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Posts which outline information that I would find useful for blogging, or my experiences which are directly related to blogging.

Blogs.  What the hell is a blog?  What do we expect to see when we read a blog?  What do we expect to –do- when we write a blog?

Right before I went on my so-called sabbatical (which still is kinda happening I guess, I just really wanted to get this out of my system), I was discussing a lot of this with the venerable Leafy.  Interestingly (probably thanks to the sudden drop off of blogs from the blogosphere), both Matticus and Lassirra have posted this week about how to blog, how to get big numbers, and how to be successful and interesting (or, at the very least, how to not ‘suck’).  Now, I am going to be big and brave (knowing that I am going to be crawling back into my hole very very soon) and talk about my take on ‘how to blog’. 

I don’t necessarily agree with every single point that both of these intelligent, far more successful bloggers than I make.  Some points I nod my head at frantically, others I outright disagree with.  However, that is what makes blogging so wonderful – it’s a way for people to communicate with each other and discuss things.  You are allowed to disagree – contrary to popular belief, NO ONE is marking you on your blog, you can not ‘fail’, and at the end of the day, someone out there will appreciate what you write.

Wait, but I thought I was only blogging for myself?

Well, to be honest, I think that is how many of us start out.  I know that part of the reason I started blogging was that I enjoyed writing.  Then I started vlogging because I also enjoy talking.  However, I also started because the small part of me known as my ego wanted other people to read what I had to say, and to comment on it.  I wanted to have the discussions about Warlock stuff that I really wasn’t able to get anywhere else. 

I also wanted to be a part of that awesome secret club.  I’ll admit it, even if no one else will.  I read quite a few WoW blogs before I started writing.  I started to notice that these guys kinda talk to each other!  Wow!  I was just so impressed and amazed and jealous all at once that all these wonderful, highly intelligent and creative people would discuss WoW both in and out of their blogs.  They would cross link, they would have conversations with each other, all sorts of wonderful things.  I desperately wanted in, being somewhat starved of WoW discussion.  I have heard things are dramatically different in the US, but here in Australia, the general rule seems to be if you talk about WoW, people look at you like you have two heads.

So, get to the point Sar… How can I be a good blogger?

Well, my very first tip is to forget all the bloody rules.  Sure, read them, think about them, pay attention to them… but if they don’t fit with your personal philosophy and style, then don’t follow them!

Some things clearly are basics that we should all follow.  Having an RSS feed is a good example of a basic thing all blogs should have.  Watching that your spelling and grammar are mostly correct is probably another.  However, once people start telling you what you should and shouldn’t be writing about, take everything they say with a grain of salt.  Everyone has their own reasons for blogging, their own things that they do and do not like to read about, and nuts to those who don’t want to read what you enjoy reading!

I find that, on my blog, I basically write how I speak.  This means that I do break a lot of the rules regarding grammar and punctuation.  I use FAR too many ellipsis’s (BTW, that is totally incorrect, but it’s one of those words that is so rarely pluralised), frequently followed by too many brackets, and finished off nicely with far too many exclamation marks.  I often invert the order of words, because I am also a stream of consciousness writer, and just write as I think.  This means I waffle all over the place, and if I was marking the stuff I write here, I would totally be putting (#) all over the shop!  However, this approach works for me, and if I try to write any other way, I feel stifled and uncomfortable.  Think writing a high school paper all over again.  I had a teacher who used to mark by liberally scattering ‘BAD!!!’ over papers… *shudder*.  Who the hell wants to feel like that when they are blogging?

Be thoughtful, but don’t take yourself too seriously!

Are you making money out of this little venture?  More specifically, are you making a profit?  I know I sure as hell am not (although I also have a feeling akin to anathema when it comes to advertisements, but that’s merely my personal beef).  So why would you treat blogging like a job?

