This afternoon I had a conversation with Ophelie that led to her admitting that she no is longer interested in recording our show, the Double O Podcast together. It has nothing to do with me as a person. It’s not that we do not get along or anything on a personal level. There is no drama to be had or anything like that. She has just lost a lot of interest in World of Warcraft and hasn’t been participating in the community like she used to (e.g. her blog, Twitter), so I kind of had a feeling that this was something that was going to start affecting the show and it has.
This leaves me with three options:
1) I can try to find a new co-host – an honorary “O,” if you will, since it’s highly unlikely that I would meet someone whose name happens to start with “O” and that I mesh well with. Preferably this person would have some knowledge or desire to learn how to handle the editing or the behind the scenes aspects of the podcast, whereas I would continue handling the more social aspects of the show (e.g. promotion, finding guests, coming up with topics).
2) I can move on from the Double O Podcast and perhaps join another existing podcast that is looking for a guest host. I really do enjoy podcasting and I admit that there are so many sides to it that I still have yet to see or to understand. I think podcasting is a great way to get people talking and to expand your audience in a way that blogging can’t.
3) I can stop podcasting altogether and focus on my blog and other community efforts (e.g. spend more time posting on forums like Elitist Jerks, MMO-Champion, or the official boards).
Without sounding too dramatic, I feel like my walls are caving in. I have already been dealing with uncertainties regarding what I want to do in Mists of Pandaria, then this comes along, and now this. I keep wondering who is next. It seems like everyday someone else I know, someone I admire, or that I respect, or someone that I have some genuine history with decides to call it a day and stops playing World of Warcraft. It’s like a demented game of Guess Who and I’m the one in front of the board just flipping faces down, one by one. There aren’t many faces still standing anymore and that’s mighty depressing to me.
Am I next?