Monday, August 24, 2009

Sargeras says sayonara

Hi, it's Brian speaking. This is the end of the blog.

It was a very difficult decision for me, and I didn't make it lightly. For those who care, read on and I'll explain my reasons. Warning: I will be rambling on at some length.

This all started back in March, with the original Scourge Chat Log. I wrote it on a whim for a Blizzard contest that a co-worker told me about, and it sort of went viral in a small way - about a hundred thousand people read it, and the feedback was very positive. And I figured, while I had everyone's attention, I should take advantage of the opportunity and get a little blog going, to see where it went.

I'd had a blog once before, also humor, but it had very few readers so I finally gave it up. (It was a fake political campaign for one of my friends - the link is Burns For America if anyone's curious.) Having tried blogging once before already, I was wary, knowing the demands it makes on one's time - and I always tend to take on more projects than I can handle.

But this time, I decided to go for it again. I knew it would be different, having hundreds of readers rather than a few dozen, having a fun character to write. It would also give me a chance to practice writing, which I always welcome.

And it was fun. A lot of fun. Sargeras is just a blast to write, because you can say all these ridiculous things and it's just part of the character. I loved the e-mails and the comments - in other words, I loved interacting with you guys. I loved that I could write anything I wanted and know it was being read, and enjoyed. And all the other cool things - the Sargeras banner graphic, the theme song, the radio adaptation, the sonnet contest, the Facebook page - it was all awesome. I loved it. I really did.

To be honest, that's the hardest thing about quitting: looking at the huge amount of work that's gone into this, both from myself and from others, and deciding to leave it all behind. It was a unique opportunity, one that will never come back again.

So what's made me quit?

The answer is simple: I just don't enjoy it anymore.

It's no secret that I neither play, nor have much interest in, World of Warcraft. That's nothing against those who do - it's just a personal preference. But the posts reflect that lack of interest; few of them had much to do with WoW. Now, you don't have to talk about WoW to write in character as Sargeras; you can just ramble on about destruction and planets and peeps, and write sonnets, and so on. And I did.

But even within that relatively broad framework, I found more and more that I was having to shoehorn the topics that actually interested me into something that was nominally related to the Sargeras character. I wasn't having all that much fun anymore; it was just something I was doing because I had committed to doing it. I was doing it because I was "supposed" to, not because I really wanted to.

That isn't great for me, and it's not all that great for you guys, either. Lack of passion is reflected in the quality of writing; if the writer doesn't care about his subject, well, it shows. And at that point - if I'm not having fun and you're not getting great writing - well, what's the point?

If I had an infinite amount of time to do everything I wanted to do, I might keep with it, for a while at least. But as I've mentioned before, that's not the case. There are so many things I want to do with my life, all competing for my time, that I have to be very selective - just as all of you do, too. And ultimately, this blog just couldn't make the cut anymore.

Well, I've talked long enough, I suppose. You get the idea. I hope no one's too terribly disappointed. There are lots of entertaining things to read on the Internet.

Thanks so much, all of you, for sticking with me through this little experiment. I won't forget it. It's been a lot of fun.

Carpe fucking diem.

129 comments:

Daeliria said...

We'll miss you terribly.

But carpe fucking diem.

Lauren said...

Thanks for a great blog; I really enjoyed reading it. Best wishes to you in what you do in the future!

Nuellen said...

Adios!

Have fun with what you do in the future!
Thanks for the great times and good laughs.

Pie said...

Thanks for all your hard work! Everything you've done has been amazing. Good luck with where ever life takes you and, again, thank you!

Woop woop said...

Don't look at it like your quitting, look at it like a vacation. After some time you might want to come back, and I bet many of us will be waiting for it.

If not, thank you for your awesome blog, the amount of awesomeness in this blog could destroy planets, if you havn't already done that.

meh said...

Thanks for all the laughs, mate.

Risqtish said...

I don't normally post when people say goodbyes >.> *lurker*

But you have done an amazing job and will be missed! Have fun with whatever you choose to do, I'm sure it'll have your unique zing to it just like this did!

Thanks for the laughs and the cookies!

Anthony Clarke said...

Goodbye brian!

