It's been close to a month now since my status as an administrator was switched back to a regular user. To clear up some confusion, no, I didn't quit. If it had been my choice, I would have continued to do my work as a Gaia Administrator. However, before Thanksgiving, I was laid off along with several of my fellow admins from my team. Some of you may have already read Noraboo's journal entry regarding that. I'm not going to get into anything myself about the whys, my opinions on the matter, and all that. I just don't feel like discussing it here.
It's still weird not to have my tools right there. I've had them every day I've logged on to Gaia since August 2003. I'm still adjusting. I miss doing work and helping users. I still get those compulsions to act when I see something, then realize I can't. It's disappointing that things had to end this way, but... you know, things change. I'm still depressed about it. And it's certainly put a dark cloud over the holidays and my birthday. Of course, when I feel sad, I try to remember the things I won't miss. Like the stress, the verbal abuse, threats, the jerks, often working seven days a week, and a lot of other crap I had to deal with often.
As you can tell, I haven't left Gaia. I still enjoy areas of this site and, of course, I still have friends who log in that I want to stay in contact with. I've also gotten back into fishing. And now that I'm not a staff member, I can actually compete and win a trophy. Here I come silver or gold Gambino trophy. gonk Hopefully. *crosses fingers*
Maybe I'll finally finish zomg if I can find people to crew with me. I may also start an art shop or an auction to acquire the items I really want. Maybe I'll get back in to more RP, but I wouldn't know where to find a place to join. *shrugs* Still don't know about an art contest. Community interest in those seems to have waned.
Anyway, that's that. Don't know what is next in my life. It was an interesting experience while it lasted.