If you’ve been a long-time reader, you’ll probably know that I’ve taken several breaks from running The Archaeology of Tomb Raider in recent years, mostly due to personal and/or health reasons. These breaks gave me time to reassess my priorities and would often reignite my love for Tomb Raider and its fan community. It was always a pleasure to reconnect and catch up with long-time Twitter friends and dive back into discussing the games, Lara Croft, and archaeology.
But, sadly, it was always short-lived.
Within months, I would burn out again and lose interest in discussing the games and writing new articles for this site. Running the site’s social media accounts became a chore; the constant bickering and drama worn me down. I also found myself having to endure new rounds of harassment from a fellow fan community member, one who has been a thorn in my side for years. Their identity won’t be revealed here because I’m well past the point of caring and have no desire to take any further action against them. I wish them well in their future endeavours and hope that no one else in this community falls victim to their tactics.
In any case, I’ve decided to call it a day and stop updating this site. And this time, it will be for good.
The site will remain active for the foreseeable future as I’ve put a lot of time and effort into my work and it would be an absolute shame to let it all go to waste. My Arte-Factual and Lara’s Travels articles are among the most-read articles on this site and people use the site’s educational resources on a daily basis. If you’re looking for good alternatives, you’ll find a list of recommended Tomb Raider fansites and archaeology blogs in the Links section.
The Twitter account will be closed down in December 2018 (I plan to use that account to promote our team’s Extra Life fundraising efforts this autumn), so you may see the occasional tweet from me between now and the end of the year. Just don’t expect much activity or any speedy replies from me because I won’t be checking it very often.
So this is it for The Archaeology of Tomb Raider. It’s been a fun five years but all good things must come to an end. Guest blogging may be a good, low-obligation option for the future, but I can’t make any promises right now. Not with a freelance career, loved ones, and other hobbies and interests to keep me busy.
And, finally, I would like to thank all of my readers and followers for their support over the years and for all the fun conversations we’ve had. Our paths may cross again someday… especially if you’re one of my mutuals on my private Twitter account. 😉
If you would like to show your support one last time, please consider making a donation (no matter how small) via my Extra Life page. All proceeds will be going towards my chosen hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, to sick kids and their families in their hour of need.
Until we meet again, keep calm and raid on!