20 Days of Wow Blogging and I’m moving on to Day 2! Woot! I’m on a roll don’t you think? I’m going to list all of the challenges at the top of each post, in case any other bloggers would like to participate and they can just cut and paste for ease of use without having to do a lot of searching.
Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Why you decided to start a blog
Day 03 – Your first day playing WoW
Day 04 – Your best WoW memory
Day 05 – Favourite item(s) in game
Day 06 – Your workplace/desk (photo and/or description)
Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name
Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you
Day 09 – Your first blog post
Day 10 – Blog/Website favourites
Day 11 – Bad habits and flaws
Day 12 – A usual day in your life/online time
Day 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire
Day 14 – This upsets you
Day 15 – Your desktop background (on your computer) and why you chose it
Day 16 – Things you miss (post Cataclysm)
Day 17 – Your favourite spot (in game or outside it)
Day 18 – Your favourite outfit
Day 19 – In your bags/bank
Day 20 – If this was your last day playing WoW, what would you do?
Day 2 – Why did you decide to start a blog?
What a long strange trip it’s been. Hrm, I guess a good open ended question one could also ask is why does anyone do anything? I’ve written about this topic before and I even had a great discussion about this topic with Fimlys and Hydra over at the Twisted Nether Blogcast as to why I decided to start blogging.
I travel a lot with my career so to pass the time I split up my listening pleasure between music, news and podcasts. For several years I had listened to the TNB and always enjoyed the conversations from the many different bloggers who I enjoyed reading. Here was a group of people talking about the game I enjoy playing, talking about writing, and talking about themselves and their own back stories and experiences. If you play WoW, you’ll find that everyone loves to talk about and share their own personal stories and experiences from the game. “There was this time when I was leveling…”, “The first time I PvP’d I can’t believe I…”, “I never felt so nooby as the time when I…” – let’s face it, WoW players are quite passionate about our gameplay :)
One year ago back in January of 2012, Cataclysm was winding down and there really wasn’t a lot going on other than the buzz about the upcoming beta, the launch of D3, and everyone was spending their time either running other games or leveling and gearing up their alts. It was during that time that warlocks numbers were down to an all time low. Warlocks even became joked about quite commonly on many of the WoW podcasts as well. The turning point for me in wanting to start my own blog occurred during one of my End of Time heroic badge runs.
An honest opinion from a random player
I remember que’ing into a dungeon and immediately upon zoning in the tank type out a comment to the party with something along the lines of, “Omg, we have a warlock in our party?” Of course, I had to ask him what he meant by the comment and why it seemed so shocking. The tank turned out to be quite a nice player and when we finished the dungeon we sat and chatted for about 1/2 hour or so about warlocks. Surprisingly, he had a warlock alt that he didn’t play anymore.
This random player gave several of the common comments that were heard at the time about our class. He said things like, “They’re too difficult” and “They’re nerfed all the time” and that he just wasn’t having fun on his alt warlock toon. He even told me that he played 2 to three hours a night running dungeons as a tank and that I was the first lock in his group in a very long time. It had been so long in fact that he drew a blank when I asked him the last time he could actually remember when he ran with one. The comment that really struck a nerve for me was when he said something along the lines of, “Everyone he talked to, every website he read, and even a few of the podcasts he listened to…everyone was down on warlocks.”
Having played a warlock for so long I couldn’t understand this kind of thinking. Over the years, we had been all over the board in regards to dps, but I still loved playing my warlock even in the good times and the bad times. It was true, warlocks weren’t the easiest class to pickup and I’ll agree and concede, that in order to play well you had to master a lot of keybindings when you compared us to other classes. But warlocks as a class are tough, we have a lot of sly tricks up our sleeve, and we had a lot of utility we could bring to any group. We command demons! DEMONS! How much cooler can it get than that? I realized that if other players could just see warlocks how I see them, then maybe more people would consider playing them.
The turning point
That conversation with that random player in LFD was my turning point. That conversation was when I couldn’t take it anymore. That conversation was when I decided to start my blog. I think I spent the rest of the night until early the next morning reading WordPress tutorials on the web and by the next afternoon I started this site.
As I look back over the span of 1 year since I began typing out my first
rant post, I can’t help but stare at the following list in disbelief as to what has transpired:
- I took part in the MoP beta
- I took part in the Newbie Blogger Initiative
- I met a bunch of famous bloggers, all of whom I respected and read for years
- I started doing my goofy warlock segments
- I started using Twitter and meeting a ton of great people
- I took part as a guest on Hearthcast
- MoP launches with much success! (Woot!)
- Blizzard’s rework and rebirth of the “new” warlock class is a success
- I took part as a guest on The Twisted Nether Blogcast
- I’m still here talking about warlocks
- My wife hasn’t left me
Can someone pinch me and tell me that I’m not dreaming please? Yes, what a long strange trip it’s been indeed! Actually, to put that phrase into my own words I guess I would have to say, “What a fun and amazing trip it’s been!” Whatever the future brings for the game, for this blog, or for me…I can’t help but smile because the journey has been one heck of a roller-coaster ride :) Woot! Now, I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring and I can only hope that it doesn’t involve too many nerfs. Oh, and there will be nerfs…trust me on that one!