Well today, I’m hoping to keep this post for the WoW Blogging Challenge short. I know I can be long winded sometimes, but really…how much can I write about the title of my blog? We shall see…
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 6 – The reason behind your blog’s name
If you read my 2nd challenge, you’ll know that I reached a turning point last year when it came to warlocks and why I decided to start blogging about them. When I started my account at WordPress.com the website url was something along the lines of http://www.wordpress.com/warlockery.html. WordPress.com I came to find, will send you emails with upcoming changes and announcements about their services. After about a week or two I got an email from them asking me if I would like to upgrade to my own domain name. The email listed some of the key words they had chosen that might make me consider upgrading to a private domain. One of the suggested domain names took my breath away. Up until that point I was only using the word warlockery as a placeholder until I could come up with a catchy or meaningful name on my own.
According to WordPress’s email, it actually showed warlockery.com as being available as a domain name. Naw, that couldn’t be! How could such an iconic word NOT have a registration on it already? I still couldn’t believe it. After doing some quick searching on the web it turns out they were right and as a matter fact it was available. *Sighs* For about a week or two I drove myself crazy debating if I should submit for the name registration or not. The word warlockery, to me, is such a powerful word and it’s a powerful word particularly for WoW players who are warlocks. It felt sacrilegious for me to even consider using it. It would have been like trying to register the rights to something like the wind or sunlight. Being nervous and feeling odd about the whole thing I decided to wait, debate it with myself and to mull it over in my own mind.
No! Anybody but him!
Around this same the news was quite hot and heavy about a certain actor. I won’t mention names, but let’s just say he was on a famous TV show, he started ruining his life and career by resorting to illegal drug use. This same person claimed and made comments about being a warlock that were quite over the top. Gah! It was bad enough that warlocks in game were getting a bad rep at the time, now we had people IRL who were claiming to be warlocks doing even more damage!
A few nights later while watching the news I saw an interview with this poor individual. I was quite saddened to be honest. Here was a person who had so much going for them in their life, he was living a life most people dream about and yet due to drug addiction he was throwing it all away. It just goes to show you that drug addiction plays no favorites. To make matters worse, you could clearly see that during the interview the actor was quite high from something and the reporter was loving every over-the-top line or phrase this deluded individual was saying. During one of his out-of-his-gourd rantings he said something along the lines of, “And I’ve got a lot of things going, shirts, book deals, movie deals and websites.”
Did I just hear him say websites? I immediately logged into WordPress and registered the name within minutes. The last thing I wanted was for this sad, pathetic actor’s agent or public relations machine to take a word such as that from us. To make matters worse me, I even felt a tremendous amount of guilt registering it. I’m just one derpy ‘lock with an odd take on things. How was it my right to take such a name? The word Warlockery represents so much about our class. I must have stared at the “Purchase Now” button for a good 10 minutes before I finally clicked on it as that actor’s bragging words rang through my head.
Looking back, I’m glad I made the choice because up until that time anyone with $29.00 and credit card could have purchased it. What if a mage took it to poke fun of our wonderful class? What if this sad, pitiful actor’s PR agency decided to run with it as well? What if some fly-by night game company or toy company registered it only to let it sit doing nothing years after their products left the market? I’m not even bringing up the other types of sleezy websites who post things that aren’t so nice. What if some bizarre cult group took it? For me, it was too risky to chance.
As it stands now, I don’t see myself as owning warlockery.com. I see it along the lines in that I’m merely safeguarding and protecting it for our entire class and our pride. The way I see it is if you’re a warlock in WoW and you want to post something about our class then please, hit me up and I’ll be more than happy to post it for you. Maybe, I should pursue this idea when i get done blogging out my 20 days of challenges? Maybe I should have other warlocks write a post or two? Yes, I think I will.
Tagline, tagline, who has a tagline?
With an iconic domain name such as warlockery.com I really wanted a good tagline to compliment it. The way the events unfolded in selecting the domain address seemed to force me into safeguarding the domain name warlockery.com, but now I had to come up with a good tagline too. I can’t remember how many different ideas and combinations of words I played around with in which I attempted to be trite or catchy. TBH, I can’t remember any of them at this moment. My only driving thought was that I really wanted the tagline to stand out, to be memorable, and to convey exactly what my readers could expect when they visited. My only goal at the time was that I wanted WoW players to be motivated enough to login, roll a warlock and have fun. I didn’t want the website to be a how-to website because there are plenty of those sites out there who do a much better job than me. Why reinvent what was out there already?
The problem I kept having was that I liked the wording, “A warlock’s motivational webguide” because it expressed my main goal and intention to play the warlock class, but by itself, it still fell flat to me. It still felt boring. It still needed something. What that something was or what my tagline needed exactly, I had no clue. For another week or so I thought long and hard about warlocks and many of other player’s attitudes towards us, and even our own attitudes towards ourselves. Keep in mind warlocks were at the bottom of the barrel at the time and our sparse numbers left many to think it we’d be extinct.
One of the common jokes that people bantered around was that warlocks were always trying to take over the world. I blame some of the Blizzard Warcraft books for making that image stick ;) When you think about someone trying to take over the world you always picture some crazy-over-the-top maniacal character who get’s foiled in the end and usually by their own demise. Remember the old Pinky and the Brain cartoons? Stop and think about any famous evil super villain and you’ll know just what I mean. I guess in my own strange way of thinking I just wanted it to be a little more meaningful than the standard stereotypical evil-doer. I wanted it to have a deeper meaning. I even thought that since we deal with demonic forces maybe if I could make it so that when people read it backwards they’d hear a hidden message? Naw, that had been done before and I didn’t want the blog to end up on some of conspiracy theory websites as fodder.
Living to your potential and never settling for anything less
Granted, as warlocks, we all know that world domination really IS our main goal because tolerating the multitude of masses beneath us can really be tiring. Who better to lead than us? Mages? Ha! Hahahahaha! Sorry, I kid. It’s a universal truth that warlocks want to take over the world and anything less is intolerable; however, I don’t think other players see world domination the way we do. So in my own smart-alec tongue-in-cheek way, I added “to dominating the world” to the end of my tagline. When I put the two phrases together I liked the way it looked and sounded. In that silly, simple tagline it expresses what my blog is about and it conveys a simple truth…and the truth is that no one can control your happiness, your life, or your destiny, but you. When and if you ever realize that idea, I hope that you carry that thought with you both ingame and IR because truly then you’ll rule the world and nothing will be able to stand in your way.
And so my dear friends, that is the story of my blog’s name and the odd events that brought me here to creating “Warlockery: A warlock’s motivational webguide to dominating the world”. After looking over the black illuminated pixels spelling out my core message at the top of my blog’s homepage, I can be the first to admit that I don’t see it winning any great awards in literature anytime soon, but if it motivates even one person to fall in love with the warlock class as I do, as I’m sure the way many of you love warlocks too…then I know it will have been worthwhile /em bows