So as Nate announced earlier this month, Zelda Informer is officially changing ownership, and as such, this is likely the last post I'll be making here. The past couple weeks I’ve been talking with Mases, unpairing Zelda Informer from Gamnesia’s code library, and personally setting up his new server that’s going to be hosting the site. He knows he can call me up for future advice and any development needs he might have, but beyond that, my time running this place is officially drawing to a close. So I'm gonna title this with the words I originally announced this with back in 2007, because it feels fitting.
Eight years on a project like this is a long time, and things are very different from when this all started. I turn 28 in a couple weeks, and simply put, would like to pursue something new. I’ve been gathering up people that I've known over the years - friends, coworkers, journalists, and hackers - and we’re putting together a new blog project for politics, culture, travel, music, and investigative journalism – Pod Six. Naturally, getting something of this caliber going properly requires quite a bit of investment of the time and money sort, so it’s been on the drawing board for a couple years now with no realistic way to get it going. Then Mases offered me up an exit plan that leaves ZI in, honestly, pretty solid hands between him and Nate.
I’m not sure how many people saw the last bit of ZI/ZD that happened last month, but the public backlash was pretty negative. So why not mend bridges? Both sites serve basically the same community in different ways, why not work together? I’ve been tempted to bail on this before, but the problem I always encountered was people in the Zelda community with the actual resources willing to take it on. Before ZI even started, I watched the site we grew out of, Zelda Universe, sell out to several people who wanted nothing to do with the Zelda community but to run the sites for ad revenue. This absentee landlordism created the worst environment, and is one of the things that got us together to start ZI. Mases has been involved in the community a good long time and has had the resources to keep an equally mammoth site online this whole time, so I consider him pretty capable of taking this on.
With the other projects I’m putting my efforts into this year, ZI isn’t going to quite get the attention it deserves from its owner if I try to hang on to this at this point. Furthermore, all the goals I personally had for ZI were accomplished a long time ago. With the latest redesign, it feels like a good high note for me to go out on and pass the torch...