Shared Topic: Autoblogography

I was alarmed at our lack of up and coming topics, so I figured it was time I suggest a topic myself.

Lets write our autoblogography!

What pushed you to start blogging? What challenges have you faced? What are you favorite posts and why? What are the stories behind them? How has blogging affected your gaming?

Those of you who enjoy writing in character could write feature your character reflecting on how they’ve changed since day 1 and about their favorite adventures.

If you’re a new blogger, you can write about your experience so far, about what you hope for the future.

EDIT: Here’s an example post: … ogography/

My autoblogography is probably not exciting to anyone else, but it is a journey for me which has given me an outlet I can use to just delve into life a little more.  I remember when I started blogging.  i was living in Sydney at the time and my girlfriend and I were having lunch and she was telling me about Livejournal and how good it was to just write stuff down.

I have been a big fan of written journals and over the years have kept quite a few, my only problem being I can’t seem to manage to ever actually update them.  Life gets in the way and I always lost track of them after a few months.  Online Blogging was something I could update anytime I was near a PC, I could just throw an email at it and then format it later if I wanted to.  I started my LJ on 5th February 2003.    I didn’t update it all that much and to be honest in those first few months it was rather a jumble of crap.

I was in a very negative headspace and to be honest I use my personal blog more of a venting station than anything, which I am slowly trying to change.  I still fall back into that habit though of not  updating about the positive things that happen.  We, as humans, always tend to remember the negative though.

Anyway when I started playing WoW in 2005, I would update my personal blog, but honestly, I had so many non geek friends that my updates made no sense to them and pretty soon I was fielding questions about my gaming life that I just kind of got sick of answering.  I stopped updating about WoW.    I really wanted a place to talk about WoW though, I wanted  a home I could update about my toons and use my screenshots and meet other people that love this game as much as me.  So I started reading other WoW blogs.  Just reading daily/weekly whenever they updated.

One thing I noticed was there were so many blogs out there with hardcore guilds.  I couldn’t find any small unknown guilds who were struggling to get past Crazy Cat lady – you know just your joe average teams.  So I started considering I could make a blog.  Originally in the hunt to find active mage resources I was going to make it a blog about mages – all things mages, but I decided I didn’t know anywhere near enough – or have the inclination to learn how or why things worked.  I just want to know the stats I need – I don’t need to know the formula and multipliers etc etc…That’s what places like elitist jerks is for – and that is not my style.  So in the end I just created a home for my toons and my wow life.  It has changed names a few times and I do keep meaning to make it a free standing website, but I just never get around to it.  Maybe I can make that a project for my Uni degree 😀

After I started delving deeper into the blogosphere, I started finding the average guild.  I was ecstatic when I read a blog (I honestly can’t remember whose) about how they were just unable to kill Freya – I even offered some advice as we had only just killed her ourselves after weeks of wiping, but it was so nice to see that others were struggling on bosses.  Just as we were.  So many of us read about these hardcore guilds and players that can reach 15k dps by clicking one button, but let’s face it – they are not the majority of the player base.  I felt much better about my gameplay, my guild and our progress when i found this out. I also started finding different boss strats and got better at searching blogs for strats, alternative methods for killing them which I could take back to the guild and we would try.

My blog, is not meant to be serious, and probably half the blogosphere finds it terribly dull that I update with boring things like mounts and pets and raid kills, however they are an important part of my WoW history and I enjoy that side of the game.  I initially created my blog to get connected and to make friends in the blogosphere, friends who understood the game and the obsession it can cause; the addiction that grows when playing. It didn’t/hasn’t happened (There is still hope right?!?!!?) and I still have very few people outside of the game that I can even chat to about it.  Possibly selfish motivations for creating a blog, I know, but hey I figured there was other people out there who were the same.

Currently, my blog is very much about the normal side of WoW life, as with Cataclysm coming out I am not raiding, I am not in an active guild and I am not really even playing all that much.  Just jumping on to do dailies and anything else I wanted to get done – like farm pets, mounts, rep, CHAMPION SEALS!!!!!  Etc.  Once Cata comes out and we start building the guild up and raiding, I am I will get back to posting about  boss strats and kills and guild drama, but for the moment I am enjoying the headspace of just WoW enjoyment.

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