It’s difficult for me to decide on how to actually say this, so I guess I’ll just be frank. LVLs. will no longer be operational. It will remain up as an archive for my work (as well as my friends who helped write for it) and the Imagery. I will be removing the links and updating the banner to reflect its new status as an archival site, but beyond that, I will no longer be contributing any further posts to LVLs.
Why, you ask? Well, there’s many reasons, but the biggest two are:
1) I spend too much time on the Internet to the detriment of my other hobbies. The Web has somehow sneaked its way into my mentality as the best way of coping with stress, and LVLs. helps facilitate my undesired addiction. I hope that taking leave of one of my biggest Internet connections will aid me in spending time with Grace, gaming, reading, drawing, writing for Game on Girl and for myself, and working on my education. LVLs. has become more of a thorn than a pleasure, and that’s one big reason over the last year my interest and attention have dropped off.
2) I mentioned Game on Girl above, and Regina’s site has been a wonderful learning opportunity that also correlates to my educational future. I will be porting some of my work from here to Game on Girl in the near future, as well as contributing new material. If you like what I’ve done here, join me over there. Look for Jerry’s posts.
There may be a new blog down the road that I will open and run, but it will not be LVLs. It will be explicitly tied to my educational and personal studies and desires, but I don’t know what exactly I want to do with my career yet, and I don’t need to create a secondary tie to the ‘Net without a clear goal in mind. I had initially thought of setting up something this summer, but I think I’ll be holding off for at least the remainder of my undergrad career.
Wildcat Online, Lvl. and LVLs. have been an amazing ride. From 2001 to 2013, I’ve gotten a ton out of my various web projects and watched my maturity, passion and writing prowess grow and develop, and I’m proud of what the sites have accomplished. However, it’s become old hat. I need to stretch my “wings” and push myself far beyond what I could ever do here. A gaming fansite was a wondrous idea, but I’ve taken it as far as I think I can or want to. It’s time to retire this stage of my life and continue self-examining where I wish to go from here. I thank you, viewers, for participating in my hobby here, both as a writer and as the administrator. I also dedicate LVLs. to Nester, TEi, and Jason X, because your posts made LVLs. more than it could have been if it was only my endeavor. You all have gone on to your own personal projects; it’s time I do the same.
The future beckons. So long, my old friend.
~ Jerry Fieldsted (WildcatJF)
This just seemed appropriate…sort of. :p