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So Long, and Thanks for All the Zora

May 19th, 2007 at 12:51 am by The Missing Link

I’ve been sitting here at ZeldaBlog HQ for the past two weeks deep in thought. You might notice that the number of articles I’ve been writing have drastically dropped off, racing quite quickly towards zero a week… a (quite sad) feat that I actually managed to achieve last week. Most often, when things like this happen, webmasters are quick to offer up a quick and handy excuse; maybe they’ve been working overtime, busy hanging out with friends, or perhaps they’re working on a super secret project for their sites. In short, somehow life ended up getting in the way of keeping the updates flowing. I, unfortunately, have no such excuse to give you. The past few weeks… sure, they’ve been busy, but not incredibly so. Truthfully, I’ve sat down at the computer several times with the intention (honest!) to type an article up, but my inspiration disappeared faster than the running man in Link to the Past. I tried, and I couldn’t get anything down on paper. So, instead of that, I’ve been thinking. And I’ve come to a conclusion.

I’ve decided to close ZeldaBlog.

“Huh? What? Close ZeldaBlog!?!”

Relax, be patient. I know this is out of the blue—sudden, even. Please, put down your pitchforks and lanterns. Allow me to explain myself.

I’ve been doing this whole website thing off and on for the past six years to the month. Quite literally, I first took the helm of TGA along with my co-webmaster (then known as Pigeon5) back in May 2001. I was a college sophomore then, and I had not even a half year prior discovered the joy in participating in an online community—message boards, websites, and fanstuff, oh my! I wanted to do something challenging and exciting. I knew I could run a website if I had enough determination and a little bit of help. And I succeeded in that.

Months later I got the idea for a great exclusive for our site, an idea that no one had ever come up with before (at least to my knowledge), to write a fanfiction that would be a (possible) chronology of the Zelda games—the timeline, if you will, one that would be entertaining to people who didn’t even remotely care about it. While it’s still not done, I have succeeded in doing that.

I had the desire to start my own website, a site that was drastically different from every other Zelda website so far in existence, a site that would offer something the cookie-cutter Zelda sites could not, a site that would unify and promote the community (the hardest task of all!)… and what’s more, be moderately successful with a decent amount of readership. Despite then being in the midst of a community uproar, everything has settled down; the community finally seems at peace. And ZeldaBlog received several awards for its uniqueness. As a result, I have to say that I’ve succeeded in doing all of that as well.

And after all of that—after all of my successes in the fandom, as the icing on the cake, I have always dreamed of finally getting into the business of making games instead of merely playing them, to go to work every day and work towards creating the thing I have loved for nearly two decades. I have done that, too…

But this last accomplishment gives me pause. I stop and look at this, this most recent bullet point in my life, and I realise that this single achievement of jumping into the gaming industry is far beyond everything that I’ve ever done for the Zelda community summed together. Just working for a gaming company has literally—in the blink of an eye—dwarfed (at least in my mind) all the accomplishments I have done for the community. This, of course, isn’t to say that they don’t mean anything to you, but to me, now, they’re so far down the list of cool things that I’ve done that they’re not worth mentioning.

Even worse—depending upon your definition of worse, of course, I must admit this face to you: Working for the gaming industry will without a doubt erode your fanboyishness (or fangirlishness as the case might be for some) for video games in general. Here’s a slight point of confession that I hope you’ll all forgive of me: For the past six months, I, TML, have been developing a game for a console that is not the Wii. (Horrifying, isn’t it? I was feeling the same shock you were six months prior when I was offered an interview with them!) And when you see things from an alternate point of view (especially when that point of view is backed by a biweekly paycheck), your opinions change quite quickly. Granted, I still want the Wii to do well, don’t get be wrong; I still love Nintendo and its games—especially the Zelda franchise. But some of you might remember the strong bias I had for Nintendo one year ago at the last E3 ever; that profoundly strong opinion has been throttled way back, and I’m looking forward to several games that will appear on both the 360—I pine for Trusty Bell—and PS3—Legendary Sword comes to mind.

When you factor together the diminished fanboyishness together with a diminished sense of achievement, it’s no wonder my motivation for posting has drastically dropped. For the past few weeks, it’s become something of a chore more than a delightful hobby. In a way, it almost feels as if I was taking my work home—despite the fact that Zelda will never ever be caught dead on the 360 or the PS3. Every few days, I come to the tragic realisation that I have to make a ZeldaBlog post (a) to keep the site running and (b) to please the ‘Blog’s readers, a.k.a. you. (Am I not right on the mark with that?) After all, the First Rule of the Internet is quite succinctly, “Post and they shall come; laze about and your site shall die.” Whether I like it or not, whether you like to admit it or not, you expect some semblance of schedule in order to make it worth your while to keep coming here, and, given my current life situation, that very sense of schedule adds a certain pressure upon me that makes posting less hobby-like than I want it to be. (No offence to you all, of course; you can’t help basic Internet physics any more than I can.)

Given this harsh and cutting facts, I was forced to make a hard choice: ZeldaBlog or my sanity. In similar situations where another object took the place of ZeldaBlog against sanity, I’ve chosen against my sanity several times before, and I have vowed to myself that I would not make the same mistake the next time around. Moreover, as I’ve looked back at the last six years of running websites and moderating forums, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve had a general track record of success in that. I’ve done some rather amazing things with ZeldaBlog and TGA, and that sense of accomplishment—diminished as it may be—still warms my heart. I figured that I could easily “retire” and be completely happy with myself because of I have achieved something during that time. Therefore, the dilemma was really no dilemma; the choice was quite clear.

Therefore, as of today, I am officially closing both ZeldaBlog and Zelda: The Grand Adventures. No more posts shall be made on either site (unless I have a miraculous change of heart); comments and registration at ZeldaBlog will likely be turned off sometime next weekend. Both sites will remain up for all to view for at least for a good while into the future, probably until the domain names expire or something equally disastrous.

Yes, I know the Spoiler Rule expires today. Yes, I know you all want to discuss it. Yes, I know you probably want to seriously maim me for announcing this on today of all days. Unfortunately, I cannot make good on our original deal given the circumstances. Please accept my apologies.

