PGPoA is going on indefinite hiatus

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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.

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  • Sad to hear this, but I can certainly sympathize. Your site has always been my "go to" resource for action figure news, so I guess I'll have to find another pusher. 😉

    Congratulations as you enter the new phase in your life — parenthood is a full-time job in itself (but totally worth it!).

    • Thanks!

      For toy news I usually hit up a lot of different sites via Feedly (since Google Reader closed), but Toy News International, ToyArk and Action Figure Fury are pretty good for all-around action figure news. Most of the other sites I follow are more specific to a brand or two.

  • I can totally understand this decision, it is something that has come up time and time again for myself over the last few years. But for some reason I must be a gluten for punishment. So I admire your decision and wish you the best with time stepping away. Talk to you around the interwebs when you are there.

    • Thank you, sir! I can say that the first time I considered this was all the way back in spring 2011 or so, so I went through a constant back-and-forth for quite a while as well. Finally, though, I realized I was just done, at least for the time being.

  • Boo! Just boo!

    Now who’s going to argue with Phil from battlegrip?

    Seriously, good luck in all your future endeavors…it’s truly the end of an era!

    Good luck to the Ghostal family. She’s gonna make yours a better, brighter world.

    Thanks, Poe!

    • I do love Poe's arguments with Phil, especially being a regular reader of both blogs.

  • The little ghostal will certainly be a game changer. My little one is already five and a half months old and I haven't blogged since August, so…

    Anyway, I wish you all the best with your new projects and the baby!

  • Sorry to hear Poe, but I am glad it will allow you to fulfil other projects and dreams.
    I have truly enjoyed your reviews over the years and the interaction with other member on this site.
    Good luck.

  • Thanks for giving me a place to pop off ridiculous comments about toys with other grown-ups!

  • That's too bad, as this is the one toy site I tend to view regularly, but I do understand. I just wish there would be a good way to know when updates begin again!

  • Sorry to hear this Poe, but I completely understand, being a parent of two with a professional career as well as a creative sideline "dream".

    You've done great work here – providing one of the most level headed collector sites around for a long while now.

    Good luck – see you on the other forums and sites!

  • Adding another voice to the chorus: This is, on one hand, sad news. This is one of the few sites I hit daily – not just for news (that stuff we can get elsewhere), but for your thoughts and perspective on things toy- and geek-related.

    But it's also happy news, as your reasons for stepping away for a while are very good ones.

    Best of luck in all future endeavors!

  • We will miss your work soooo much!

    Really, I wouldn’t have done any of my work if not for your awesome example.

  • Best of luck with everything! Nothing lats forever but goodbyes don't mean the end.

  • T'was a good "first" run, Poe. Thanks for everything, & good luck with your new pursuits.

  • Best wishes – I'll miss my dose of Poe, but the needs of the family outweigh the needs of the blog!

  • Sad news, but congrats on all your accomplishments and future plans. Enjoy your baby; don’t let any moments slip by uncherished , my friend. You have provided a fantastic place to visit, and I thank you. Good luck, God bless, and may the Force be with you. Good journey!

  • This is sad news indeed, but I totally get it.

    Prior to doing my own stuff, the only sites I've ever read, with any degree of consistency over the years, have been yourself and Michael Crawford's Toy Review. I've genuinely always thought of you as one of the big guns in Toy Industry commentary, with a strong degree of credibility and an impressive resume, who was always an interesting read. It was an absolute honour to even write guest reviews for you.

    All the best with your future projects (and Baby Poe), and I dare say this is not the last we'll hear of the great Poe Ghostal! Please leave the site up, though, otherwise I'll lose too many links on my own site!! Hah. (You do what you like)

    always yr pal,

    HOARDAX.

  • As one of the folks who have tried to talk you down in the past, I can tell this time us serious. So with that established, congratulations on the impending mini ghostal and thank you for the many years of hosting my cantankerous old ass. You have entertained, engaged, confronted, commiserated, and teased me and it’s been a blast. Your site has been professional and polished since day one and always a smart blog. I will miss you. Take care of the little one and vigorously thank dr mrs ghostal for sharing you as patiently as she has the last few years. If/when you get back to the blog I’ll be waiting.

  • Wow im going to miss you Poe, I have been going to your site for a long time now. congratz on the baby and im looking forward to your return.

    good luck to you.

  • Damn, now how am I gonna decide which MOTUC figures to cherry pick?!

    But seriously dude, like everyone else, stepping away from the blog is a decision that I can respect.

    It's never fun when a hobby becomes a job.

    Good luck getting into the toy production field, I'm sure that would be a blast to work in.

    Thanks for always being there with He-Man reviews when I was a young kid first getting into the Classics line.

  • Hey Poe, I’ve been coming to your site for years but never posted anything. You do great work, your reviews and news have made this place a staple of the toy sites I vistit dailey. Enjoy your well deserved time off and congrats on little Ghostal!

  • Bout damn time! Just kidding… I'm kinda going through the same thing as of late. Hoping to come back soon. Hit me up if you ever wanna work on something.

