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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

But This is Where It Ends, This is Where It Ends

September 7, 2010

But this is where it ends
This is where it ends
Call the police and call the press
But please, dear God, don’t tell my friends

– This is Where It Ends, Barenaked Ladies

I’ve had that song stuck in my head all weekend. The summer is ending, of course, not the blog. The blog, hopefully, will actually pick up now that I’m back on a regular schedule and will have plenty of hours of staring at a computer screen at the library.

The whole song actually does feel appropriate, though, after last weekend. I knew it would be rough to spend my last few days on the West Coast- and my birthday- alone in a city that likes to violently scrape the thoughts from my mind the way you’d scrape burned egg from a frying pan. What I wasn’t accounting for was when Life nailed me to a wall and hurled Herself (Life, of course, doesn’t have a gender, but I always call Her “She”) at me until I gave up. One day I’ll tell those stories, but not today.

Still, in the end, I think it was worth it.

As I was walking east on Georgia, following the overpass, heading back to my hotel one last time to pick up my luggage and get ready to go to the airport, I looked to my left. The setting sun lit up one particular building. Just under the roof it read Everything Is Going To Be Alright. Do you ever feel as if Life actually tries to converse with you?

Over my summer spend adventuring the West Coast, I’ve found comfort in two novels, one by Elizabeth Gibson, Eat Pray Love (which I swear I read before I knew it was going to be a movie!), a tale of the world traveling adventures of a recent divorcée in her 30s and one by Alice Steinbach, Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman, the Europe traveling adventures of a long divorced woman in her 50s. I love how they’re so different from myself age-wise and lifestyle-wise, but as solo travelers, the lessons we learn about ourselves and the internal challenges we face are the same. And the mornings where I woke up sobbing in my pillow, wondering why the hell I was doing this to myself when I could be back in my hometown living a NORMAL AND SIMPLE life, it helped to know that I’m far from the only female solo traveler who’s felt that way.

You meet a lot of people when you travel alone for months at a time. But most of all, you meet yourself.

All the Blogging I Missed!

I think I’ve read most of the major discussions, but my time was so limited that I couldn’t participate much. I loved reading all the feminism posts- I’ve taken part in (and started) a few WoW-gender trends in the past, but this was by far the largest and most elaborate discussion on the topic I’ve seen so far. Since I’m the ultimate people watcher, I especially enjoyed hearing about everyone’s personal experiences.
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A Quick Note on Comments

August 22, 2010

I never drafted up a comment policy because, really, I’ve never had to. In a small blog like this, issues in comments rarely come up. Even when I get into very controversial topics, I’m impressed by the maturity and quality of the resulting discussion.

I’m also not very anal about rules in comments. I’m fine with people disagreeing with me, I’m fine with some discussions going slightly off topic, and as long as you guys are ok with it, I’m fine with you guys disagreeing with each other.

But after thinking about this for a few days, there’s one thing I’m not going to tolerate:

Berating, judging and overall nastyness targeted at specific individuals or bloggers who are not participating in the discussion.

I’m also not going to put up with anyone telling me who I can and can’t link to, other than, of course, the person being linked to and the wordpress TOS.

I don’t think I really need to put a disclaimer anywhere, after all this is my blog and what I do with comments is my choice, but since a few days went by before I decided to delete those comments (actually, I didn’t delete them, I flagged them as spam) I thought I owed somewhat of an explanation.

But yeah, I don’t want to get caught up on blog wars that don’t concern me.

Respectful criticism of a quote, of a blog post (with link included!) or a well known event is totally ok, but personal vendettas have no place here.

I’m going to slightly raise my face from the keyboard for a second

July 23, 2010

I’m going to be quite honest here. I don’t feel like writing a post today. Like most nights, I can barely keep my eyes open. I don’t know how you non-students manage this every day of your lives AND do stuff like eat/cook/take care of kids. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had the energy to eat supper, much less make it! I’m actually sort of looking forward for school to start again so I can do other things but work and sleep! (Although when I’m at school, “other things” constitute mainly of studying… I guess the grass is always greener.)

But even though I don’t feel like making a legit post. I have a couple of things to say.

First, I did write a post! Yay! Only it’s not here. It’s over at World of Matticus and it’s about the paladin changes in Cataclysm. Take a good look at it because you won’t see me writing about Cataclysm news very often!