I really loved this blog. It was a nice little thing to see each day. GOod luck with what you're doing now, you will be missed!

-AC (Tom)

Anonymous said...

All good things have to eventually come to an end, and it's been a blast whilst it lasted, and I don't think anyone - least of all you - regret having your five minutes - err, months of fame.

I know all about the 'too much to do, too little time' schtick, and damned if you have to justify those reasons to anybody but yourself.

I hope you enjoy with whatever else it is you're moving onto!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the laughs! Best of luck to you in the future!

Trazer said...

Well, it was plenty fun while it lasted, thanks a lot.
If you should ever pick up blogging again, remember to tell us about it here, so our feed-readers can re-direct us.
I am sure I will enjoy your writing, no matter what subject you might pick up.

Best of luck, Godspeed, may your pockets always be full of peanuts!

bigfootgolem said...

I appreciate the effort and time you've put into this blog. Who knows, maybe some day you'll pick up inspiration again, even if it's just for a poem or post.

Good luck on your other hobbies and such.

mortice said...

Thanks so much for this blog. You've brought a smile to my face many a time.

When you start something else amazing, a post here to let us know about it would go down a treat. ;)

Nyaz said...

*sobs* Nooooooooo! This blog was one of the select few blogs I actually have bothered to read.

Doh.

Sargeras said...

Thanks for all your comments, everyone. :-) It means a lot.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog. The chatlog and the villain chart were just awesome. Those were some of the hardest lauhging moments of my entire life.

But you're absolutely right. If something isn't fun anymore, just leave it and go on.

Good luck, much success and everything pleasant for your future.

(We just won the war against the Dark Titan himself ... i can't believe it *shocked* ... this was it *mumbling* ... *leaving*)

John said...

Thank you so much for a LOT of entertainment. This is one of the most entertaining things I've read on the intertron in quite some time.

Awesome meatloaf, awesome cookies, and prime entertainment.

Good luck in all your endeavors, and let me know if you need someone to read over that book your working on, or get it published, etc, etc. (you has my email.)

Tharavol, Alliance on Korgath

Kamden said...

I really respect your decision to walk away while you are on top. Instead of letting it drag on and on and let things get drug through the mire. Thanks for all the laughs. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

lanuriaparty said...

<3

Good luck with all your writing and keep us informed if you continue to do so.

Be safe.

Dynamitrios said...

Can i haz ur stuff?

gmon said...

It was fun while it lasted. And I agree with what Kamden said. thanks again and good luck. If you find yourself itching to write a blog again, give us a ring. :D

Gargs said...

Shame to see you go mate. Thanks for the laughs, and best of luck in your future endeavours.

Sassafras said...

Thanks for the laughs and recipes, and good luck in the future.

:)

tufva said...

This blog has been amazing - I have lost count of the amount of times it has made me laugh out loud on the train (which is just not the done thing here in Britain) - and I will miss it tremendously.

Best of luck in future, like someone else said - if you ever do another blog or project, please do post about it here so that we all find out about it!

Your writing style is brilliant, so I would love to read it whatever the topic. :-)

Timotheos said...

Thanks for doing the blog, Brian. It was a blast.

I leave this haiku
In farewell of the Titan
Burning like the sun

K said...

We'll always have Paris!... until it gets destroyed.

Do great things! :D

Ataraxaven said...

Thanks so much for the laughs and the fun times!

I'll definitely miss your sense of humor and having something to look forward to checking out in the mornings. Indeed one of the few blogs I really follow.

Please let us all know through here or however when you decide to pick back up on writing something else that's fun for you!

Alas said...

I will miss this being a part of my morning routine but best of luck to you with whatever you do from here. I would also echo the requests for you to post whatever you end up doing next, if anything. And not just if it's humorous. As a fellow writer, I would be interested in anything you might wish to share on that subject as well!

Tom said...

Ill Miss you Terribly, you were always a high point of my Mornings!

Best of luck to you in life, and thanks for the blog!

Shina'fae said...

Ah, I must say this is the only blog that I have actually ever followed with any regularity. Thanks for brightening up my evenings with the clever and humourous posts ! :D

I hope that the site itself remains online as a sort of archive as I for one would certainly not mind the laughs that might accompany a rereading of the content here.

