One year ago I was sitting at work during the lull between Christmas and New Year’s without a whole lot to do (much like today). Inspired by the work of some awesome druid bloggers like Keeva, Beruthiel and Kae, I had been tossing around the idea of starting my own druid blog for a while but just couldn’t think of a good topic for a first post. Then I saw it: Miss Medicina’s Circle of Healers questionnaire. What better way could there be for a noobie blogger to start out? That’s when Cannot be Tamed was born. I think I started out a little rough. I never considered myself a writer (still don’t really), but I had some strong opinions on druids and I knew what I was talking about, so I wanted to share.
After flailing about for a while, trying to find my niche I eventually started putting out some posts that I was quite proud of and I think others enjoyed. Some of my favorite and most popular posts have been:
- My 5-part series on setting up a good UI. I love seeing other people’s UIs and it seems I’m not alone in that. This was my first post that got linked to on Wow.com and gave me my first real traffic spike.
- Ideas for Tree Form Cooldowns. As far as I can tell, this was my most popular post ever. It’s too bad none of my ideas got implemented, some of them were pretty awesome.
- My Favorite Raid Bosses was a post I had a lot of fun writing and it brought bad all kinds of good (and not-so-good) raiding memories.
- LFD: How to Fit In was also a lot of fun to write. I love to exercise my sarcasm muscles.
- Druid Fashion let Jasyla be a model for a day and gave me some experience with WoW model viewer. BTW, the winner of best druid gear? T8 – Nightsong!
- Comparison of Healing Spells by Class was enjoyable since I’m a big nerd and I love digging through Wowhead. I even learned some things I didn’t know about other healing classes. Other people seemed to like this post too.
Over the past year I’ve written 154 posts, received 780 comments (half of which are my responses to others) and my site has been visited 57,000 times. I’m pretty happy with that and I want to thank a few people for making my blogging experience enjoyable.
- Thanks to Euripides at OutDPS!, Vixsin at Life in Group 5 and Virile at Rejuvo who were the first people to link to me.
- Thanks to Jen and Zelmaru, without whom I probably would have blown up my site by now.
- Thanks to all the bloggers who do a lot of work on improving the blogging community: those who work on Blog Azeroth (like Ophelie), those who create blogging events (like Angelya‘s easter egg hunt), and those who work to spread the word about new blogs and great new posts (like the fine folks at MMO Melting Pot) – you all make blogging a lot of fun and make bloggers feel special.
And of course, thanks to everyone who subscribes to Cannot be Tamed, stops by to read and especially those who comment every once in a while – discussions and interactions with other WoW players is the best part of blogging.