Also, there is a sort of mistake in my post there that I’ll edit once someone with approving power gets around to approving the comment that pointed it out. Holy Mending is indeed the tier 8 2p bonus. I completely missed that when I was going through the list of Cataclysm skills. It looks like it’s going to be a permanent skill, taught at level 80.

There’s something else I’ve been meaning to say, but keep forgetting when I’m sitting in front of the computer.

I’d like to give some link love to my guildie Redhawk, space chicken extraordinaire, who blogs at Redhawk’s Gaze. He doesn’t just write about druid stuff, so even if fluffly bird druids aren’t your thing, you’ll still find plenty of interesting posts. He also updates quite a bit more than I do! So head over to his blog and give him a hug for me.

Oh noes, I missed my Blogiversary!

April 13, 2010

So my blogiversary came and went. On April 7th, 2009, I made my two first blog posts. Two first highly crappy and embarrassing blog posts that I will not dig up. I completely forgot about the date and now I have to buy myself flowers and chocolate to be forgiven. (I need to upset myself more often, love chocolate and flowers.)

Anyway, because I didn’t do it then, I totally get to indulge in a retrospective post about blogging now. (What’s with the snarky looks? Every excuse is good for indulging in some blogging about blogging! So what if most of my posts are about blogging these days?)

This is a New Agey Blog, I tell you!

One of my favorite posts to write was the one on blogging about ones guild. Overall my message was that while I have my more aggressive moments, for the most part I’m very careful about what I say out of respect for my guildies and because blogging shouldn’t be an alternative to direct communication. I received several comments from bloggers mentioning that blogging had a therapeutic value to them and served as an outlet for frustrations they encounter in game.

My blog is therapeutic for me too, but more in the personal growth department than the outlet department. I know I’m really weird, but I learn a lot about myself from my blog, and I mean a lot. Sure, I write about video games, but taking several hours a few times a week to really ask myself, “what do I think of X, Y, Z?” has some surprising results. I started writing this blog as a way to develop my writing skills and what I’ve discovered is that writing a blog goes way, like waaaaay, beyond simple word typing.

It fits right in with my zen bamboo plants, my incense sticks, my fancy candles, my sounds-of-the-ocean music and complicated yoga positions.
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Free Speech in the WoW-Blogosphere

March 21, 2010

Me: Oh hei! I started a WoW blog! I’m not very daring though and I’m pretty politically correct.
Friend: No, if you want to be a blogger, you have be loud! And opinionated!
Me: Ah, but the WoW blogging community is pretty mellow.

Believe it or not, the outline for this post had actually been rotting in my draft bin for some time. I think the recent outburst in the WoW blogosphere had been quietly brewing for awhile. What got me thinking of our extend of free speech as WoW bloggers was actually a post by Daraxxus on Guild Ethics. A post that troubled me quite a bit.

My stance on people getting offended by what I write is…..if you dont like it you can either

a) Not read it
b) Go eat a big fat bowl of dick

The whole post is definitely worth reading and it was more thought provoking to me than any of the more, um, classy posts that had appeared on that topic over the past week.

I’m a very ethical blogger
. For the most part. Not because I’m afraid of getting slandered (yes, I was terrified when I first started blogging, but after watching and hearing what the Wow.com writers go through, I got over the fear of having rocks thrown at me pretty fast), but because that’s just who I am as a person. I’m careful when I write about my guild, not because I fear a /gkick, but because I don’t think being a bitch on my blog is the most efficient way to deal with in-game conflict. Honesty, respect and looking at both sides of the story are values important to me in all aspects of my life.

Should I expect other bloggers to follow the rules I impose on myself?

By the light, no!

Who the hell am I to tell others what’s appropriate and inappropriate content? Just because certain values are important to me doesn’t mean they’re important to everyone else. Saying my code of ethics is better than someone elses would be awfully arrogant of me. I’ll admit I can be a goodie-goodie, but there are limits.

Besides, if everyone wrote like me, the blogging world would be a pretty dull place. I stick to a cautious style myself, but I can assure you that I devour exuberant blog posts as much as the next person. I won’t blogroll a blog that I judge unethical (yes, I know I link to Paladin Schmaladin, but Ferraro has behaved for quite some time now and there’s just too much good information on the site to pass up), but I’ll still read it.