That, and I have not yet bought my damned spider pride tee shirt yet. <_<

Enjai said...

Bye! Just because you stop writing here doesn't mean you're allowed to stop writing! There better be new poetry coming out of you or ... Picard and Chuck Norris will come for you! Muahahaha! There ... now I've put that curse on you!

Nate said...

I'm sorry to see you go. I've enjoyed your clever writing, and would continue to read regardless of its relation to a WoW character. If you decide to write in another blog (or anything at all, really), let us know where to find it.

Anonymous said...

/salute

idlecide said...

D'oh! Now what will I read at work until I get laid off?

Brian, thank you for sharing everything you have with us random internet folk. It's been a blast. I still plan on getting my friends together and recording the Chat Log someday. I'm sure you'll find it if I do.

Take care and once again, thank you.

Sorcer said...

Hm.. It's been a fun time reading your blog.
I guess people won't forget you that soon.
If you wanna only quit to announce the great ultimate burning legion comeback you should really take your time.

So long,
yours faithful
Sorcer

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for doing this blog. It's one of the best things I've read and I'm going to miss it dearly. Good luck to your future projects. I'll be looking for them.

/salute

Inka said...

I am sad to see this go. I checked in every morning at work. But if you don't enjoy it anymore, it's not good for anyone involved. I never really followed blogs until this one. You are absolutely hilarious :). I really enjoy your writing style, and I hope I get to read more again in the future. Best of luck!

dneylon said...

Thanks Brian. I had fun. See you around man.

Anonymous said...

I cant believe this amount of answers, and not even a single >8< Spider Pride!

MomentEye said...

Awww...
Thanks for everything. It's been hilarious.

PDSM, and out.

Alozare :D said...

Alozare expresses his desire to take this blog and rule it with an IRON FIST!!! BWUOUHEIUWHAEHWHEOWEH....
j/k man, no one could replace you. I've had a good time. Learned to cook, wrote a bitchin' sonnet (which should've won!) and I read the best Fan Fiction ever. Good luck to ya, wherever you go.

I guess this means... No more Ploxes too, don't it? Damn...


But seriously, ill take the blog. It shall live on in your memory, Brian/sargeras (Brigeras?)!! I WILL AVENGE YOU!!!!!

Sincerely,
Alozare :D

Sarah said...

Will miss this very much, as will my son who I could always bring to near incapacitating laughter when I would read him some of your material (and there's nothing better than seeing your 12 yr old in genuine hysterics :) ) Thank you and best of luck with your future endeavors! <3

Otome said...

Thanks for all the amazingly fun times, this blog will be dearly missed. Your recipes will be carried on for years to come, and the chat logs will pass into the hall of WoW legends as 'that guy who never played but made jokes about them anyway."

I've been a reader from the start and checking up on this blog was, like most, part of my daily routine. I'm sad to see it go, but understand the reasons. Carpe fucking diem, good sir.

I can't say thanks enough, so I'll say it again. Thank you for making the internet a brighter place, if only for a short while.

/salute

kishkuma said...

Awww! Well, that is certainly understandable, but thanks for the fun! We'll miss ya!

avotresante said...

Hey, it's me, one of the ten million lurkers on your blog. (I may be miscalculating that number but let's pretend it's around that.) I'm sad to see you go! Hope to see you around sometime, though--and this is coming from an also-non-WoW player :)

dunnkl said...

It has been a pleasure reading your posts, and I'm sad to see you leaving. Your sanity and pleasure is of more value :-)

As Douglas Adams said, "So long and thanks for all the fish!"

Rat said...

Thanks for a fun blog! I understand completely about not going on after it's not fun anymore, but I'm glad you did it for awhile--and glad you gave us the Scourge Chat log. :)

Take care and good luck!

PS: >8< spider pride

:D

MoDigence said...

You're essentially cheating the phrase "Optima dies...prima fugit"

Your posts were indeed funny; this is truly the only blog I've read. I'm gonna miss it for sure.

This entire blog was fun to read. I enjoyed all of it. Good luck in future endeavors. Carpe fucking diem, Brian. And may the wind be at your back.

Svenn said...

Good luck to you Brian.
Let us know when you get that book published, and thanks again for the guest post on the "Misadventures".

foxwing said...