Blogging, first and foremost, is meant to be an enjoyable experience.  There is nothing fun in the minds of most people about tearing your hair out over a post because it isn’t serious enough, or meaningful enough, or isn’t going to cause people to turn their existence upside down and go ‘Why the hell have I been living my life like this for so long?’  At best, I figure some of my posts may have encouraged someone to say ‘Hell, Destruction sounds kinda fun.  I am going to go and crap all over some Mages’.  At worst, people think I am a raving idiot.  Either way, 200 or so people must find something about me fun (I think Kag suspects it’s because I have ‘bewbs’).

My favourite posts that I have written (yes, I AM that lame, I do occasionally enjoy reading my own work) are generally off the cuff entertaining pieces of total drivel.  Oddly enough, they also generally get more views than others.  Clearly, you people are all sick enough to enjoy this crap as well, regardless of what people say.

Subheadings that are chocolate make sense are good like chocolate

Lass did address this in her post, and I have to agree on this one.  Make your posts scannable people!  Especially if you are like me and have diarrhoea of the mouth/fingers/whatever the hell you blog with.  I am SURE that people don’t read every word I write.  I don’t read every word other people write generally.  I don’t always have the time, or the patience, or… well, let’s just say I am lazy and can’t be assed.  Use subheadings, use bold, underlining, and italics where appropriate.  Make sure your subheadings are not like mine and actually relate to the crap that goes underneath them.  Alternatively, mention chocolate, and I shall read.

Guides and Analysis are not the be all and end all

Yes, guides get you exposure.  They get you link love on places like WoW Insider (which then kills your server, and you spend the rest of the day cursing those incoming links!), they get you google hits, they get you all that shiny stuff you are –supposed- to care about.

Thing is… they don’t always get you return visitors or subscribers.  People who look for a guide for something are looking for precisely that – a guide for a specific something.  If you only write guides, people are going to get mighty sick of reading them.  Guides, well… are boring a lot of the time.  I am in the process of unsubscribing from people who write guides and analysis and little else, because, frankly, your work (while I admire the effort, time, and dedication it takes to write all that) is boring as all fuck to me.

Why will I personally subscribe to you?

a) I know you (so, that’s a whole 5 people out of the way)

b) You make me laugh

c) You make me think

d) You write about Warlocks

Warlocks are right at the bottom of the list.  Why?  Warlocks make up maybe 1% of the stuff I read.  Most of the blogs I enjoy I read because I feel like I am interested in what that person has to say.  I’ll bet my bottom dollar (and I am at about that point!) most people are the same.  It goes the other way as well.  If I think you are a pretentious git, I won’t read your blog.  I don’t give a rat’s if you write good posts, you are a pretentious git and I just.  don’t.  like.  you.

Doesn’t matter what you say, just say it WELL

Let your personality into your blog!  Many people advise against writing ‘I killed x, I got y’ posts… but I say go for it!  That is… as long as you do it well.  Turn it into an epic adventure.  Say how much fun (or unfun) you had while doing it.  Explain why the hell that piece of gear means so much to you as to make it blogworthy.  I love revelling in others happiness (or misery, as the case may be) when they talk about it in an entertaining manner.

(To be fair, Lass does qualify her statement on the matter with basically this same message, I just wanted to state this in a more positive light)

Don’t beat the holy hell out of yourself

Everyone has an off day.  Doesn’t mean you failed as a blogger.  I remember when I first started I would feel immensely guilty if I took a day off from blogging.  Then later on I’d feel bad if I didn’t write anything good (which, by the way, how do you measure ‘good’?)  Finally, I just felt bad all the god damn time.  It didn’t help that I was being pounded from all sides with messages about ‘this type of blogging is bad!  That type of blogging is bad!’  Blogger’s guilt is real people. 

Also… don’t assume that no one really enjoys what you write.  As a reading community, we can be lax when it comes to leaving comments.  I hardly ever comment, and I really should make the effort to.  I always assumed that I was not an especially popular blog, and didn’t think I had readers who really enjoyed reading what I had to say.  Well, when I announced my break, lo and behold, it turns out I have people who like me!  Squee!

