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

So, since the vote was a fairly strong ‘Yes!’, I have made the first video for the new year.  It’s not the best, especially since I am fairly rusty on the whole thing, but I am sure I will eventually get back into the swing of things.  Realistically, I am getting a new computer in April hopefully (fingers crossed!), so the quality will improve dramatically.

Since 6 people did vote no/apathetic, I thought that I should include a run down of the things that I have talked about for those of you who don’t like video or are unable to view it.  That way, things are fair for everyone, and you all get to know what I said/think/hurled at people.  Oh, and once again, YouTube has frozen me on a really ridiculous looking face.  Huzzah!

  • Blogging has been all over the place due to:
    • Trying to find a bloody house since I found out I was going to Bourke!
    • Christmas and New Year being in the way
    • My trip to Melbourne
    • My Great-Grandmother’s passing the day I got back from Melbourne and the subsequent funeral
    • A family friend being put in hospital and subsequently being put in a nursing home in Melbourne
  • However, I found out today that I have a house!
  • This means I am moving in TWO days: packing tomorrow, moving the day after.  Eeeep!
  • I look weird in the video since my stuff is half packed and stored in the study, so I no longer fit in there
  • I am kinda freaking out as to where I am going to fit my 300+ books and 3 bookshelves in my new place.
  • Attention Warlocks!  Go to the Damage Dealing Forums (NOT the Warlock Forums like I said in the video, although that would make more sense to me….) and give Ghostcrawler feedback on what is wrong with specific Warlock spells!  What ones are crappy and how should they be changed?
  • One awesome suggestion has been to change the mechanics of curses.  I think it sounds interesting and promising, but since my brain has half shut down, I can’t make any valid contribution to the discussion.  I might be able to think again tomorrow.

On other news:

Huzzah!!  The last point took an HOUR.  My finger was super tired from hanging over the PrtSc button.

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One of the things that I am still very indecisive about with this blog is whether I should continue to do the occasional video post. I know that it has been a long time since I have done them, and I am not sure whether they are worthwhile continuing with. I know that many people read my blog at work, and so are unable to watch videos. However, I think that there might be some people out there who do watch them. Personally, I do enjoy doing them when the inspiration hits me, but it would not bother me in the slightest to not do them either: I am much more eloquent with the written word than the spoken one!

So, I have thrown up a new poll. Please, please let me know what you think! You can find it in the side bar, or (hopefully) at the bottom of this post.

Video Posts: Yay or Nay

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Unicorn: an imaginary creature traditionally represented as a white horse with a long horn growing from its forehead.  Early descriptions of the unicorn characterized it as having the body of a horse, feet of the elephant, a swine’s tail and the head of a stag with a four-foot horn in the middle of its forehead.

Bre over at Gun Lovin’ Dwarf Chick started off something huge when she discussed her unicorn – the Sonic Spear.  Yes, in the world of WoW Blogging, Bre has redefined a Unicorn: it is now that elusive damn drop you always wanted and were just never able to get.  We all have one (or at least, that is what I tell myself every time something fails to drop for me).

So, what was Sar’s unicorn?  Looking back, I think I have several posts where I mention this… all the way back at the beginning of when I started writing this blog.  It wasn’t a hard drop to get, most everyone I knew had one.  It didn’t take an especial amount of skill or luck, but the numbers were against me and I could not have it. 

Wub’s Cursed Hexblade

That stupid blade just would not drop.  OK, OK, I lie.  It dropped once.  I think I rolled a 3, and the Boomkin of Doom won it.  I never saw it again after that day.  Every ZA run made me want to poke my eyes out with a pointy stick.  I finished BC in T6/T6 equivalent gear, and still using Prince’s Stupid Dagger.  *Epic Sigh*.  I felt so insecure about that dagger that I actually traded it in for a staff, despite my strict No Staff policy on Saresa.   Staves just don’t have that ring of awesome evil about them, as I have said time and time again.  Potentially being stabbed in the back versus whacked over the head with a big stick?  Only 2 people can make staves look bad ass – Gandalf and Onyxia.

For Hermia, the T4 helm was equally elusive.  People often were confused as to how she was in full epics… except for her pimp hat.  Of course, without fail, every run that I was a little late for or just couldn’t make her token would drop.  All this beautiful shiny Kara gear… one crafted Leather helm.

Blizzard – please stop hating me!

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2008 was a heck of a year for Destructive Reach.  Why?  Pretty simple really – it was the first year of my existence!  Since April, a lot has changed around here – I started on a WordPress.com blog, moved over to self hosting after a couple of months, and have been through a couple of makeovers since then.  People have come, people have gone, and numbers have certainly grown – although not too much, it’s still a cosy little hideaway for Warlocks and Warlock lovers over here, rather than a busy metropolis like some other blogs.  I would like to say that the writing has improved considerably, although that is still under question. 

So, what has happened here in the last year?

