Posted tagged ‘Blogging’

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.

Of Guilds and of Blogging

March 4, 2010

Note: This post is crazy long. That’s what happens when I’m away from my blog for more than a weekend. The words build up and come out all at the same time. I wrote this for myself because I’ve been thinking about the topic quite a bit lately and it’s driving me nuts. I considered splitting the post into two, but it’s too personal to be worth it.

I hate getting into hot blogging trends. Unless it’s an official Shared Topic, the more people talk about something, the more I write about everything but. I’m special, unique snowflake dammit!

I do, however, love thinking about blogging. I also love talking about anything guild-related. I’m somewhat of a closet amateur social anthropologist. Anything that has to do about how people interact with each other, about cultures, about communication, about influence, about social behaviour just gets me giddy. And the young, diverse, strange, ever changing social world of the internet? OMG! Just thinking about it makes me want to jump up and down in excitement.

What can I say? Some people are big into birds, others into sports, I’m a geek for social anthropology. I have no training for it, though, (two level 100 courses I took while on student exchange don’t count) so I kind of fumble around topics in hazy bliss. May real social anthropologists forgive me.

But anyway, I talk a lot about guild stuff on my blog. As a result, I’m constantly worrying about crossing the line. It’s important to me to show respect towards my guildies and to have respect for the work the officers put into the guild. I don’t want to censor myself, yet it’s not my place to criticize others, or be the cause of hurt feelings.

So, to make myself happy, I’m going to jump onto the bandwagon and bring up the very topic that’s been discussed on bit on Twitter, and posted about by Cassandri, Tam, Larísa, Anea, Pugnacious Priest as well as my own guild master, Matticus. Besides, I’ve been very good lately and put my schoolwork before my blogging for FOUR (4) WHOLE DAYS! (OMG IT WAS SO HARD TO DO! Blogging is such a drug.) I totally deserve a self indulgent post.

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Love Is In the Secret Admirer

February 12, 2010

I’m interrupting the gift series with a very special post. See, in the spirit of Love Is In The Air, Dristanel from The Physician’s Log came up with a fantastic Blog Azeroth event! All of us participating make a post like this one and we each get our very own secret admirer.

And I get to blogstalk someone else…as if I didn’t do it enough already!

I’m very excited about this! I’ve never had a secret admirer before! No, that guy who sat in front of me in the fourth grade and stole my pencils when I wasn’t looking doesn’t count.

If you want to see other bloggers’ secret admirers, head over to The Physician’s Lodge to read the kickstart post!

Love is in the Paladins

February 9, 2010

I don’t do link love very often. I’m always afraid I’ll forget someone deserving of mention. Still, I’ll make a exception this once. After all, this week is a great opportunity to say a few words about the paladin blogs in my paladin blogroll, as well as introduce some newer blogs that I look forward to adding to my blogroll over the next few weeks.

We might not be as tight as the tree bloggers (I guess there’s just something about a forest sticking together), but I can assure that there is just as much awesomeness (if not more!) in our corner of the community.

I’m going to be as inclusive as possible, but the internet is a big, big place. If anyone reading this knows of a pally blog that I don’t, feel free to share it in the comments. Of course, there’s no point in linking to dead blogs, I’m sticking with blogs that have been updated in the past month.

Say hi to our newest Pally neighbors!

I get so excited when I see new pally bloggers introducing themselves. It’s great to hear new voices, read new takes and have new people to argue. Here are some promising voices I look forward to hearing more from:

Crusader Shock – Check his webpage, it looks gorgeous! Josh’s blog is still in the very early stages, but, with his nice, easy to read writing style and his prot paladin and Guild Master experience, he’s off to a great start.

Hand of Argus – Orthien is another prot paladin and GM who just recently started sharing his adventures with the blogosphere. His blog is still very new, but it seems like there’s a lot going on with his guild and that he’ll have quite a few stories to share with us over the next few months!

