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Blaugust Complete

This is day 31 of Blaugust.

Well, I did it. 31 posts in 31 days. It was easier than I thought it would be, except for one point in week 4 when I never wanted to look at another blog again.

Let’s look at the positives fist. I learned that I can put out content much more frequently than I usually do. Of the 31 posts, there are only 5 that I really consider filler that I never would have posted if not for Blaugust. That’s not too shabby. This was a really good writing exercise. Another positive is that I found more blogs to read and tried to comment more often than usual. I also got more comments than usual here (at least at the beginning of the month).

Most of the negatives of Blaugust have to do with oversaturation. After a while, the challenge was not only putting out my own posts out but also reading other people’s posts. A post a day on 50-100 blogs is a lot of reading especially since I don’t tend to read on weekends, so they pile up. I read and commented less as the month went on, and I in turn received less comments. My post links on Twitter barely got shared at all, likely because there were so many of them. Likewise, I did very little retweeting myself.

Traffic-wise, this month I received less views than 10 of the 12 previous months. So posting daily didn’t really drive traffic. My post viewed post was Breaking News, Women Play Video Games, while a number of my posts got only a handful of views (especially the ones where I just embedded a video). There were a couple posts I really liked that didn’t get much attention, I’m sure at least partially because they got buried under everything else.

Overall, Blaugust was an interesting exercise and I’m glad I did it. I won’t be making an effort to continue to post this much though.

I’d ask you how Blaugust was for you but I’m sure everyone is writing this post today.


This is my 11th post for Blaugust.

I’ve been having a bit of a blogging identity crisis of late. Actually, it’s been going on for a while. There used to be a clear reason people came to my blog – I had a niche. I was a WoW player. I wrote about resto Druids, and sometimes hunters. I wrote guides on how to heal, tips for boss fights, the odd bit of theorycrafting, or gear advice. I got a fair amount of traffic to these kinds of posts, from search engines, regular readers and people linking to them from forums and such. My Warcraft Logs guide (which is actually up to date) and Resto Druid guide (from way back in MoP) are still, kinda sadly, two of my most popular posts each day.

It’s been a year since I’ve played WoW so, obviously, I don’t have a whole lot to say about it any more. Even in my last year playing Warcraft, I was pretty burnt out and posted sporadically. Over the last few years, my blog traffic has gone down…down…down. I’m a bit of a stats nerd and this graph is pretty depressing:

Cannot be Tamed yearly stats

It’s not so much that my views are low (they’re actually not bad), but the fact that they’ve been steadily dropping for the last 3 years, and dropping by a lot. I know, it’s not about traffic. It’s certainly not about money, as my one google ad I’ve hidden at the bottom of the page so as not to be obnoxious has earned about me about 5 (unpaid) dollars in the years it’s been there. Write for yourself, blah, blah, blah. But honestly, I like knowing that people are reading what I write. I appreciate the people who are regulars and friends, who stick around and comment more than those who come from search engines, but still, I feel like I peaked in 2012 and it’s disconcerting.

When I bring up the topic of falling blog traffic, people usually offer me two reasons for it. First, that blogging as a whole is becoming less popular. I’m not sure I believe that, and I really have no frame of reference other than my own blog. Second, I no longer have a niche. People don’t know what they’re going to get when they come to my blog. Sometimes I write game reviews – could be on a 4 year old indie game, could be on the latest Call of Duty. Sometimes I write about feminism, or what I’m playing, or The X-Files. I write about whatever’s on my mind rather than try to stick to a certain topic. The thing is, I like it that way. Just like with my videos – though my retro reviews are by far the most popular, I also want to talk about new games. Now that I’m not confining myself to WoW, I don’t want to confine myself to anything.

So… I guess I’m really just whining that my traffic has gone down, because I don’t really plan to change anything.

What do you think? Does a blog need a niche to be “successful”? Do you like when blogs stick to one topic rather than act as a stream of consciousness?

Gaming To-Do List

This is my 4th post for Blaugust.

Izlain came up with the writing prompt to create a gaming to-do list. I’m a big fan of lists, I’m making them all the time, so this seemed like a good blog topic to take on. In no particular order, here are the gaming things I want to get done.

  1. Post at least 1 video a week. I’ve actually been fairly consistent with videos, and have certainly posted an average of at least 1/week, but I occasionally miss a number of days and then catch up by posting 3 in a week. Further to this, I want to make sure I’m posting a retro review at least once every 2 weeks.
  2. Get back to my “Doing it Right” series. Games are full of not so great representations of women and a lack of racial and sexual diversity, but rather than always dwelling on the bad, I like to point out the good examples too. The problem is, they’re not always easy to find. I’ve got a video about XCOM floating around in my head, but need more. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
  3. Play some PC games. Between retro games and Witcher 3, PC games have sort of fallen off my radar (other than HotS). After the last summer sale my number of unplayed Steam games has been creeping up to an uncomfortable number. Yesterday I started Dead State, which unfortunately didn’t impress me much, but I’d like to finish at least 1 PC game this month and take a look at a few more.
  4. Finish The Witcher 3. One day.
  5. Get to rank 18 in HotS. Why 18? I dunno, seems like a good number and a realistic goal. For far rank 20 is the best I’ve done.
  6. Find an assassin hero I like in HotS. Right now, it’s basically Valla or nothing, and I’d like to be more adaptable when it comes to the ranked draft.
  7. Find a tank I like in HotS. I do like some warriors, but I don’t like being the tank. Somehow I’ve gotten away with never being forced to do it in ranked, but I’d like to be prepared.
  8. Figure out how to capture game footage from retro consoles. I have a Roxxio and a Hauppage, but so far have only used them with consoles that I can conenct with HDMI. There are a lot of games I’d really like to review on PS1/PS2 and Sage CD, but I haven’t figured out how to record them yet.
  9. Finish my unfinished games. Or make the decision that I’m done with them forever. Mirror’s Edge, which has sort of outstayed its welcome. Persona 3, which I played for about an hour (JRPGs start so sloooowly). Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Invisible, Inc., Hand of Fate, Lone Survivor.
  10. Play Journey. It’s finally out on PS4. Time to play.

Blaugust Day 1

This year I’ve decided to join in on Blaugust, an attempt to blog every day in the month of August. It was started last year by Belghast, and though I didn’t take part then, I’m motivated to do so now. My blog has been kind of neglected lately, as I’ve been spending a lot of time making videos instead (or playing Heroes of the Storm). I only posted here twice last month and I’d like to try to re-invigorate the blog, since it’s been floundering a bit since I left my WoW niche.

So, I’ve got plans. I’m going to do both blog posts and videos this month. I’m going to try to write some Heroes of the Storm tips posts here, since I’ve been spending so much time playing it and I want more people to play with me. I don’t really know what else I’ll write about though, hopefully something come to me. As for videos, I’ve got a few in the works already – a recap of my time at ConBravo, a couple new retro reviews. I’d really like to add another video or two to my Doing it Right series, since that’s what I started my channel with, but it’s been proving more difficult than I thought to come up with positive examples and those videos are even more work than reviews.

So, I hope you’ll read and watch along, and take up the Blaugust challenge yourself if it appeals to you. Happy Blaugust!

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.