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Three Years

It’s that time again. With the holidays comes yet another blogging anniversary. I’ve now been at this for 3 years. I usually take this time to talk a bit about how many posts I’ve written and comments I’ve received throughout the year. This year, WordPress has done it for me (isn’t that nice?).

I certainly got a lot more visits than I did in previous years, though my rate of posting was a little slow this year with only 51 new posts. You’d think since I was unemployed for 10 months I’d have all the time in the world to write blog posts, but with a great amount of spare time came a great lack of motivation.

Judging by my most visited posts this year and the search terms people find me with most often, Druids really like their gear lists! To be completely honest, gear is my least favourite thing to write about, but I’m happy people find those posts useful.

Next year I hope to pick up my posting pace a little and try to write at least a post a week. I want to update my World of Logs guides for healers early in the new year (maybe if I say that out loud I’ll be more likely to do it). I’m also hoping to broaden my horizons a little bit and write about topics not confined to Druids.

In game, I’ve had a good year. There are two things I’m particularly proud of. First, I think Apotheosis (we’re recruiting!) has done really well so far this expansion. Our raid team leveled quickly, even getting some realm firsts along the way, and aside from a couple bosses that gave us more problems than they should have, I think we’ve been progressing at a good pace. On November 29th we completed all normal mode raid content and since then have killed 3 heroic modes. I’m very proud of my guild. Good job team :)

Apotheosis and Sha of Fear
I’m also really pleased that my challenge mode team was able to get Golds in all of the Challenge Modes, which got me my one and only server first Feat of Strength, a cool mount and the best transmog armor ever. They were also a lot of fun to do.

Challenge Mode Conquerors

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog, left me a comment, shared a post or talked about Druids with me on Twitter. That’s a big part of why I’ve been doing this for as long as I have.

Here’s to a great 2013, with more boss kills, more blog posts and less unemployment.

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Me

This is Day 8 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

This one is tough…hard to think of 10 things that most people don’t already know about me that I want to share. Here goes.

1. I’m an only child. Sometimes I loved it, because I got spoiled; sometimes it was a little lonely.

2. I used to be a blonde. I’m definitely not blonde anymore.

Pamela is unimpressed
I seem unsure about why this boy is kissing me.

3. I worked in the game industry for a little while, in QA. When I first got the job, I thought it was amazing. Getting paid to play video games? Sign me up. But it wasn’t all that great. The games I tested…they were bad. I got to play games like  Warpath (a Halo knock-off), Land of the Dead (based on the movie), Playboy: The Mansion (The Sims with boobs – I actually kind of liked testing this one) and the bane of my tester existence, WWII Combat: Iwo Jima. Ugh, that game was so bad (really, read a review if you don’t believe me). What made it worse was that we’d often spend a week testing a single build when we were used to getting new builds every day. I’d often just flat-out refuse to continue to play it and instead go through the bug tracker and point out terrible spelling and grammar in the other testers’ bugs. As you can probably guess, I made a lot of friends this way.

4. I always ask for the same thing when anyone asks me what I want for Christmas or my birthday: a pony. I’ve yet to receive one.

5. I was an offensive backfield coach for my high school’s football team. I ran drills during practice and sometimes called plays during games. I also kept track of player stats. It was a lot of fun. I was never big on playing sports myself, but I was all for telling football players what to do.

6. I like things to be in order. My movie collection and library are organized alphabetically. The clothes in my closet are sorted by colour. I’ve been known to reorganize the shelves in bookstores if I find something out-of-place. This is likely related to number 7.

7. My first job was at Chapters (a Canadian bookstore). I worked there for 4 years. I loved working with books and seeing all the new titles coming out. My customer service on the other hand, was hit and miss. I could be the best employee ever and make all the customers love me, but I could also be downright mean to the rude customers (no, the customer is not always right). I used to do things like announce over the store intercom that people should put their books back where they found them if they weren’t going to buy them rather than leave them in giant pile near Starbucks. Luckily, my managers loved me, so I could get away with that kind of thing :)

8. I’ve been fired from one job – when I was 2 years old. I was booked for a Pampers commercial, though I no longer wore them. As soon as the camera started rolling I’d tear off my diaper and proclaim “I hate Pampers!” My mom pleaded with me and tried to bribe me to pretend I liked them for a couple minutes, but I held to my convictions. That put at end to my acting career (though I was in a Mr. Christie cookie commercial previously – I had no problem eating cookies on camera).

