So I’ve been computerless for a little over a week now. I do have a list scribbled out of all my exciting adventures in the tangible world, but, um, I kinda want to go home and have a nap. Amazing how much sleep ones body is capable of when not confronted with screen glare for several hours a day.
I did update the links on the side of my blog. My list of goofy posts is unchanged. As for the slightly more informative posts, I cut all the completely outdated links. Some, like the Cleansing post, the Aura Mastery post, the Hand of Protection post and two of the boss strategy posts (Valithria and Lich King) still hold partially true, so I left the links with a note indicating that they’re dating back to 3.3.3. I did something similar with “Things you probably always wanted to know” posts. While specific abilities have changed, most elements of the leveling mindset have not.
It was hard, deleting the links to all that hard work! I should write more silly posts, those never go out of style. Or if they do, it’ll be, like, 25 years from now, and while people probably won’t find them amusing anymore, they’ll be useful to provide historical insight into WoW gaming culture circa 2010. Always happy to do my part in contributing to future society.
I did add a category with all the World of Logs posts I’ve done. WoL is still a mystery to many, so I thought it might be helpful to have a few quick links on the side bar. While the fights featured in those posts will soon be pretty dated, the tricks to navigating WoL will not.
Aaand now for the social tediousness that is the blogroll. I hate blogrolls, so so much. I want to keep it short, but I want to link to a good variety of blogs and I certainly don’t want to insult anyone. I’m subscribed to something like 400 blogs. Not all of them are active, not all of them are even legible, but I hate to miss something exciting, so I just subscribe to everything. I read the posts that sound interesting and skip those that start with “Not paladin info for current patch“. Oh and with 20 different folders, keeping things organized is a joke. But as a result, I know specific posts better than specific bloggers. I know those whom I communicate with often, as well as the pally bloggers, but for most everyone else, I’m all “And you are? …Oh! You wrote THAT post! Oh yeah, I totally love you. What’s your blog again?“
I’ll link to pretty much every paladin blog I can find, because I think our class community rocks. There’s so much great stuff out there and it all deserves to be linked to. Besides, new or not-so-new paladins looking to network with other paladins should be given every available option.
I am, however, biased towards healing these days, so there are probably many retribution or protection blogs that I’ve missed. Heck, there are even holy paladin blogs that I discover far too late! So if anyone knows of left out paladin blogs, please give me a heads up. My only major criteria is that they be updated regularly (I set the cutoff date for this batch of updates as October 4th as the last post). I do link to a handful of retired pally blogs, either because of their contribution to the community or because of personal reasons but I like to keep that list as short as possible.
All the new additions this time, I think, were holy.
Pally Changes and Introductions
I was shocked when I noticed that I hadn’t already added Azeroth Apple. She’s an excellent writer and her gentle yet candid style makes her posts super easy to relate to. Her latest posts have been about joining a new guild, learning to raid, experiences that we’ve all encountered at some time or another, or that we might be having right now, and they’re always a pleasure to read.
I was also surprised when I realized that Non Elitist Raiding Diary wasn’t linked anywhere. Bragwen’s been busy with her new baby MMO Leader, but she is a holy paladin (and is writing about it more and more!) and her posts are usually either informative, thought-provoking or all of the above. She knows how to write and how to write well, so her posts pretty much read themselves.
Another addition was Looking for More… by Jeffo. (Note that there is another blog called Looking for More by Analogue and Reversion, which is also excellent and I suggest you all check it out). I’ve been subscribed to his blog since forever, but he updates so sporadically that I could never tell whether or not he was active. When he does update, though, he has a unique writing style that spices up any topic he tackles. Definitely a blog to add to your readers.
Muradin Musings is a newer blog that I’ve been following for some time now. Janyaa’s choice of topics, primarily paladin oriented with guild or general gaming experiences mixed in, are very similar to my own, so I was hooked immediately. She updates frequently, her posts always have a good substance to them and she masters the art of blogging from a very personal yet classy perspective, so I can see her gaining a lot of momentum in the WoW blogging world within the next couple of months.
