Archive for the ‘Blogging’ category

Blog Azeroth 2011 Furtive Father Winter

December 4, 2011

It’s stupidly cold outside. I frostbit my fingers digging my car out of a snowbank otherwise knows as my parking lot. It’s dark all the time. I wake up in cold sweats every night, after having nightmares about semester finals of Decembers past.

But it’s ok. It’s all ok.

Because all these things mean that it’s just about that time of year! That time of year, oh yeah, for this year’s edition of Blog Azeroth‘s Christmas event!

You may remember the exciting exchanges from last year’s 2010 Secret Santa and all the laughs we had with 2009’s Kris Kringle.

And this year, Blog Azeroth is back with the Furtive Father Winter 2011.

For those of you unfamiliar with the theme, it’s quite simple:

1- Sign up
2- Receive the name of a fellow blogger.
3- Creep Secretly learn a bit about your fellow blogger
4- SECRETLY write a guest post for your fellow blogger and email it to them.
5- Receive a surprise guest post in your email.
6- Post your received post on your blog.

Easy!

It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers and draw some attention to your own work, while celebrating the season.

Ok, you say, I totally want in this, but how? How can I sign up for such awesomeness?

Again, easy!

Get the attention of your hostess for this year, Akabeko through one of these methods:

- Send her an email using this form
– Send her a tweet
– Leave her a comment in her announcement post.
– Drop by the thread at Blog Azeroth and leave a post with your interest.

The deadline for signing up is December 15, but don’t wait that long. Sign up NOW!

Blogging FAQ, Part 3: Building a community

March 3, 2011

Welcome to part 3, the final (yay!) part of my compiling and know-it-all-ingly answering of some really common WoW blogging questions.

If you can’t find your question here, check out part 1 and part 2 for the earlier installments of this scarily long WoW blogging FAQ.

Questions on how to get comments and how to build a good relationship with readers are those that seem to come up the most (since, for most of us, interacting with readers is what makes blogging so addictive), so they’re getting their own dedicated post.

I also feel the need to mention that while most Laws of Blogging are pretty universal, I’m writing with a focus on the WoW blogging community. Each blogging circle has a culture of its own and our local customs might not necessarily be applicable to the blogging world at large.

(more…)

Blogging FAQ, Part 2: Content

February 27, 2011

I need to confess. In Part 1, I was wrong.

In Part 1, I said this FAQ would be divided into two parts because I was too chatty. I was wrong. Because I’m that chatty, this FAQ will actually be divided into three parts: the basics, content and building your community.

So here is part 2, with my (personal, selfish) answers to the most common questions I notice and receive on blog content.

(more…)

Blogging FAQ, Part 1: The Skeleton

February 23, 2011

If you hang around this blog, or Blog Azeroth, you’ve probably heard my spiel about blogging. You know, how it’s great for improving your writing skills, for boosting confidence, for reflecting about stuff, for giving your skin that sexy, healthy glow you’ve always wanted. If you haven’t heard it yet, you will at some point.

As a result of my lengthy ramblings about blogging and my tendency to frequent corners of the internet that encourage such discourses, I get asked lot of questions about blogging. The same questions often come up (apparently us bloggers all share the same worries when we’re first starting out) so I thought I’d compile the more popular ones (and ask on Twitter if anyone had special requests) and, because I’m nice like that, my answers to them.

As I was trying to give each question the attention it deserved, I realized pretty fast that I had way too much content for one post. Turns out blogging is such a mysterious and complicated endeavour that an FAQ cannot fit comfortably into the ideal 500 to 1000 word length (see below) so we’ve got two parts: Part 1 on getting started and part 2 with all you wanted to know about content.

You get part 1 today and you might get part 2 tomorrow or Friday IF YOU ALL BEHAVE.
(more…)

See These Loose Threads? I’m Tying Them Up.

January 23, 2011

Those looking for my bondage blog will have to keep looking, I have a relatively strict minimal bondage talk on this blog rule.

I know all my blog posts start with “I have lots of ideas, but real life is kicking my arse, blablabla.” I really have no idea how the rest of you do it. My day goes like this:

7am - Get up, get ready for work.
7:45am - Leave for work.
5-5:30pm - Get home from work, get supper ready.
6:30-7pm - Finish supper, have pre-raid nap.
9:50pm - Wake up, get ready for raid.
2:00pm - Unwind from raid, go to bed.

SEE HOW MUCH BLOGGING TIME IS IN THERE? Considering a blog post takes anywhere between 2 and 12 hours to write, it’s just not going to happen. I have no idea how people with kids and a social life manage to do this stuff.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not quitting blogging, I’m just making sure THE ENTIRE WORLD is as annoyed as I am with days that only have 24 hours. Like WTF. What was Mother Nature thinking? 24 hours is clearly not enough for a full day.

The Blogroll

There are few things I hate more than updating the blogroll, but there you go, it’s more or less up to date. If I forgot any paladin blogs, give me a nudge. My criteria are:

- Must have a paladin component
– Must have been updated in the past month.
– Must have been around for a few months.

