If you didn’t catch the news earlier today, WoWInsider is making some changes. Really, it’s more about streamlining and budget cuts. In the announcement, there are no names mentioned. Makes complete sense since there’s no reason drawing attention to specific individuals who lost their jobs. It’s left up to each writer to choose whether to announce their loss and there’s only one that I’ve heard do so. Fortunately, that gives me the opportunity to discuss her since she shared the news (which is where I first heard it).
Robin Torres happened to be one of my favourite writers on the site to begin with. Whether she was talking about Drama Mamas, WoW Resolutions, or keeping the Community Blog Topic up to speed…I simply enjoyed reading her and felt she had a great “voice” to her writing that furthered that enjoyment. I always appreciate the writers who speak to you as a conversationalist rather than an elitist, which can happen when discussing WoW (sometimes quite unintentionally), and that’s how it felt with her articles.
Of course, I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t mention the huge favour she did for this blog in 2012, drawing attention to the Transmogolympics with an opening article and then another for the closing ceremonies. I didn’t ask her to. I don’t know if anyone else approached her, but she did and it only increased the success of the project. Without her and WoWInsider putting it under the spotlight for so many people to see, it may have been half as successful. I’m eternally thankful for that.
So with a few conversations via e-mail, and on social media, I’m fond of Robin as a result. Not in some creepy weird stalker way, just as a fellow WoW’er. As I said a moment ago, I enjoy her work and can think of few others that I read as much. She will definitely be missed. So will the others, I have no doubt. It may be time before we even hear or notice their presence lacking, but along with Robin I really wish them the best in future adventures.