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I need some opinions!

January 8, 2010

I think we can all agree that I need to work a bit on visual side of my blog. Unfortunately, I lack any sort of eye for judging visual appeal. I’m the kind of person who gets dressed in the morning and has to ask my (male) housemate if my clothes match. So you can imagine how lost I am when it comes to making websites pretty.

Fortunately, Faith, the daughter of a guildie of mine, came to my rescue and offered to help me with my banner.

She drew this amazing picture of my character :

Isn’t it gorgeous? And I’m still in awe over those boots. Those are so me.

What I need is an opinion on whether or not it would fit well in my heading banner. Does it have the Bossy Pally feel? Does it suit my writing style?

(Note that it’s not coloured yet, but will be if I choose to use it in my banner.)

While I know I absolutely love the drawing, it’s difficult to tell from the inside if it really represents my writing.

An alternative position for my character would be to have her on her side, ankles crossed with the spoon laying about the whole length of the body. She’d have one arm resting on the spoon and her head resting on the other hand.

Which also sounds amazing.

So…what do you guys think?

Thinking back on this blog: 2009 Edition

January 2, 2010

I say “2009 edition” even though it’s really a first edition. First of several, I hope! I’ve been wanting to do a meta post for such a long time but never dared. After all, this blog is still very young, too young to deserve a deep, thoughtful meta post.

BUT! I’m going to use the changing of the year as an excuse to pretentiously write about my blog. I wanted to follow the trend set by Matticus by going over my favorite posts of 2009. However, it would really be my favorite posts of the past three months. Which would be silly.

So instead, I’ll do K’s Pretentious Blogging Meme. I have a lot to say, so my apologies to those of you who’ll be reading this via reader. For everyone else, I’ll use a cut.

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Because this semester wasn’t doomed enough yet: @bossypally

December 7, 2009

OMG I made a Twitter account. I hate myself for it already.

https://twitter.com/bossypally

So if you can’t get enough of seeing me whine about stress and school in my blog, I have created a whole new corner of the internet to complain in. I expect my tweets/day will be directly proportional to the amount of work I’m supposed to be doing.

I’m totally going to fail my chemo final. Like, totally.

EDIT: I can’t figure out how it works. *sigh* Internet networking sites and me aren’t made to get along.

EDIT2: I love waking up to “you have 25 new friends!” (And I love noticing that Matticus and Miss Medicina are acting as my internet social agents – you guys are always so nice to me ;)) I will get this Twitter thing figured out, I will!

Now back to cramming the molecular structure and mechanisms of action of 200 really obscure and outdated drugs. QQ.

I has a linky to share!

November 26, 2009

So after I complained about how attention makes me nervous, Matticus kindly gave me some link love, tripled my blog traffic and asked me if I’d like to write a guest post. You’ve gotta appreciate his sense of humour.

The result was posted today: http://www.worldofmatticus.com/2009/11/26/case-study-anub-10h-vs-holy-paladin/

Descriptive boss fights are a bit out of my genre and I was worried about how my weird writing style would be received, but, contrarily to what my nightmares predicted, the feedback I got was very kind. I want to point out that I made the picture at the top of the post all by myself, like a big girl. Graphic art and I are bitter enemies, so when I do produce something that doesn’t make my eyes bleed I have to shout it out to the world.

Now that I have all this extra traffic, I kind of feel bad for not having lots of witty posts lined up, ready to be published. I do have some things in the draft bin, but I’ve been so busy this week that I don’t have anything I’m satisfied with on hand. Finals are just around the corner and I’m thinking I should dust off those schoolbooks and start cramming. I do plan to join in on the shared topic again and I think there is a huge need for a talents discussion but it’ll have to wait until the weekend.

On a separate note, happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it in November! I thought of you all as I was dosing off in my early morning class today.

Some things are learned the hard way

November 5, 2009

Because I’m getting a lot of questions and because it may come in handy to anyone who may find themselves in a similar position, my advice for the day is that when leaving a social situation where you may have emotional ties, just do it. The longer you stretch it out the worse it is.

