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Liebster Award

It seems this blogging award has finally made it into the wowverse.  It has taken a pretty long time to make the skip from personal blog land to Azeroth.  I was handing out Liebster awards (and a multitude of other ones) a couple of year ago on my old personal blogs, it is really nice to see it has been picked up in this part of the blogsphere :) I like the sense of community it creates.

It was pretty cool to be nominated by Cymre actually and I also found out that Thela/Jstmel nominated me as well :)  So as has been the fashion this last couple of days – (and mine is later than most) here is my Q&A, I have included all the questions I have been asked:

Cymre’s questions :)

1. What is your earliest memory in WoW?

My earliest memory was before I had started playing and my friend was showing us how good the game was.  He was a druid running around in the badlands, changing forms and killing rock elementals and it was amazing!  I was completely in love with the game.

2. What is your favourite activity when playing?

Raiding. I like working with other people to kill bosses, there is a sense of achievement that I don’t get anywhere else for being part of team and problem solving issues that are not real life related.

3. What is your best WoW memory?

I have so many good WoW memories – I have been playing too long!!  If I had to pick one memory to keep and all the rest were going to get wiped, I would say it was The Dark Within clearing Kara :)  It was the guild we built up from nothing – we created the environment, we pushed the people to do the content.  It was awesome.

4. If you could have any title in WoW, what would it be?

Probably the Insane – I started it a while ago, but really all the grind just made me bored, not insane, so I gave up :)

5. What is one thing in-game you could not live without?

My Elemental Mage Staff – it was one of the first ever epics I won when I hit 60.  It was mine!

6. What is your favourite item in-game and why?

My Frostbrood Dragon from ICC – yeah it is the second best dragon in the entire game and I love it because the first time I saw the Wrath cinematic I knew I had to have that dragon.  I am one achievement off the 25 man and I will have that soon as well.

7. Who was the first character you created and do you still play them?

My mage and yes.  Since May 2005!

8. If you could design any transmog piece, what would it be and why? 

hrmm, I think I don’t have an answer –  aside from there needs to be more items with sparkles or glow (or funky effects).

9. Who inspired you to start blogging?

My good friend in Sydney – but I started blogging personally and it got overrun with WoW content :)

10. What is the first thing you’ll do when WoD is live?

Level to 100 and take a million screenshots and make billions of posts no doubt :)

11. What was your biggest noobish mistake?

I have them every week….the most recent was changing my spec and not realising i needed to actually use the button I had just changed to :p

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Jstmel’s questions:

1.) How did you get started playing WoW?

As above – same as my earliest memory.

2.) What other games were you playing when you discovered WoW?

Guild wars (I was hardcore man, nothing was better than GW!!!), Rise of Nations, Diablo2, Warcraft, Pharaoh, Zeus.

3.) Did you create your blog because of WoW or another reason?

Because of WoW – specifically to keep it separate from my person al blog.

4.) What is your least favorite zone and why?

Hellfire peninsula – and ONLY because when DK’s came out, I think the hubby and I created over 10 of them, and never took them anywhere…so we have done level 61- 63 far too many times…would you believe we have deleted them all as well so we need to start it all over AGAIN!!  GAHHHHH

5.) What old raid/dungeon do you miss most and why?

Kara – it was fun and well paced – the fights had a theme that was different but enjoyable.  I am not sure what it was about it, but it was so much fun and I wonder if that was because we had been soooo bored with Vanilla it was just exciting to be doing something new?  I don’t know…but it was a great raid.

6.) If you could be a dungeon/raid boss, what would your tag lines (the things you would shout at players as they beat upon you) be?

You can’t touch this!!!  then do an MC hammer dance :p

7.) Do you recall your first feelings about WoW and what were they?

I was amazed that I could throw fireballs with my hands…I was completely taken in with the universe.

8.) What aggrivates you most about WoW as it is today and why?

Honestly, the people.  The fact that a large percentage of the population cannot be nice to other human beings.  Really pisses me off.  It is zoo hard to just be nice?

9.) Horde or Alliance and why?

I don’t care – as long as I can play my mage :)

10.) What is your favorite movie and why?

Burlesque – Cher and Aquilera…there is nothing else that needs to be said!

11.) What is your favorite song and why?

Honestly, I can’t answer this question…I have so many favourites…like a stupid amount of songs that I can listen to over and over ….S4 – she is my girl, Adele – Rolling in the deep, Nemesea – In control, Margaret Berger – Feed you my love, Emmelie De Forest – Only teardrops, Anberlin – Hello Alone….god the list could just go on and on.