Linked to this, of course, is…

Write when you want to and how you want to

Forcing yourself into a set schedule of writing, while advised by many, invariably leads to blogging becoming a chore rather than a hobby.  Write when the muse strikes.  Sure, aim to write once a week or something, especially when you are beginning and don’t have a readership yet.  Don’t feel forced to write total shite though so you have posted.  While Matt says it is difficult to judge what is quality and what is not, I am afraid that, some days, I know that I am just pumping out crap to fill some space.  This isn’t radio people, there is no such thing as ‘dead air’… don’t feel forced to fill a void.

Lass comments on memes.  Memes are an interesting quirk of blogging… I personally don’t do a stack of them, but I enjoy reading them, and I do enjoy writing them when I am lucky enough to be tagged by someone.  Do I enjoy them because I am a blogger?  Possibly.  Some people will enjoy some of your posts, others will enjoy others.  No one has a 100% success rate with all their readers, and you would be lucky to have that with even one reader.

Ignore everything I said above if you don’t like it!

Blogging is an intensely personal experience.  You are sharing YOUR thoughts with the world, you should do it how YOU want.  Who says I am the authority on this stuff?  Absolutely no one.  As I said, people with bigger subscriber bases and much more intellect/skill/time disagree with a lot of my ideas.  Write about what you want, when you want, and how you want.  Reach out to other bloggers, link to their stuff (intelligently, I might add!), comment on their stuff (also intelligently), and don’t make an obnoxious bee’s behind of yourself in the community.

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I have been lamenting the closing of many WoW blogs as of late, and I unfortunately have to say that I am now (temporarily at least) going to be one of them. 

I have been finding many things associated with both blogging and WoW frustrating as of late.  I am unable to do any of the things that I enjoy doing in game, and I rarely spend time logged in properly anymore.  Sure, I’ll sit down at the computer, log in for a little, and futz around (as in…. run around Dalaran for an hour, or alt tab straight back out and afk disconnect), but I don’t get anything of meaning done.  I am essentially locked out of raiding, since I am too far behind the gear curve, the rep curve, and most any other curve that there is to ever catch up.  I am never online when other guildies are, so I know a small handful of people well, but to most I am some random Warlock who logs on occasionally.

As for blogging, the WoW Blogging community has changed and evolved so dramatically that I find it difficult to keep up.  Being in a completely different time zone to most bloggers keeps me out of the loop much of the time as it is, and I don’t get to have some of the interesting, fun conversations that I am sure are happening somewhere.  The community as a whole has also seemed to change their approach to writing, and I don’t necessarily think it is for the better.  There is this perception that if you are not writing ‘important guide posts’, your blog isn’t worth reading.  Ditto ‘analysis of random game stuff posts’, whether it be gear, spells, talents, players, the social side of the game, or a fricking tradeskill.  The community has started taking itself incredibly seriously, and I find it difficult to reconcile the prevailing attitude with my current game time and experience.

*This is not to say that there are not many wonderful WoW journal style blogs out there!  Unfortunately, I do not think that these blogs get the recognition that they deserve, and are seen by many (falsely) as the ‘inferior’ style of WoW blog’*

I will be leaving this blog up, and no doubt if I read something that I want to respond to, or if I have a sudden startling idea, I will post about it.  I would hope that most of my readers would not unsubscribe, but of course this is a totally unreasonable thing to demand!  I will continue to be a small part of the Blog Azeroth Community, and I will be able to spend more time on my one very very small job within that community (looking after the Shared Topics) so that I am actually doing that properly now.  I just am tired of feeling guilty because I don’t have anything ‘important or relevant’ to say.

Thankyou all for being wonderful readers, commenters, and great people all round.  It was great to meet you all though this tiny little corner of the internet, and I hope my muse returns to me and I can be back to normal soon!

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In perhaps one of the most idiotic moments of my blogging career, I managed to miss my own bloggiversary. It would have passed by, completely uncelebrated, if I hadn’t have gotten an email saying my domain was up for auto-renewal.