While some explosive drama would have entertaining, leaving my guild really wasn’t that exciting. On the night I was leaving (which took place after I had written the shared topic post), I wanted to do one thing, others wanted to do something else. It wasn’t working, so I wished them luck and left. Because it was already an emotional time, I took it personal and there are still hard feelings, but in hindsight, there was no way that was going to end well. It’s always harder with online stuff too since you can’t rely on body language to let others know whats going on. I’d also be lying if I said that leaving my guild was all bad, I had some great talks with many people that night and I’m definitely not being fair to all those who went out of their way to wish me luck!

What would have worked better would have been to get together with the people I was closer to and planned from there. It’s not out of the picture, but I’ll have to wait until I figure out what my gaming time is going to be like.

The server transfer went well. My DK was transferred instantly and my pally took about 20 minutes. My new guild seems great and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone in it. I was included in an alt 10 man run, which was nerve wrecking (I always want to make a good impression!) but refreshing at the same time. The added pressure does spice things up! And I finally got my wish for 2 man healing 10 mans.

I don’t know how often I’ll be updating this thing until I get back into a gaming routine. I want to avoid the diary format of blog but I don’t foresee myself pondering specific topics or game mechanics until the novelty of a guild change wears off.

Edit: Holy crap this post was serious. To be forgiven for unreasonable use of seriousness, here are pictures of giant spoons:
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Well hello healing non-meme traffic

November 1, 2009

So here I was in my quiet corner of the internet when my hit counter went nuts. “Uh oh, I must be overwelmed by spam bots or something” I panicked for a second. A little bit of research lead me to discover that Miss Medicina’s Healing Questionnaire got featured on Wow.com.

Geez, had I known that my answering the survey would cause the internet to show up at my doorstep, I would have tidied up a little bit!

I’ve been enjoying going around reading all responses. The diversity of answers is really beautiful. Out of all the roles in the game, I’ve found healing to be the one closest to an art, where there are basic rules, but different formulas work for different people and each healer has a unique style. There is one thing that I’d like to emphasize, though. I have seen some reactions I didn’t exactly approve of. We are bloggers. Blogging isn’t about writing black and white systematic reviews. It’s highly personal and opinionated, but it also provokes discussion. While some bloggers who partook in the survey are hardcore, farming heroic Anub’Arak healers, others heal exclusively in 5 mans and the rest are somewhere in between. As well, there were replies from seasonned bloggers alongside replies from very new bloggers. Anyway, my point is, or points are, we each come from a different healing and writing background and we are sharing our experience. If any of you read information that you disagree with or that is “false” or you read something that isn’t clear, then please please please do say something, but do it in the form of a comment on the post in question. Don’t secretly do it on your own blog, don’t do it on wow.com. We are bloggers, we welcome discussion.

Same goes with any post. I look at where my incoming traffic comes from, which posts they read and I think “oh boy!” If the information on a blog is inaccurate, debatable, offensive or has room for improvement, sparking a bit of discussion does everyone a favor.

Doing a little tidying!

October 16, 2009

Quiet little me decided to come out of the blogging closet and openly admit to writing a blog. Ever since then I’ve been feeling a little naked, but no worse for the wear! To my greatest relief, I’ve been treated very gently. Until now, I had been holding off commenting on other people’s blogs out of fear that they would find mine (shyness isn’t logical, okay?) and I’m really looking forward to being more vocal in the future. I added a couple of blogs to my blogroll, the more informative paladin ones as well as the ones that I find would interest anyone who happens to pass by my site (including those who are just looking for my giant spoon picture). Eventually I’ll have to make a links page, since I tend to have a blog and an article to link to for every occasion, but that will be a project for another day.

Based on kind feedback, I changed my theme to one that would let me personalize my heading a bit. My experience in graphics editing is limited to drawing clumsy circles in MS Paint, so after many, many hours of tampering, I managed to produce something I’m rather proud of. Sure, it screams amateur, but at least I managed to do it.

I’ve been having so much fun with this whole customization thing that I’m even considering private hosting so that I can mess around some more with the layout… Originally, I started blogging to get some writing exercise as my every day writing consists of summarizing textbooks. But between then and now, I’ve learned to flex more than one side of my creativity. Which is great because I’m all about learning.

And now back to our regular programming!

[EDIT] Ok, maybe the dress in the header wasn’t the best option for a chilly day (it’s either the spring dress or the summer one, I can’t remember) but lets face it, 1) none of my gear covers my belly any better 2) my gear changes all the time, I keep festive clothes forever 3) the colour is pretty

What goes on in here stays in here. Or not?