Despite the fact that I am closing the ‘Blog, this does not mean that I am going to drop a Deku Nut and disappear in a poof of smoke like a Sheikah. No, several webmasters in the community would literally hunt me down and kill me for even thinking that atrocious act. Nay, I know better. So in case you just have not gotten your fill of TML and want to follow me across the Internet like some sort of fan mob—now that’s a scary thought!—here are the Zelda community projects that I still have left up my sleeve:

  • Zelda Legends — I still intend to write articles every now and then, but I know I need to step out of the limelight in order to continue forward down that vein. I have worked quite closely with Zelda Legends in the past, especially lord-of-shadow, who has served as one of my co-bloggers here. LoS cordially invited me to work with him over at ZL, and I will be taking up his offer. My posting schedule will likely be erratic and mildly infrequent, but if you’ve come to like what I write, you will at least be able to indulge in TML Pie there as I’ll likely be writing more of what you’ve come to expect.
  • A Future Fanfiction Site — One of the things about which I have been debating with myself is what to do about my fan-novel The Book of Mudora and Dark Link’s work Eloze, both hosted over at TGA. TGA, as you know, has been on “hiatus” for roughly a year, and this year I vowed as a New Year’s Resolution to come to a final decision on that. As such, I will eventually be moving both of those—along with several other quality fanfictions from several members across the community—to a to-be-created fanfiction site (and in the case of my unfinished works, finishing them… or so I hope!). If any work is made on those two fanfictions before this new site is created, I will likely make a small post on TGA about it, but once the new site is up, it will only be found there. When the new site is up, I will likely be spamming other Zelda websites as well as LiveJournal with the URL for it, so stay tuned for that.
  • Zelda Puzzle Contest — You might remember that I asked you back in February if you would like to have a difficult Zelda puzzle contest, and the results from that poll were greatly in the positive. As such, I still intend upon doing that, especially since I have all of the puzzles conceptualised and ready to implement in HTML, PHP, and Photoshop. Again, this will probably be advertised in multiple places once it’s nearing completion, so be on the lookout. And yes, there still will be prizes. It’ll probably take place sometime this summer.
  • LiveJournal — For what it’s worth, I actively participate in both the zelda_lovers and link_x_zelda communites over on LiveJournal. I’m sure you’ll find me there if you look hard enough. I also intend one day to resurrect the zelda_drabble community one day as well, though we’ll see if that happens!

So you see? I’m not leaving the community. I’ll still be around. :)

So I’ve said quite a bit about how I’ve come to this point and where I’ll be going from here, but one thing I haven’t mentioned enough is you, ZeldaBlog’s faithful readers. Back when this little bitty corner of the Internet was just a pile of hope and dreams, it was literally you guys that made this place possible. Quite frankly, seeing that over 900 people visited the ‘Blog on the first day of its existence floored me! You guys have been the driving force for this project. I wanted to provide you with something that you would enjoy and have fun with; the joy of knowing that I have brought a small smile to several people simply through what I write has always been my main motivator for staying entrenched in the community for all these years. (Indeed, that is the reason I write fanfiction as well.) So please, accept my most sincere thanks for staying with me through all the rough times, the server outages, the times I’ve broken the ‘Blog, the disappearances, and the articles that flopped. I certainly appreciate that.

So while this isn’t a goodbye in the truest sense of the word (in case you missed it, I’m still going to be around), sad as it is, it is a goodbye to ZeldaBlog. So as such, thank you for all the memories, may the way of the Hero lead you to the Triforce, and so long, and thanks for all the Zora.

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    Thanks for the memories, TML. Thanks.

    I’ve always rooted for you in the back of my mind, and that really hasn’t changed. Thanks for all your hard work. When the going gets tough, don’t forget The Garden of Everything. ;)

    May you have an interesting life, right?

    PS: It looks like you’ve already yeilded a little to stay centered, and I’m glad. Be filled, TML.

    UltimaLuminaire said:

    May you have an interesting life, right?

    Isn’t that an old Chinese curse? Should I be scared?

    Well TML thanks for the memories and I have to say that I am gonna miss TGA and the Zelda Blog but I fully understand your reasons for doing so, good luck with your job and good luck for the future in anything that you do.

    “Time passes, people move. Like a river’s flow, it never ends. A childish shall turn to noble ambition. Young love will become deep affection. The clear water’s surface reflects growth. Now listen to the ripples of time and reflect upon yourself.”

    Ok my fellow Zelda Blogians its been fun reading your posts but the question is do we let it end here? Would you guys like to meet up on another site and exchange posts there? I know I would.

    I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say something philosophical. This one’s straight from the core of me, though.

    One of the things that gives meaning to life is death. People argue over whether death is a period, an exclamation point, or just a comma — but whatever you think, it is there.

    To paraphrase Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek “I believe that death is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived.”

    I’m sad that ZeldaBlog is dying, but perhaps it is better to die at the right time than live on into the wrong one.

    If something miraculous happens over the next few days that shows you it’s not time for this site to die I’ll be pleased as punch. But I’m not counting on it, and I’ll stand behind whatever decision you reach. If you stop pouring life into this blog than the longer it sticks around the more diluted it will become. Right now it is, to me, potent. Better to keep it this way.

    Keep your towel handy, and don’t forget to eat the angel-food cake.

    Light Walker

    Responding to: Robert-UK — If you tell me where you’re going I’ll probably wander through from time to time, but my time here was limited from the beginning. I’ve had other commitments approaching rapidly for some time now. That’s part of why my posts were so big; I was trying to squeeze years worth of blogging into a few months. ;) So I’ll probably see you again, and I’ve always go time for a one-on-one discussion (see my email below here) but I probably don’t have time to do another forum.

    p.s. : Uberzeldamaster — I tried to send you an email, but I think it might have bounced or been auto-junked or something. ;( I’m still interested — write me at and if that doesn’t work you can also try — if worst comes to worst we can use this as a reference point to keep in touch until we find something that will work. Regards.

    Thank you so much for making, what I find, to be the greatest Zelda website out there. No other website has felt so… human. The other ones all focus on the skin of Zelda, the outside layering, the stuff that isn’t important. Zeldablog got to the heart of Zelda, and made it something for anyone to discuss or take a stance on. The other websites… they tried to be different, but they all had the same format, the same appearance, the same unappealing way of running everything. When I first came across ZeldaBlog, I knew what a great discovery I had come across, from the humor to the serious discussions. So thank you again, TML, for making my favorite Zelda website. If I find one that even compares, I’ll be satisfied.

    It’s really not that a big deal that your working on a game that isn’t for the wii you know XD

    Well this obviously sucks, but everythings got an end, thanks for the good times =)

    Ah, well, we all know what it’s like. Pretty much all of my sites have failed. (Poor, poor Gamitara quest…) So. Thank You for everything. This site has been one of my favorites. Again, thank you.

    P.S. Trusty Bell, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, w00t.

    I know I’ll miss you TML. TGA was one of the first websites I can ever remember visiting when I was younger, and it holds a very special place in my heart. I will miss it, but I agree with your judgment on moving on. TGA has been rather bare of updates lately, and I’d rather leave TGA with fond memories of good times than with frustration over no new content. I wasn’t a very active ‘Blog member, but I enjoyed reading the articles and the people’s comments. Hopefully The Book of Mudora will continue to be the great work of writing that I have come to know and love, and hopefully you’ll be able to just take a step back and enjoy life to the fullest.

    So long, and thanks for all the memories.

    Closing down your website. Having kept a dead site that I cared about on life support for a full year (albeit not as big as ZeldaBlog), all I have to say is that it’s better to go out with a bang than with a whimper.

    I’m saddened that I won’t be able to read any more articles here, but I’m glad that ZeldaBlog will get the respect it deserves and be remembered, rather than fading away into the endless void that is the internet as “that Zelda site that never updated”.