9. I love games. Any games. Video games (I’m sure you knew that one), card games, board games. My dad taught me how to play poker, euchre, thousand and cribbage by the time I was about 8 and we used to play them all the time (also Risk and chess – two games which I never, ever managed to beat him at). In high school I played cards every day at lunch – usually hearts.

10. I have a single tattoo. I got it when I was 19. If you know what it is, you win my respect.My tattoo

My Desk

This is Day 6 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

Here’s where I do all my WoW playing.

My desk Things that are usually on or around my desk:

1. My purse. That’s where my dozen different lip glosses are. Also, my credit card when I find something I need to order online.

2. iPad – So I can use Twitter or look things up online without alt-tabbing out of the game.

3. Captain James Tiberius Kirk. I won him at a work trivia contest where I was dubbed Geek of the Year. He likes to watch me play.

4. Wine glass. I have to drink wine from a tumbler during raids. Using a glass with a stem results in too many shorted-out keyboards and too much wasted wine.

5. Headphones. I wear my headphones 90% of the time that I’m at the computer, so I made sure to get nice, comfortable ones.

6. G15 Keyboard. I thought the extra buttons on the side would come in handy…but I never use them. I do however, like the LCD screen that shows me when I get a whisper or who is talking in Vent/Mumble.

7. G700 mouse. It has lots of buttons for all my spell bindings and can be used both wirelessly or plugged in. My last mouse was totally wireless and died on me mid-raid on more than one occasion ><

8. I currently have a pretty orchid on my desk but based on my past experience with plants, it is not long for this world.

Not pictured above but usually around:

Charlie under my desk9. Charlie. He likes to sleep by my feet or on the printer beside me while I play. He also likes to chew all the wires while he’s awake, or attempt to knock my monitor over. Bad kitty.

 

I have to admit, I cleaned up a bit (okay, maybe a lot) before I took this picture. Other things which are usually on my desk but not pictured here include: water glass, bills that need to be paid, unopened mail, scraps of paper where I write my Baleroc healing rotation, phone, assorted USB cables and flash drives…but I wanted it to look nice for the post.

Thank You

Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving Event 2011Though my Thanksgiving was back in October, I still wanted to take a minute to take part in the Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving Event and thank a few people from the blogging community.

 

First, there are the Druids that I always admired who were part of the reason I decided to start a blog. Keeva, who always wrote such wonderfully informative posts about resto druids and clearly loved her class (you have to love druids to level 12 of them). Beru, who is not only an amazing resto druid, but is also one of the most open and honest bloggers I know, who has always been around to talk about healing or commiserate when something WoW-related is bothering me.

Next, thanks to everyone who has ever commented on my blog. I love comments. Ophelie was the first person that commented here (who I didn’t know in real life and hound relentlessly to comment on my damn blog already). That’s the first time I realised “Hey! Someone’s actually reading this!”

Speaking of Ophelie, thanks to all the people who have invited me to be on their podcasts. My first WoW podcast was Gkick. You might not know I was on that, because I thought I was awful. I was so painfully shy, I thought I was the worst guest ever. So thank you Gkick (and especially Hya) for inviting me on the show and continuing to say nice things about me afterwards. Then there was Fimlys and Hydra from the Twisted Nether Blogcast. On this podcast I got over my shyness and had a lot of fun. I even met Fimlys and Hydra in person at BlizzCon and they were just as great there. Then there was Kurn and Majik who invited me to be on Blessing of Frost. To be honest, I think they just invited me because they had run out of Apotheosis members to interview. And because I harassed Kurn (who I will say more about soon). Last but certainly not least, thanks to Ophelie and Oestrus from The Double O Podcast. I had always really wanted to be part of a healing roundtable and they actually invited me to theirs! I had a blast.

Thanks to Kurn, not only for being a great GM and healing lead. If it weren’t for Kurn’s blog and Twitter account I never would have known when Apotheosis was in need of a new resto druid and I never would have met all the friends I’ve made there.

Lastly, thanks to all the people I talk to regularly on Twitter. It’s a lot of fun to be able to discuss game changes as soon as they are revealed, and talk about everything from healing to cats to cheesecake with a bunch of smart, thoughtful people. Twitter conversations have provided me with many a distraction and gotten me through a lot of long days.