As for retired bloggers showing some activity lately, I was excited to move A Touch of Arcane back to Holy and The Suicidal Zebra to Retribution. Both blogs, I believe, speak for themselves and hardly need an introduction. I hope both will stick around for some time.
Non Paladin Blogs and Guildies
The Non Paladin blogs section is always an annoyance. I like to keep this section short, but I had a list of about 30 blogs that I felt all blog readers should absolutely follow with religious zeal. I cut it down, maybe I’ll do a rotation or something… Anyway, I go with the mentality of “if I were new to blog reading, what should I read first“. So this means blogs that aren’t primarily class based, blogs that are easy to read and blogs that are catchy. I like diversity as well: Cynwise for PvP, Pink Pigtail Inn for game commentary, MMO Melting Pot for the light it sheds on the WoW blogosphere, A High Latency Life for the colourfulness if its writers and so on. As for new additions, other than MMO Melting Pot and High Latency Life, I added Fel Concentration and The Stories of O, both lovely blogs written by fantastic ladies who often tread on unbeaten paths. Note that O’s been spending most of her blogging time these days over at Divine Aegis, a blog that you-priesty types would be familiar with (I hear they’re recruiting a pally blogger too, for those interested!). I also updated the links to Jaded Alt and Jaedia’s Menagerie (formally The Lazy Sniper). I had been wondering why I never heard from either of them anymore. Turns out they’ve both moved their sites. Oh and if you look closely, you might find a link to my personal blog. I don’t update it often, but I’ve had a few people ask about it. It’s my exploring ground, my writers’ version of singing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush, so there might be a few occasional posts there in the future.
Finally, I made a little shoutout to my guildies section. You all know Matt and Redhawks, but there’s some more hidden talent in Conquest. My guildy X started a new death knight blog called The “X” Zone. It’s pretty quiet there at the moment, but maybe with a little encouragement, he’ll write some more. And for you audio type people, my guildies Logan, Vik and Bruherd have a podcast called Leetsauced. Warning! It’s not safe for work, like, not safe at all. I think they have a few more episodes currently in production. They’ve interviewed a few of our guildies (including myself), so if you’ve been thinking on clicking the Conquest Recruitment forum link but are wondering what kind of people you’d have the pleasure of raiding with, listen to a few episodes of Leetsauced.
Well so much for that nap
I think talking about my computerless week would have been faster overall. Oh well. I’ve been getting more than enough sleep anyway. I signed up for this, um, French club thing this afternoon. I’m sort of embarrassed because I haven’t really spoken to anyone from back home in months so my French is really rusty. But then again, this a French club at an English speaking school in Newfoundland. Nooooo one should notice my accent.
EDIT: I completely forgot Paladin Complex while updating my list! Retribution blogs are a rare treasure (especially to this wannabe ret healadin), so I am quite ashamed of myself. Dallanna doesn’t update often (*scolds*) but from the sound of it, Cataclysm is likely to inspire a number of interesting posts guiding us around the ret world. As well, he (or is it she? I can’t tell) mentioned some opinion/discussion type posts in the works, the kind of posts I love so much.
Also added Oh My, Kurenai to my general link list. Rhii branched out on her own, but kept her fantastic storytelling abilities.
While I’m doing some link love, I want to mention two really new blogs that caught my eye. The first Moments in the Life of a Death Knight, is written by the upbeat and enthusiastic Lady Erinia, which goes to show that DKs aren’t the downers they’re reputed to be. Her posts about gaming addiction are what caught my eye. They’re high caliber and probably require a certain background in psychology to really grasp, if you have any interest at all in the field of gaming addiction, they’re a must read. Also check out the scarves she makes and sells to raise money for her feline companion’s surgery.
The second is guild leadership blog: Dedicated Insanity by Gaia and Roksi. I played on their server for years, and when I saw the name of their guild, I thought “No way! They have a blog!” Production Company was (and I’m sure, still is) a very prominent guild on Moonrunner, so I was thrilled to see them blogging and sharing what they know about guild management.