    And now for a question that’s been on my mind, what will happen to the poor cuccoo running around ZeldaBlog? Everytime a cuccoo dies, Anju cries (and her brother distrusts people and has a very sharp saw).

    Well if anyone wants to catch up with me from time to time ill be hanging out over at Zelda Legends or if anyone else has any better ideas I would be happy to join them elsewhere. If anybody is at all interested here is the address for my MySpace page-

    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=57279480

    Im known as Robert Misake on there, well so long,goodbye and maybe ill see you guys again sometime in this lifetime or the next.

    I’ll probably consider Zelda Ledgends, just to hang out with all the cool people from this site. TML, this site was amazing. I ope you make another soon, when you have more time. Or, maybe resurect Zeldablog. Heh. When I look back at what TML wrote, it seems like one of those bittersweet endings in a Zelda game. But. You still know that it’s not the end of things. Thanks, TML. Truly.

    Robert-UK said:

    Well TML thanks for the memories and I have to say that I am gonna miss TGA and the Zelda Blog but I fully understand your reasons for doing so, good luck with your job and good luck for the future in anything that you do.

    “Time passes, people move. Like a river’s flow, it never ends. A childish shall turn to noble ambition. Young love will become deep affection. The clear water’s surface reflects growth. Now listen to the ripples of time and reflect upon yourself.”
    .

    jivjov said:

    I know I’ll miss you TML. TGA was one of the first websites I can ever remember visiting when I was younger, and it holds a very special place in my heart. I will miss it, but I agree with your judgment on moving on. TGA has been rather bare of updates lately, and I’d rather leave TGA with fond memories of good times than with frustration over no new content. I wasn’t a very active ‘Blog member, but I enjoyed reading the articles and the people’s comments. Hopefully The Book of Mudora will continue to be the great work of writing that I have come to know and love, and hopefully you’ll be able to just take a step back and enjoy life to the fullest.

    So long, and thanks for all the memories.

    i could not have said it better my self tga was not my first zelda site but it was my fav right away and i look forward to reading the ending for eloze and mudora when the new site is up good by all my the way of the hero lead you to the triforce

    Light Walker said:

    p.s. : Uberzeldamaster — I tried to send you an email, but I think it might have bounced or been auto-junked or something. ;( I’m still interested — write me at and if that doesn’t work you can also try — if worst comes to worst we can use this as a reference point to keep in touch until we find something that will work. Regards.

    i sent you the email. it should reach you. send me your thoughts.

    ~~~

    ………………………. it feels like my brain has been pulled out of my head through my ears, plopped into a vat of hydrochloric acid, pulled back out, and shoved back into my head through my butt. I’m…………. sad. alas… all things that are born will live… and die. Such is life. all the same, i hate the fact that ZeldaBLog is dying, and TGA with it. I just… guys, i actually felt like a part of the community, instead of a bystander that watched everybody else have fun. i am sad to see that go. but, it’s not TML’s fault. it’s nobodys fault. it is the way things are. this is not going to be my last post, hopefully. i’ll… see you guys later…

    How do you sign up at Zelda Legends? I clicked on the ’sign up’ link, and a window popped up with a ’sign on to zeldalegends.net’, with a user name and password box. I’m confused.

    ohh.. how unfortunate.. but i respect your decision. i’ve had a good half of year being a member. good luck TML.

    When the new site is up, I will likely be spamming other Zelda websites as well as LiveJournal with the URL for it, so stay tuned for that.

    i dont go to any other zelda websites. which ones will you be promoting your new site (so i know were to look). Or i have a another idea: you could make a mailing list(or whatever there called 0_o) on zelda blog, then when your new site is up you could write to all the people to tell them? or you could just tell me what site to watch for your new site on ;)

    What? ZeldaBlog’s closing?

    Everything must come to an end, and it’s better to go down with a bang, like someone else before me said. I’m going to miss this place, all the articles, all the memories, all the great people here that we all discussed topics with.

    I remember the first time I saw this website, and read one of the very first articles. I knew this site could turn into something great, and it did. In fact, one of the greatest Zelda sites ever.
    I’m going to miss this site.
    Robert-UK was talking about a place we could all meet up. I have a small Zelda site with somewhat of a forum on it. Well, not really a forum, more like a comments section. It barely has any content, and I’ve been putting it off for a while, and need some inspiration to keep it going. So if you guys want to meet up there, the site address is www.freewebs.com/zeldawrath
    I’m in the process of learning HTML to make it better, and add more stuff, so it might not look so great.

    Again, I will deeply miss this site. I have some of the best Zelda memories I’ve gained from this place. Memories that I cherish.

    O.O NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
    *cries*
    TML, I really.. um.. understand you, because the same thing is hapening to me. I’m moving into the Fire Emblem series lately, and playing less of Zelda. (That does NOT mean that I’m out. Oh, no, I just finished the three-heart-quest on TP, and getting ready to to that with MM) But… there is a distinct lack of interest for searching out Zelda stuff….
    I’ll really miss you and this blog, and TGA; that’s the first Zelda site that I really got hooked on. I’ll miss all of those grand ASSA’s, and debates about timelines. I’ll miss the great people like Hyrulian Hero and all of the others.
    Goodbye~~ I hope to see you further down the long road of life. May the winds of time flow with thee, and the triforce belong to you.
    -Shadowknight

    Well, I really can’t think of anything else to add to all the posts. I guess to thank you and bid you luck wouldn’t be out of order, though. What a great site. What a terrific site. I will surely miss it. It’s definitely not leaving my favorites, for all it’s been said.

    Still, I can’t help it. I usually don’t give such an importance to gaming or the gaming community at all, believing that some people tread on the ridiculous (and, from time to time, on the pathetic) while doing so. But the enthusiasm, the care, the effort you seemed to pour from within this site onto the Zelda community, by the mere joy you drew from it, does not, absolutely, deserve to be ignored by even the most apathetic fan.

    Good luck, TML. This fantastic little corner on the Internet will eventually go down as a peer to other Zelda sites, such as the old HTLOZ, to name one. Maybe I won’t find another Zelda site that will encourage me to skip out of happiness each time an update popped in.

    But I thank you.

    It’s been real.

    Prophet of Winds said:

    No other website has felt so… human.

    This is literally the greatest compliment I have ever received about the ‘Blog. Thank you so very much.

    Volcan said:

    And now for a question that’s been on my mind, what will happen to the poor cuccoo running around ZeldaBlog? Everytime a cuccoo dies, Anju cries (and her brother distrusts people and has a very sharp saw).

    Good ol’ Sam? You needn’t worry about him. The planned layout for the fanfiction site will likely find a place for Sam somewhere (I mean, the script wouldn’t be that hard to modify), and it’d be hard to just let him go like that. So he’ll be taken care of, and yes, he will survive Thanksgiving again!

    sniper said:

    How do you sign up at Zelda Legends? I clicked on the ’sign up’ link, and a window popped up with a ’sign on to zeldalegends.net’, with a user name and password box. I’m confused.

    They’re currently going through a few technical difficulties since they just brought their site back online. I’m sure it will be fixed soon.