Happy Thanksgiving :)

My Best Wow Memory

This is Day 4 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

My favorite WoW memory is not something that happened in the game. It happened at an Irish pub. This is where I first met Shtanky, Lvachequirit, Ardhiel, Rundvelt, Loviatara, Shadu and Veztro; the founding members of Arm of Hades. They were at the pub having their monthly officer meeting. I’m generally kind of shy and not the type of person who would sit down with a table of strangers at a pub and talk for 3 hours, but that’s exactly what ended up happening. I couldn’t resist the idea of face-to-face WoW talk. At the time most of the people I played WoW with were people I only knew online. The thought of a group of local friends running a guild and getting together to discuss the game over pints every month was amazing to me. We talked about Karazhan strats, loot distribution and a whole bunch of other game topics and everyone told me I should roll a new toon on Vek’nilash and join their guild.

It took me a while – I wasn’t sure that I wanted to play with 2 guilds on 2 servers – but about a month later, I made a hunter and joined AoH. I got not only a 2nd guild but also a group of really great friends.  Not everyone from first pub night is still playing, but we’ve had a lot of other local people join who have also become good really friends. Since then there have been lots of good times in-game along with a lot more trips to the pub, Rock Band parties, UFC nights, and guild trips to both Missouri and Indiana where I got hang out with a lot of great non-local guildmates as well. And it all started with that one chance encounter at the pub.

Cheers!

My First Day Playing WoW

This is Day 3 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

My first day playing WoW seems like it was ages ago. My memories of what exactly I did in the game are a little hazy.

I remember the character selection process best. I found humans boring, gnomes ridiculous and dwarves weren’t for me. A night elf was the obvious choice. Horde was never an option. Of the classes available, Druids stood out because of their versatility and their affinity with nature.  I had no problems choosing my appearance, but then I got to name selection. I must have spent at least 2 hours trying to think of a name. I went through names in Greek mythology; I thought of characters in my favorite books. I ended up writing all these names off, or finding out that they were unavailable. Then I thought about my favorite video game, Planescape Torment. There was a minor NPC character that needed to be rescued from some corrupt guards called Jasilya. I’m not really into the whole damsel-in-distress thing but I liked the sound of the name. I changed it a bit to make it my own (and vowed to never have to be rescued from corrupt Harmonium Officers) and Jasyla was born.

Jasilya and the Harmonium officers

The original Jasilya. Image from Sorceror's Place.

After that ordeal, I finally logged into the game. I was impressed with the environment; I loved the greens and purples of Teldrassil. I was much less impressed by quests that had me killing cute little nightsabers. To be honest, I found the whole mob-killing, item-collecting thing a little dull and decided that World of Warcraft was not for me.

** Spoiler Alert: I changed my mind **

Then I signed into the game again the next day. I mean, come on, I needed to spend at least as much time playing the game as I did thinking of a name for my character. I began to realise just how much there was to do and see in the game.

Ooh, a new town to discover with new quests to do! A new spell from my trainer! That mob dropped a green I can equip! I’ve earned a whole silver! Whee!

By the time I made it to Darnassus, I was hooked.

Why I Started a Blog

This is Day 2 of the 20 Days of WoW Blogging Challenge.

I started reading WoW blogs a little over two years ago. Before that I mostly used resource sites like wowhead or thottbot for any WoW info I needed, or just figured things out for myself. However, once I discovered the huge and diverse blogging community (especially the druid blogs), I was hooked.

As I read through my favorite blogs and saw the amount of discussion and the exchange of ideas that took place on a regular basis I began to consider making one myself. I figured I could share my thoughts on druid healing along with the experiences I had from raiding with two guilds.

One day I was sitting at work during the Christmas holidays, completely alone with no actual work to do. On that day I also found Miss Medicina’s Circle of Healers questionnaire. I figured that having a post topic handed to me on a silver platter like that when I had all the time in the world to write was a good sign. After figuring out a blog name (which is a topic for another day) I immediately went over to Blogspot and created my blog.

Twenty-three months later, it’s still here! My blogging platform has changed and so has the subject matter to an extent, but I’m still really enjoying writing here and I have gotten to know a lot of great people through blogging.