A few months ago, Blizzard Watch put out the call for more writers. As with any company, people come and go. In an organization where full-time isn't a thing, people got busy and couldn't contribute as much as they have in the past. They felt they could take on a few more people to cover Battle for Azeroth and all the other Blizzard games. If you paid any attention to events in the Blizzard world last week, the first Overwatch Championship was broadcast LIVE on ESPN. This is huge, even if many Twitter people were, "What the heck is this?"
After thinking about it for, roughly, two weeks, I decided to apply. I nervously filled out the form, wrote a quick 300 words on our upcoming drive for hippo mounts, and then stewed for 2 hours before finally hitting "Send". Then, I promptly forgot about it.
That was probably a good thing because, on Friday, July 27th, I was invited to join the Blizzard Watch staff as a part-time writer. To say I was overwhelmed, was an understatement. I actually opened, closed, opened, and closed my email account and clicked on the email from Adam Holisky three times before it finally dawned on me it wasn't a joke. It is a paying position. I have writing assignments. You thought you were guinea pigs before; brace yourselves.
I didn't say anything because I didn't know when I would be officially brought on-board. So many things to read and sign. Then, I jumped into the potential post section and, wouldn't you know it, there's a topic on one of my, and the officer corps, irritations about the patch. So, I wrote about it. Forthwith, here is my first story for Blizzard Watch. (Follow the link in the previous sentence to the actual article. Below is just a screen grab.)
I am very excited to be a part of the staff. Please send Elizabeth Harper (Faience) positive vibes because she gets to edit me. There's quite a bit to learn about posting, but you can expect to see some of the over 7300 screenshots in my screenshot folder used as headers in what I write. I will probably wind up, once I get going, cutting back on my WOW time because I'll need to write, but that won't affect the running of the guild. I'm still here; still active; still looking for creative ways to die.
If you follow the guild Twitter, @SpecDeath, you'll see that is not the Twitter under my name. I've had this Twitter name for years, but hadn't used it. You're welcome to follow this account, too. It will be, mainly, for Blizzard Watch and Blizzard-related items. @SpecDeath is where I post cat photos and announcements and screenshots of what the guild is doing.
Thanks to everyone in game last night, for your warm congratulations. Expect the shenanigans of Spectacular Death to show up in more than one post.