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Six

There’s a new meme floating around the WoW blogosphere. This one originates from Gnomageddon. I was tagged by both Glow and Chatmay.

The challenge:

  • Go into your image folder.
  • Open the sixth sub-folder and choose the sixth image.
  • Publish the image! (And a few words wouldn’t hurt, though I dare say I couldn’t stop a blogger from adding a few words of their own.)
  • Challenge six new bloggers.
  • Link to them.

Unfortunately, my image and screenshot folders are scattered throughout my C drive in no discernible order. So I went through a couple folders.

In my WoW screenshot folder, the sixth image is this:

Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest
I took this while I was doing the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest. I was trying to get it done before it was removed from the game, but alas, I wasn’t able to. I did get fairly far. I finished the quests for the Blue and Green Dragonflights, but never finished the Red. It was a very cool questline and I’m sorry I never got to see the end of it.

In one of my other image folders this was the 6th image in the 6th subfolder:

Charlie and Max
My kitties :) Poor Max just wants to have a nap in his hammock and Charlie decides he wants to nap there too. At least they’re good at sharing.

Now I need to tag six people. (As a side note, 6 is a lot! Wouldn’t a 3s meme made more sense?)

I’m tagging my guildmates:

Arolaide
Jacklalanne
Kaleri
Kurnmogh
Srsbusiness
Tikari

It’s very cool to be in a guild with so many bloggers. They just need to write more often. /glare

Two Years

Two years ago today I was sitting at my desk at work, exactly where I’m sitting now, and I decided to start this blog.

Over those two years I’ve written 260 posts, received 1,885 comments and somewhere in the vicinity of 200,000 visits.

This has been a great year for my blog, even better than the first. I’ve gotten new readers, people are commenting more and I became really involved with the WoW community on Twitter which has brought me all kinds of information and amusement.

I was looking through my blog posts from this year and there are actually a lot of them that I’m quite happy with and proud of. Here are a few of my favorite posts from 2011:

1. Have heals become too smart?
When I wrote this post I was sick of seeing my healing meters being dominated by Wild Growth. It’s not that I don’t like Wild Growth, it’s just too easy to use. It gives huge healing for very little effort. My problem wasn’t just about the nature these seemingly OP AoE spells but also about the nature of boss fights in Cataclysm. There are so many fights where everyone is stacked up on top of each other and raid damage is constant that casting Wild Growth (or Holy Radiance, Circle of Healing and Healing Rain) on cooldown is almost always the right thing to do. I wrote this post back in Tier 11 but this (in my mind anyway) continues to be a problem in Tier 13 as well. One of my favorite things about this post was that almost all my commenters disagreed with me. Some even had concerns that if too many people expressed these kinds of opinions about spells like Wild Growth they would be nerfed…oops.

2. Moonglow vs. Furor
This was one of my first real attempts at trying to do a mathematical comparison of two talents myself. The moonglow vs. furor question is asked often but I found that the answers given were never satisfactory. They were either a short, “x is better than y” answer with no explanation, or they’d cite some complex formula that went right over my head. I did a lot of work using real logs to determine spell usage and how the two talents would compare and hopefully made the issue a little easier for people to understand.

3. Raids – Business or Personal?
When I wrote this post I was frustrated. The night before I had been in a raid where people just weren’t performing as well as they should have been. It made me think about what I want from a raid group and how I think raids should be run.  The best part of this post was the comments. It was really great to have so many people offer their thoughts on the issue and help give me a better perspective.

4. To the Ground
Another post written while I was very frustrated. When the blanket nerfs to Firelands were announced I felt a little robbed and very discouraged at the progression (lack of progression, actually) my guilds had made before they happened. The reason this is one of my favorite posts is completely self-indulgent. 56 comments!  That’s the most I’ve ever gotten on a post. I felt as popular as Beru for a second.

5. Heal Sniping and Meter Padding
One week in August I kept seeing posts that mentioned heal sniping. Posts on small blogs and big websites. Posts that condemned the practice and posts that encouraged it. I felt the need to speak up about how stupid I thought the whole concept was. I had a lot of fun writing this post, and arguing with people who continued to dwell on the term.

6. What’s Wrong with this Picture?
I usually shy away from issues like sexism in video games, but after seeing Blizzard’s leader portrait of Tyrande Whisperwind, I needed to say something. This post let me vent some frustration and be snarky (two of my favourite things!). I also really enjoyed all the discussions I got to have with people in the comments.

Looking back at my favourite posts of the year, I’m reminded of two things. First, being frustrated is great for my writing. And second, I love everyone who comments here (or on Twitter). Being able to have discussions, agree, disagree and be forced to think of things in different ways is my favourite part of blogging. So to everyone who has commented, thank you. This wouldn’t be nearly as fun without you.

Here’s to year three.

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 :)

Recommended Reading

First of all:

Firelands Achievement Screenshot stolen from Kurnmogh

Woohoo! Ragnaros is dead. On Thursday Apotheosis strolled in to Firelands and knocked out Baleroc, Majordomo and at long last, Ragnaros. That fight is a lot of fun and it felt great to finally kill him. I’m super-excited to get started on heroic modes next week.