April

Where it all began over at http://destructivereach.wordpress.com.  The poor graphics make me want to cry (I didn’t have photoshop at that time, and I have never been a master at using MSPaint), the writing is pretty shoddy, but we all have to start somewhere, right?  Unfortunately the permalink to my first ever post is inexplicably broken, but don’t worry – it can be found at the original site.  However, I am not sure if that is a good thing…

June

I was amazed and astounded in June by a day of insane hits – one which I think still stands as my busiest day yet!  Matticus linked me in one of his posts on WoW Insider, which startled the heck out of me, and made me immediately regret not writing anything better for people to see when they popped over!

The beginning of June marked the very exciting 999 page views mark as well.

July

One awesomely exciting thing happened in July – I got invited to talk on the Epic Dolls Podcast!  While I still think I sounded like a total twit (and I remember being nervous as all heck), it was a really fun experience.  I still feel sorry for Leala and Rae having to try and talk to my noobie butt, especially since when I am nervous I laugh like an insane hyena every 5 seconds.

I also hit the 100 posts mark in that month – and have only written another 142 since!  Boy oh boy but have I gotten lazy!

August

I started to freak out about the content patch, got enraged while doing battlegrounds, confused people world wide by advising them to use the toilet, and didn’t really do much else.  What an unimportant month.

…. Oh, did I mention this is the month I discovered a little thing called video?  Check out the hair!  Whoa!  As an other small aside – I got my beta invite in August.  Definitely an uneventful month indeed /remove tongue from cheek.

September

Hmmm, so, my birthday is in September (21st if you were interested, be sure to send presents this year!)  Apart from that totally relevant happening, I ranted a great deal in September, whether it be about people not appreciating their DPS players or the homogenisation of gear; I learnt to doodle, left my guild for free agency, and tried (and failed) my hand at some RP.  I also stated very emphatically, for the record, that Warlocks are the best lovers.  Clearly I must have been right, because it was certainly a very popular post!

October

October led to a lot of interesting real life experiences, the beginnings of my hatred of achievements, some epic QQ being unleashed, the Big Patch of Overpowered being implemented, and the world’s messiest recapping of Blizzcon.  For future reference – live blogging Blizzcon while it is on TV is very difficult, not to mention dull as old biscuits to read and just… urgh.  People go to WI for that stuff, I am just here to provide random natter!

I also made some interesting predictions as to what Warlock DPS and playstyle would be like in Wrath.  Looking back, I was right on the money with some things, and a little… off… with others.  Well, can’t say I didn’t try!

November

I caught a horrible disease, tried my hand at posting some numbers, wrote a shiny guide to filling out guild applications for those moving Warlocks out there, picked up Wrath (of course!!), tried to help budding raid leaders motivate their raiders and ensure that damage meters are utilised correctly, and answered a bunch of questions thrown at me by bloggers and Twits – a great deal of fun!

I also failed miserably at NaBloPoMo.  Humbug.

December

The month where I unleashed epic amounts of procrastination – 99.92% of posts refer to me being lazy with posting.  When I was a good girl and tried, I wrote about the Merrymaker achievement and how it was similar to being prodded in a nasty place with a sprig of holly, discussed the differences between 10 and 25 man raiding, and bit off more than I could chew with a series on leading a casual guild.

I also, along with, you know…. everyone else, celebrated Christmas (or something equivalent or better).  Ho ho ho!

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That’s right, the time has finally arrived for me to go on holidays.  So, Destructive Reach will be on autopilot for a week, which means that, while posts are still incoming, your friendly neighbourhood Warlock is not here to reply to comments left.  This doesn’t mean don’t leave comments!  I’ll just have to get to them when I get back next week is all.

While I am on holidays my computer generated fake self will be posting regularly with lots of things – another part of Casual Guilds, some Unicorn chasing, and even some disco!  I’ll be tossing out the old year and bringing in the new (albeit, a touch late), and just generally causing havok around the internet.  You wont even notice I am gone!

I’ll also be Twittering like crazy while I am in Melbourne (at least, I am planning to).  You can see updates by either checking back at the big Twitter box in the side bar over there occasionally, popping over to my Twitter page, or perhaps even following me on Twitter!  If I can’t blog, I can at least microblog, right?

As a final note, Elf asked me a couple of posts back if I could write a guide to how I got my mini pets.  Well… I was going to, but Jess beat me to the punch!  I would heartily recommend reading her post instead :-).  Another great reference is Warcraft Pets.com.  I am pretty sure you can find me on there as Saresa as well, but it has been a long while since I updated that page.

Well, I will have fun in Melbourne, but I will certainly miss all of you in Azeroth and beyond.  May your drops be plentiful and your repair bills be few!

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Sometimes, a picture says it all…

And sometimes… there are people like me who feel the need to add even more information!