Thank you so very much for what you've brought to all of us with this blog. You have great talent and I, for one, am glad that I got to experience some if it.

Good Luck in what your future brings you, Brian, and May The Road Always Lead You Where You Wish To Go.

Phil said...

Thanks for some brilliant writing, easily the most amusing stuff I've seen for a while.

I have also greatly enjoyed the odd BLSSUM, the hotter the better!

Does this mean that we've managed to drive Sargeras off? Does this mean that the Earth isn't going to be incinerated? Does this mean that we've... won?

Cody said...

Great stuff, I hope you go far with your writing career. You definitely have the talent.

Whowho said...

Out of all the evil Warcraft Supervillians, you where the only one to return my letters!

Thanks for the wonderful character you've made, he'll forever be in our hearts as he trys to corrupt us with demonic temptation. Take pride in that.

So I guess the Burning Legion will just stop now? This sounds like a gap in the market...

Whowho Legion HHOOOOO!!

Anonymous said...

while this is sad and all, you certainly let down alot of people and it will bite you in the but someday. could you at least post one more haiku?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for creating such a wonderful blog. Love the humour, love the creativity, overall, magnificent content. Sad to hear that this has to end. May the force be with you.

Wafflesauce said...

Thanks for the laughs, Computer Dude. You will be missed. <3

/salute

ceestar42 said...

Dude, you already won the internets with the Scourge Chat Logs. Be proud, and thanks so much for being witty, entertaining, and well-written.

Grisaille of The Knights Penumbra, Dawnbringer

Soeroah said...

Been a blast!

Yanis said...

Thank you for all the great laughs and food! You will be missed and best wishes for your future!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with everything, Brian! It's been a lot of fun :)

Anonymous said...

Big fan here, you'll be missed. However...I do have means of tracking you, and look forward to future projects of yours. Quite a creative and inventive young man.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the fun and laughter! Good luck with wherever life takes you! :)

Your Pal said...

I'm sad to say, I saw it coming. This was simply to much work, and over time, it would feel like a job.

But we had so much fun along the way. A lurker is coming out to say "Farewell, and thanks for all the laughs!"

Mortiseraphim said...

Sad to see you go, but one must live thier life to thier own enjoyment. I'm happy to have been a part of your wonderful sense of humor from having one of my questions answered, and have enjoyed your posts from day one. I hope the site will stay up so that the memories can be relived and to show others that may not be clued in to your wonderful sense of humor.

Best wishes to what you go on to do and hopefully you'll do. Also if you ever decide to write again in some fashion please let us know cus I would love to read it!

>8< Spider fucking pride!

mortiseraphim said...

meant to say "..you'll do well". Damn no edit button >.>

Anonymous said...

You'll definitely be missed. You were the first thing I did at work every morning.

Take care and don't be a stranger

Anonymous said...

thanks sargeras for the funny chat logs an you made me and my friends laugh for hours. well thanks 4 the memories have fun

Anonymous said...

Brian you're an excellent writer with a great sense of humor! Pls let us know - somehow - when your book comes out, or if you start another blog!

Anonymous said...

Yes, a goodbye haiku would be nice Sargeras >8

Amaralith said...

Thanks for the laughs, the insight, and the ability to spam your inbox with silly questions! Best of luck to you in your future ventures.

*salutes*

Anonymous said...

Very sad to see you go, this was my favorite blog to read and checked it every time there was supposed to be an update. It was funny, the poems were great, the recipies were fun to read/make, and the contests were awesome. I had lots of fun reading your blog and I hope you get the best in the future :) who knows, maybe one day you'll decide that you want to start destroying planets again, even if for a while, and if you do, I'm sure many people will be waiting for ya.

Firefly said...

A planet-crushing titan impersonator
Now bids his loyal fans a fond farewell,
Or hopefully, a fond "I'll see ya later,"
At least until his book is set to sell.
Some of us might seem like we are pissed,
Or cry like we were harshly-treated babies,
It's just because we know how you'll be missed.
That's why we seem like 'roided chimps with rabies.
The sonnet contest scored me a cool tee,
The scourge logs were as good as humor gets.
I laughed so hard I almost had to pee,
For those, you win the bloody internets.
Your fans all wish you all the best of luck,
and for our loss, I can but say, "Aw, darn."

