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New Personal Blog

I love writing about stuff too much to give it up totally so I decided to create a personal blog. So as requested by Kimberly, here it is.

Be forewarned that it will be random stuff as I come up with it. It will not be about WoW although I’m sure I’ll write about it from time to time. It won’t be for everyone, but if you’d like feel free to drop by.

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish!

I’ve been fighting it for weeks now. Months really. End game has lost all interest for me. A very small part of me wants to down the Lich King, but the larger part couldn’t care less anymore.

I let the other officers know that I was going to take a raiding break. I decided that I would stick around to be a backup, but as long as any others were available, they should take them.

I?m not actually quitting the game yet. I?d still like to experience Cataclysm. But I also feel as if I?m done with the raiding scene. The inconsistent progression has left me wanting more than what Blizzard can offer there. Even sandbox video games (GTA anyone?) have some level of consistent progression, why shouldn?t WoW? I suppose it works for some, but not for me.

Because of that my interest in the endgame was lost. I stopped researching my classes. I stopped attempting to min-max my toons. I stopped gear research. I stopped boss research. I stopped all of the fun things that make the actual act of raiding fun. I really do believe that 75% of the fun in raiding is doing all the stuff to prepare before actually setting foot in the instance.

As for other aspects of the game, I still intend to finish leveling my toons to 80 if at all possible. But that too has lost some of its appeal as well. I get the feeling that Mach hopes dps’ing will get me back into raiding. And I suppose part of me hopes that as well, but I’m not too positive it will. On top of that my wife is pregnant with our third and should be due right around October. Given that Blizzcon will be in October and everyone’s expecting Cataclysm to immediately follow I won’t be available for raiding in the new expansion anyway.

I would like to experience PvP with a decent PvP class/spec, but I don?t know that I have the patience for that. I?ve always sucked at it and the only times I?ve truly enjoyed it was when it was going my way. 😛

I have a lot of emotional attachment to this blog. So it is with somewhat of a heavy heart that I close this one.

I’d like to thank the writers of all the blogs I’ve been following for some time now (all 141 of you!!!), most of whom don’t know I follow you because either work has blocked you or I’m just not that social of a person. You’ve saved me from many a boring day when work was slow.

I’d like to thank all of my readers! Every one of you! Even though few of you ever commented, the support I got from those of you that added me to your feed readers was absolutely great! It kept me going at times when I felt like quitting, but didn’t want to.

I’ll still be leaving this site up. I like to think there’s still some good information on it and with everything I invested in it I cannot bring myself to delete it. I’m especially proud of my Newbie Raider’s Guides and the whole Auction House Experiment. Regardless of how the game changes, a lot of the ideas there I believe will continue to be valid.

I’ll leave comments active for a time, but I’ll probably turn those off in a month to keep those damn spammers off of it! 🙂

So thanks again! And if there’s one thing I hope you went away with besides entertainment, I hope that you can strive to be a little nicer than however nice you were before. Just because someone’s a jerk, don’t let that ruin the experience for you by dragging you down too. Just remember it’s a game.

[Edit: I tried to leave a comment from my phone today and somehow lost half of my post. I’ve tried to recreate it here. I also didn’t realize it was April Fool’s when I posted this. Although that’s pretty hilarious, I did want to let you know that this isn’t a joke. My time blogging is over. Maybe someday I’ll pick it up again, but I doubt it.]

Blogging About Your Guild

Well as you may or may not be aware Brotherhood of Oblivion has been having its problems, hiccups, road bumps, snafus, etc. And like many guilds we were perhaps a little slow to react. There are an infinite number of fine lines you have to walk when leading a guild in a game. In doing that sometimes you find yourself reacting a little slower than you should, but faster than appropriate and finding the sweet spot is a bitch!

I don’t know that we hit our sweet spot, but there are already a few simple posts reacting to our guild meeting.

But let me take a step back and beat the dead horse by talking about something that’s flooded our little corner of the blogosphere the past few weeks. Several posts already exist right now about blogging publicly about your guild and more are being added every day. One reaction was the creation of a blogging guild called Single Abstract Noun that I’m sure we’re all familiar with if we haven’t already joined*.