    Sesshorochikuramaru said:

    When the new site is up, I will likely be spamming other Zelda websites as well as LiveJournal with the URL for it, so stay tuned for that.

    Zelda Legends will be the one that will guaranteed have it, and I’m certain that Exploding Deku Nut will also carry it. (Beyond that, who knows?) Also, the zelda_lovers LJ comm will get it as well.

    TML, I salute you. It was a fun blog to read (not to mention the metafiction about Dark Link which I gave some incentive for) but it must come to an end. Hopefully I’ll stumble across another one of your articles someday. Farewell.

    • 23. Ops says:

    Wow. That was sudden… first Citrus, now you. Couldn’t you at least hand the site over to someone?:(

    o-o;

    I’ll miss this place.

    Btw, get that Eloze/Book of Mudora site up soon.

    I understand your decision TML,I can hardly imagine opening my blog because I dont think i’ll be able to think up many articles.anyways,its been fun here…I wish I had found this place along time ago.and I have to say,in the whole time that I did come here I wasnt suprised by a zelda release once :D ! I also learned alot about the series that I didnt know before.well,congratulations on all your accomplishments TML,and good luck.

    all thats left for me now is to decide whether i’ll find a new site to go to,or fade away with this one :P .everybody seems to be talking about this zelda legends…place,I guess if I go anywhere it might be there.but then again I doubt it will be anything like here.

    sniper said:
    Heh. When I look back at what TML wrote, it seems like one of those bittersweet endings in a Zelda game.

    or the end of yu-gi-oh …actually its pretty similar…wierd 0_o’ .

    Ops said:

    Wow. That was sudden… first Citrus, now you. Couldn’t you at least hand the site over to someone?:(

    First, let me straightforward about this with you. There are 294 articles on this site. I have written 192 of them. That is more or less 65% of what this ‘Blog is comprised of. The remaining 35% is divided amongst 10 or so other individuals, all of which run websites elsewhere and have posted here only to encourage the unification of the community.

    Were I to pass the helm of ZeldaBlog on to someone else, right out of the gates, ZeldaBlog would be 65% less active. That is, of course, whomever decided to take the reigns decided to sacrifice some of their lives or their site in order to make this place thrive. The former I don’t think you guys would appreciate; the latter is not something I could dare ask one of my good friends to do. (It just goes against all that is good taste.) But that’s not the important issue here.

    I’ve written about the community in general several times, but two articles that deserve another mention are these two here. (Seriously, they’re worth a re-reading.) The Zelda community isn’t this glorious place. The Zelda community is merely a lightning rod for fans who have creative bursts of energy or creativity about a certain topic to strike. Nintendo doesn’t need the community to exist; fan communities are actually an industrial by-product of their work instead of the other way around. Yet people continue to believe that the community inevitably reigns supreme, that—after spending enough time in the community—we stay in the community for the community’s sake. As I mentioned in the first of the two articles:

    Though I will admit that the Zelda community has done a lot for the Zelda games as well as for me personally, there is a constant danger that exists in any online community. That danger is when the community turns their focus from being about the game or book or whatever they so love and adore and refocuses its efforts upon the community itself.

    Passing this website on to somebody else won’t affect any sort of miraculous change. Neither will the removal of this site from the Internet. You don’t stay here primarily because you like ZeldaBlog; you are here because you like the games first and foremost. ZeldaBlog is merely your chosen conduit for your fanboy/fangirl tendencies.

    So no, I don’t see what difference it really makes if I close the site or pass it on, and neither should you. The community will continue to thrive somewhere on the Internet so long as there are Zelda games to talk about; the closing of ZeldaBlog could never hope to change that.

    Jumanji: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! *cries a storm* Why does the good die young?!
    Grim Reaper: Because I get confused.
    Jumanji: Man, I’m gonna miss this site once it closes down. When I read the front title, I was thinking it was a little prank. Please let it be a prank, pleeeeeaaaaassse! Well, if it’s not a prank, then sayonara for now, The Missing Link. By the way… *walks up to TML, and sticks a strange device into his right ear* That is my tracking device, if I catch wind of your existence in the Zelda Community again, this will let me know where you stand. Behave yourself TML. Hey, wait a moment, didn’t you say several months ago you didn’t work for Nintendo? Do you work for it now, or at the mystery-place-that-you-won’t-mention-for-the-fear-of-angry-mobs?

    Jumanji Shishioh said:

    Jumanji: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! *cries a storm* Why does the good die young?!
    Grim Reaper: Because I get confused.

    lol :P .

    Jumanji Shishioh said:When I read the front title, I was thinking it was a little prank. Please let it be a prank, pleeeeeaaaaassse!

    thats exactly what happened to me :cry: .

    Jumanji Shishioh said:

    Please let it be a prank, pleeeeeaaaaassse!

    April Fool’s Day was a month and a half ago. Last I checked, there’s no such thing as May 19th Fool’s Day.

    Hey, wait a moment, didn’t you say several months ago you didn’t work for Nintendo? Do you work for it now, or at the mystery-place-that-you-won’t-mention-for-the-fear-of-angry-mobs?

    I’m still working for the same place. That’s the reason I’m, you know, developing for a console that isn’t the Wii.

    I don’t suppose there’s some easy-for-you-and-us-too way to pack all the pages on ZeldaBlog into some kind of archive interested parties could download for personal reference. I haven’t finished digesting half the conversations and articles and ideas here :( No stress, though, if there isn’t an easy way I’ll just save each page to my hard drive individually…

    So what will happen to those 294 articles? Will they simply… disappear?

    Dark Mime Gogo said:

    So what will happen to those 294 articles? Will they simply… disappear?

    Both sites will remain up for all to view for at least for a good while into the future, probably until the domain names expire or something equally disastrous.

    AGH~!
    And I just found this place~~~ T.T

    May you fare well, wherever you may fare.

    Hey, I’ll miss you and miss making sarcastic comments. I’m sorry your fanboyishness has eroded…. it was quite painful for me. btw, love the hitchhiker reference.

    You just spoiled all my fun…

    oh yeah the spoiler rule just ran out…

    Seriously, I had a lot of fun days at this here blog… and I am sorry to see it go so soon…

    TML, do you know if Eloze is even going to be continued?

    The Missing Link said:

    How do you sign up at Zelda Legends? I clicked on the ’sign up’ link, and a window popped up with a ’sign on to zeldalegends.net’, with a user name and password box. I’m confused.

    They’re currently going through a few technical difficulties since they just brought their site back online. I’m sure it will be fixed soon.


    http://www.zeldalegends.net/index.php?n=signup

    Can you check this link? If so, can you tell me if a window pops up? If that doesnt happen, tell me if the 6 code bits are ‘x’ed.

    Please and thanks.

    sniper said:
    Can you check this link? If so, can you tell me if a window pops up? If that doesnt happen, tell me if the 6 code bits are ‘x’ed.

    Please and thanks.

    no, i cant see anything… just a box that pops up

    Sesshorochikuramaru said:

    sniper said:
    Can you check this link? If so, can you tell me if a window pops up? If that doesnt happen, tell me if the 6 code bits are ‘x’ed.