P.S. "pwnt."

Firefly said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Firefly said...

P.P.S. Just because I wrote a poem to another man doesn't mean I'm gay.

Anonymous said...

All good things must come to an end. Thank you for all the laughs. This blog was unique and special in its own right. I've never come across anything like it, and I doubt I will again. So thank you, Sargeras, fiery destroyer, computer guy, amazing writer.

Wherever your life takes you, we all wish you the best of luck. You won the Internets, without fuss or commotion, or even any rick rolls.

Whatever you do, KEEP WRITING. You have a talent. Be it a silly parody blog, a political statement, or just book reviews on how so-and-so is a big pussy, keep writing. With a flare and style like yours, you could - you CAN - you HAVE - Gone places.

>8< Pride, friend.

-Lurker

Sargeras said...

@ Firefly: Love the poem!

@ Everyone else: Thanks so much. It means a lot.

bbr said...

Lame,
Be back soon?

Often a short break is all it takes.

Jate said...

Gonna miss you but until this vanishes in the great poof of the internet this will always bring me a laugh, a giggle, and a "You have GOT to see this!" from me. Firefly introduced me and while I never wrote in I enjoyed reading everything posted here.

Thanks for the many laughs Brian (and the O Great Titan you embodied) and in Cataclysm I'll think fondly of flaming doom for ya.

Varok Saurfang said...

Sad to see. But take care. World will finally be able to live on without fear!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for an awesome read. I'll keep the link active until you return to destroy us all.

Kudos to the rest of the cast, especially Anub'arak.

SPIDER PRIDE!!! >8<

Na Galaena said...

Noooooooo!!!

But I suppose that, when you realize you're somehow not enjoying it as much as you should, it's the most sensible thing to do, specially with so many plans ongoing. So tell us... When will your book be available? ;)

Btw, I know I'll sound like a butt kisser, but maybe you'll be happy to know that here in Blizz Europe we have, in one of those white blackboards (whiteboards?) that are supposed to be used for work, full of graphics and statistics, etc, well, we have a big >8< in it!!! Definitely much more inspiring.

Take care!

Bezz said...

Damn man, seriously sucks to see this end, but you've made a hell of a point. Good luck on your book and whatever else you try out on the vast lulz-factory that is the internets.

>8< Spider Pride mi hombre. Don't ever forget it.

Kris said...

Thanks to you Brian for making my keyboard a hundred times covered in coffee/tea/coke/spagetti bolognese/whatnot as the result of serious rofl-s.
Good luck in your future plans

Kris

ps: I still owe you a blueberry muffin.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the fun we had because of your crazy ideas. I loved reading your blogs, they were genial!
Best wishes from Germany!

Anonymous said...

You suck. Quitter.

Michael -- >8< SPIDER PRIDE said...

I refuse to let the last words spoken to you in this blog to be "You suck. Quitter"

We all love you here. This is YOUR life. Thank you for sharing a part of it with you. It has been quite a journey, and full of laughs.

From EVERYONE in the World of Warcraft and CWSargeras Fan club community, thank you, and good luck to you in your future.

Octavio said...

For what its worth, it was always a very interesting read. Cheers, and good luck with future projects!

And of course:

>8< Spider Pride!

dingchevaz said...

Dangit. I dont check up for a bit and then you go and close it. Well it was a good run man. Glad you quit when you didn't have fun anymore. Thats the point of these kind of things. To have fun. So good luck to ya man!

Drasoini said...

Just slipping in to check the blog after a hiatus of military origin. A sad thing to see the chapter closed, but it was a fun run indeed! As an episode title once said, "All good things.."

Carpe fucking diem.

Member of Kirin Tor council said...

Darn, I didn't get to read or comment in due time because of job and stuff, but reading your blog was always something that made me laugh. It was your unique attitude that made it all special... Honestly, I'll miss new posts, hoping to see new scourge chat logs and so on :(
But I understand why you quit, and I wish you all the best from now on. Know that, even if for but a short time, you made people laugh, and everyone liked it :P

Best of luck!

Merlot said...