October 10, 2009

One of my concerns with starting a blog was that I love talking about how people interact with each other, how I interact with people and about people in general. But where do you draw the line between discussing a hot topic and betraying trust? What is safe to talk about publicly and what isn’t?

In my last post, I talked about the current status of my relationship with my guild’s management team. I kept it as general as possible, focusing on my train of thought rather than on the circumstances themselves. Was that still crossing the line?

What if I wanted someone else’s opinion, sent a letter to wow.com’s officer quarters section (note: I didn’t) and it got published? Obviously, no one but other officers of my guild would recognize that I was talking about them. But how would they react? Would they be insulted that I went behind their backs and publicly commented on things that should remain private? I think they would be.

How would I react if I came across a post saying “we have this one guildie, she’s overly emotional, nosey and whiny” and the examples provided made it obvious the post was about me? I know I’m overly emotional, nosey and whiny, but that doesn’t mean that I want other people writing that where I can see it.

At the same time, there’s no clean cut way to lead a guild, everything depends on personal factors. And the resulting discussion is too damn interesting. I love reading Plus heal’s forum on leadership discussion. Yet what happens when you post on a public message board “this our problem, this is why the problem occured, this is what we’re doing to fix it, what do you guys think?” Is that acceptable behavior, or is it doing dirty laundry in public? As I mentioned earlier, offense may be taken, but it’s also how you compare notes, widen your horizons, are exposed to new ideas.

All I can say is that it gives me headache.

Oh noes the servers are still down!

September 1, 2009

My daily routine is all turned upside down. How sad. So instead of catching up on paperwork, I’m going to write random stuff in here because I haven’t prepared a proper entry.

On blogging: Surprisingly, I get a fair amount of hits. I don’t go public with this blog because I want blogging to be something fun and laid back. I want the freedom to post what I want, be it quality or crap, and I don’t want to worry about keeping up. I am still happy though when the odd person finds me on a search engine and clicks on a few posts. Sometimes, they’re actually looking for something WoW related. Most of the time they’re looking for something else… Can you guess what it is? …… Spoons. Giant spoons. I must get 5-6 hits a day from people looking for giant spoons. Sometimes with a cherry on top. All this time I thought I was a weird for having a thing for giant spoons. But apparently not. Apparently it’s one of those things everyone has but doesn’t talk about. Kind of like playing WoW.

On the new computor: It’s nice! It’s very nice! 25 man raids are so easy when you’re running on more than 3 fps! I have some problems with keyboard insensitivity (its so insensitive, no emotions at all!) where I have to pound on the keys to type. Hopefully that will clear up with use. Otherwise its all good.

On WoW: Our 10 man team beat Mimiron for the first time yesterday! Yay! Yes, welcome to 3 months ago you all say, but for my guild, that’s a big deal. 2 hour raids don’t allow for much time to learn fights and since most of our good raiders save their offnights for their families, 10 man runs are saved for special occasions. But of course, we didn’t take a picture and I forgot to get a shot for my blog. We took two swings at Vezax (or as we call him in our epic maturity, General Vagina), but the mana regen issues caught me with my pants down. Not a straightforward fight for a paladin tank! I extended the lockout and did some research… Should I manage to convince 9 dear guildies to spare a night for gaming I think Vagina, I mean Vexaz, will be ours by next week.

Oh my, servers still aren’t up. Evenings seem so much longer without WoW. I really need to find a backup hobby.

Oh my, writing ish effortful

June 19, 2009

So the week before finals PROBABLY isn’t the best time to start writing a blog. Two weeks of nothing but studying, then some recovery time where effort was not to be used unless desesparetly required. Before you know it, its been, what? 2 and half months? Ish!

I had a feeling this would happen, so I tried to hide this blog as much as possible. The stats show a few hits and I got a comment from a weight loss bot. It was a nice comment though! They don’t make bots like they used to. I’m hoping that all those hits were from bots, but if a real person somehow stubbled upon my posts, well, I apologise for either my n00bism to blogging or my lag of blog entries, whichever you found most bothersome.

So! I am working an entry (omigod a whole entry!) but I thought it would be best to keep the bla-bla-bla-I-made-a-post-then-disappeared introduction seperate. And with that, back to the real entry.


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