Sunday, May 31, 2020

I'm done.

I started The Modern Gafa back in 2008 and it's been through four or five different versions over the past 12 years. Every version ended before being replaced some time after. This version is no different. I'm done.

This version of The Modern Gafa has lasted the longest and and has been by far the most successful. Through this blog I've managed to get so many awesome opportunities and meet so many awesome people. I'll certainly miss it.

But I can't do this anymore. If you're wondering why, the answer should be obvious: it's hard to get excited about geeky stuff when the world is on fire. 

First off, the god-damned pandemic has not only depressed the hell out of me but also kinda shot any source of content I could've had besides reviews. It's hard to be a lifestyle blogger when your entire lifestyle has been turned upside down.

I moved back to Pittsburgh this year and was so excited for all of the conventions and such happening. Now none of them are happening. Stores are closed and even if they're opening up in some capacity I don't even feel safe going on the bus. I haven't left my relatively small neighborhood since March.

A lot of completely random people are saying this is all going to blow over in a few weeks. More experts are saying it could be two years. Others say it'll never go away. I'm inclined to listen to the experts and if that's the case, that means this blog could easily just be me reviewing comics and games for the rest of my life. And I haven't really been in the mood to read or play that much anyway.

Also, the new version of Blogger has been rolling out. It is borderline unusable. The current version will be gone by the end of July. I could easily find a different platform, but the aforementioned mood of it all doesn't exactly have me inspired to start another blog from scratch. I hate Wordpress.

Oh, and as I type this we're in the middle of a civil war. 2020's been a trip, hasn't it?

As successful as this version of The Modern Gafa has been, it hasn't been financially successful. At least not as much as I'd like it to be. I've done a couple sponsored posts here and there, but ads haven't panned out at all which means reviews - the bulk of my content - don't really turn a profit.

While I'm not just in it for the money, I also haven't had a job for almost a year and have been more or less blogging fulltime since then. I'd like to make some money and blogging isn't working out.

Don't worry though, I'm not giving up and resorting to a life of canned pasta and Netflix. While I no longer have the motivation to talk about creative works, I am super pumped to make my own. I've been writing comics and working on some other weird and crazy projects. So while I might not be reviewing things anymore, perhaps someday my fellow bloggers will review something of mine.

I've had a great run at this, and I'd love to come back to it. But right now I live in a time and place where nothing on this blog - or the Internet for that matter - brings me anything but despair. Like I've said before, I love all he opportunity that's come from this blog. I've interviewed cool people, gotten more free stuff that I know what, and even got the chance to go to New York Comic Con.

It's been great, but I can't do it anymore. I'm done.