Farewell my lord, I shall worship always.

Anonymous said...

I'm gone for a couple of months and YOU LEAVE ME!!

Reminds me of my ex-wife.

This was the only blog I ever followed, and I'm sad to see it go. Thanks for the wonderful experience!

>8< Spider Pride forever!

Anonymous said...

*Looks around*

Nobody here?

...

>8< Spider pride...

A faithful follower/lurker said...

>8< SPIDER PRIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

There would appear to be several spiders around here now that you're gone, Sargeras.

...

+1 Spider >8<

Anonymous said...

Spider pride shall never die! We are still here, and we still support you, wherever your life takes you!


>8< Spider pride!

Lauren said...

::looks around::

>8< Spider pride!

Anonymous said...

>8< Spider pride!

Anonymous said...

yea

Anonymous said...

100th comment i love you

Anonymous said...

i just showed a few work buddies the scourge logs, they laughed their asses off. hopefully you will intermittently pop back on just to say high.

cowering in fear,
quintoon

Sunetra said...

Oh give me a home,
where sargeras roams
Where the burning legion play
Where seldom is heard
a solitary word
about planets living through the day

Home home in the nether
Where the Burning Legion Play
Where seldom is heard
a solitary word
about planets living through the day

How often at night
the heavens are full of fright
With the light from sargeras' eyes
Have I stood there amazed
And asked as I gazed
if his glory exceeds ours

Home home in the nether
Where the Burning Legion Play
Where seldom is heard
a solitary word
about planets living through the day

Oh give me a land
crushed by his burning hand
burning leisurely down the land
There the graceful dark titan
goes gliding along
like a fiend in a horrid dream

Home home in the nether
Where the Burning Legion Play
Where seldom is heard
a solitary word
about planets living through the day

I would do the last two verses, but I just wanted to say, that the crazy blood elf paladin misses you

Anonymous said...

>8< Spider pride!

Jonathan said...

>8< Forever!

Anonymous said...

We miss you >8<

Alozare :D said...

Its been so longs... Still miss the blog... Someone should try to hi-jack it that isnt me. cuz that would only end badly. Plus, this!
>8<
Miss ya bud.
Got dem brain dawgz.

Anonymous said...

looks around *......SPIDER PRIDE!!!!....we miss u brian...*sobs...

Anonymous said...

>8<

Anonymous said...

>8< Spider pride!

Anonymous said...

Still here! And still waiting for direction to more of your work...

>8<

Retra said...

Thank you so much for your hard work, and the time you've put into this, I hope that someday in the future you are able to put something else together, as while the information here may not have kept your interest, something else may someday. In that event, we'll keep an eye out for you, it'll be tough to depart with the good times... but even better to introduce more into your life. Good luck, and godspeed. *eerie music in the background... oddly remeniscant of dr. strangelove.....* we'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when ;)

Anonymous said...

>8< Spider Pride!

Anonymous said...

Blog is awesome,too bad i didnt see it earlier! You should come back :D >8< SPIDER PRIDE

Sunetra said...

>8< Spider Pride!

Anonymous said...

[Sindragosa1337]: omg tfl;dr

***User "Sindragosa1337" has left the chat.***

Anonymous said...

i miss you O Firey One

Anonymous said...

>8< Spider Pride!

Anonymous said...

>8< Spider Pride!

Saviordd1 said...

Its a shame that i came in late, maybe you shall come back to us? >8< SPIDER PRIDE!

Anonymous said...

still hoping that one day our dark lord will come back for a scone and a little world annihilation

>8< SPIDER PRIDE

down with the phylumist's

Anonymous said...

>8< Spider pride!

Anonymous said...

~8~ spider squish!
Waaaaaay too much spiders around here

Anonymous said...

>8< Spider pride!

Ryan said...

For those missing Coffee with Sargeras and looking to once again mix wow with some humor, visit http://www.rogueresource.com

Alozare :D said...

>8< I always got that spider pride, baby! Missin the blog, sucks that it's gone.

I'll always remember this as the best WoW blog ever.

P.S. LSD ROCKS!

Anonymous said...

>8< SPIDER PRIDE BABAY!

Anonymous said...

>8< SPIDER PRIDE IN 2013!

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