The Physician Log – Many of you may recognize Dristanel by her fantastic comments on my blog. Also, see my new spoon RSS feed icon? Yep! That was her! Isn’t it cool? I was thrilled to learn that she was starting her own blog on Holy Paladins and even more thrilled when I saw the quality of her blog and her writing. She also plans on bringing some role playing to the table, which I’m looking forward to reading. She’s definitely one to watch! Oh, and fellow bloggers, sign up for her secret admirer event! Should be tons of fun!

A Healadin’s Tear – We’ve got not one, but TWO! new holy paladin blogs! Tarinae is a GM and seasoned holy paladin. And do you know what especially exciting about her? (I’m assuming it’s a she…if I’m mistaken, forgive me!) According to her about page, she’s a PvP healer! I really hope she has a lot to say about PvP, because I sure have a lot to learn!

The V-Team – We’ve got not one, not two, but THREE holy paladins! Vailladin seems a bit shy, but maybe we can get him to open up. He writes from a more casual perspective that is very easy to relate too. His “New to Level 80” series was fabulous idea and he does an excellent job covering the topic. Another blogger to watch!

EDIT: After I hit the public button, several bloggers I wasn’t familiar with stopped by to introduce themselves. I’m thrilled to add them to their respective categories and say a few words about each! In the new blogger category is Labrat. Her blog name, Paladin Pants, is my sort of thing! She’s not exactly new, you may know him from Atomic Nerds, but her pally blog is still in the gathering momentum stages. Her articulate, opinionated posts on topics varying from guild tales to prot paladin intricacies to reflections on in-game social interactions caught my eye immediately. Now, if you don’t mind, I need to excuse myself so I can finish read her excellent musings.

The Essence of Paladining

It is a common misconception that, in order to be a good paladin, you must roll your face on your keyboard. Or mindlessly spam two spells. Or hit a 9696 macro.

Pff, believe me, it’s so much more than that! There’s a whole essence, a spirit, a lifestyle that comes with being a paladin. If you can’t feel like a paladin, deep down in your soul, then you’re a pathetic excuse for a paladin. To really get in touch with your true paladin self, I highly recommend you take to heart the wisdom of Jong and Megan at Forbearance and of Antigen at Haz Mace, Will Raid.

If you’re a veteran at paladining and have broadened your horizons to the world beyond the limitations of the Light, and perhaps even to the world-that-is-not-WoW, then I’m sure you know Galoheart, the Ardent Defender. I’m also sure that, like me, you hope that his vacation from WoW will be a short one and that you’ll be hearing from him again soon.

The Endless Wells of Information

A long time ago, back in December 2005, there was an introductory blog post that ended with “Here’s hoping that this is a successful experiment.” That blog post written by no other than Rohan from Blessing of Kings. For over four (FOUR!) years, an eternity in internet time, Rohan has been providing solid paladin and WoW content. Many paladin blogs come and go over the years yet Blessing of Kings remains a pillar for our corner of the internet. If there was a lifetime achievement award for WoW bloggers, I would nominate him in heartbeat. I’m curious as to whether he considers his “experiement” to be sucessful…

Equally fitting into the endless and diverse information category is the strange and colourful Paladin Schmaladin. The addition of Hofflerand and Honorshammer to Team Ferraro has even further increased the scope of the blog’s already large niche. While Ferraro tends to be somewhat marginal to the paladin and blogging community, Paladin Schmaladin remains an excellent source of information for paladins of all types, big and small.

Of course, no Paladin-information-link-lovefest would be complete without WoW.com’s Gregg Reece and Chase Christian, the Prot/Ret and Holy (respectively) columnists. I’m sure they don’t need an introduction, after all, who doesn’t know The Light and How to Swing it?

