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 CollectedÂ andÂ 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.
AndÂ 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.Â 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,Â JoshB of CollectionDX, Paul Vincent,Â Ridureyu, Googum,Â Venenor, PrfktTear, Monte, Fengschwing,Â 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.
So long, and thanks for all the fish…
Thanks for the fun!
Your name has been along with me for this ride for a long long time, back when RTM was first kicking around. You pointed me to some of my fave toys, from back to Monev the Gale to Star Wars Black.
Wish ya all the best in your new endevours. You've certainly made an impact on our little community and I'm sure you'll do the same in yiur next project.
I am always late to the party, but this doesn't really feel like a party. I am sad to hear that you are taking an indefinite hiatus, but I completely understand. I also want to thank you for your kindness towards me and sharing my story of finding my old Glimmer. I have always loved stopping by here and checking things out. I wish you and your family nothing but the best and like so many have already said, I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Thanks Poe. I'll be waiting to buy an Onan the Barbarian figure when you finally put it out and I'm sure it'll have the best backstory ever. 🙁
so sad to hear this. your writing and stories always interesting to read and know!
sorry for not being to active.
further, thanks a lot for the picture of the day features. honored truly! 🙂
look forward to the ghostal junior coming up in may ! 🙂 cheers man and wish you luck in your new projects + journeys!
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.
It has been stated many times already.We will miss your reviews. Congratulations to the additiom to the family. Fatherhood is great!
While it sucks that PGPoA will leave, It's for the best.
"Go home and be a family man!"-Guile
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.
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.
Dawg. Sad news. Best of luck. Ima cry now
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 with fatherhood, this has always been my go-to first port of call toy site.
Hope to see you again in the near future.
…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?
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!