Life is just getting too darn full. Now without question, it is my own choice to study (and International Financial Management is going to suck badly this session, but it is a core subject I have to do), my choice to have a social life, to run, and to volunteer for the community, all in addition to family and work responsibilities. But I realise that I can't do everything. I still can't come at the amount of dailies that I should be doing on the Monk - I have rep I have barely started, I don't even run all the LFRs every week.
Realistically I should be spending less time, not more in Azeroth, and the time I spend I want to be able to enjoy and not feel guilty over. WoW is my relax time. I know that I posted about the way that the guild raid schedule and mine no longer met, but to be truthful, I haven't raided since November, only a couple of times this expansion in fact, and I don't feel right to have the guild try to keep a raid spot for me (undergeared and underprepared as I am and will get worse) or to try to fit raid days around me.
I made the decision to officially take a break from raiding and posted that to the guild forums. No, I don't plan to stop blogging on either blog (Just hit over 300 posts here BTW), or being active on Twitter (also 300 tweets coincidentally). I certainly don't plan to stop playing. I just need to be realistic and WoW just isn't as far up there on my priorities any more. (He says as he writes a WoW blog post and compulsively alt-tabs back to the client every 10 seconds to see if the servers are up after maintenance, LOL).
In some ways the new raid nights have been a good thing because I have not had to leave the guild in the lurch as I certainly would have with the amount I have on. It feels strange though - rarely raiding is one thing, but when you can kid yourself that it is through no fault of your own it seems better than when you face up to the fact that you can't justify your raid spot. As a raid leader, would I keep a spot for me, knowing that I don't do everything I can or even close? Knowing that I spent all day Saturday leveling my DK because I could, and did 1 Heroic and one part of LFR on the Monk? I don't think I have capped valor one week since the Monk hit 90. So I made the call, knowing it is better for everyone to make a decision rather than mess around and half do things. Sorry Southern Cross, it's not you, it's me ... :D