Looking into my Crystal Ball

The past week I’ve had my mind filled with plans and projects. So instead of writing a sophisticated, thoughtful post, I’m going to ramble nervously.

Podcast Hype

Had it just been me, I probably would have kept the Good News a secret until the very last minute (I love giving surprises), but Oestrus has been promoting our little project for some time now and has been getting the Twitterverse pumped at the thought of hearing us talk to each other for an hour.

Well, I guess there is something to it. After all, we’re both fearless (her moreso than me, but I’m easily influenced), in-your-face and no nonsense. And I’d like to think we have a good sense of humour too.

I’m really excited about the project and if all goes according to plan, we should be doing our first recording around this time next week. We’re both super new at this so no live shows yet, but I wouldn’t discount it in the future. Don’t worry, I promise I won’t edit out anything juicy.

I volunteered to take care of the production aspect of the podcast so I spent the past week experimenting with different sound editing software. I was taken by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun playing with noises! I felt like I was 13 again, having just spent my saved up babysitting money to buy an electronic keyboard with midi output. Back then, I had big dreams of becoming a sound engineer and I spent a lot of my evenings trying to mix tracks with minimal cacophony. Trying and failing.. Let’s hope I’m better at it 13 years later.

Anyway, if you want to listen to two gutsy girls goof off and talk about WoW, you’ll love the Double O podcast.

Writing about Paladin Stuff

If not for the title, I don’t think any new readers would guess that this is a paladin blog. It’s just that when choosing between writing about a paladin cooldown and the impulse of the moment, the impulse of the moment always wins.

I did promise TopRosters a paladin-related guest post, though, so I do plan on making myself useful some time in the near future.

In-Game Plans

Since moving on from Conquest, I’ve been taking it easy in game so I can get through my clerkship without too much pain. TeamSport has been lovely and welcoming to the little drifter that I am. The culture shock was tough at first – I’m not a 10 man raider and I’m not a casual player, but after nearly two months, I’m finding it easier to relax in raids. I laugh at jokes, I don’t mind if I screw up and I’ve even tanked a couple of times without any kind of shaking, sobbing or hyperventilating! I’m also finding myself getting attached to the team and I have to hold back to not throw myself headfirst into guild life.

At the same time, I’ve got my eyes open for after I move in July. I know it’s a long way off, but the thought of guild shopping again stresses me out. I don’t think I’ll rest easy until it happens. I’d like to stay on the server. Ner’zhul is a great place to be. I want to keep in touch with a number of people from TeamSport and Conquest and keeping transfers as the last resort is the easiest way.

But the list of 25 man progression guilds on Ner’zhul, like most other servers, is pretty short. The top guilds are crossed out on my list. Raiding 20 hours a week really isn’t my thing and, besides, their members are constantly making fools of themselves in Trade and PuGs. I can’t imagine having to put up with them in guild chat!

So that leaves two guilds. One is the guild I already left. Which brings the selection down to one guild. One single guild. I hope we’ll be compatible.

From my own observations and from what O’s reported, when guild searching, healers get pounced on like a piece of fresh meat. I hope that guild will be like a hungry tiger in a couple of months. My lack of gear, end boss kills and hard mode experience makes me somewhat less appealing. I’m less like a piece of fresh meat and more like festering roadkill.

Perhaps, during the two and half months between finishing clerkship and moving to Alberta, I can rent myself out to other raid teams on offnights and get some extra experience.

I know it’ll all work out in the end, but I’m anxious to see where and with whom I’ll be ending up. The suspense is eating up my insides like they’re a delicious rare steak.

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14 Comments on “Looking into my Crystal Ball”

  1. Janyaa Says:

    I love the name of the podcast, and checked out the site and logo. Everything looks great so far! I’m excited to hear your first set. :)

  2. Rhii Says:

    I cannot wait for another healer podcast to listen to… but where are all the shamans? There’s like none on any healer podcast I know of. Boo for no shamans. ;) Although Pallies are underrepresented as well, I think. So, go Ophelie!

    • Ophelie Says:

      Raid Warning has two Resto Shaman (Lodur and Thespius), although they don’t talk too much about healing.

      The healer community as a whole does feel very priest and druid centric. I know there are way more fantastic Shaman and Pallies out there, but they’re all so quiet :(

      • Oestrus Says:

        I wouldn’t say they’re quiet, I just think they may not be as “connected” as the rest of us. I know Vixsin is an outstanding shaman resource and resource, in general. She does not use Twitter or do any kind of consistent podcasting. She updates often and never fails to put out good material.

