We’ve seen a wave of notable WoW bloggers hanging up their keyboards lately. It got me to thinking – how many old WoW blogs are still left around?
Playing WoW in the early days was quite a different experience than it is now. There were not countless online information sources for you to browse through to learn every little detail about the game. Your information came from Thottbot, or maybe Allakazam. Wowhead came much later. There were almost no YouTube videos. There was no accessible Elitist Jerks forum. If you wanted to learn about your class or a raid boss, your best bet was to read blogs.
WoWInsider goes back to November of 2005, so its the grandfather of WoW blogs. However, none of the original authors are still with them. Their structure makes it so they can be continuous even with frequent writer turnover. Tobold goes back even farther but his blog is not just a WoW blog. There was a huge surge in the number of personal WoW blogs in 2007, which is when I discovered the expansive depth of the WoW blogosphere.
I remember the first few blogs I encountered and read by in my early days of WoW – Resto4Life, Parry! Dodge! Spin!, BigRedKitty, and Frostbolt. All of those have long since shut down. However, Frostbolt is still viewable, even though it is not being updated. I started my historical research project there – looking through antiquated evidence on the corpses of dead blogs. I decided to check out Frostbolt’s blogroll. It is still listing the blogs that he read back in those days.
I went down his list of blogs, and the only two that were listed there that are still posting now are Kinless’ Chronicles and Gray Matter. Kinless has switched to Rift. Does that mean that Gray Matter is the oldest from the wave of early WoW blogs? His archives go back to September 2007.
On a hunch I went to check Big Bear Butt. I know I’ve been reading his stuff for a long while. His archives go back to August 2007, so he started just before Gray Matter. Maybe his is the oldest personal WoW blog still running.
Looking further, I found that one of my favorite bits of WoW entertainment, Need More Rage, has posts going to July 2007. Could this be the oldest active WoW blog?
Kaliope’s WoW Crafting Blog goes all the way to November 2006. I remember reading that blog when I first disocovered online WoW research tools. I was kind of surprised to see it still up and running. I know that WoWHead has satisfied all of my crafting research needs. Its neat that she has kept her niche in the online community.
After lots of browsing around, the longest-running personal WoW blog that I could find is Blessing of Kings. Coriel started the blog in December 2005 and has continued to post regularly until now. That’s a pretty amazing feat of longevity, especially when you consider that the focus and high level of content has not diminished in all that time.
Have I missed any? Are there any that have been around longer than Blessing of Kings?