20 Days of WoW Blogging: Day 13

Posted: February 6, 2013 in 20 Days of WoW Blogging

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 13 – People (players/bloggers) that you admire

There’s several WoW players who I do admire, but not because of the game. It’s because of what they do when they when they’re outside the game and yet, they still find time to play and have fun. 

I could point out Lissanna over at Restokin and how I respect her work with her WoW Blog, but I came to truly admire her when read about her work in Autism and how she is raising money to help fund more research. I could point out how I respect Navimie (the golden calf) and her blog The Daily Frostwolf , but I truly have come to admire her for her real life career of being a doctor. I could point out how I respect Megacode, my Holy Pally friend who dedicates his spare time in keep up his blog Healing Specs and produces his Mega Minute podcast segments, but in real life I admire Megacode because he’s both a Fireman and a Paramedic.

I’ve always enjoyed Megacode’s avatar name because I knew the meaning behind it even before he told me. If you don’t know what a mega code is, give it a google search and I’m sure you’ll think it’s pretty creative too, especially since he loves to heal. Whenever I hear the opening heroic style music that opens up his segments I think it’s quite fitting for him, and I smile to myself thankful that there’s people like him (and Lissanna and Navimie) out there in the world, and in the game for me to have the honor to meet.

I only directly mention Lissana, Navimie and Megacode by name only because they have “outted” themselves as to what they do IRL either in news stories, on their blogs, or while being on a podcast. I know several other players that I admire IRL too who I’d like to name directly, but since I haven’t asked permission to mention them by name I’ll have to wait until I get their approval. One is a physician, one is an intensive-care unit nurse, and one is an active duty soldier. I always enjoy chatting with them in vent, because after hearing the stories and experiences they go through I can easily see how often my problems aren’t really that bad. To be honest, my daily problems are quite small in comparison.

 

Without naming names, I know two WoW players that are visually impaired. I’ve never spoken to them directly about their impairment, but I’m almost certain both are legally blind. Would you play WoW if you couldn’t see? I’ll be the first to admit that I wouldn’t or at least I don’t think I would. Lisa Poisso over at WoWInsider recently pointed out a story about an English veteran who was blinded in battle and yet, he still plays WoW. With the aid of a friend and fellow player he still plays and he even still raids! You can read the full article HERE. Blizzard even added and named some in-game items to honor these two men. All of these visually impaired players should be admired in my book.

I admire people in life for so many different reasons: A friend of ours is a single mom after her husband passed away four months ago, I have a friend who is now struggling against cancer, a local boy was recently paralyzed in a car accident and he’s making quite a comeback. Our neighborhood babysitter is now working her way full time in college, doing odd jobs over the summer to help stem the cost of her education.    

When you get right down to it, the game is a game, no more and no less. For other players, bloggers, podcasters and video producers you have my respect. Real life on the other hand, well that’s a real battle and I’m sure that you, like me, have a list of people that you admire too and for many different reasons.

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  1. It’s important to remember that there are real people behind the toon that just stole your herb node lol! It’s awesome to hear positives about gamers. I’ll never forget the celebration, on the forums, when one of our Durotanians passed her exam and became a RN.

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