OK, so I will be honest, I have spent the last few 30 minutes trying to find people that I haven’t seen nominated anywhere (that I think would deb keen to do this) and I could find none.  So, please…anyone on my blogroll – please know I read you and I would have nominated you had it not already been done!  I love all your blogs and I read as much as I can.

You don’t need awards to tell you how fantastic you are and how much fun and smiles you bring to my life!  Thanks to those who nominated me, I feel very honoured and special right now

Shared Topic: Questing with alts

I am leaving this until the last minute I know, but, you know…so many things to write about!!!  So this week, I bring you another topic to discuss which is also our first topic to have gone fortnightly!!!  Yes, the executive decision was made to give the blogosphere a chance to get back into the topics by spreading them a little more.  Fingers crossed this helps get people involved.

I am sure this has been done years ago perhaps, but I felt I should ask again as it is particularly relevant to me now that I am back :)

What sort of method do you use for leveling the multiple alts? Do you follow the same quest chains each time, do you avoid a certain quest section, do you only dungeon etc?? I am leveling my 5th to 90 now – from 85 and I just wondered how you guys do it??

I am not talking about the oddball leveling like just herbing to push yourself to the limit of insanity, but the more run of the mill levelling.

I have to confess, I sort of forget to buy heirloom gear for my characters, so aside from my warlock, stuck at level 23 and my hunter who has two pieces of heirloom gear, I pretty much only level with the guild bonus.

I find leveling a real struggle if I have to go through the same area – for example, my monk is now doing the Ashenvale area, which my rogue has only just started doing as well….do you think I can find the energy to log onto my monk anymore?  Nope…I need to get him across to the eastern kingdoms and quest there for something different, because I can’t even be bothered logging onto my rogue and doing it either.  Both toons are stuck at level 23ish because I am too lazy to log on and spend the time moving one to the other continent.

My higher level toons, I always try to find a different quest zone for.  My mage – of course did everything :) My druid was leveled with dungeons and herbing  (and some skinning as well just to get some xp but only if the bare minimum quests required it) I think she has only done about 200 quests in her lifetime, for leveling purposes. My warrior did Kun lai and some of towlong steppes (I think), my pally did Dread wastes – and I struggled to find a starter quest, but no way was I doing Kun Lai or steppes again :p, my Shammy has been doing kun lai – and dragging her feet about it, but again, only because  I can’t be bothered flying to dread wastes and doing those damn spider quests.  My priest will probably head to dread waste to be honest once she gets past the first few levels, but I will head to the wilds with her instead of pangs stead…so sick of that place!!

I do LFD as much as possible and generally am queuing up the second I am online, it just helps so much, especially those first couple of runs when you have quests to do and hand in.

I have found that I hate doing the same quests straight away, if I have to do it later – like a couple of months, that is fine, but when it is just one after the other, I don’t really enjoy it.  I think this time round it is worse as I have nothing to do but level alts, so all of them are getting done in pretty quick succession.  Normally I level my mage straight off the xpac and then my next toon takes months as my mage has my focus for rep, gearing, re-learning etc, I would say that I don’t really even level an alt until my mage is at a point that I can’t get anymore upgrades before raiding or anymore rep for the day.  That takes a few months at least, so the pain of leveling has somewhat diminished by then :)

 

Other particpants:

Elkagorasa

Erinys

Velgana

OLRG: Firelands

A couple of weeks ago I happened to be online at the right time to join in one of their runs.

OLRG is run by Matty and they do random raids and just go and have some fun.

I was pretty nervous about going as I only knew a couple of people in the raid and well..I am a little shy.  My only level 90 toon is currently my druid and so I advised Matty and she asked if i could tank.  EEP!  IN theory I could tank – but never having tank don my druid could be a little difficult. I had changed my druid to bear recently because after everyone left my previous guild I thought I amy need to help out, but had done nothing since then.

So, there I was about to tank Firelands on a toon with half tank and half boomy gear….and I was thinking I was going to completely fail and look like a twat! I didn’t fail horribly, however it turns out I can’t tank on my druid worth a damn :)  I couldn’t hold aggro or even get aggro and I had no idea what I was doing, I was button mashing like a crazy person but it was fun.

Here are the piccies of the boss kills :)  My Druid has now been to Firelands.  The only negative from today is that I really really really want to get in there on my mage and get my embers so I can get m legendary!!!

 

Twisted nether!!