I’ll make the occasional exception when I feel like it, but I don’t really take recommendations outside of those criteria. I add most blogs to my reader, but my blogroll is long enough, I have to cut somewhere.

New additions you might be interested in are :

Lykkos’ The Healing Bubble – Lykkos joined Conquest around Cataclysm and the guy is brilliant. Really, really smart healer. Hopefully he’ll update a bit more if he gets some traffic.

Joe Ego’s Levelling Holy – Most of your probably know Joe Ego from Plus Heal. And if you don’t, then you should. He’s had a blog for awhile, but the updates have become regular lately so I’m excited to finally get to add his work to my blogroll.

Aunna’s Bandage Spec – Aunna’s blog was actually in my “General Healing” folder, but pretty much all the content is paladin specific. Updates seem to be about every two weeks or so (kind of like my blog!) but the posts are good. They show a solid understanding of the class (I’ve learned a trick or two from Aunna!) and they’re written in a way that anyone get something out of them, from beginner to advanced players.

Fannon’s Dwarven Battle Medic – Another general healing blog that ended up being paladin-centric, Dwarven Battle Medic was one of my favourite discoveries lately. He post about everything from raiding, to general WoW commentaries, to amazing screenshots (I hear he’s trained as a professional photographer and, well, it shows!).

Porkchop’s Porkchopsnholysauce - Another great recent discovery, Porkchop writes about paladin healing and boss strats, with a few inserts about the greater WoW beyond paladins.

Vilepickle’s Best in Slot Ressource: Paladin – I found Vilepickle’s raid logs once when researching boss kills. It was totally random, and I was all “hey, that’s the Best in Slot guy!”. Errm. Anyway, his old BiS tool was so popular that he’s expanded to cover all classes. You have to pay to get access to everything, but there’s enough free information to be useful, even for those of us depended on our meagre student loans.

Naithin’s Fun in Games – A rare non-paladin exception, Naithin was one of the first people I “met” when I started blogging. A former Warrior/Druid blogger, he now writes about most aspects of WoW, with a touch of other games. He’s also a pillar among those of us who write about WoW for the writing part moreso than the WoW part. Those of you who want to get involved with a community of people who write and love to write, Naithin’s your guys.

Twitter Behaviours I feel Compelled to Mock

Yeah, I felt too bad to give these their stand alone post, but there are some (and by some I mean 3) Twitter behaviours that make me /facepalm.

1- Proudly announcing: “I UNFOLLOWED @SOANDSO” “So and so, you’re not my friend anymore! HEI EVERYONE! So and so isn’t my friend anymore!” Like srsly, grow up. Unfollow whoever you want, no one cares. Well, ok, we all love the popcornable drama, but you’re really not doing yourself a favour.

2- Tweets of “Unfollow me all you want, I don’t care!” Hi, stop lying. If you notice you’re being unfollowed and take the time to tweet about it, you obviously care. And if you care, it’s probably because you’re not being followed by enough people. Get out there and make some friends (or just add anyone who seems mildly interesting), then you’ll have no idea who follows you and who doesn’t.

3- Post argument “Oh, @soandso thinks this!” or “I love arguing with stupid people” Really obvious manoeuvre there. You realize that it’s impossible to have an intelligent discussion with 140 characters a reply and you deal with it by making sure the other person is JUST AS FRUSTRATED as you are. And you do it by trying to publicly humiliate them. Great people skillz you got there.

Yeah, I’m sure I demonstrate poor social skills at plenty of times too. Like when I mock people’s Twitter behaviours on my blog.

Anyway, that’s the loose end tying for now. Next few weeks are all about internship work (the joys of being a health science student: you have to PAY TO WORK) and negotiating for an official job when I graduate. As usual, the pattern of offers go: my first choice company doesn’t get back to me, so I go with the best offer among the companies who do get back to me. Then when I’ve developed a good relationship with best offer company and am ready to sign the contract, first choice company SUDDENLY shows interest in me again. It’s so much STRESS.

And to think that I could have gotten a job at WalMart right out of high school and not wasted 10 years of my life going to college and being STRESSED OUT all the time.

Shared Topic: Your Autoblogography

November 11, 2010

From Look Ma! I made a WoW Blog, April 7, 2009

A bossy pally can only chase people around to talk to them about WoW for so long before said people become good at getting away. Then, all thats left is the internet. You can still run away on the internet, oh yes. But sometimes you unknowingly run towards trouble and accidently read things.
[...]
So I started a blog because I wasn’t getting enough WoW talk. I’m not yet sure where I want to go with this or if I’m going to go anywhere at all. Only time will tell, I guess?

We were running short on Shared Topics at Blog Azeroth (so you should all totally go and suggest some) and it was therefore my turn to come up with a Topic. And what do I like reading about? That’s right. Big, fat, juicy, behind the scenes blogging stories. Hence the Topic: Your Autoblogography.

The Topic starts next week and you can prepare for it by reading this post and by checking the thread at Blog Azeroth.
(more…)

Updating the Blog Links. And stuff

November 5, 2010

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.

Personal Links

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.

The Blogroll

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.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,970 other followers