Can you believe that Holy Shock just recently celebrated its seventh anniversary? Man, have things changed a lot over the years. It got me actually thinking about some of the recent changes that you may (or may not) have noticed around here. You see, when I originally started writing Holy Shock, it was more about my experience and less about anything else. Over the years, I have at times, placed an unnecessary burden on myself to make it bigger and better. This has typically met with my own feelings of discouragement and aggravation. I have actually talked about this topic at various points over the years and if you want to know more about it, then by all means feel free to look up those old posts. Today though, is not a day to talk about the past, regardless of whether it was a success or a failure. No today, I am here to talk a little bit about the future.
So what does the future hold for Holy Shock? My own personal hope is that it continues to grow as a community. Recently, the gaming community that I was a part of shut down its site and the majority of our friends scattered to the four corners of the internet. That being Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and of course World of Warcraft. I missed them and so I decided that I would figure out how to add a forum to the site. I am proud to say that as of right now, that goal has been accomplished and several of the members of Game Slayer Nation and Mass Affluent Slayers have found their way here, but I don't want to stop with that. You see, I know that we have some absolutely amazing people with Light given talents. I want to help promote those talents in anyway that I can. So it is a big goal of mine, to find ways to do that. Now I will be the first to admit that I haven't the slightest idea at the moment, but that seems to be my specialty.
I think one of the more recent changes that I am hoping you have noticed is that there is a lot more posts being written and published on a daily basis. I have really been putting a focus back into trying to share with everyone what I am doing in the games that I am playing. As time goes on, I have ideas, both new and old, of topics I would like to expand into and write about, but I have to balance that with my own availability. So the best thing I can say there is to just keep your eyes open and provide us with feedback on what you really like or don't like.
The final thing that you might have noticed was the addition of the Holy Shock store over on eBay. I have a not so secret love affair with collectibles. My Dad did as well. When he passed all of his cherished treasures passed to me and to be completely honest, I just do not have enough room for all of it. So I have decided that I am going to slowly sell off his book collection. In addition to this, I at one point sold comics on eBay and had a lot of fun with searching for collections to purchase and then turning around and selling decent comics at prices that would allow others to enjoy that great hobby. So I plan to get back into that and perhaps some day there will even be a brick and mortar store where we can all hang out at.
I guess in closing, I want to circle about around to the sense of community. At some of my lowest points, my gamer buddies were the ones who were there for me. Whether it was the death of my Father or going through other personal issues. They never once faltered in offering up words of encouragement, jokes to break the tension, or a shoulder to lean on. In the end, that is what I want to foster and grow here at Holy Shock. With that said, I am excited to see what will come in the next year.