After six years, I’ve decided to take an extended break from running Poe Ghostal’s Points of Articulation.
I’ve been considering this for years now. I could provide a long list of reasons – or perhaps more accurately, excuses. But really it all comes down to two: interest and time.
First and most important, I just don’t have the same enthusiasm for working on the site that I once had. Over time, it’s evolved from being a way to enjoy my favorite toys to a bit of a chore. I still love action figures, but keeping up a daily blog isn’t the way I want to interact with the hobby anymore.
The second reason is the site, while often a source of pride and fun, has often prevented me from working on other projects. Over the years, my time has been increasingly taken up with my professional and family lives (as some of you may know, there is a little Ghostal coming in late May), and what little time and energy I have for creative pursuits is usually spent on this site. But I have other projects – dreams – I want to pursue. To do that, I need to step away from PGPoA.
To be clear, I’m only putting the site on hiatus – I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be interacting with the collector community on social media, and I may write the occasional review for CollectionDX and contribute articles to magazines like Cool and Collected and littleplasticmen.
One of those aforementioned dreams is to contribute to a toy line, perhaps writing some of the bios or backstory fiction. I’ve had some discussions in that regard with a few different parties over the years, and though none of them have panned out yet, I remain hopeful. If one ever does, I may just have to fire up this blog again to get the word out.
And it’s always possible that after a while – or after I’ve made a good faith effort on my other projects – I’ll find myself rejuvenated and want to return to PGPoA (or perhaps reshape it into something new).
PGPoA will remain right here for the foreseeable future, thanks to the good people at CollectionDX. There are even a few last Toy Aisle Trolls that will run under this post over the next few weeks. I’d like to finish by thanking all the people who have helped with or contributed to the site over the years: OB1, Red Kryptonite, Doc Thomas, Nemo-Eight, JoshB of CollectionDX, Paul Vincent, Ridureyu, Googum, Venenor, PrfktTear, Monte, Fengschwing, all the great people who have contributed photos to Pic of the Day, my family and of course, the love of my life, Dr. Mrs. Ghostal.