        I see a few up and coming blogs that seem to have potential. I would like to see if they can come close to matching what others before them have done and make the same impact. I find that to be really exciting.

        • Ophelie Says:

          That’s exactly it, Vixsin is pretty much the only regular Resto Shaman information provider. And the healing community isn’t just bloggers. I know of a few fantastic paladins from Plus Heal and Elitist Jerks, but they’re pretty much absent outside of their forums of choice. I dream of the day one of my pally posts gets slammed by someone who actually knows what they’re talking about!

          Edit – Just so that my words don’t get misinterpreted, there are a number of excellent and knowledgeable pally bloggers, but very few write guides/informational posts and none of them slam my posts enough.

  3. Vidyala Says:

    I hope the 25-man guild you have your eye on is uh, hungry for you when the time comes. Oh man, that just sounds like all kinds of wrong. :D I’m okay with that though.

    I love the paladin bloggers. I’m not ashamed to admit that I seriously considered making paladin healing my “main” pursuit just so I could continue to be among their number. That sounds a bit weird, I suppose! It’s funny how the class and spec you play can really influence the crowd that will read your blog.

    • Oestrus Says:

      Vidyala, that was something I noticed when I transitioned from being a druid blogger to more of a priest or all around general blogger. I found the druid community to be friendly, but I felt like there really wasn’t any room for a new kid on the block. There were already so many established bloggers who were terrific at what they do and it was hard for me to feel like I could find my niche amongst them and like I had anything to offer compared to them.

      When I re-rolled to a priest, I found that the community was really in need of more voices and I was openly welcomed and people seemed happy to have another priest on their blogroll that they could look to for advice or information. That felt great! I think it also helped that I was finally writing about things I truly enjoyed, rather than trying to muster up enthusiasm for a class I was losing interest in.

    • Ophelie Says:

      I actually found out last night that the guild I was eying broke up a few days ago. It’s tough to be a 25 man raider in these times!

      I’ve noticed trends within the different subgroups of bloggers too. I’ve only ever been in the paladin group, but I sort the blogs in my reader by class and, yeah, noticeable differences in atmosphere between all of them. I do love the paladin community. We’re not as tight as the druids, but we’re got quite a few excellent bloggers among our ranks.

  4. Vidyala Says:

    It’s funny how the different subsets have that different feel. Even now, some paladin bloggers have me on their blogroll and I get many views from them. On the whole, I’ve found mages to be much more independent. I don’t think it’s deliberate, just the way we tend to be? Because of my alt problem I read a pretty wide variety of paladin/druid/mage/general blogs. It’s always interesting to compare.

  5. Equis Says:

    It’s kinda exciting being in a new guild, yet stressful like I was telling you last night. At the end of the night, the GM said they were impressed but I can get better.

    I like the “no officer” only the GM and Rl lead. All info is taken into account. No officer forums, everything is out on the open on the forums. Recruit apps are discussed in a new thread, with all raiders input. Which is deleted upon the acceptance of the recruit. I saw mine though ;).

    Humor is like Conquest x’s 10, alot more constructive criticism too. People actually getting called out for mistakes.

    So far I like it. But being the new guy, I’m still an outcast so to speak. It’s been awhile since I had to actually compete for a spot lol.

    Being part of the actual guild first heroic kill, was pretty satisfying, after almost enduring 2 months of no progress prior transferring. And 2 shotting this, with 6 trials, was pretty impressive. I see good things in the future. It’s an adventure, I’m sure you would enjoy too!

    • Ophelie Says:

      Thanks for the scoop! (And sorry I took so long in getting back to you! I’ve been failing badly at answering comments)

      Sounds like a really effective guild. I love that level communication. If the humour is like Conquest’s on crack, it would probably get on my nerves though… With each passing day I’m becoming a crankier old lady ;D

      I’m sure you’ll be in the center of things in no time. I have no doubts that you’ll put all their dps to shame.

  6. Chase Says:

    Can’t wait to hear the Podcast, sounds like you guys are having a fun time putting this whole thing together. As for the 10 man raids, they have a bit of a “special” feel to them.
    Best of luck in your search.
    While I know this is the “bossy pally’s blog” I do want to say to Vidyala, you are always going to be a pally blogger to me. Its what I know you as, and yes I still pop by to read what you have to say. Its still one of my favorites.


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