The other day (I am guessing Tuesday, judging by the above chart) I was doing a general check of the blog – you know, taking down notes of all the things that needed to be fixed, putting them in the procrastination folder… all that stuff.  Anyway, I happened to notice that there was a small typo in my Feedburner plugin.  Whoops!  So, I decided to fix it, not really thinking it would make much of a difference… well boy oh boy was I wrong!

Since I fixed the issue, my amount of recorded subscribers has tripled.  Sure, it doesn’t affect any of you guys, but it was a nice Christmas present for me to see how many more people actually read what I write here.  It also puts a little more pressure on me – perhaps I should now make sure I know what I am talking about!

So for all you self hosted WordPress bloggers out there who might not be familiar with Feedburner:

1.  Sign up at www.feedburner.com

2.  Download the Feedburner Plugin

3.  Install the plugin in your plugins folder and activate it

4.  Go to Settings, then choose Feedburner FeedSmith Plugin

5.  Type in the subscription address to your blog and save.

Hey, presto, you now have much more accurate subscriber stats!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and I will be back with regular posting shortly.

Much love,

<3 Sar

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A fun little game of tag has been floating around the blogosphere for the last couple of days now, and I have finally been caught.  Fulgaralis over at Killing ‘em Slowly just tagged me, so it’s time to dig through the archives and have a looksie.

The point of the whole thing by the way (thought I best clarify that!) is to find the first blogger to comment on your blog.  If the first blogger doesn’t blog anymore, then you find one who does and give them an honourable mention.  You then pass it on by tagging 5 people (although finding five untagged people is going to be a challenge within itself now). 

So, without further adieu (I almost spelt that wrong… but it IS 5am here!):

My first comment was from Becca from Power Word: Totem, in response to me whining (hey, what’s new?) about missing the Running of Da Bulls, since I was silly enough to screw the maths on the time conversion.  Unfortunately, Becca has since stopped blogging on PW:T – or I THINK she has, since there is nothing there since September.

Honourable Mentions go to:

Leafy, for being the next blogger to comment when I discovered that I am SEAK.

Phaelia, for being my first incoming link that directed stacks of traffic to me

Matticus, for my first link in WoW Insider (a rare occurrence, let me assure you!)

TeePee, for aiding and abetting me in Destruction, and writing really useful math driven Destruction stuff to boot.  Please come back TeePee, we miss you!

Nibuca, for doing wonderful work altogether…. even if she does play Affliction.  I s’pose I can forgive her that!

Now, who to tag, who to tag?  Who HASN’T been tagged yet is probably a better question!  Let’s see what’s new or untagged in my reader…

Adrenis @ DrainingSouls.net

Stompalina at rawrbitchrawr (I just LOVE the name of that blog, and the writing is good too!)

The folks over @ The Druid Team

Seri and Jov @ World of Snarkcraft

Noobiewan @ his corner of alittlewowforme

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So, instead of posting I updated the about page.  It was horribly out of date, and to be honest… not much of it applied anymore!  Sure, the new one isn’t especially informative… but oh well!

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sadpandaI did have a whole huge blog post planned out for today, but as I have been sick, and I came home from work feeling rather down in the dumps… I just don’t feel all that into it.  Of course, a lot of the work thing is my own fault – wasn’t feeling the best on Friday, probably took a couple of lazy shortcuts that I shouldn’t have taken since I was sick, and they have come back to bite me on the bum.  Tomorrow is going to be very horrific indeed.  Oh well, probably serves me right!

Anyway, this means that any big long wonderful blog post that I was going to write is now postponed.  I apologise.  There will be something hugely spectacular (!!!) tomorrow.  Well, maybe ‘hugely spectacular’ is an exaggeration. However, there should be something of substance.

In the meantime, there is an abundance of posts where people are reflecting upon their time in BC, and thinking about their future.  As this is something that is on my mind (and most everyone else’s, from what I can gather) I am sure that you will enjoy these. For recommendations, well… I’d just try most any WoW blog.  Pop up to the top, click on ‘Blogroll’ (which woefully needs updating…), and try your luck!

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As some of you may have noticed, I have a new look happening.  I decided that the old look, while nice, was far too narrow and I felt like a change.  I think that this new look is a lot more vibrant and exciting, although there are still a couple of little issues which I have to fix – like working out how to make things sit in the centre of the widget squares, and getting rid of those slightly darker purple lines which are starting to annoy me.  Old posts refuse to format correctly for me, and are an unsightly mess of images and words squooshed all over the place.  I do still have the old theme, so it won’t be difficult to change back if I decide that I don’t like this one.

I must admit, I suspect that half the reason I changed the layout was to give me something other than herbing to do.  Naughty I know, but boy oh boy am I tired of picking flowers.  Picking flowers will be good procrastination later in the week when I should be doing uni work.  Funny how it all fits together like that!

I fiddled around in beta for a bit as well, and learnt a new lesson – don’t annoy the trees!  They are HUGE!!

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