The Protadins

The other night I acted without thinking and impulsively volunteered to lead a raid. After my guildies pointed out what I had done, I took a deep breath, grabbed my notebook and immediately went to Divine Plea and The Children of Wrath. The well designed cribsheets by Adgamorix and Renaissance Man, respectively, were lifesavers! Besides their helpful raid leading notes, both protadin flavored blogs offer great insight into the game and make for great reads.

Most paladins, when they think of tanking, they think Honorshammer. And with reason! Many of us (yes, myself included) learned to pally tank by avidly studying Honor’s Code. Honors has such a gift for explaining things and for spreading his passion for tanking.

And if Honor’s Code is paladin 101 tanking blog, then Righteous Defense is a paladin 201 tanking blog. Like Honors, Rhidach is also an expert when it comes to translating tanking theory into plain English for the rest of us. Whenever I need to brush up on the latest news and trends on pally tanking, Righteous Defense is my first, and often my last, stop. And if providing solid tanking content wasn’t enough, Rhidach also has this knack of slowly letting his personality shine through his writing, a little bit at a time, making his writing style absolutely addictive.

Aaand, if Honor’s Code is paladin tanking 101 and Righteous Defense is paladin tanking 201, then Avenging Wrathy is paladin tanking 301. Paladin tanks wanting deep, complex theory discussions get their fix at Avenging Wrathy. Still, while Wrathy does cater to a more select audience, his warm and vivid writing style is anything but dry! Now, if only he wasn’t so busy getting crazy achievements and updated a bit more often…

When I want to read about tanking in a different flavor, I have the perfect blog on hand. You may think Killing’em Slowly is a Warlock blog and you would be right. But every now and again, Fuubaar takes center stage and talks about pally tanking with an energy I’m envious of. She doesn’t get nearly as much blogging limelight as she deserves, so I’m going to start a protest, right here, right now.

EDIT: Svenn from The Misadventures of Svenn is another blogger who stopped by to say hi after I published this post. He reflects on the game and the people who play it, shares the results of his experiments and gives his guildies some love, all while taking a creative and unconventional approach to his writing.

The Retadins

I keep hearing QQ about how ret paladins are taking up space everywhere. I disagree. There’s at least one place where they do not take up nearly enough space: the blogosphere. Retpaladin.com has something akin to a blog on it’s main page, but it’s not the same as a blog regularly updated by the same person. With the excellent Suicidal Zebra taking a prolonged break from blogging, it’s a good thing we still have Morrighan and Firespirit to keep us updated on the Retworld! Both seem to be unfortunately busy with their offline life so I am impatiently waiting for them to update Caer Morrighan and Light’s Fury, respectively. Morrighan’s guides and cheat sheets are a huge help to me whenever I get the urge to smack mobs around with a two hander and Firespirit’s musings and adventure tales get me thinking, but you know me, I always want more!

The Healadins

I have a confession to make! I only realized recently that The Holy Paladin and Holypaladin.net were two completely different sites! You have to admit, they have a lot in common, even beyond their names. Both have somewhat mysterious authors (although Sweetiebird from The Holy Paladin is a regular at Plus Heal) and both are focused on holy paladin information. Those are the two first places I go when “reviewing the literature” for my more…informative…posts.

If you want numbers, if you want some pointers from a healer who’s seen it all and if you want a blog that has character, Moar HPS! is the blog for you. Most of us paladin healers tend to walk on the safe side, afraid to rock the boat. But not Codi! Whether it’s rewriting best in slot lists, experimenting without addons or wishing the rest of us would be a bit less politically correct, she proves over and over again that she has guts and knows how to use them.

Another blogger with guts is I am a Paladin, who, I’m happy to say, is updating quite regularly these days. For years now, she’s been offering advice to, provoking thought in and entertaining paladins and non paladins everywhere in her unique, upbeat and completely fearless writing style.

A Touch of Arcane might sounds like a mage blog, but don’t let sounds fool you. Dreaming is very much a holy paladin blogger. Who dabbles in discipline priest affairs on occasion, yet still very much a paladin. For any new paladin getting the hang of healing, I highly recommend his “Healing Through” series for descriptions and tips to healing Halls of Reflection and the first few bosses in ICC.