Blogging About Your Guild

It’s your blog. Write what you want. Just be prepared to deal with the potential backlash.

This is the message we conveyed at our guild meeting. This is the message I personally believe in.

Contrary to what our blogging mage believes, this point was not brought up initially** because of his blog. Rather this point was brought up…how shall I put this? It was brought up because real people have real feelings. And it apparently became an issue that surfaced behind the scenes and was addressed in an officer meeting. To protect the people and the blogs involved, I will go no further than that.

Now you could argue that I gave away too much. That it’s easy for people to figure this out. And from my perspective, being aware of who and what this revolves around, it is. But from the average reader’s point of view it may or may not.

I am one who believes there’s no point in hiding anything. But…and there’s always a but…there is a proper way in which to do it. I for one do not normally believe in calling people out by name unless I’m willing to deal with the aftermath.

But what if I describe some guild drama that’s prevalent enough that guildies can figure out who and what I’m talking about?

So what? Those guildies already know who those people are and probably already know the situation so what’s really different? Perhaps I’m only adding fuel to the fire by being more verbal about it, yes. And that is one more factor I have to consider when blogging about my guild. But for non-guildies chances are you are not likely to care about the specific who’s who of any drama.

As part of that discussion though, the point was brought up that blogging publicly and addressing negative aspects about your guild makes it look bad.

I disagree.

If written correctly and as long as it doesn’t appear to be a non-stop tirade of drama after drama, I don’t think it makes the guild look bad at all. It makes the guild look real. Any guild out there professing to be drama free is a guild I’d be scared to join. Even social leveling guilds have their level of drama. What’s important is how they deal with that drama.

Beruthiel wrote a great post a while back giving us (Brotherhood of Oblivion) what she calls unsolicited and possibly unwanted advice. To that I say hogwash! What is a rant post except a cry for help and/or understanding?

So blog about your guilds! No one wants to read strats and theorycrafting 24/7! And if you do? Seriously. You need a new hobby. Seek professional help. 😛

*I’ve debated whether to join this guild. On the one hand, I’m sure it’s pretty cool to actually get to talk to a lot of you. On the other hand, I’m a horrible conversationalist with people I don’t know. I’m the guy who doesn’t rock the boat until I’m comfortable knowing full well that everyone will think it’s funny as hell when the others fall out! 😛

**I say initially because obviously afterwards there were discussions about some of his and others’ posts in recent weeks.

Two Years

Wow! It’s been 2 years! And even more amazing, I still have readers! All 1 of you! 😛

At first I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. I didn’t even know what a blog was two years ago! To an older guy like me it sounded like a new fangled term for being indisposed.

“Time to go, dear.”

“OK. Gimme a moment. I need to drop my blog.”

“Don’t forget to put the seat down.”

The first year was tough, but I think that’s because I was intent on posting real information whether it was about leading guilds, raiding, paladin healing, etc. Then for a time I wanted to increase my number of readers, because let’s all face it; we may all write our blogs for our own personal reasons, but deep down every single one of us wants to be liked.

Yes. Even though I’m older and have reached a point where I can honestly say that I don’t care what others think of me (family excluded of course), I still want to be liked just as much as the next person. Apparently I’m one of the infamous M&S players. 😛

So during the second year I made a committment to try and post Mon-Fri leaving the weekends free for other stuff. I did pretty well, even if I do say so myself. But because of that, there’s a lot of fluff and not a lot of filler. At first it was weird, but eventually I saw my writing evolve to more random things and going so far as becoming a rant at one point

Anyway, I was tempted to post my two year blog stats, but that always seems weird to me. It feels akin to posting damage meters which is bragging if you’re at the top and embarrassing if you’re at the bottom. Suffice it to say that I have a solid core of readers that I appreciate and more than I ever thought I would ever have. Either that or you’re all too lazy to take me out of your RSS feeds. 😀 Besides which I don’t want to embarass myself in front of all my blogging guildies who I’m sure rank higher on the blogging damage meter.

Which brings up a good point. How many bloggers are in guild?

Amber – Our loveable and equally fail GM. Infamous for Friday Flowcharts. Everyone’s older sister. Don’t call her ‘Mom’ cuz she gets nasty. Actually all the more reason to call her ‘Mom’. And like all moms she’s very protective of her guildies. Don’t let her fool you. Even the ones she claims to “like less”.