So… since for some reason the post got eaten when I migrated over here (WP thinks it is here, I can look it at, edit it, but when people try to view it it just doesn’t show up!), for the sake of nostalgia, and because I am a lazy git, i am going to repost it all right here.

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” (The King of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll).

I wasn’t quite sure where to begin to be honest. Where is the beginning? Well, I guess we can start with who I am and why I am writing this. I am a young woman in Australia who has been playing World of Warcraft now, for, oh… lets say the last two years. My ex boyfriend got me hooked onto the game in the simplest, yet most sneaky of ways: “Come to bed dear!”, “Not right now, I am in the middle of a Scholo run! Be there soon”. Soon, of course, was several hours later, when I was already fast asleep. Needless to say, once the rage wore off, I was curious to see what would keep an otherwise healthy, red blooded male up at all hours when he could be sleeping next to his girlfriend.

So began the adventure that was World of Warcraft. My younger brother also had an account, and he kindly let me create a character on it just so I could have a peek. I have to admit, that was one of the most painful, drawn out experiences of my life. I was immediately attracted to Alliance (the Horde all looked like they were in desperate need of a bath, and the Alliance looked slightly better groomed), and went towards a human because, lets face it, fantasy was never my strong suit. I had full intentions of creating a rogue (the idea of sneaking around stabbing things in the back appealed strongly to me), but my boyfriend discouraged me (a rogue? That’s probably a bit challenging for a, ahem… non gamer such as yourself). Fine. So I would probably suck at the stabby stabby. To this day, I still move using my cursor keys – shame shame, I know. I glanced at the other human classes – warrior? Too butch. Priest? Too holy. Mage? Waaaaay too goody-goody. OoooOooo, warlock. Now this sounds intriguing! And so, Saresa was born, and her noobish forays into WoW began in earnest.

For the second question, I guess I am blogging because I love to communicate. Plain and simple. I am already afraid that I will run out of things to say, I know, but I am hoping that this is first time blog nerves. I have been an avid reader of World of Warcraft blogs now for quite a while, and have always secretly desired to write one myself. I am quite happy to admit that there are many things I do not know about the warlock class, and I am always trying to learn new things. So I will write about the little that I DO know (or think I know, always feel free to correct me!), in the hopes of learning more. My alt may even make it in here occasionally, if the sheer evilness of the place doesn’t offend her druidic sensibilities. However, I don’t think that I could write specifically about WoW all the time… I don’t have the depth of knowledge required, nor am I a fan of theorycrafting (just FYI – future English/History teachers don’t always have mathematics as a strong suit). Well, that may be wrong – I enjoy reading OTHER people’s theorycrafting, but I can not do it myself to save my life.

And that, my friends, is the end for now. I hope the King of Hearts is satisfied.

Happy Birthday to me!  I’m so going to eat cake right now…

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Many many squees, and much love for every single person who comes here! <3

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I am a lazy ass blogger.  Want to know the real reason I am blogging right now?

I am putting off doing something else that I really don’t want to do.  I should be writing an exam (which I have to have done by tomorrow – eeep!), but since I don’t want to do that, I am blogging.  Not sure what about yet really, so many little thoughts running through my mind, and to be honest… I don’t know if any of them are particularly exciting!

First things first, I have decided to participate after all in the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog blahdeblahdeblah thing.  Simply put – I need improving.  I have no idea what the hell I am doing here at the moment, and I think this might help me refocus and work out what I want to do.  Originally I wanted to write quite a bit about raiding as a Destruction lock.  It was relevant back then – I raided, most everyone was Destruction, so we were all happy.  Now, I don’t raid, every Warlock I run in to on my server is Demonology or some weird ass hybrid spec that isn’t Destruction (for the record, anything that ISN’T Destruction is weird to me), so that blows talking about that right out of the water.  Sure, I could still do some theory crafting and DEEP INTENSE STUFF, but I rarely feel equipped for that at the end of the day.

