When I started Major Spoilers over a year ago, I had no idea how far it would go, nor how fast it would grow. At times it seemed I wasn’t putting up content fast enough for everyone to devour it, and other times it seemed no matter how much I put up, no one was reading.
A year and a half ago I lived in a small house, married to a wonderful wife. Today, we’ve moved to a much bigger house, and have a four month old son that is a joy to be with every single day. I’ve expanded my writing to include content for the Sci-Fi Channel’s Tech blog site, had yet another book published for Adobe Systems, continue to crank out a weekly podcast with fellow tech writer Charlie White, and teach and share my life experiences to students.
Over the past month several things have come up that have made me really think about what I am doing with Major Spoilers and its place in the blogosphere and the world of comics. Legal issues, health issues, family issues, job issues, issues with hosting providers, and more have really reached a breaking point.
Without going into a lot of detail about each of these, I will say I’m being backed into a situation where I can’t afford to lose. And compromising what I want to do to create a kick ass site is actually going to do a disservice to the loyal legion of Major Spoiler fans, and the comic industry in general.
I know it may sound selfish, but I really want and need time to be with family and friends. I would hate to look back and see my son has grown up without me taking part in the fun. I want to be able to go out and do things as a family unit, instead of making excuses that I need to update this site. I do feel that I have made a friendship with many of the commenters on this site, and even received input on this tough decision from them this past weekend. For that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I know you are upset and probably angry with me for making this choice. Perhaps if I had “one more day” things would be different, but I don’t have Joe Q. making editorial decisions about my life (insert your wise-ass comments here).
There are some good things that can come out of this. I can get back into shape once again. I can spend time with family, and devote time to endeavors that are actually making a buck. I can enjoy reading comics as comics, instead of worrying about which titles need to be reviewed or how far behind I am on reviews.
I’m not going to stop reading comics. I’m still going to spend over $300 a month at my local shop. I’ll be attending conventions and shows looking to fill my back issue collection. I’m still going to get all geeky at comic related movies, television shows, and more.
I’m not giving up on comics and you shouldn’t either.
When I started Major Spoilers, there were about three sites I would visit on a daily basis to get all of my comic coverage. Over the last 18 months, my world has opened to the plethora of sites out there that are doing just as good a job or better than what is going on here. I’m sure you’ll find those sites too – some of them are linked to the right of this post.
Major Spoilers will remain up until Wednesday October 31st, 2007, at which point everything will go dark.
Thanks for the ride everyone! It’s been one hell of a blast.