    Please and thanks.

    no, i cant see anything… just a box that pops up

    The blue bar, at the top of the box that pops up. Does it say ‘connect to www.zeldalegends.net’?

    Who is to keep ZeldaBlog up? I mean, you can’t just toss such an active site! You have to find someone to keep it going!!

    It can’t just end… TML…

    I understand… But please. Find someone. Someone. To keep running it. Someone. To hold their will out. To hold it all. Zelda seemed to hover in my life as a center. But now it’s collapsing. Don’t turn your back completely!!! Find someone else to do the job!

    Bboy94 said:

    TML, do you know if Eloze is even going to be continued?

    Yes.

    The Master Swordsman said:

    But please. Find someone. Someone. To keep running it.

    No.

    Zelda seemed to hover in my life as a center. But now it’s collapsing.

    Please, do us all a favour and spare us the melodrama. You don’t mean that. You KNOW you don’t mean that. So just don’t.

    Whatever, I lost interest months ago anyway. So good bye Zelda Blog! My final words here: Whatever, at least I can keep track on less messages.

    jivjov said:

    I know I’ll miss you TML. TGA was one of the first websites I can ever remember visiting when I was younger, and it holds a very special place in my heart. I will miss it, but I agree with your judgment on moving on. TGA has been rather bare of updates lately, and I’d rather leave TGA with fond memories of good times than with frustration over no new content. I wasn’t a very active ‘Blog member, but I enjoyed reading the articles and the people’s comments. Hopefully The Book of Mudora will continue to be the great work of writing that I have come to know and love, and hopefully you’ll be able to just take a step back and enjoy life to the fullest.

    So long, and thanks for all the memories.

    Word for word how I feel. Ditto, and so, in the words of one of my favorite blink-182 songs “So Goodbye and so long.”

    I… remember a short story i made… it was supposed to be the end of Hyrule, Termina, Labrynna, and the rest of them. I guess… it would be appropriate to write it here. Would you guys like me to do that? The problem is, if somebody posts before I’m done, then I have to write it again. What do you say? Would you like to hear my story?

    … *closes eyes*

    *walks in wearing a Scottish clothes (with a kilt) and carrying a bagpipe, and a truckload of bombs* I shall play the bagpipes until the comments are turned off.

    The Missing Link said:

    Jumanji Shishioh said:

    Please let it be a prank, pleeeeeaaaaassse!

    April Fool’s Day was a month and a half ago. Last I checked, there’s no such thing as May 19th Fool’s Day.

    Wait, I forgot, I made a May Fool’s month years ago, didn’t anyone get the memo? lol, Just kidding. Well guys, I’ll stop visiting, so I don’t have to watch the site die on us, sayonara, ZeldaBloggites (and if you ever want to contact me, look me up)

    Robert-UK said:
    or if anyone else has any better ideas I would be happy to join them elsewhere.

    im working on my own blog about zelda, its not all the way done yet but your all welcome to check it out and give me some cool ideas if you want. i have comments open, all you have to do is sign up :) i really hope my link works. ok..

    http://subrosia.wordpress.com/

    Well, the Zelda Blog for me was always a place to occasionally come and get a good laugh or two from the articles. Thanks for those laughs TML and others.
    Still love the one article with the portable holes…hah.

    Aw, man, this sucks. Oh well, Sessh, you better get yours up and running all the way fast. Well, se ya around TML.

    Oh, and can you tell us where you work now?

    Shinigami Ninja said:

    Aw, man, this sucks. Oh well, Sessh, you better get yours up and running all the way fast. Well, se ya around TML.

    did you try to view it..and does it work? im a newbie at being a webmaster so… :) BTW i forgot to say im MatthewThief at my Subrosia site.. its a funny story why i even have a wordpress.com name to begin with :P

    Sesshorochikuramaru said:

    Shinigami Ninja said:

    Aw, man, this sucks. Oh well, Sessh, you better get yours up and running all the way fast. Well, se ya around TML.

    did you try to view it..and does it work? im a newbie at being a webmaster so… :) BTW i forgot to say im MatthewThief at my Subrosia site.. its a funny story why i even have a wordpress.com name to begin with :P

    Nice job on the site. I will be known there as ’sniper64′, because sniper was already taken. -.-

    Shinigami Ninja said:

    Oh, and can you tell us where you work now?

    thats what I was hoping for,I dont think he can though :\ .

    I know I haven’t post a lot but i have made some great memories from this place and I thank you for them TML

    This is gonna be one of the hardest things for me to say goodbye to. :( I know I haven’t always been the most active member of the Zelda community, but this Blog has had a special place in my heart since the day it first came to the web. I feel its legacy has only just begun. I understand your reasons for leaving the Blog and TGA. I myself have been busy with Pokemon Pearl and Super Paper Mario as of late. Right now, I hope someone here will report any Zelda related SSBB news that may be released tomorrow.

    well I finally got my fire emblem site done, I guess i’ll either be there or at my sisters site.

    Yes…Zeldablog was the second Zelda site out there that I started to visit (first being Zeldalegends). This has been a great site, and, as said before by Prophet of Winds, this site has felt very human. Very. It is sad to see it go, but please keep on posting on sites such as Zeldalegends and such. Well, So long, TML *sniff* :roll: I’ll be strog, for your sake =) (I refuse to do the smiley, it doesn’t reflect what I’m trying to say)

    Oh yeah, and that Subrosia site is a brilliant idea! I’ll go check it out, and probably sign in as a member (I bet no-one has my name, kekekekeke).

    And, I’m probably also going to sign in on a lot more sites from now on.

    So long, and thanks for all the cheep-cheeps =)

    Hello, this is my first day logged in on Zelda Blog. I signed up just to say, “So long!” to you as well. When I first entered the Internet Age (four years ago) I was astounded that there were others in the world who loved the Zelda games as much as I. Searching fanfics one day, I happened to stumble across a “Mario” archive. Entranced, I poked around the site, and found a link to the posts. (I can’t help it.) There was an entire community dedicated to my chosen game: Zelda! This site was none other than TGA.

    TML, yours was the first Zelda site I fell in love with. And now that you are leaving, it kind of sets the stage for my own departure. I can no longer write as I did, nor can I stand being on any of the forums lately. It seems TP has brought in a whole new generation of Linklovers. I can’t help wondering if I was that bad…No, I wasn’t. At least I had a grasp of grammar.

    I take this as a sign. All the great sites are falling, it seems. TGA, Kasuto…I think…The Age of Fanfiction has come to an end.
    For me, at least.

    So long, TML. Good Luck, and may you walk with the Goddesses.

    “And as the moon did fall, so did the land of Termina. One by one, the giants legs failed them, and they died. One stood up again, to sing his song of sorrow, and then his legs collapsed, and he died.

    ~~~

    The goddessess watched the flames searing toward them, and so fast did they reach them that they had only a second to think before it reached them. Din was burned to dust, and Farore dissentegrated. Nayru laid down and uttered words that would forever sadden anyone who heard them. “It does not matter. Prithee, dear Fate, I do not have much time left. I am only sad that mine land that I hath created shall die along with me and mine sisters. Ah… to the darke abyss that awaits us all. I… am… sad……..”