Celaeno – One of our Disc priests turned Holy Pally. Our beautiful siren on Vent. The first time we heard Cel on Vent the entire room got quiet. I think she’s embarrassed because she does sound younger than she is. But I’m sure a good part of that is because of Vent and/or because she sounds like she’s whispering. It’s still fun to tease her about it though. 😛

Mach – Our former GM and apparently still hungover blogger, as he hasn’t posted since.

Myssidia – Healer extraordinaire, albeit somewhat absent as of late. Hopefully he makes it back a little more regularly if not for raiding just to hang out and make fun of Amber.

Eviscerate – Our stealthy rogue. He who fails at finding traps. He of the 1 FPS. And I’ll stop there since a couple of our other guildies have thoroughly embarassed him recently. 🙂

Mathorvos – A new hunter. All around good egg. Entertainer of Vent. The perfect addition to the “Make Fun of Amber” club. And even more stealthy than Eviscerate blogger. Seriously! I found out he has a blog like two days ago. Nobody tells me anything! (Although my wife says I don’t pay attention. Pffft!)

Tartdarling – Our newest addition to the guild. Amber’s really collecting all of us.

EDIT: It was late and I forgot Rivs – Our fail mage. Unfortunately crit by real life so raiding is iffy for the time being which is too bad, but at least he’s still hanging out with us.

So all in all that makes 8 9 of us so far. We just need a few more bloggers and then we just kick the rest and have our own 10 man raiding blogging guild! 🙂

Now some of you may be wondering about another blogger that we haven’t heard from in some time. I’m going to break the silence as some time has now passed and nobody else has commented on it.

We used to have another blogger, Mikata, in the guild. She is no longer here. I’ve heard three sides to the story and I’m sure there’s more. There’s always as many sides to a story as people involved plus the truth. Two of those sides coincide with each other pretty perfectly. The other? To an extent, but a lot of detail was left out. As it stands, she has left the server for an RP server and I wish her the best. But I think it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing any updates to her blog from here on out.

So what’s in store from here on out? I don’t know. With the endless bitching I’ve done, I almost quit the game and blogging altogether a couple of months ago. Then I decided I’d at least stick it out until my 2 year mark. Well that mark is here and I’m still writing. So hopefully I haven’t run out of things to say. I’m opinionated if nothing else, so who knows? No promises that I’ll make it to Cataclysm, but here’s to hoping! 🙂

Mach’s New Blog

After months of saying he was gonna get started, he apparently did. Check out Macharious’ new blog. And give him crap for taking so damn long!

Since he’s an amazing tank, healer, and dps player I have no idea what he’ll write about, but I’m sure it’ll entertain.

The Guild That Raids Together, Blogs Together…

…seriously, we should just /gkick everyone in our guild that doesn’t blog and start recruiting the rest of you out there that do. We could just start a new guild on a server somewhere. 😀

Go give another guildie a little love if you would. Eviscerate’s a damn fine rogue.

Whoa! No way!

Yes, we have a non-healer blogger other than Rivs in our guild.

Comments

FYI, my traffic has increased quite a bit over the year and comments have increased by quite a bit as well. Unfortunately, this means that spammers are also getting smarter at getting around the built-in Akismet spam filter.

For those of you with blogs, you’re probably seeing smarter comments being left with the actual links in their names instead of in the comments. Although I still laugh at all the ones that say “this is a great forum. hope to really contribute and get to know you all.”

I’m not one for deleting comments. If you troll me, disagree with me, etc. I will not delete your comment given that it pertains to whatever the post is about. I do reserve the right to delete or edit comments that attack other commentors. Blast me all you want, all I ask is you treat others in a respectful manner.

Now with all that said let me point out this hasn’t been an issue on this blog thankfully. However, because the spammers are getting better and starting to sound more like legitimate commentors, I apologize to you in advance if I accidentally delete a legitimate comment.

I just deleted one that looked legit, but the name was linked to something I wasn’t sure was. So I Google’d it and the short description was definitely odd. Not scary odd, but odd enough that I deleted it.