Yup!! It is happening today!!  Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the joy!

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For the Aussies – it will be approx 4pm today which is a public holiday in some states so I expect you to all be there!!!   ;)  (Please note I have been advised that daylight savings is coming into effect in USA on the weekend, so it has been moved forward an hour – from the original 3pm time!)

I would dearly love to see some friends in the chat room since I am so nervous about it.

You need to head to this site for the show!!

http://www.twistednether.net/live/

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Please spread the world and support the Twisted Nether guys!!!! (and me!)

See you at 4pm – ish :)

My new site design

I sort of broke the code because it was doing something I didn’t want it to do and now I am trying to figure out how to fix that issue.

I apologise in advance if you are trying to read posts that are not showing ….it is because there is no featured image (the code I broke).

I am going to play with it a little today and try and fix it because I don’t want to go back through all 550 posts of add a featured image, but I don’t want the featured image to appear in the top of the post…so..bear with me whilst I try and fix it!

**EDITED** WOOT I fixed it!!!  thank you google and basic understanding of HTML/CSS – I love you!!!

So now that major issue has been fixed, anyone have any feedback about the site – things they like/hate etc so I can tweak it a little more?  I am still not completely sure about it myself..so am happy for feedback!

Contests, raiding and blogging…stuff!

Wow, so much in one post you say??  Yes!!  i am going to multi-topic the crap out of this post.

Firstly, raiding…has officially stopped in our guild, little bit of drama I think behind the scenes – which I am not privy to – the joys of not being GM or an officer. So we are basically free until WoD now.  I will still do the raids they have going – if they do achievement run etc…I certainly won’t say no to it.  I missed raid Sunday night due to super busyness and watching for fire news (we aren’t close but at that point a shift in the wind could have done it).  So I missed the announcement, and was shocked when i logged on last night to find barely anyone online.  Such is life of the raid cycle. Unfortunately when you are having to rebuild a raid team some people are more impatient than others.  I feel slightly bad that we had not geared up as quickly as we could, but I can’t force items to drop.  Anyway, suffice it to say I now have free time to get my other toons to 90 before WoD and decide which one is going to get my free boost – I would hazard a guess and say my rogue since I have yet to get one past level 30.

Blogging – I adore…however people that are using the blogger platform are sucking my will to live.  Just want to let you all know, that we can’t comment on your blogs.  I tried 9 times to post on Navimie’s the other day and gave up completely because I just didn’t have enough time to keep trying.  I have found multiple blogs recently, that I would love to comment on but just can’t and it is so damn frustrating!!  You should all take up arms and start emailing blogger or whoever owns the piece of crap and start harassing them for answers!  It is stupid – that – or just export your entire blog to wordpress and join us on the side that can actually use a platform!!!  I know I know, blogger does things that WordPress doesn’t, but wouldn’t you prefer your friends are able to comment???!?!?!!?   GAHHHHHHH  solo frustrating!!!!!!!!

My transmog comp is going great guns at the moment, we are into week 3 now!!!  Pretty exciting stuff – so far 2 different people have won – I like that!  Let’s see if a third person can take out this week’s comp.  But I have noticed some other transmog comps I would like to get my fingers into.  So I may have to just find the time to do it :)  First there is Transmog for Shay by the Warchief, which ends 27th Feb, so I don’t have a lot of time on that one, but how cool would it be to have a cameo of my widdle toon in the comic!!  *dreams*  and there is also The ROYGBiV contest at MoMaR, which looks all sorts of cool and I have until the 25th to get an entry in.  I have missed doing contests, I have only won once, but it is the excitement of not knowing and the hopeful buzz after you send your entry that perhaps you could pull it off?!!?  So I think, no, I have a strong suspicion, that I will be entering them as well as keeping mine under control!!  How well can I multi-task!?!!?

But now, I must shoot off to work and make some money for the day!  Have a great one!

Rollercoaster week of fame!

I say fame, but really…there was not really any!

I was/am stoked with the huge response the mogging competition is receiving – twitter went crazy and so many of my blogging friends have spread the excitement to others. I cannot thank people enough for the interest shown so far and I am so excited about the comp starting on the 26th!

I was amazingly asked to guest on twisted nether but sadly, my greatest dream (remember starstruck?!?) hasn’t come to fruition because of timing – I cant do live shows at 3pm my time :( but I would give my left arm to be on there!! Being asked to be on podcast is such a nice feeling, I just wish we could tee up a time – slight devastation on my part! I have been listening to TNB for a while and part of the BA community for years silently hoping one day I would get noticed, finally it happens – and I can’t do it!