However, I am not prepared to let this become a WoW journal.  I suck at writing that stuff.  Example:

On the weekend, we went into Hyjal.  I ‘led’ the raid, ‘led’ here meaning I had the little raid leader icon above my head, my DBM announced stuff (after I remembered to turn it on to announce), and I kinda gave people the strats.  To be honest, I didn’t even remember half of them.  However, we didn’t wipe, people got achievements, and fun was had.  I was very proud of everyone, especially on Archi.

… and that is all to be said.  See?  that’s just not exciting

So… I’m kinda at a loss.  Let’s hope this 31 day program helps me!  On that note, I best begin!

The first part of this is making an Elevator Pitch.  All that is is a statement where you say what you’re all about in, oh, say 30 seconds.  It’s called an Elevator Pitch because you have about the amount of time you would have if you ran into someone into an elevator.  You don’t want to lose them when they jump off!

Now these, I am pretty familiar with.  As a teacher, we need to do this every single lesson so that our students don’t go ‘Miss is talking crap again!’ and start snoozing.  Unfortunately, it just isn’t so easy here.  Why?  Because (as I said previously) I don’t know what the hell I am doing!  The first step to coming up with an Elevator Pitch is knowing what the blazes you are trying to do.  I guess I am trying to achieve the following:

  • First and foremost, entertain.  Entertain you, entertain me, it’s all the same.  This isn’t a serious ‘I am going to make you an awesomeleetplayerRAWR!’ blog.  Hell no!  In fact, reading this has the potential to make you worse (fair warning).
  • Occasionally I would like to inform.  This mainly happens when I rant.
  • Keep myself entertained: screw you, internet, this is all about me.  This is the Sar Show through and through.

OK, so now I need a way to say the above in an interesting, appealing way.  Now, I am going to assume for the purposes of this that the person reading knows I am a WoW blog.  They may or may not know that I am a Warlock, but they are definitely after a WoW Blog.  So…

“My blog is a place where you can read about the hilarious mishaps of possibly the best person in the world… who also plays a Warlock”

OK, OK, so that might be a taaaaaad misleading.  Accurate, but I think it shows me in a bad light.  Perhaps a light which is a bit too revealing… *crawls back to the shadows*

Really, I think the best person to ask might be the person who wrote the about page.  I don’t know how I will go keeping him to a brief statement, but threatening him with GBH should do the trick.

Destructive Reach is where that cruel barbarian master of all that is awesome Saresa writes about her experiences of getting her butt handed to her on a platter pwning getting her butt handed to her on a platter.  Her writing is full of witty observations and fluffy bunnehs doom and gloom.

OK, so that doesn’t sound appealing either!  *shoves Dagpep back into his hole* Damn it, am I going to get a fail grade on day one? 

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So, the latest BA Shared Topic has come from a place where few of us venture to dare… the realm of an Angry Dwarf.  Yes, that’s right, Saithir at the Angry Dwarfs suggested this week’s topic: your favourite, bestest, PROUDEST achievements.  Well, to be totally honest… I don’t have that many achievements which I am proud of in game.  I don’t have too many, don’t have a single title (apart from Jenkins, which hardly counts), and rarely work towards them.  However, we shall see what we can get from the very slim pickings I have done.

“Did Somebody Order a Knuckle Sandwich?” – Yes, I like to punch stuff.  A lot.  So much so that I punched my way all the way to 450, with the Rocky theme playing over and over and over and over in my head.  I’m so experienced I’d totally whip Rocky’s ass right about now /flex.  Never mind that Rocky is a bajillion years old…

“Going Down” – Because I worked out how to do this a NON stupid way before pretty much everyone I know.  While guildies were running around trying to find things to jump off, I simply mounted my bird, flew into the air, and dismounted.  hey presto, E-Z Achievement!

