In June of 2008, I not only quit my job, but my career. I had zero idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life, but I felt oddly exhilarated at the notion of starting over. That summer, The Dark Knight was released in cinema on my birthday weekend and my love for the Batman was renewed. I had long been absent from any sort of steady online fan community, but with my new-found freedom, energy and devil-may-care gusto, I threw myself head first into the Livejournal Batman community. Between job hunting and marathons of No Reservations, I found the time to write. And, surprise of all surprises, a marvelous bunch of people actually liked what I wrote! I received valuable feedback, encouragement and developed long-lasting friendships from individuals near and far. It was through one of these stories that the name for my website “Glass of Win” came to be; a typo turned inside gag, turned proclamation from my supporters, turned anthem of my life at that point in time. It was completely through their collective support that I launched Glass of Win – first as a podcast and then as a full-fledged blog.
Believe it or not, I’ve been actively “online” since 1997. I’ve just never settled down in one particular place (though Livejournal will always be my true love). I’ve built and operated my own website before, Cyberlola, but it never quite got off the ground – mostly due to bad timing – but it was a great crash course for Glass of Win. Glass of Win had the potential for me to park it for good and dig down some roots, but after a few years I felt the familiar haze of stagnancy. IRL friends would pop by to read it and let me know privately that if they didn’t already know Glass of Win was my website, they would have never been able to tell. I’d lost my “voice.” In the subsequent efforts to reclaim my voice, I’d grow to resent Glass of Win and could not shake the desire to move on. So, I have. Along the way I’ve picked up a fandom or two (hello, Attack on Titan!), rediscovered a love I’ve held for two decades (In the name of the moon, I will punish you!), discovered I enjoy making Youtube videos, and even finally achieved that nickname I’ve always wanted (Chel, the latter syllable of my name). Implementing these new developments has been thrilling (and a little scary as I wait with baited breath to see how they are received).
While I will still primarily on food and travel, I am going to wear my Geek on my sleeve, so to speak. It’s always been there, and more so when Glass of Win initially launched, but over time it fell by the wayside. Hundreds of impersonal PR emails asking me to work for free, or promote something I never even once blogged about before weighed me down. I became swept up in trying too hard to fit into the “niche blogger” role that the “pro’s” tell you to become if you expect any amount of success. I’m done playing that game. Sure, I’m still going tackle reviews, press events and of the like, but it’ll be on my terms. Evolving into Moonstruck Quest is my official declaration: “I have zero fucks to give anymore.” From here on out, I blog for me and me alone.
Change is never easy, especially when I have met dozens upon dozens of amazing people under the Glass of Win header. That, above everything else, made me hesitate. If it’s one thing I know about friendships and networks forged from genuine passion, however, it is that they like me for me – no matter what I call my blog. For that I am eternally grateful. This is moment where true sentiment wins over and I begin to thank all of those wonderful Bat-friends (Bat-fiends!) of mine who have been here since before the beginning: Spicy, Zuzu, Gemfyre, Annemarie, Anastasia, Jack, and my dear Ade, who spent many a night picking my brain over every little detail of some silly little story on the internet, and who officially dubbed me “Glass of Win.”
And thank you to everyone out there in the world wide web for reading this farewell and greeting. Please be patient as changes continue to happen as I “unpack” and settle in. So grab a snack, wash down that glass of win, and come follow me on the next phase of the quest.