Gaming My Way

06 Oct

Closure of the Gaming My Way Forum and Carnival of Video Game Bloggers

Update: The Carnival of Video Game Bloggers has returned on Sodaware. See my full announcement on this here.

I have removed the Gaming My Way Forum and closed the Carnival of Video Game Bloggers, both for different reasons. I’m going to start with the forum. Basically, I jumped in without knowing enough of what I’m doing to keep the forums active, clean, and a good place for discussion. The biggest issue was that it was so overrun with spam that it was unmanageable and I never found a good system to manage the spam automatically. It was bad enough that the sheer volume of spam broke the forums. Rather than try to repair them now, when there was very little of value posted there, I’m closing them until I have the time to put forums up, protect them correctly, and there is enough discussion through comments that a forum will be a better avenue of communication. If anyone did post anything legitimately cool or valuable, I’m sorry it got lost in the mountains of spam.

Moving on to the Carnival of Video Game Bloggers, I want to say I really enjoyed a lot of the content that came from those who submitted posts regularly and those who stopped by to share something once or twice. Through the carnival’s original home at The Collected Writings of James Newton and when I then took it up here, I’ve found a lot of cool new blogs to visit that I never would have found otherwise, and I hope others have too. All existing carnival posts will remain, and I hope more people will find the work that has become a part of the carnival.

Unfortunately, while the time commitment to the Carnival of Video Game Bloggers is minimal, it’s not something I’ve been keeping up with. Life challenges I don’t plan to discuss have come up, and those challenges require time and attention to deal with. The choice for me is to either keep up with the Carnival of Video Game Bloggers, or carve out some time to play games and occasionally fit in some writing about those gaming experiences, even if only on a monthly or semi-monthly basis for the time being. I’ve opted for the second option for now. It’s not inconceivable that I could someday attempt to bring it back, but it’s not something I am planning at this point in time.

I want to thank those who have participated in the Carnival of Video Game Bloggers over the years, and I’m sorry the ending was as abrupt as it turned out to be. I also want to thank James for creating the carnival and letting me carry it on for a time. I’ll still plan to follow some of the blogs I’ve found since then, and I hope you all continue to put out some great writing.

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