(Yes, that sounds as pretentious to me as it does to you!!!! But I swear it comes from lack of confidence rather than arrogance!)

Speaking of podcasts, the mogging competition was mentioned on another podcast and linked back to the main page! It was a quick and to the point mention but had me blushing all the same! Thank you Group Quest!

Of course the shared topics on BA have had some responses as well – fantastic to see people commenting about missing them being available, but I am busting brain cells trying to think of more topics so they can keep going! We need moar!!!

What’s that saying about fame being a harsh mistress? Is that right or have I confused two and melded them together? Either way, it has been such a boost for me to see the interest and excitement I have managed to create since coming back and I hope others continue to build the community back up!

Thanks everyone! I adore every single person who visits me, reads me and gets something out of my blog.

Blog Azeroth – revamping

One of the things I missed the most about not playing wow, was the blogging community and BA with their shared topics.  Getting to read multiple blogs, find new ones and make new friends was not something I did as it just made my addiction harder to ignore.  So after a couple of weeks of playing and settling back into the game, I decided it was finally time to jump back on the forums and see where it was up to.

I was devastated to see that it was sort of dead…not many shared topics being done or many new posts…so…thankfully I am still a mod, so had some ability to go crazy :p  I have added some shared topics, in the hopes of sparking some imagination in others, so far I don’t want to have each week something I have posted, so please please please please please add some more so I can put them in between mine!!!

I also went ahead and created a FB page for BA…it may help keep people more up to date rather than going to forums, only because so many people are on FB all the time now anyway.  I am wondering if moving to a FB group might even be a possibility…??  For the moment, I just want to get the community more active again and see if we can’t get it hopping.

Facebook for Blog Azeroth

Please, if you love blogging and The Twisted Nether Blogcast, share the FB page, like it, comment on posts and add some shared topics to the main forums please!!  Let’s get involved with each other again!!!

MIA

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I am sort of missing in action at the moment as I am just having so many issues going on in my RL I can’t spare the time or the motivation to blog.  Although I have a fair few posts I could write about all the things happening at the moment, I just can’t find the energy.

Life sometimes beats you down so much that you can barely find the will to stand, we have all experienced it at some point.  We all deal with (or not as the case may be) it differently and have very different coping starts.  However I am way beyond the ability to cope with everything at the moment.

I still love blogging, and I love my WoW, I love my readers and my commenters and everything the blogosphere has brought into my life this year, but unfortunately it does not solve the real life issues that crop up and so my focus is now on other aspects of my life. What is pathetically horrible is that all it boils down to is my inability to find a job.  I am not unemployed at the moment, but I am not in a job that suits – aside from me travelling for just over 2.5 hours to get to work each way, I am working with my parents which brings a whole swag of issues, plus the huge pay cut I took doing it to help out when my mum had her nervous breakdown thinking – stupidly as it turns out – that I could get another job with a snap of the fingers, I spend most days bored out of my mind because I complete things 3 times faster than my mum does.

Anyone who has been job hunting or constantly rejected knows how horrible it can feel, and after 18 months of not even having one interview and redesigning my resume over 5 times, I am in a very bad mental place where I cannot hope to even be a good blogger – not that I was ever good per se.  I do not want my feelings to spill over into my wow life and so I will still be reading your posts and looking up blogs, but you will not likely see me comment much because I just don’t have the capacity right now.  Job hunting in NSW as well as VIC is going to take its toll on me and I cannot think of anything worse than making harsh or snippy comments and risking friendships because I am grumpy.

I am not sure when I will be back blogging again, it may never happen, but for those who want to add me and chat in game Dragonray 1445  is my battle tag.  I am still in game fairly often so more than happy to have a chinwag with people.

Catching up…slowly

I was away last weekend from Thursday to Monday night, and missed a whole bunch of stuff like transmog events and such.

I am slowly catching up, but it will take a few days I think, I am trying to set up some posts and I was halfway through a shared topic that I didn’t get to post, the one about head cannon, and it was such a long winded waffly post, I may just post it anyway!  Yeah I am a rebel!

I have no idea what I missed on twitter, and I am not going to go backwards through it all!!

I only remember last night to check my friends requests in game and had about 16 spam messages…really?!?!  SPAM!!!?  I was amazed!!  No I don’t want to be your friend and buy gold. PISS off Xhygsh!  LOL

I hope everyone is well and I will try and catch up on blogs when I can, hugs and kisses!

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