    ~~~

    Din and Nayru the oracles did watch in horror as their land split apart. A giant fissure had cracked open Labrynna, and surely Din’s home too. Large boulders were defying gravity, andso were the people of Labrynna. When everyone was up in the air, a shockwave blasted everyone into the ocean, protecting them from the heat that would later make the ocean boil and kill them anyway. “Nayru… once i die… the seasons will surely collapse. I am sad that we had to go this way. Good… bye…” “No… Din, fate wants me not to die here. I am to die a much more painful death.” And so it was predicted. When Din died, the seas instantly froze over, freezing anybody still alive. Nayru saw a large, flaming boulder careening straight at her. “Ah-h… S-so that’s t-the way it’s going t-to be, eh?” Nayru braced herself. The boulder hit, and Nayru’s muscles, tendons, and bones cracked under the extreme differences in temperture. She felt her body freeze one second, and melt the other. Everybody was dead, and so were their souls…”

    As is mine. I can’t say for other people, but I’m glad that school’s over. I can wallow in sadness at home, for a change… Sesch, I’m gonna visit your site, under the same username as this one. I’ll see everyone over there once this site stops having visitors.

    oh, sessh, how do i become a mem to your site?

    uberzeldamaster said:

    oh, sessh, how do i become a mem to your site?

    go to this site: http://subrosia.wordpress.com/become-a-member/ click the wordpress link and look for a area to get a user name..you can email me is you cant find it. just put your zeldablog name in the subject line so i know who it is :)

    This sucks! Not that I didn’t see it coming, what with you not updating TGA in OVER A YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some people check it reguarly in hopes of an updated say what or david linkerman, fan art and poetry. Anyway, TML, I hope you are happy with your new job. Have a great time in the gaming industry. I’ll be looking for ‘The Missing Link’ in the credits of future Zelda games.

    Nevermind, I’ve created my own blog! Mwahahahaha… but seriously, one and all, come and see the place, I just got it started! The address is http://uberzeldamaster.wordpress.com/ see you guys there!

    yay! it works! :D sessh, can you give me some tips? ill be over at your site.

    Well this certainly surprised me. Not the announcement though, simply the timing of it.

    I’ve supported Zelda Blog since TML first mentioned the idea, and I’m certainly sad to see it go. But with all the things TML has been undertaking, as stated in his post, I can understand why he had to close it down.

    Zelda Blog was a site with the goal of bringing the Zelda Community closer together, and I think that goal has been achieved. This site became a place for Zelda fans all over the web. A site that presented the views and thoughts of webmasters across the internet. A site that was one of the *Naving* best in the community.

    I plan to continue “A Somewhat Serious Article” on Exploding Deku Nut, along with transferring the ones I’ve written here. I would like thank everyone that supported us, laughed with us, gasped at the Wii’s name with us, and now say goodbye with us. It has been a pleasure to write for such an audience.

    -Darth Citrus-

    And where will we go from here? Where will there be a place where we of the zelda community, as a whole be brought together?

    “When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child. Now that I am a man I have no more use for childish ways. Now I can say these things without help in my own voice because now I am no longer the woman known as the major nor am I the program that is called the puppet master. And where does the newborn go from here…”

    My last words? Digipen and… MS.

    I hope that one day there will be another generation of Zeldafans that were just as enthusiastic as TML is or was. I hope that one day, we will stand together; not alone, but TOGETHER! The Zelda community is dying. But we, we will not let this die. Here we had a dream, a dream that we would be able to come from all different parts of the community and be able to to be… this was the hub of the community. And we will not let it die though so many have been closed. DO NOT GO SILENTLY INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT!

    And I promise you, one day, there will be another Zeldablog. I may not be the one to create it; but it will live and will flourish. It will not die.

    And who is to say that the next site TML makes will also die? Who is to say that he will honor that promise, that he will be back? But I don’t know… I honestly don’t know. But I don’t think you will…

    By the sword in my hands, may the fire of the living consecrate and ressurect the hollowed soul of those departed! May it rise through the currents until the blood again becomes filled with the flame of passion!

    I registered just to say farewell, and wish you good luck on whatever you’re going to do now. I loved this site, it was indeed unique, and the combination of Zelda and Blog was tasty indeed. I’m sad to see it go, but there’s nothing I can do to stop it, eh?

    Dark Mime Gogo said:

    And where will we go from here? Where will there be a place where we of the zelda community, as a whole be brought together?

    well,my sister just made a zelda (and subrosian XD ) blog (post 48) if your interested.

    That’s so sad! We’ll akk miss ZeldaBlog, that’s for sure! I just hate to see it go.

    Well, if anyone cares, I do have my own Blog. So, come visit sometime!

    http://ganonblog.wordpress.com/

    Noooooooo!!!!!!

    Well, I guess all good things must come to an end sometime. I always thought this blog would always be here. I never thought I’d see an end to it.

    I hope you work it out, TML. Get that crazy head of yours were you want it to go.

    ZeldaBlog will truly be missed. **sniff**sniff** ^_^

    Your sites are what got me into the community.

    I will true miss the blog…

    Alright listen. Not to offend, but you sound very emo in my opinion. It sounds as though YOU think everyone else is losing interest in Zelda and your website; I havn’t. To be honest, you sound like you yourself don’t(shut up, I don’t know how to make it grammatically correct XD)think anyone likes your website in general. I love it. I love the whole house theme, and the cuckoo, and the humor the site offers. I’m not asking to keep up the site anymore; you seem to have made up your mind about that. But don’t go telling everyone that the whole Zelda community is going collapse or something, because that’s what it sounds like.

    By the way, at least make one more last post on this site: the link to your new website.=D

    Remember, I didn’t mean to offend you.

    Thanks for the laughs. I have been reading here for about a year or more. I have loved this website for a while. Navi jokes, Twilight Princess, the chicken, and not to mention my two favorite articles, the one with the letter to Ganondorf about his mistakes as a bad guy, as well as the most recent April Fools joke. Thank you for your time.

    Thanks, bro. Really, thanks for all these years and all this time…been readin this stuff scince I was in fourth grade! Heh, I know how hard it can be…I co-own an animation website with my friend, (www.freewebs.com/jjanimations), and we don’t make animations much anymore…stopped awhile back. Yeah, the occasional one or two but thats it. Sometimes we take weeks to post em cuz we’re either so lazy or so busy, so I can understand how you feel. At first it was enjoyable, and then ended up feeling like a chore, so we take our time and move on the sites progress slowly.

    Thank you soooooo much TML, you’ve made these past years great and Zelda-filled. Loved the Book of Mudora, by the way.

    - Shenbi

    A sad day indeed. I still haven’t totally grasped it all…I mean, TGA, closing? ZeldaBlog, closing? I can’t believe it…it makes me so sad.