  • Poe, I'll greatly miss this blog. But I totally get where you're coming from, having also stopped a website project so I could focus on other pursuits. There is only so much time in the day, you don't do this for a living, and sometimes you have to make the tough choice. And it you're not excited about the site, no reason to force yourself.

  • Well, this sux. I, like many, check this site out pretty much every day, so it will be a big loss.

    But in the end, family and life dreams are way more important than anything else – so you have my total support. You only get one life – you need to live it the way YOU want. Thanks for creating such an awesome site. It's been great to have it for so long. All the best.

  • I just wanted to make my peace same as everyone else. You ran a great website, one I visited every day and genuinely enjoyed. I'll miss the place but hopefully I can get my fix on twitter and tumblr. Best of luck to you in future endeavors!

  • I don't know if I ever told you, but when I was posting stuff here…it felt weird. Like sneaking backstage during a show, or monkeying around in those secret tunnels in Disneyland. You are one of the good ones, and I'm looking forward to whatever you do next. Best, period.

  • Obviously, this was a long time coming, and speaking as someone who has created and then deleted or abandoned nearly a dozen blogs, I sympathize and empathize.

    Thanks for hosting a few of my strange features and a few of my goofy photos over the years.

    The highest praise I can offer is that you have essentially never covered a line I collect, and yet I've checked in every day.

    Also, I reserve the right to resent you if and when you get a gig crafting packaging bios and such.

    Congratulations on the imminent addition to the family. You'll have a blast being a dad, sir.

    Cheers!

  • Good luck to you in all your endeavors, Poe! Sad to see the site end, but I understand where you are coming from.

    And I am already looking forward to your triumphant return 🙂

  • I've enjoyed your blog, Poe. I've been visiting every week day for years and now there will sadly be one less site in my daily routine. I hope you do well with kid life and whatever future gigs you do. Stay frosty.

  • Poe,

    I really do appreciate what you've done here over the years and for the collector community in general. Personally you've been a sounding board for me several times and I really do thank you for that. As a parent to twins. which are three years old now I can say I'm finally getting back into the groove. Take some time off, you deserve it. Fatherhood is everything that you've heard and then some, enjoy this time as it truly is magical.

  • That’s too bad that you’re hanging it up, but I think any blogger would understand. It’s difficult to maintain the same level of enthusiasm for blogging, especially when the blog hits its inevitable plateau (# of pageviews, level of audience interaction, whatever).

    This has been an awesome site! Thanks for the years of fun and good luck with your future endeavors! Keep us posted! 🙂

  • We'll miss you in your absence, Poe! But thank you for so many years of such a great site. For as many years, it was my GO TO review site. Nobody reviews 'em like you. But congrats on the lil' Ghostal!

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  • Thanks for all the love you've shown to me and others over the years. Congratulations on fatherhood! Your sensible honest voice will be much missed. Cheers!

  • I have been a fan of your reviews from OAFE and followed you here. It is both our bane and our joy that life happens. I'll miss the site, but I wish you the best. Thank you for increasing my love for the this hobby over the years.
    regards and best wishes.

  • I totally get why you're ceasing blogging, but man, that hurts! This is definitely one of my favorite action figure haunts on the web. As it turns out Dr. Mrs. Exonauts and I had our bundle of nerdliness last summer and it's been pretty darn incredible. I wish you the absolute best for you, Dr. Mrs. Ghostal, and soon-to-be Baby Ghostal!

  • …you always were a quitter.

    Kidding! You gotta do what you gotta do. Good luck in all your endeavors. And stop by the Unreal once in a while, eh?

  • Best of luck with fatherhood, this has always been my go-to first port of call toy site.
    Hope to see you again in the near future.

  • I think this is a good call, Poe. It's time.

    I thank you for the concise pictures included with your reviews when your enthusiasm for DCUC and MOTUC was strong. I've said it before, but I only got back into the toy fold in 2009, and those reviews were a MAJOR part of my collecting experience.

  • Best of luck in your future projects, and congratulations on the little one! I've enjoyed the site for years, and hope you stay at least intermittently active in the online toy community.

  • Although its but floating along for dear life, I'm sadden that it will final die out, although at least it wasn't like DC Universe Classics 😉 Jason I have thoroughly enjoyed your site, you know we have a small but deeply attached following this to all your "Poesters" from all your past and present. I wonder what you will call Jr, maybe Poe-et ? Idk just grasping at straws. Good luck to you good sir and go make your family prosper. We owe you.

  • While it sucks that PGPoA will leave, It's for the best.
    "Go home and be a family man!"-Guile

  • It has been stated many times already.We will miss your reviews. Congratulations to the additiom to the family. Fatherhood is great!

  • Will miss you. While I only go on your site once and a while(Usually for reviews, but also for the pics on guys who buy and repack stuff, and maybe some news and interviews from time to time), you're name is defently 1 of the best known ones out there. I've read few of your reviews on some other websites(Particulalry OAFE). Good luck with Fatherhood, and get the sleep while you can. Having said that, if you ever do return, I think the Toy Collecting Community would be happy, but I don't think any one will hold it against you if you never do.

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