Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 23: Why I non stop chatter.. err blog.. about WoW?…

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.  

A blog’s a funny beast; it’s a very public document since it’s on the most public place you can ever imagine where your views and words are out there open to judgement and interpretation by others but at the same time it’s an intensely private journal as it’s your own personal thoughts and feelings but above all it’s a small space of the internet where the author can claim their space.

I don’t tend to look too deeply into my site stats, I know I have a fairly tight knit (such a cute way of describing small) circle readers. A lot of them are friends,  guildies and most are other bloggers that whose blogs I also read, but the other day I noticed a huge spike in visits to this site. It was sitting at triple figures which for my modest blog is rather unusual levels of traffic. So being curious about where this influx of visitors was coming from, I traced their clicks back to another blogger who was chatting about bloggers and who had mentioned that they were working their way through the blog roll of another blogger (wow, this is getting complicated). They were, quite frankly, rather unflattering about the majority of blogs they had read through. As part of this little tirade about boring and mundane blogs which were no better than posts of virtual food, the decision was made to link my blog as a stunning example of boringness (yes it’s a word!), along with a disclaimer to not visit my neck of the woods (obviously that bit of advice was ignored or I wouldn’t have seen the rampaging horde coming to visit to my blog).

Interesting enough, my first reaction was one of utmost shame, that kind of hot shame that floods you and makes you feel incredibly insignificant and that your very worth is pointless and I should just walk away from my boring little blog. So I did what all people should do when faced with that feeling and reached out to Cinder (well no- not what all people should do – you go find your own  Cinder.. pretty sure she’s got enough on her plate constantly reassuring me). Anyway being Cinder, she immediately set me straight with quite a few expletives and some lovely virtual support and then suggested that I use this week’s topic as a bit of a response if I felt like it. So I decided I would because the 2 comments in particular that I took exception to related pretty much back to why I write my blog.

  •  Most of the blogs are just “pictures of your in-game food”. They are alike the facebook pages of random nobodies that are full of everyday busywork that no one cares about (not even the poster) and literal photos of food. Why does someone cares to share a meal? Or a minipet? Or a storyline. 

Well first off, regardless of whether anyone else cares about my words, I sure as heck do.  My blog might not be the most well-written, or witty but it’s mine and I love it. I like to talk about a game that takes up a great deal of my thoughts. As much as I might want, not everyone in my circle of immediate friends want to see yet another screenshot of a game that they don’t play or hear me rabbit on about a new dress that my Druid picked up, but my lovely blog will take all my photos and excitement and not judge. And along the way, I just might just find a reader or two who is as interested as I am.

  • There are no unique stories. There are no highs of victories and lows of defeats, just the boring, dime a dozen grinding over on-rails, piss-easy content.

Every single one of us has a unique story to tell, this blog challenge is the most true example of this. A group of us writing about the same topic, yet each answer is unique and from the perspective of the author.

And no highs?? Hello? Winning Invincible’s reins, or my kill of Mythic Gul’dan after working so hard to get there. Those, my friends, are highs that I hope I never forget. And Lows.. there are plenty of lows in this blog, when I fail at something I want to be good at, when a guild I love dies.. These are lows that I want to share because sharing can lessen the hurt at times and sometimes brings advice and another way of looking at things.

Why do I blog? Because I love this game, and I love to talk about it, and along the way if I find like minded people who enjoy what I’m saying then I get new friends 🙂

Oh and if you want to go look at the post, feel free to. I’m not about to advise censorship in any way 🙂 http://greedygoblin.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/pictures-of-your-in-game-food.html

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Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge Topic 15: Why I’m obsessed with WoW

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Every second Saturday we post a new topic that’s open for a fortnight for everyone to write about. Cinder and I will link all  posts for this topic on our shared blog website here.   This topic comes because we really want to see positive stories about WoW and hear all our friends chatter about why they love this game!

I was super excited about this topic but found writing it to be a tricky one because the short answer on what I love about WoW is “everything” and the long answer is well.. long. There’s not one single reason that’s kept this as my main game for years now, it’s a whole ton of reasons that together make me love this game, more than any other I’ve played. And I’ve tried to love other rpgs (mmo’s or otherwise) as much, I have max level toons on GW2, Wildstar, SW:ToR, Skryim, ESO.. but still nothing grabs me as much as WoW does.

So.. why do I love WoW?

My Druid!

I’m really lucky  to have found the class and role that just suits me so much. It’s actually hard to imagine enjoying this game as much if I had to change to a different toon. I just truly love my Druid so much and absolutely adore just getting to be a Druid with all my forms and spells. I actually wonder if I’d be as obsessed with WoW if I didn’t like my Druid so much. I play a lot of alts so I’m sure I’d like the game for all the other reasons that are coming below, but if I’d love it as much.. I don’t know.

All the things to do

In the middle of this gorgeous world, there’s just so much to do that I can’t ever get bored. Pet battles, PvP, raids, old dgns for more pretty clothes, making an alt to go re-do a specific zone because I remembered a quest that was really fun and I wanted to see the dialogue again, or even just dropping into seal form and going for a swim to see if there are any hidden caves that I’ve never seen means I’m really rarely left wondering just what I could be doing.

The world itself

WoW is really pretty, but if I’m honest there are games out there that have really gorgeous graphics which sometimes put WoW’s ones to shame but the style just seems to resonate with me and I’m constantly screenshotting my way through the game.