Now, on to the link love. Here are some great posts related to raiding I’ve read recently:

  • Morynne at Marks-365 takes a look at 10 vs. 25 raiding, examining the benefits and drawbacks of both. I’ve been meaning to write a post on this for quite some time and I always other people’s opinions on it very interesting.
  • Sunnier from A Sunnier Bear looks at what it means to be in an end-game raiding guild. It’s a really good reminder for those who currently raid and good information for those who are looking to start.
  • Kurn from Kurn’s Corner writes about the difference between an explanation and an excuse. I only stood in that lava wave because my cat jumped on my keyboard. And then caught on fire. Honest.
  • Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings asks how you define exceptional. It’s a good idea for every raider to ask themselves what makes them good (or great) and what they could work on to be even better.
  • Srsbusiness from Simply Business gives a very thorough rundown of the Firelands Legendary Staff quest. For those people who, like me, are unlikely to ever experience this it’s an interesting read. Also great for those who will be embarking on the quest themselves and want to know what’s in store.

Enjoy!

Hello Goodbye

This week the WoW community lost a couple great bloggers. Larisa from the Pink Pigtail Inn and Derevka from Tales of a Priest declared that they were hanging up their blogging boots. It’s always sad when prominent bloggers call it quits, but as Vidyala from Manalicious astutely pointed out, this is not the end for everyone – there are a lot of veteran bloggers still at it and new bloggers are popping up every day. Vidyala issued a challenge: find a new blog and link to it, and generally be encouraging to new bloggers.

I’m far too indecisive to link to only one blog, so I’ve got a few to share.

Reb Noob Diaries – Rezznul shares stories of his often hilarious travels through Azeroth as a resto druid and self-proclaimed noob.

Middle of the Forest - Middle of the Forest provides opinion and analysis for the casual 10-man resto druid.

standinthebluecircle – Alacran talks about all things resto shaman and tries to pass on the message – Stand in the Blue Circle, ffs!

Raid Trauma – Rax gives his holy priest perspective on raiding, healing and guild management.

Scribblings on the Asylum Wall – Stormy is an altoholic with a lot of opinions, if you like clever rants, you’ll find them here.

If you’re on the lookout for new blogs to read like I always am, go give them a look.

As for me, I’m not going anywhere. I am really enjoying raiding in Cataclysm, and despite being a bit busy lately, have a number of posts and additions to my guides in the works.

Happy blogging!

Recommended Reading – Mexican vacation edition

Happy Cataclysm everyone!

While everyone else is counting down the minutes until release, I am likely sitting on a beach or beside a pool drinking one too many fruity cocktails. I am a little sad to be missing out on all the expansion fun this week, but on the bright side maybe the starting zones will be a little less busy by the time I get back. Maybe I’ll even miss server queue times on Proudmoore (haha, unlikely).

Here are some posts from the last few weeks that I found really interesting and are well worth a read:

  • Beru gives us the lowdown on the new companion pets introduced in the last patch and how to get them. Go collect them all if you’re looking for something to do while you wait for Cata.
  • Adahy shares the best places to catch fish for The Limnologist achievement. Fish away the final hours of WotLK!
  • Tachyon tells you how to be prepared for Cataclysm.
  • Alas examines guild requirements and when they become unreasonable. As I personally spent a big chunk time of last week working on updating guild rules, I found this post very thought-provoking.
  • Hybridity has started a new blog after nuking all characters and starting from scratch. It’s actually a very good idea for people looking for a fresh start at WoW, but not for the faint of heart! (I can’t even imagine deleting my characters, **shudder**).
  • Missing the old Azeroth? Angelya has posted fantastic screenshots of all the old zones, if you’re in the mood for some reminiscing.
  • Keeva has posted colour charts of all the druid feral forms. Choose your hair colour wisely new druids, especially if you are a troll.
  • And last, but certainly not least, Vidyala wrote an excellent post on fostering a sense of teamwork in 10-man raids. My Horde guild is switching focus to 10s in Cata so this post was very timely and will undoubtedly be referred to many times.

Have fun with the expansion everyone. I expect you all to kick Deathwing in the teeth while I’m away :)

Recommended Reading

I’m feeling a little blogged-out recently. Not a whole lot is going on in game. Druid is plugging away at hard modes (currently 8/12), Hunter is working on normal 25s (10/12) and heroic 10s (7/12) when I can make the raids. I also recently got another character to 80. However, I seem to be suffering from a case of writer’s block and can’t think of anything I want to blog about right now.

So instead, here are some great posts from other blogs about one of my favorite topics, User Interface:

Kae at Dreambound talks about layout and positioning mods. Complete with cute stick figures!

Ecclesiastical Discipline talks about designing a UI from scratch.

Hots & DoTs shows off a shadow priest UI.

The Huntsman’s Lodge provides Power Aura code strings for pretty much everything a hunter needs to know. I have borrowed quite a few of these myself.

Lastly, while not strictly UI related (although there is a section on addons), Keeva at Tree Bark Jacket has created an awesome and extremely thorough guide to playing a resto druid. Everything you ever wanted to know about trees but were afraid to ask!

In other news, the G20 is now over, but the city is a little worse for wear. I don’t want to get too politcal on this blog, but I’m rather disgusted at what happened over the weekend.

The summit itself and any legitimate protesters were heavily overshadowed by a few hundred anarchist idiots who thought it would be a good idea to smash storefronts and set things on fire. These people weren’t even protesting anything, they’re just a bunch of malcontents with mother issues looking for an excuse to cause a ruckus.

Note to any rabble-rousers out there: coming to Toronto and smashing up Tim Hortons is not going to make you any friends. I hope all the vandals are put in prison and quickly make friends with some large, angry, sexually-frustrated inmates.