I’ve decided to take part in the 20 Days of WoW Blogging from a challenge that Saga, from Spellbound, issued out to all WoW Bloggers last year. Yes, I know…I’m kinda late. I like to think of it as pacing myself. So here’s the 20 writing topics and the things I’ll be
annoying and boring you with writing about over the course of the next 20 days. Don’t worry, I’ll be writing my normal weekly posts about warlocks too :)
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 1 – Introduction
“Hi, I’m Amijade. I’m a warlock in the World of Warcraft and like me, I want you to learn and appreciate why it’s a fun class to play.” Whew! That was easy! As much as I would like to leave my introduction to just that line I know I should probably add a little bit more information right? For some reason whenever I take part in any kind of introductions my mind always races back to this scene:
Betelgeuse: [refined voice] Ah, well… I attended Julliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard Business School. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. [getting progressively more demented] I’ve seen The Exorcist about 167 times, and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it! Not to mention the fact that you’re talking to a dead guy! Now what do you think?! You think I’m "qualified"?
Adam: No, what I meant is, can you be scary?
Betelgeuse: Whaddaya think of this? (shows a hideous face to the Maitlands that only shows several tentacles from the sides to audience; both Adam and Barbara scream)
Betelgeuse: [back to normal] You like it?
Most people will immediately recognize that the dialogue in the screenplay above is from director Tim Burton’s movie, Betelgeuse. I love that quote and for so many different reasons. It’s a very classic and memorable scene. I think that I love it because of Betelgeuse’s raw snarkiness he fires back at the Maitland’s who at this point have somewhat of a snobby and albeit self-protective attitude toward meeting him and in considering his services. In the span of six sentences Betelgeuse reveals a lot about his character. You have to admit, he might not have the best of intentions and he may not even be the right guy for the job, but he sure is passionate about what he does and he’s having fun.
Appreciating the under-appreciated
I’m always amused at how the designers, and even players refer to warlocks in the game of Warcraft as those types who can’t be trusted, or relied upon because we consort with demons. To everyone in game we’re just “evil”. My question in response to that thought is…by who’s standards? Spiders creep me out. I’m sure many people have a small case of arachnophobia, but read the largest selling children’s book Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White and I defy you to tell me you can’t see spiders for the amazing creatures that they are – yes, they might still scare you to be around, but at least you have a new found respect for them. It’s okay to hate spiders all you want, but if you can’t respect them and recognize them for their worth and their contributions then I can’t help you to understand the point I’m trying to make.
Show & Tell
There’s a great game you might have played at school when you were younger. It was a simple game and I never realized it’s significance in regards to dealing with people until I was much older. Well, older than I was back then :P Have you ever played “Show & Tell”? If you haven’t, well it’s quite easy. Each child brings an item to school they find interesting. Each one takes a turn getting up in front of the the rest of the class to show them the item and tell them all about. It’s a great way to learn, even as you grow older. I remember the first time my grade school class held a “Show & Tell” event. I was the third person in line behind a kid with a rock, and a girl with a pickle-jar filled with brown, dirty water. Me? I was holding a real dinosaur bone. I even remember thinking to myself in a silly kid way after sizing up the competition standing before me and behind me that, “Hey, I might just win this!” Ha! Derpy me thought it was a competition.
The boy with the rock went first. He held up his large black rock that was colored black, it was very jagged, and it had sharp points covering it’s surface. He asked everyone if they ever saw a rock like this before. No one had. The boy with the rock explained that he had been to the largest active Volcano in Hawaii over the summer with his family. He got to see real molten lava that could melt us all into skeletons if we fell in it. He talked about how there was all of these small explosions of hot lava squirting sparks all over the place and how it hissed and blew forth huge clouds of smoke as water touched it from the ocean. He talked about how it smelled like rotten eggs and the tour guide told them how dangerous it was for them to even be near it. As I looked around the room I could see all of the awe and wonder spread among the rest of my class with “oohs” and “ahs”. Next came the sea of hands being raised and outbursts of rapid fire questions everyone was wanting to ask him. 10 minutes later he was finally asked to sit down.
An ordinary pickle-jar
Next up was the girl with the pickle-jar filled with brown, dirty water. She placed the jar and dirty water on the desk and told everyone to come and look inside to see if they saw anything as she removed the lid proudly. Slowly the kids trickled up to the desk and peaked into the murky mixture. After they returned to their seats, she asked again if anyone could see anything inside the water. Hands went up and one kid commented he saw dirt, and another said that he saw mud. One girl in the back said it looked like a few old leaves and a stick was lying on the bottom. Other than that, no one seemed to be impressed, until….
With a sly grin and withdrawing a magnifying glass from her pocket the girl with the pickle-jar explained rather excitedly what everyone missed seeing was the little world that was unfolding before them. She told us about how she gathered the water from a small pond in a local park and let it sit for a few weeks so that all the heavy stuff floated to the bottom and so that all the tiny inhabitants could rebuild their world. OMG! A world in a jar? Now, I was intrigued! How cool was that?
