YoYoSkills.com – Indefinite Hiatus

I have been sitting at my computer now for an hour trying to figure out how to write this out. The best way is to just be straight forward and come from the heart… it’s not you, its me.


No but really. I really love all of you guys. The readers, fans, and yes even “teh haters.” For 5 years YoYoSkills.com has been my passion and my drive in the yo-yo world. When I started there were only a handful of yoyo web blogs but now…. now there are HUNDREDS. The landscape is changing and the time has come for me to realign my hobbies to my lifestyle. I am a father who is getting ready to add to our family through adoption, I have a full time career that is very demanding of my energy, and I am quickly approaching a few specialty training courses followed up by a Masters program. I am a busy guy and as much as I love bringing everyone in the yo-yo world news, reviews and videos I just don’t have enough time to juggle everything effectively. I have to focus on my family, my career, and my education and to do that unfortunately I have to make responsible sacrifices. That’s right, being an adult can suck.

So I am placing YoYoSkills.com on indefinite hiatus. That is a fancy way of saying YoYoSkills is on hold, and maybe if things align or change I may re-launch YoYoSkills.

A few questions I expect:

Are you quitting yoyoing?
No, Just the website, and its not quitting its just on hold. I still plan to come to contests and be part of the community.

Are you going to sell the domain?
No, and I won’t autoforward it either. There may be a few tweaks to the front page but the main site will stay up in archive mode.

Can we still comment on stuff?

What about YoYoNation?
The YoYonation project turned into a giant cluster of programmers rage. I am still picking apart the code to dig for the the online content from the store. If I come up with anything salvageable I will upload it. The forum is at YoYoNation.net is up but in all forms of reality should be considered “For reference use only.”

Will you still be selling the Skill Life Shirt and the Throw Game?
Yes, links are in the side bar.

Was that a shameless plug?
Your mother…

Where will you go now?
Wherever there is new content… I’ll be there. Wherever there is a new video… I’ll be there. Wherever there is El Guapo, the Three Amigos will be there…. I’ll be around also. I may find another role in the yo-yo world that doesn’t require daily site updates, but we shall see. In the mean time there is always Facebook and Twitter

Any other questions, feel free to hit me up. I do really love this site and all of you. 5 years of my blood, sweat and tears are embedded in this PHP and HTML script bag along with a ton of time and dedication but the professional career world is calling, the kids need help with homework, and I have a book report due on Tuesday.

Love you all

– Chris Allen


Chris "Dr. Yo-Yo" Allen is the creator and founder of YoYoSkills.com. He has been yoyoing for over 25 years and has a passion for the industry.

'YoYoSkills.com – Indefinite Hiatus' have 8 comments

  1. October 7, 2013 @ 4:27 pm Doctor Popular (@DocPop)

    The site will be missed, dude. Best of luck finding a balance between your life and hobbies. If we don’t allow ourselves to take a break every once and a while, we may start to resent the things we once loved.

    If it makes you feel any better, I took a break from making videos and stuff 7 or 8 years ago. Though I haven’t had time to pick that stuff back up, I still yo-yo all the time and have great relationships still with friends I met through the sport.


  2. October 2, 2013 @ 6:18 am Benson Peter Arudo

    Through my yoyoing years, short as they are, Yoyoskills has always been my go to site for info on what’s happening out there in the yoyoing world, and some of the est videos too. Thanks Chris for bringing yoyoing closer to my home. I do wish you well in your future endeavours.


  3. September 26, 2013 @ 11:07 pm Gunter

    so long, and thanks for all the fish


  4. September 26, 2013 @ 7:20 pm Bart

    I have always really appreciated all of the cool info and videos yoyoskills.com has put out. The site will be missed while on hiatus. Good luck in all of your future life endeavors.


  5. September 26, 2013 @ 7:20 pm Lauren

    Your site has been revolutionary. What an accomplishment! We will miss your site greatly…but you must follow your bliss and continue to challenge yourself and enjoy life.


  6. September 26, 2013 @ 6:55 pm beavis

    Chris, I will miss this site, but I see where you are coming from. Life gets busy man! Hope to see you around, and thanks for what you have done for the past 5 years!


  7. September 26, 2013 @ 6:51 pm Blaine Shelton

    We all love you Chris and your online presence will be missed but I look forward to your continued presence in the world of yoyoing. Seeing the success that is this site I can only imagine you are doing amazing things in the rest of your life and they all very much deserve your attention. Until next contest.


  8. September 26, 2013 @ 7:15 pm Josh Rodriquez

    This site will be missed until the hiatus descends, All the Best my Friend!


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