 

The lore

This might actually be one of the biggest reasons why I’m so immersed in WoW, I know it’s what keeps me connected to the world so much.  I swear I’m better at knowing the origins of Azeroth than I probably am about RL history.

The background history of Azeroth absolutely fascinates me, especially when you start to realize just how connected everything is. When I first started playing it seemed like there was a huge mess of stand alone stories from the Titans, to all the different races and  all the different wars that went on across so many years. Then as I learnt more and realised that everything in Azeroth is connected, the world suddenly just got amazing and real for me. And the stories; they became a phenomenal part of the world. There’s been tons of times I’ve been thinking about a particular lore figure and I can go re-trace them through different quests they’re mentioned in, or go run old dungeons that refer to them so I can see all the tidbits of information that is scattered throughout the game.

    People

I can’t write a post without mentioning how special other wow players are. I had a friend a long time ago mention that I seem to pick up friends in Azeroth really quickly and I’m incredibly lucky that I do. Knowing that no matter what time I log on, there’ll be someone on my friends list to say hi to is really awesome. Friends come and go, some stay longer than others and some have made that leap into RL friends that I hope I’ll still be in contact with long after this game is just a memory. Knowing that there are lots of people  connected because of a gorgeous virtual world is pretty amazing.

Soo that’s me trying to explain why I spend a heck of a lot of time in WoW. If you made it all this way, Well Done! Let me know why you love WoW too.

 

Z and Cinder’s shared blog challenge: How has World of Warcraft changed/impacted your life?

Cinder and I have opened up our shared blog topic challenge for everyone to join in on. The more the merrier! Each Friday  we post a new topic that’s open for a week for everyone to write about. You can read Cinder’s post here and you can read all the submissions on our shared blog website here.

Today’s topic from Cinder is inspired by WoW’s 12th Anniversary; How has World of Warcraft changed/impacted your life? The short answer is immensely, but I’m not good at short answers, so you know there’s a much longer answer below.

When  Z logged into WoW the other day, she  got her 12th Anniversary Feat of Strength. Looking back through my FOS’s for this particular event, I’ve been online for each one for the past 6 years.  You can’t be immersed in something for 6 years without it having a major impact on you and WoW certainly has done that to me, in a mixed bag of positive and negative ways. I’m going to look at the ways through Cinder’s prompts for the topic; have you made amazing friends in game? Has it made you more/less understanding of people? Have you found love in game? Have you learned some new skills because of WoW? And the answers are yes, yes, yes and possibly not though I’m still working at mastering shapeshifting.

I certainly have made some amazing friends in the game, many of whom have transcended the barrier from online friend into real life friends. Cinder, obviously is a case in point. You haven’t been reading my blog closely enough if you haven’t picked up that.  And then there’s S (we’ll call her that for short).   She is the wife of a guildie that I met many years ago, back as alliance on Aman’thul and over time  has become one of my closest confidents as well as unofficial life coach and we talk pretty much on a daily basis. It always give me pause when I think that if I hadn’t met Merlin through WoW, I wouldn’t have met S and I can’t imagine what what my life would be like now. With the ridiculous size of this country and living a day’s drive apart, we’ve only met a few times in person but hopefully if I buckle down and keep saving, and we’re very lucky, come April, we’ll all snag some blizzcon tickets and we’ll go together, along with Merlin and Syl, another friend I met back in the same guild.

WoW’s dug it’s little fingers into my lovelife too. I’m so head over heals in love with this game, that I couldn’t imagine dating someone that doesn’t play WoW and understand my online world. I met my boyfriend though WoW and it’s great having a partner that loves WoW as much as I do because they actually can understand my love for this game and I think it helps understand me better too. Though we both adore the game, he’s  a much bigger lore buff than I am, so sometimes I think he just shakes his head at me, wondering how I can be so oblivious of the deeper aspects of WoW when I claim to love this game so much :).

WoW got me into blogging because I originally just wanted somewhere to share what I got up to. I started reading Navi‘s blog years ago and loved the idea that blogging would mean having my own little journal of WoW and now it’s another thing that I think I would miss if it wasn’t part of my life. A  pretty cool side effect of sticking my clumsy words out in the public eye is I’ve met a ton of other people who really like this game.  My social world is bigger because of WoW.

Has wow made me more understanding of people? I don’t know if understanding is the operative word but it has opened up the world for me and it lets me meet people that I would never have through any other way, which also lets me see different viewpoints and perspectives and sometimes makes me think about my world in a whole new way.

I mentioned the negative impact of WoW, and unfortunately it has had that at times over the past 6 years. Sometimes I have a love and hate relationship with this game and I have wished that I hadn’t found it at times.  I’ve brushed over it here and there before, but I really quickly spiralled into a pretty serious wow addiction, which affected my life offline. When you prefer to spend your time in an online world which is so fleeting and intangible there are always going to be consequences back in the physical world. I like to think I’ve found a bit more of a balance nowadays, but I’ll still really cognizant of the fact that I still probably would and could lose myself in Azeroth if I let myself.  But that’s only one part of the way WoW has impacted my life and I think the positives outweigh negative and  you can’t have light without shadow.

Happy 12th Birthday World of Warcraft, may there be many more to come!

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