Over the weekend, a discussion stirred up on Blog Azeroth. A discussion that covered respect among bloggers, free speech as bloggers and tricks in dealing with criticism and trolls. There’s a lot in that thread to ponder and I encourage anyone interested by the topic to read it (and join in if you have anything to add). For the purpose of this post, though, I’m only going to quote Bellwether’s words:

It has been said to me many times that the WoW blogosphere is a stagnant community because all we, as bloggers, give or get are pats on the back to each other. You very rarely see people taken to task for misinformation or something just plain wrong, and those who do become a sort of pariah for rocking the boat.

As much of a “OMG-lets-all-love-each-other-and-be-happy-friends” blogger that I am, I have to agree with this statement. I’ve seen the WoW blogging community compared to a “circle jerk” before. When I correct another blogger on a mistake their in post, I even feel bad. It shouldn’t be like that.
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Shared Topic: Posting blog links on Armory

March 17, 2010

No, posting blog links on the Armory isn’t a new feature. But say it was. Would you post a link to your blog?

Yep, it’s time for a Shared Topic! This one was suggested by Anea of Oh Look, An Alt! and you can find other takes by checking out the forum at Blog Azeroth. (And even if you don’t want to read Shared Topics, you should go to Blog Azeroth anyway because I said so.)

So would you post a link to your blog on the Armory?

I totally would.

Granted, had I been asked that question 6 months ago, my response would have been more along the lines of: “OMFG NO! WTF ARE YOU THINKING!” Then I would have panicked for a few minutes at the thought of strangers reading my pitiful attempts at writing about WoW.

And it seems pretty unanimous among those who’ve responded so far that posting a blog link on our Armory page isn’t appealing.

Still, I would do it.

While it took me awhile to get the hang of writing (and I’m still pretty embarrassed about my early posts), I’m comfortable with my content. When I blog, I keep in the back of my mind that anything here may be read by anyone. It’s just how I am.

We have this illusion of anonymity on the internet, but that’s all it is, an illusion. I wouldn’t be surprised if a potential employer came across my blog. And if I’m comfortable with a potential employer reading my blog, I really don’t have a problem with random strangers reading it. Besides, having random strangers read it is kind of the point of having a public WoW blog in the first place (in hopes, of course, that these strangers will lose their stranger status).

A question asked the other bloggers who’ve answered the topic so far has been: Who would be armoring me anyway?

I don’t think my armory page gets many hits. Maybe some from guildies (who know about my blog anyway), maybe some from former guildies (who also know about my blog), maybe some from blog readers (who obviously know about my blog). But other than that? I rarely PuG or PvP, I’m not vocal on my server. No one cares about my armory. (Wow, that actually sounds kind of emo, hmm….)

Even in the rare chance that I piss someone off to the point where they go to the armory, find my blog link and give me a hard time, so what?

Another point raised by others who’ve answered this topic is: What if I’m applying to a guild?

After all the discussions about guilds and blogging, it’s been made very clear that different bloggers have different relationships with their blogs and their guilds.

There are some bloggers who seem to go as far as take pleasure in bashing guildies on their blogs. I can understand how they may not enjoy a new guild reading their blog. On a less extreme side of the secrecy half of the blogging spectrum, a few bloggers said that they just enjoy their privacy, their right to talk about the game without guildies breathing down their neck. I can certainly respect that.

Personally, though, if a guild can’t take my blog we have a problem. I don’t see why they would have a problem with my goody-goody, very PC, OMG-lets-all-love-each-other-and-be-friends style, but as we’ve all discovered at one point or another, people read what they want into your writing. And since getting used to a new guild is something I’d like to not do too often, I’d prefer to know ahead of time if they’d iffy with the topics I blog about, with my articulateness (or lack thereof) or with my personality. Maybe not so much when I was a new blogger (note that my GM recently made sure the world knew that I didn’t link my blog in my application). Now that I have decent sample size of posts, though, some very personal, some very dry, some very WTF, making sure a new guild is fine with my blog before I join would a be a top priority.

So, yes, I would link to my blog on my Armory page.

I don’t think it would generate much traffic (and I must admit, I would be very curious as to exactly how much traffic it would generate), but I don’t see why I wouldn’t link to myself. Shamelessness FTW.


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