“Shop Smart, Shop Pet… Smart” – this is kinda cheating, since I got it on my Druid.  This achievement was the result of a lot of work, and a lot of mooching off others.  Sar can take credit for teaching Hermia how to mooch effectively (note: it involves making the OTHER people feel bad that they haven’t done enough work FOR you.  A truly difficult skill to master).

Runner Up

Yeah yeah yeah, so it’s cheating… I just thought that this one deserved a special mention of its own!

“The Fishing Diplomat” – because I conquered my fear of going into a Horde city.  My only wish now is that I had done so naked, because, well… they are Orcs.  We have to give them some reason to live, right?

Since I like to add a little something extra to posts, I’m going to add my top 3 Blogging Achievements

I have had only 230 spam comments so far, and a year is almost up.  I’ll just pre-emptively award this one, hey?

And of course, the BIG DADDY of them all, the one that beats everything else on this page…

Sure, I wasn’t actually interviewed live.  To be honest, I don’t know whether the intertubes could have handled that.  I would have probably broken them.  However, it is probably one of the top experiences I have had as a blogger!

What about you?  What achievements (WoW or blog related) are you most proud of?

PS.  Matt advised me to quit blogging.  So, if I suddenly disappear… all blame him.

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honest_scrap1_thumb I got an award!  Now, it’s really not often that this happens, so I am going to bask in the fact that I have been called so many lovely things by the equally lovely Lady Jess.   Basically, this award is given for the following:

This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.

Brilliant is really not something that I would have ever chosen to describe this little corner of the blogosphere, but I will take compliments where ever I can get them!

The flip side to this award is that we need to do a couple of things.  You never get anything in life without having to do something for it, no matter what you are talking about ;-)

  1. 1.  When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real.
  2. 2.  Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.
  3. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!

Seven Bloggers

So, I guess the first thing I have to do is find seven bloggers.  I think personally it would be more fun to link this to some people who have only been blogging for a little while (or who I have only been reading for a little while), since it is always great to look at some new and interesting places!  So, here are seven great blogs which I have recently discovered and enjoyed – consider yourselves tagged!

  • Kiwired at One Of These Alts Is Not Like The Others – one of my new favourite blogs.  Very entertaining, often funny and a New Zealander to boot.  I promise not to make any sheep jokes (especially since I am pretty sure he doesn’t have a mage).  He also likes The Princess Bride
  • Erinys at The Harpy’s Nest – A light hearted entertaining blog about Eriny’s adventures through WoW on a variety of characters.  Got to love people who suffer from altitis, especially those who have an appreciation of the lighter side of the game.
  • Lissanna at Restokin – to be honest, I am not sure if this sort of thing would be Lissanna’s cup of tea, but it would be delightful to know more about the person who writes all that amazingly informative stuff about Druids.  Lissanna is also a well known fixture of the WoW Forums, and is one of the few voices of sanity and clarity in that rather mixed up world.
  • Sevei at For the Alliance! – A really interesting blog which shows the perspective of a ‘Wrath baby’ perfectly.
  • Xeonio at Rez the Weak – Even though he is a bit more hardcore than me (OK, a LOT more hardcore), there are some really great tips and guides in this blog for all sorts of players.  The best thing is, they aren’t BORING tips and guides!  Be sure to check out his VW tanking Sarth 3D post (even if it won’t work come 3.1)
  • Ambermist at Tastes Like Battle Chicken – While the name of the blog was the first thing that attracted me, the content is equally awesome.  Very refreshing to read the writing of someone who openly admits that they don’t know everything, are working to improve, and are positively thrilled to share their lessons and experiences with you along the way.  Plus, she is a kick ass writer!
  • The crew at Casual Somethings – a blog written by a number of people in the same guild about a number of things.  Lots of great stuff to look at, and I think I spotted some potential drawings and comic style happenings!