If you’re a paladin looking to talk holy, then you might want to strike up a conversation with Zabery. He (of course!) doesn’t post often, but when he does, h brings up topics the rest of us don’t really stop to think about, such as appreciating Seal of Wisdom beyond the glyph bonus or the in-depth implications of the 3.3 Paladin changes.

Three holy paladin blogs I’ve recently discovered (read: who need to advertise themselves more!) are Holy Shock, Looking for More and Non-Squishy Heals. Ruhtra, Jeffo and Saunder, respectively, have interesting, very readable writing styles and speak of topics that are easy to relate to. By the way, those of you on the Bloodlust Battlegroup looking for some awesome people (like me!!) to PvP with, Saudner is getting a group together for Saturday March 6! He doesn’t allow anonymous or open commenting, but I’m he won’t mind receiving emails from interested parties!

And last but most certainly not least, Pheadra is one of my personal favorite bloggers. On DI The Tank, she writes about her experiences raiding, playing a holy paladin and, recently, making the difficult but rewarding jump to a more intensive raiding environment. Her posts are a delightful mixture of her personal, heartfelt adventures and of her thoughts and interpretations of her class.

EDIT: In my determination to get this post out on time, I forgot to mention the unbeatable Snottydin. Creation of the brilliant Tamarind, Snottydin is, like, totally a grl irl and omg like can totally solo heal WoW! Want a challenge? Keep a straight face while reading Snotty’s posts. I bet you can’t do it! (By, the way, I believe Tamarind accepts guest posts for Snottydin’s Awesome Blog. Please, an email is all it takes to keep Snotty alive and well!

Through the comments I received on this post, I got the opportunity to meet two new holy paladin bloggers! One of them, Hana, stopped by to introduce half of his (I think!) blog, Flash of Moonfire (no worries, I’m sure the druid half is excellent too!). He writes a lot of fight descriptions, but fortunately, he is good at it. And I mean good! He’s a natural storyteller and skillfully avoids the usual boss fight clichés. I also noticed a few arena mentions, which I hope to see more of!

Another person to introduce themselves is Silk from WoW – Silk’s Blog. I’m shocked that I had never heard of him (I think!) before! He doesn’t post very often, but what he doesn’t have in quantity, he makes up for in quality. His thoughtful, well organized posts cover the ins and outs of high end raiding, reflections on the game and good ol’ holy paladin guidance. Despite the apparent seriousness of his writing, I did chuckle at a few occasions while reading, leading me to believe that there’s a hilarious, tongue in cheek jokester hidden somewhere.

See! Paladin Bloggers Are Awesome!

My fingers hurt. I wish I had room to say more about each and every blogger in this post. There’s such great work and discussion on the paladin class across the blogosphere. I did my best to include everyone, but as I mentioned in the introduction, the internet is a big place! If you know of a paladin blogger who has updated their blog in the past month, please let me know!

Also a few paladins I didn’t include but who definitely deserve some recognition are the brilliant posters at Maintankadin and Plus Heal. There is a reason why I rarely (if ever) post on those sites: questions and discussions are responded to in ways more articulate, helpful and efficient than I could ever muster. If any of you regulars from those forums are lurking around here, I want to say thank you.

EDIT: Sure enough, there were even more wonderful paladin bloggers that I wasn’t aware of!

Pugging Pally is a fantastic paladin blog I just discovered and I don’t understand why I didn’t find it sooner. I added her at the end since she doesn’t exactly fit into any of the above categories. The author (who does not provide a name) tells her adventures as she levels a holy paladin through the looking for dungeon system. The quality of the writing is top-notch and I burst out laughing several times at the hilarity of her descriptions. A must read for anyone who’s ever leveled, or tried to level, a libram wielding character.

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?


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