    …but, you got to do what you got to do. I know you’ll still be around and that’s great. Have you thought about passing the torch to someone else to manage the sites? You can’t just let cyberspace devour all those years of work and dedication, are you? That would be a great loss to the community, I think.

    I’ll be seeing you though. Take it easy, and you can always catch me and other Zelda buds on DitR!

    TML, befor I don’t get a chance to say this, I just want you to know that the fact you kept TGA open sooo long has been an inspiration to me and helped much in keeping my own site open. It’s sad to see Zelda Blog and TGA go, but all good things must come to an end. No one can run a site forever(unless your like a super hero, and I don’t think you are. . . . are you?!). I never got around to joing ZB until five mins ago unfortunately, but I wanted to join so I could leave this thanks. It’s long overdue. Thank you TML!

    LH ^_^

    Ops said:

    Alright listen. Not to offend, but you sound very emo in my opinion. It sounds as though YOU think everyone else is losing interest in Zelda and your website; I havn’t. To be honest, you sound like you yourself don’t(shut up, I don’t know how to make it grammatically correct XD)think anyone likes your website in general. I love it. I love the whole house theme, and the cuckoo, and the humor the site offers. I’m not asking to keep up the site anymore; you seem to have made up your mind about that. But don’t go telling everyone that the whole Zelda community is going collapse or something, because that’s what it sounds like.

    Ueh?

    If that’s the impression you’ve got from my whole post up there, then somehow the memo got lost in translation somewhere. By no means am I saying that “I suck” or that “my websites suck” or “you’re all better going to another Zelda website.” I’m rather proud of what ZeldaBlog—with all your help—was able to achieve; in fact, it literally accomplished its number one goal, to help unify the community during a time that it felt like it was coming apart at the seams. My fellow webmasters, staff, and I were able to attain a readership here at the ‘Blog that rivalled TGA’s daily membership despite the fact that the ‘Blog had oodles less content and a much higher niche audience. Even through the last weeks, people still enjoyed the site, which is why I figured that many people would be trying to convince me in this very topic to change my mind about this, to keep trying for a little while longer. (The comments are living proof that I guessed right.) I don’t think that ZeldaBlog is now the sludge of the community by any means; in fact, without meaning to brag too much, it’s much the opposite.

    I do, however, think that it is time for me, personally, to move on beyond ZeldaBlog and—what’s more—the day-to-day activities of the community. While this has been both a successful experiment and a cosy home within the community for me, the proverbial seven-year itch is getting to me, and I know it’s my time to move on. My reasons for this aren’t a function of what I believe you think about me or the blog; my reasons for moving on are strictly personal, where I see myself months and years down the pike. I also realise that I’m going out on a high note rather than a low note, that I’m killing the ‘Blog literally while it was still incredibly healthy. If that’s emo, well… we have quite different opinions on the meaning of the term. X)

    Suffice to say, the only reason for the length of my closing post was because this would come as a shock to virtually everyone who didn’t have a heads up about it—just about everyone but ten at least. One day, the ‘Blog seems to be running fine, a few less updates than normal (but hey, that happens to every site!), and then wham! the site closes out of nowhere. I felt as if an explanation in this case was necessary, and so thus, in respect of those who frequented here, I felt the need to explain myself in depth.

    By the way, at least make one more last post on this site: the link to your new website.=D

    It may indeed happen; such a decision is not one that would hurt me in any way. Whether or not I advertise it on here, of course, will be a matter of how many people keep coming to visit from time to time when that day comes.

    I’m going to miss this site alot. Th articles, the comments, and the countdowns…

    Everybody LET’S HAVE ONE FINAL COUNTDOWN!

    When the Moon crashes on this here blog let’s watch it go in the fire blaze of fandom it deserves! See ya all when the moon hits!

    The Emerald Wind said:

    Everybody LET’S HAVE ONE FINAL COUNTDOWN!

    Aye. Oh, yeah. This is a great idea, let’s DO have a count down.

    Why, someone’d ask?

    Just because I’d love to picture the Moon(r) hovering above the Blog, falling, falling, lifting up many of the villagers as it draws near, provoking the sounds of chaos, the screams, breaking of the windows, the tears and utter rage of the townsfolk (that’s us, if you get my meaning) and maybe even an early suicide…

    …only to have the FOUR GIANT WEBMASTERS come the rescue of ZeldaBlog in a winding of horns and the deafening cheers of the villagers.

    Nope, ain’t hinting that the miraculeous change of heart TML was talking about is going to hapen. It’s just me, ranting, because I’m so, respectfully, upset that ZB is officially closing.

    I’m still even coming every day just to check the comments, as if it were some sort of consolation price.

    Like a screaming flower

    Dying every hour

    Sabés, a pesar de toda la palabrería, que te deseo lo mejor.

    I think that, unlike the World, ZeldaBlog should end not with a whimper but with a bang.

    Well, goodbye ZeldaBlog. I’ve been with ya since you were born, and I’ll miss ya. Good times TML, good times.

    Oh yes:

    Sesshorochikuramaru said:

    im working on my own blog about zelda, its not all the way done yet but your all welcome to check it out and give me some cool ideas if you want. i have comments open, all you have to do is sign up :) i really hope my link works. ok..

    http://subrosia.wordpress.com/

    I might join this.

    It is sometimes customary at funerals to honor the deceased by participating in activities they enjoyed. This blog was born to promote civil discussion. It may as well end in in such.

    Of course, if TML disagrees than I’ll be quiet at once.

    I just had an interesting idea. Just in the short time I’ve been hanging around the ‘blog we’ve talked several times about “the Zelda Formula.” I was thinking about the turnover in this community — people coming, people going. I’m no expert, but it seems to me that the biggest factor in who leaves the community isn’t age so much as longevity…or, in other words, not how old someone is, but rather how long they’ve been in the Zelda Community. I’m simply wondering if the reason the Zelda Formula stays the same is because because by the time most people get tired of it they were ready to move on anyway. If this were the case, each new generation of gamers would come to the formula fresh. Consequently, the makers of Zelda have no need to come up with a new formula. By sticking to the one they already have they practically guarantee that their product will continue to sell successfully. And the controversial “alternative platform” games like Four Swords, etc? Perhaps those are a low-risk way to experiment with new formulas, or features to add to The Formula. I assume that if one of the handheld games fails they don’t lose anywhere close to as much money as they would if, for example, Twilight Princess flopped. Maybe that’s why the “main games” for wii, gamecube, etc. all follow the formula while the games for gameboy and so on are often radically different. Also, remember that the company that makes Zelda also makes a number of other popular games. They probably don’t want to create a competition between their products, so each game stays in it’s niche. Also, games like Mario seem a lot more easily adapted than Zelda… maybe that’s because Zelda nowadays has a clearly defined world with certain inescapable rules and storylines, so certain things believable in the Mario world wouldn’t make sense in the Zelda world?

    I have a feeling I’m about to stop being at all meaningful and start babbling — and it’s lunch time. See ya.

    I still can’t believe it. I really wish you wouldn’t do this… but I kind of know why… I just wanted to let you know I’ve been around since it opened, and I’ll stop by one last time when it closes.

