anniversary of the site’s creation, so it’s as good a day as any to let things go. I’ll admit, I’m a bit broken up about things. Archive Crawl was a major part of my life at one time or another, it helped me get through some bad times, it put me in contact with some amazing people (Some of whom I still talk to today through Twitter and sometimes games) , and it was just a lot of fun overall. But all things must go to dust eventually, and it’s time. I’m in a new chapter of my life, this one should end. I’m not going away though! You can still hear from me on Twitter and such.
Blogging is a curious art. At first you don’t give half a damn about who reads it because it’s just a little blog. But you get a taste of fame and things go crazy. Of course, “fame” is a relative term, I got 100 views one day and about pissed myself. But it never was about the ad revenue or whatever, it was that my ideas were actually reaching someone in ways that I never thought possible. My writing went up and down as did my moods and methods, but people still read. It was a great feeling, I will tell you that.
I want to give a shoutout to a few people.
Talthos, of Complex Actions, was one guy that really kept me going in the early days just by chatting every once in a while. It’s hard to start, it’s lovely to know that a great, normal person was reading. We still occasionally chat on Twitter and play games together. He’s a great guy.
Jack Cayless. English bloke that does Chimneyspeak. Great comic-er, inspired me to put pictured in the papers for the first time. Still chat on occasion, another sweet guy.
The various people that relinked my posts on your sites. I know that it was mostly a masturbatory act, but a kind one nonetheless. The special ones in my hearts were the new comic people that never had a review before. It warmed my cockles (and my heart, heyooo!) to see people get so excited about their work, and deservedly so. Brad and Leslie from Blaster Nation were one of these swell folks.
Of course, my friends IRL deserve mention. For all the shit they had to listen to about this site, if anything.
And, of course, my dear readers. I always figured that most people just glanced at the wall of text and tabbed away, but I know some people kept on going, and I love you for it.
Some site stats:
- Running: Two years
- Total pageviews: 24,965
- Busiest day: Jan 18, 2011 (Motokool review), 703 views
- Top pages: Chimneyspeak (2,307) “School’s In” (1,616), Motokool (1,448)
- Total posts: 171
- Times this blog has gotten me laid: 0.
And… well… that’s about it, folks. I love you all, I do. And in a way, I’m really going to miss this site. I haven’t visited it in months, but just knowing it was there, helping some sad bastard waste a day was comforting. But all things must end eventually, eh? It’s not like I won’t still be in the internet, somewhere.
So a health to the company. For we may or might never all meet here again.