I couldn’t wait to look when it was my turn too. It was the first time I saw a Hydra and an Amoeba. Barely, just barely…I could make them out through that large magnifying glass her grandpa loaned her. After several failed attempts at trying to grow my own “Sea Monkeys” I have to admit that I was astonished by what I saw. She explained that there were countless little itty-bitty microorganisms everywhere inside that jar and she was right. She went on to explain that there were things in there we couldn’t even see. When she finally finished talking and answered what seemed like an hour’s worth of questions I awoke with a jolt from my tiny-world-stupor and realized that it was my turn to present next. *Gulp*
My first attempt at public speaking
I held up my large brownish-greenish and greyish object. From over 5 feet away it looked more like an odd piece of wood, or even maybe an old log. It was oddly shaped and didn’t resemble anything familiar to a group of 7 year-olds. I explained that it was a dinosaur bone that some older neighborhood kids found while pretending to dig a cave nearby in a local creek that ran through my neighborhood. The bones they found were inspected by a real scientist who told them what they found was several bones and pieces of bones from a Mastodon. One of the kids raised his hand and asked if I helped dig it up. “No”, I replied. Another kid asked if I had a picture of a Mastodon. “No”, I replied again, but this time my ego deflated to zilcho because I could see no one was interested.
For the next 2 or three minutes I sat trying to explain what a Mastodon Dinosaur was…how it was big like an elephant, how it had giant tusks, and how it was really furry. I stood there proudly holding that heavy bone I walked to school carrying for almost 2 miles because I thought it was THAT cool. For the life of me I remember looking around at all the other kids faces and I couldn’t understand why none of the other kids didn’t think it was cool too. I even asked if anyone cared to touch it or come up to the front to see it. Only one girl did and then I was asked to sit down.
It really was a real Mastodon bone. Really. A few of the older boys from across the street ventured down into our local woods and creek several years before and tried digging a cave to play in. Along a small cliff face they unearthed various parts of Mastodon bones. After a few phone calls to some universities, a expert paleontologist came out for a visit and confirmed they were indeed real. The professor even brought a team to come out to try to find more because it was theorized that our small creek that fed into a larger river system was probably created from a large glacier during the ice age. The large sheets of ice often scattered bones all along these water systems pushing and depositing things along their shores and banks. Just outside of St. Louis, Missouri there’s even a world-renown state park called, Mastodon State Park where one of the world’s largest Pleistocene age fossil discoveries took place in what’s called the Kimmswick Bone Bed. The Kimmswick Bone Bed was found and located along an old river system based on that theory.
A valuable lesson
I learned two valuable lessons that day at my first grade “Show & Tell” that I’ll never forget. The first lesson I learned is that telling doesn’t work. You can tell people about something all day long and until you’re blue in the face and they’ll never listen. You might think people are listening when you are telling them something, but you’re wrong. They’re not listening if you’re telling. Telling is like a lecture. Telling is like torture for the person who has to endure it. You can have the coolest thing ever to say and no one will listen to you if you’re just telling them about it.
The second lesson I learned is that if you want to capture someone’s interest, then it really is all about having one heck of a presentation! Now that I’m older I still use “Show & Tell” in my daily life, but I’ve added another word to it. I call it, “Show, Tell & Learn” and what I mean is you show something, you of course talk about it, but you lead your audience so that they draw their own conclusion and learn the key concepts and ideas on their own. Ever had an idea pop into your head? Ever sat in a lecture or classroom and had a light-bulb go off above your head? It’s what some like to call the “Aha!” or “Eureka!” moment. I think of it as the exact moment of understanding and grasping a concept.
In the medical field, physicians are ingrained and trained that in order to learn anything and retain it successfully they must, “Watch one, do one, teach one.” It’s the same concept as show and tell bascially, and you can apply it to anything in your life where you need guide others towards understanding. You can take the most boring thing you can think of and you can grab anyone’s attention and hold their interest if you present it in a way that they learn something from it based on their own conclusions, and not from what you tell them. The difficulty is always being able to effectively communicate your message. Does that make sense?
I apologize upfront for making you think about my next example
If there is anything I want you to take away after reading this is to consider how powerful “Show, Tell & Learn” is… I’m sorry for tossing this idea into your head, but I want you to pay attention the next time you watch TV. Most people hate TV commercials to some degree, but you have to admit they can be quite powerful. Other than a cute or trite commercial that might capture your interest, or keep you remembering a tag line or logo, the most powerful ads are the ones that incorporate the Show, Tell & Learn method I’m describing.
A great example for me was the Michelin Tires ads. I couldn’t find the exact commercial, but the ones I linked are pretty close to the one I remember since they were a whole ad campaign spaced out over several years. I never really cared about or even considered my car tires before (unless they were flat) until I saw that commercial with the baby riding in the tire after the announcer explains that even a slight balding of your tires makes a huge difference in your car’s stopping distance in bad weather and “Because so much is riding on your tires!” Holy crapolie! That announcer was right! Omg! I really do need to worry about my tires! Now, whenever I hit the 50,000 milestone on any of my car’s tires I’m having them replaced or at least getting them checked. I even question the service station person if he tells me I should leave them on and not replace them yet. I’m sure if you pay attention, you’ll have a few commercials blare out at you like that one did for me.
What does this got to do with introducing myself?
As with all of my posts I try to bring my thoughts into full circle at the close. I guess for me, what I’m trying to say is that warlocks are misunderstood like spiders and that this blog is like my own personal show and tell. So this is the end of the beginning of my 20 Days of the WoW Blogging Challenge. You know, I just realized this entire post could be summed up in two quick sentences like, “Hi, I’m Amijade. I’m a warlock in the World of Warcraft and like me, I want you to learn and appreciate why it’s a fun class to play…and to be admired.”