    Aaaaggghhh hah hah!!! Grog not like this! Nooo!!!
    What Grog do without Zeldablog? Grog not go back to punching rocks again! Grog read Zeldablog humor posts for long time. Unhhh… Grog glad that The Missing Link getting real outside life, though. Huh huh huh!

    Gah! I take a short break and I discover two of my favorite sites are closing?

    I discovered TGA when I was getting started with OoT way back when (OoT being the first Zelda game I actually sat down and played instead of watching my older sister get her butt kicked). I was really interested in the rich background of the Zelda story and wanted to know more, so I Googled “Legend of Zelda” and picked TGA as a likely site, and boom, my crash course in the Zelda community. It’s been getting better and better since then.

    I agree that ZeldaBlog and TGA should go out with a deserving end. Thanks for all the laughs and thought-provoking (and argument/fight-starting) articles and stories, TML.

    All good things, I suppose, must come to an end. May the Triforce continue to be with us all!

    well i made my own blog its kinda about what we talk about here and will have lots of zelda stuff when i get farther on into it but if you want check it out its at

    http://jmapproductions.wordpress.com/

    The Missing Link said:
    Please, do us all a favour and spare us the melodrama. You don’t mean that. You KNOW you don’t mean that. So just don’t.

    How do I know that? How do I know that? Well for one thing, I know I can’t rely on MYSELF to know when The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is on G4. Or when Shigeru Miyamoto has a stroke. (Hope to the Master Force that THAT kind of thing won’t happen…) Or when Nintendo decides to make Legend of Zelda it’s mascot (which, also, probably won’t happen). Things like that pop up here usually, first. And I don’t completely mean it.

    I think I miswrote what I just typed and what I typed a few nights ago. Well, I mean I just lost a bit of my favorite part of Zelda: knowing there’s something out there more reliable than the big Nintendo itself to find out special information. I’d like to remind you that ZeldaBlog was the only EXTREMELY POPULAR to the power of ten thousand Zelda WordPress blog out there. You set an example for all of us. Now where has that gone?

    All I can say now is that good luck in the world without being the TOP. Even if you don’t want to be, remember, you were an example. But we have to rely on ourselves. I’ll be watching the gaming industry for you, man. Remember: I respect you and so does this entire community (or the vast majority). That’s all for me on this. I can’t say much else.

    Thanks for all the memories.

    I hate you and love you for doing this at the same time

    I hate for the obvious ” O n0es my fav site is teh dead lol”
    But I love for not leting the site fall into decay

    It’s sad to see ZeldaBlog go. You did such a great job at supplying Zelda and Nintendo news. Well, so long TML and I wish you good luck in whatever you plan to do now.

    I wonder if there’s going to be someone hangin’ a-round at 11:59 in three days just waiting to say “lol LAST POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Ah, the idiocy..

    …or is it just me, still just being very upset?

    Grog definitely going to say “Huh huh last post!”

    I probably won’t go for a “last post,” but I may very well hang around ’till the moment the last shovelful of dirt is piled on…

    You shall be dearly missed. As you stated, this was a refreshing break from “cookie cutter Zelda sites,” countless lists, synopses, and character descriptions posted over and over in more or less the same format. Tired of the what, this was the why and the how of Zelda. Ah well. I’d merely suggest posting less frequently, whene’er whatever idea popped to mind, but what can ya do…

    This was quite a surprise, but I understand your reasoning. I’m sad to see it go, but I suppose it must be done.

    Thank you so much for everything you, ZeldaBlog, and TGA has done for the community. They’ve been a lot of fun, and it’s been a great place to unite everyone. So yes, I believe even in the short time it’s been here, ZeldaBlog has accomplished its goal.

    Y buenos suerte en el futuro!

    Grrrr….
    I hate internet drama.

    But really, this has been a fun site, and I’m sad to see it go, but I’m mostly excited for you getting your big break in the video game industry. I mean, seriously. Good job!

    Now I guess this means I’ll have to go somewhere else for my Zelda news. *sigh*

    [TML: I know the Spoiler Rule is expired, but if we’re going to end it now, I don’t see any real reason to actually expire it. No harm done though.]

    Me Am Grog said:

    Grog definitely going to say “Huh huh last post!”

    Just as all comments that were “huh huh first post!”, all such attempts at being “Internet cool” will be deleted from the ‘Blog. Seriously, no need to do such stuff.

    I don’t care about getting a last post, but I am sure going to try to post in the last hour of the blog. Just to show my support as a fan of Zelda and as a member of the blog.

    2 more days…The blog will soon be gone…it was a very good site, and I will cherish the last hours.

    But, yeah, a “w007 1a57 p057″ is really unnecessary. I personally find it very disrespectful. Well, see you tomorrow. *Goes to play MAjora’s mask, and miraculousely finds himself on the second day*

    Well, Ihaven’t really posted much on here but I’ve been reading here since late 2005 and I have to say this is one of the best Zelda sites out there/ It has bee a fantastic site with some great articles, and I’ll especially miss the likes of Whose Blog and some of the better editorials (like the recent Truly the End of Days). I’ll sure miss this place, but it’s been fun… see ya, Zeldablog…

    Well I am sorry to see this place go. It had many well written articles and it was a fine place to come and discuss things.

    But I don’t understand why it has to close - if this website is made by the community for the community, surely someone else could take over the running of it?

    Anyway, good luck to you TML. I’m sure you’ll do well in whatever you choose to do :)

    I’ll miss this place a lot, but I understand that you need to do what’s right for you, TML. Thanks for starting the ‘Blog up in the first place, and for keeping it fun while it was here. ♥

    i hope that i will find other zelda sites that will be at lest half as good as TGA and ZB but i dont think it to likely so for the final time far ye well TML may the way of the hero lead you to the triforce

    Well guys if I dont make it to the final few minutes of the Zelda Blog tomorrow then I would like to say good bye now. Its been fun, memorable, funny, nuts and horrific (Tingle’s Rupee Land game anyone?) and I hope that we all run into each other someday. For one final note feel free to e-mail me from time to time if youd like a chat, later guys.

    if anybodys interested in looking at my site heres the link to it.its a ‘blog dedicated to fire emblem,so if your a fan of the series it might be worth your time to check it out.

    if anybody is interested in another zelda site check out my blog about zelda here

    sorry its here http://jmapproductions.wordpress.com/

    goodbye all, I shall miss you, the blog, and TMLs humorus articles.(Wow i feel like I’m at a funeral.)

    But I guess it’s time to move on.

    This is my final post. good night. /-_-’\

    So long and thanks for all the fish.

    Thw Mighty Fish of Doom and the Rupee Wallet Monster shall now eat the Zelda Blog and TGA while Tingle plays a fuberal dirge on his Ocarina, rest in peace Zelda Blog.

    well,good bye everyone :) .

    So, I guess this is my final farewell. Gosh, I really hope you at least come back SOMEtimes… At least post an article when a new Zelda game comes out, how about that? :D
    Goodbye… Zeldablog. I had fun with you.