10 Things I Hate Like Um… eh… 10 Things About Me?

Now, I have been puzzling over this all day.  It’s really difficult to think of 10 things about me which are both true and interesting!  Oddly enough, I think I have a lot of things in common with other bloggers, so I will draw the parallels as I write them.  So, here goes…

  • I have lived in 18 houses in my lifetime.  My family moved a lot when I was young (2-3 times a year until I was almost 6), and moved again across a few houses in the same town when I was older.  Unfortunately,. I can not remember for the life of me which blogger had ALSO moved a lot, as I read that this morning and it is now this evening.  *sigh*
  • You are more likely to get information out of me by talking to me when I am incredibly sleepy than when I am incredibly drunk.  Strange but true.  Most people have inhibition chip malfunctions after a few beers – I have them after 2am.  Want to know something that I would usually keep to myself?  Corner me at a horrible hour of the morning.
  • 1157150 I am allergic to waterKagrra is allergic to sunshine, and I figure my stupid water allergy is comparable to this.  Its technical name is Aquagenic Urticaria (almost sounds dirty!), and it leaves you covered with welts after contact with water.  Yes, I still shower everyday.  It also hasn’t prevented me from having a penchant for long soaks in the bath with a book, even though I emerge red raw from scratching.   The picture there on the left kinda shows what I get all over me after a shower…. very unattractive!
  • I get in trouble for not taking loot.  Even though this sounds like it goes against my selfish Warlocky nature, I have difficulty taking loot when I know that someone else could use it, especially if they are around more than I am.  It often gets to the point where I get tells from people ordering me to roll on things!  I guess loot just isn’t that big a deal for me anymore.
  • I get cranky when things don’t go my way.  In contrast to the above point, I find myself very easily irritated when people do things differently to the way that I would prefer.  This is especially true of other people who play Warlocks.  Especially the bossy Warlocks.  I think that the class attracts lots of bossy, strong willed people!
  • I am the world’s toughest critic – but only of myself.  I expect perfection from myself, and get annoyed when i can’t deliver it.  People who are into astrology put this down to me being a Virgo.  This also means that I am the last person in the world to put my hand up for accolades or recognition; I figure if I deserve to be recognised for something, someone will notice.
  • I can’t tell left from right.  Shhhh!  This was the main reason why I failed my first driving exam.
  • Speaking of driving… I have a thing for fast cars.  And Ducati motorbikes.  However, I am also very particular with my cars – I am much more interested in V8’s (love V8 Supercars, but then I did live near Bathurst for a large portion of my life) than imports, and currently drive the baby version of the car I want – I drive a Ford Focus XR5 Turbo.  It vrooms!  I’d kill to have a Ducati one day as well… but they are prohibitively expensive, especially on a teacher’s salary.
  • While I have only been gaming for 3 years, I have been reading since I was 3.  My mother taught my sister and I how to read at home before we went to school, so I have been reading most of my life.  As a child I was sick a lot and in and out of hospital, so I was never much good at sports or other fun outdoorsy things, but I was an amazing reader.  It comes in handy now for freaking people out when I read… apparently it looks odd since my eyes move so fast.
  • I would be hard pressed to tell you what I actually like about WoW.  I guess I could say it’s the group activities that keeps me going… I would love to level my alts, but merely so I could run instances with them… the levelling process in itself doesn’t appeal to me.  Similarly, I don’t mind brainlessly killing things occasionally, or just running around exploring, but I find questing very frustrating and dull, especially by myself.

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So.

My Blogroll is an almighty mess.  One I don’t have time to clean up.  At the moment I barely have time to scratch myself, let alone fix my Blogroll.  This is where you, my dear readers, come in.

Find me Blogs!

Link them as a comment here!

Also, please explain why said blogs are so awesome.  Things I am looking for:

  • WoW blogs only please
  • Writing should be articulate (if the writer’s spelling, grammar and vocabulary sucks more than mine, I don’t want them!)
  • Content should be interesting and fresh
  • I would love to link some of the smaller blogs out there – the well known, established ones already get enough love elsewhere, and I’m all for supporting the little guy!  After all… I am a small fish myself
  • Warlock blogs receive priority, but I am interested in all sorts of blogs.  PvP blogs go to the bottom of the pile unless they really engage me.

