Now that it’s all said and done, and my eyes aren’t crossed, I can get to the important part. This was a lot of work, but even more fun to have done. To all the participants, thank you for simply putting your work out there. The closing ceremonies covered much of my thought on the subject but it’s very important just the same to recognize the amount of effort not only in making the outfits, but for putting them out there to be scrutinized and scored and viewed by all. We all take pride in what we do, so I know how hard that can be to do, especially when there’s a good chance others aren’t going to see the work in the same way.
To the promotions department, your efforts were appreciated. I didn’t pay anyone to advertise the competition, nor did I have any grandeur that people would plug it left and right -WoWInsider was a welcomed surprise as well. But to those who blogged about it, talked about, and tweeted it…Navi, Dragonray, Twisted Nether…just everyone (gotta stop or I’ll feel bad if I miss any of you), thanks so much. That we had as much interest as we did I attribute to all of your efforts more so than anything I did.
The Azerothian Humane Society. You requested anonymity in regards to your generous support and I’ve maintained it. You know who you are and so do I. But I at least want to take the time to thank you for offering up the very generous prizes. I had some ideas in mind and when you brought forth your offer, it was nice to be able to come up with just a bit more. I still look back on the conversation we had with awe and humbleness.
My fellow judges. You must have relished the e-mail titled “The Last One.” For the past six weeks I’ve pummeled your Inbox and Real ID with message after message after message. You never once took me to task, questioned me, or told me off. I recognize and appreciate not only the work you did, but the patience to endure all that I put you through.
Speaking of patience, I saved the most important for last. My wife. In the last month, to say nothing of the last week or so, I’ve been buried at the computer far more often than I would have liked. Some quick math today tells me I spent close to 100 hours from the entry deadline until now working on this. That’s over four full days. Never once did you point out any responsibilities that were lacking. Never once did you say “can you come away from that.” You just encouraged me the whole way. To some, it might not seem like a big deal, but I know how consumed I was while working on this and to have that support unconditional was pretty awesome.
If you’re looking on from the outside, I hope it doesn’t seem like this contest could have been that involving. It means that it was executed properly from start to finish. But I can say with all honesty, it was far more involving than what I expected when I thought it up back in March. It was far more work than what I expected, though I openly admit to self-creating a good portion of that. Yes, Matty, this is where you can say “told you so.” I really didn’t realize just what we were in for when I officially announced the contest in July.
But I wouldn’t change any of it for all the gold in Azeroth. It was a tonne of fun, and something I hope you all enjoyed being a part of.