I will draw someone out of a hat to win a prize of incredible lameness.  I remember Pike gave away one of her awesome illustrations as a prize for something – don’t expect anything that good.  I might post you that bit of lint I keep meaning to pick up off the laundry floor or something… but, hey, it would be authentic, Sar lint!  Or… if you are REALLY lucky, someone will get a random Warlock themed something.  Could be a warlock shaped piece of lint!  Lint!  OK, OK… so I’ll cough up for something good :P  Like a Jinx T- Shirt of the winner’s choosing.  Sound OK?

Personally, I would go for the /dance T.  But hey, that’s just me!  So get out there and get reading!

Disclaimer and other crapola

The winner, drawn by random lottery, will receive the Jinx T-Shirt of their choice.  The winner agrees to tell me their postal details through email (which I will sell to all sorts of nefarious companies keep absolutely private and delete after use) so that I can arrange shipping of the T-Shirt.  The competition is open to people world wide, since I am a kind and generous soul.  One entry per person.  Entries close on the 22nd March, midnight Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  Only original entries will be considered (either a blog which has not yet been linked, or a completely different justification for repeating a blog link).  No correspondence will be entered into regarding results of the competition.  The Author of this blog asserts that she is not receiving any form of payment or service in this competition – this is just giving her something to spend her stimulus package money on.  Any queries, please email me via the shiny contact page up the top.

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So, the most RAWR worthy blogger out there, Stompalina from rawrbitchrawr, tagged me a while back on this meme that was floating around the intertubes.  Since I have been gone for so long, I haven’t been able to get in there and actually do it until now.  Since it has taken so long… I am not going to bother tagging anyone else.  Call me lazy… but I think it is well and truly dead now!

So, the whole point of it is… ahem *clears throat*

“The way it’s supposed to work is that you post your sixth screenshot in your sixth screenshot folder to your blog…
After that you’re supposed to tag 5 other people to continue the “chain”…”

Now, I only have one screenshot folder…. thanks to a nasty mishap where I wiped out all my screenies reinstalling WoW.  Whoops.  My 6th screenshot is kinda lame as well, but… here it is!

I strongly suspect this is one of those *whoops, I hit Print Screen* affairs, since it really makes no sense.  There I am, all proud with my Frozen Shadoweave Robe, T4 shoulders and Mindblade.  And a heck of a lot of nonsense going on around me.  I kinda like how everyone cleared room around the letter box for me though… I must be scary or something ;-)  I had stocked up well on consumables for once as well… which is probably why I was down to basically no gold, as usual!

I guess I’ll cheat and finish off with a shinier, better screenshot:

Burn witch, burn!  *cackles*

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And you won’t be able to get rid of me this time!  I thought, what better way to welcome myself back than to make a video.  I can’t remember what I was talking about, I think I made it a smidge over a week ago, so it’s not 100% accurate I daresay anymore.  Oh well.  Apologies for the nasty phone interference a few minutes in – watch your ears!

I think that I may have lost a few subscribers in my extended absence, but them’s the breaks I guess.  It is great to be back, even though it looks like some faces are lost from the community, but others have come to fill the void.  Everything that has happened that I have been able to keep up with in the game looks interesting as well.

Well… hopefully I will have some more to talk about later!

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Bre and Fim were kind enough to have me put up with me on the Twisted Nether Blogcast recently!  I can’t make any guarantees as to coherence on my part (I suspect I giggled idiotically through most of it – I am too scared to download it and see how I actually sounded), but if you are into my babblings you can find it here.  The rest of the podcast is most likely up to the usual excellent standard, so it is well worth downloading, even if you fast forward through me – that’s what I’ll be doing!

So, since I won’t be writing for a bit, hopefully that will keep you entertained instead.

Oh, and I fully expect everyone to sacrifice some good luck mojo (so, no good rolls for you!) to send on to me so I can get the net in a half decent amount of time.

<3 Sar

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