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November 29, 2010

Off-topic of the Year: The Lines of Blogging

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Written by: Vixsin
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Despite being a very cautious and pragmatic person by nature, the move to start my own blog was surprisingly an impetuous one. I remember complaining to a friend about the lack of Resto Shaman resources, and having him respond, somewhat sharply, “… well, why don’t YOU do something about it?” And so I did. I puzzled over themes, over blog names (oh man, the ones that lined my virtual trash can), and over how I was possibly going to fit another commitment into a schedule that doesn’t include a whole lot of free time. Armed with one (slightly vitriolic) article, and the desire to help make the shaman community a better place, I launched Life in Group 5.

And here it is, some 370 days after my first post and all I can think to myself is “man, I should have started sooner”. It’s been an interesting journey over the past year—it’s been a struggle, a joy, a bloody pain in my arse, and, at times, a source of intense pride. So, I do hope you’ll forgive me for an off-topic, somewhat philosophical look at the whole thing, because I think there could be a lesson in here somewhere.

 

The Dangers of a Soapbox

When I was first starting into my professional career (yes, it was back in the Ice Age, har-har) I received some seemingly innocuous advice from a colleague one day, which later became a cornerstone of my personal philosophy—if you wouldn’t feel comfortable having it read back to you in televised court proceedings, don’t write it down. I didn’t really grasp the seriousness of the statement until much later, when I started into discovery proceedings on a particular case, and saw with my own eyes how much people can damn themselves in just in one off-the-cuff email. Tongue-and-cheek, sarcasm, and flippancy simply don’t convey themselves well in written form.

As a result, a little part of my brain spazzed out, and for the next year or so my email use and wording was restricted to terse, factual statements with a heaping helping of disclaimers. Needless to say, I might have taken it to the extreme (just, um … slightly). When I did come back to reality and realized that moderation can be achieved through means other than paranoia, excessive clarification and incredible run-on sentences, I discovered the zen place where I could still send emails, still publish findings, and all the while be conscious of exactly what I was putting myself on the line for.

So when I started blogging, I approached it with the same trepidation, knowing that the risks in internal emails are nothing compared to putting my words on the World Wide Web, permanently and irrevocably. As a character in “The Social Network” so wonderfully says,

What you write on the internet isn’t written in pencil, it’s written in ink.

While some might make a convincing argument to the contrary, I’m certainly one who agrees with the preceding quote—the internet and its archives never die. To me, it is a worldwide wall of graffiti where the layers of patina are legible for generations. Your drunken Facebook photos, there for your kids to discover; right next to your college forum post on methods for determining the tensile strength of concrete, preserved for students for years to come. It is what makes the internet wonderful, and equally dangerous at the same time—anyone can use it; for a mere couple dollars you can have your very own soapbox. And therein lies the rub.

As a chatty and opinionated person, there are a litany of topics that I have very strong feelings about, ranging from the sex’s differing norms of social interaction (yeah, I really did want to light into a few bloggers about that one, but instead just gave my S.O. a month’s worth of ranting) and video game escapism, to foreign policy and the nature of politics. And while it’s always an option for me to write about these topics, (cause it’s MY blog .. RAWR) and possibly get a few people riled up, the long and the short of it is that my soapbox wasn’t given to me because I am more considered or more qualified than other people out there. My soapbox wasn’t delivered from up on high, nor was it awarded by a mandate from the masses (nor from some farcical aquatic ceremony).

Instead, my soapbox was purchased for the cost of a domain name, and like I discovered in those early days of my career, it does not come equipped with a sensor/censor to warn me when I’ve crossed a line, made a horrible gaffe, or just plain stumbled onto a topic that’s only of interest to someone trapped in an elevator with me. In fact, the ease of hitting “Publish” on my blog post is only tempered by my own anxiety each and every time I do it. So, rather than attempt to backtrack or clarify my words down the line somewhere, I choose not to put them up in the first place, unless I’m ready to really fight for them. It’s a difficult choice, and one that certainly goes against the practice of blogging, but oftentimes I look back and think it’s the right one to make.

 

Writing to write versus writing to inform

Among worrying about using the “right” blog template, choosing the “right” blog name, making sure I wrote about the “right” blog topics, or that I myself was reading the “right” bloggers and sites to stay informed, what I never worried about was how I should be writing content. Although I am not a writer by trade or by education, through the years I’ve developed a comfort-level hammering out anything from journal articles to marketing brochures. So, I assumed that frequency and breadth of discussion in my blog posts wouldn’t pose too great a challenge. Like many other times, it seems I was wrong, but for the right reasons.

At first, when I started out at the (*cough*) blistering pace of 5-7 posts a month, I regarded it as a function of getting into the whole “blog thing”. Naturally, I was new, so formulating posts was more difficult and less of a habit. I looked at other more prolific bloggers and simply regarded their frequency of posting as the natural outcome of having been at it for longer.

But, as time elapsed and I soldiered on, through stressful times and through raiding lulls, I realized that I simply couldn’t match the output of some members of the blogging community. It didn’t actually dawn on me until some time later that the reason why I couldn’t publish multiple posts a week wasn’t skill and it wasn’t available time—it had to do with intent.

My intent for Life in Group 5 has been, since the start, to not only inform but also to foster discussion about Resto Shaman and about healing. I think this is a goal that many bloggers out there share. But whereas some players take the approach of a blog as an ongoing conversation, spillage from a stream of consciousness, or a dialogue, I tend to have a more formal approach (man, I am such a stick-in-the-mud). I write my articles as if I was back in that college library pouring over source materials, anxiously making sure every fact is checked and double-checked before I hit “Publish”.

Ultimately, this is not to say that one approach is better—I enjoy a good number of blogs which skip unhesitatingly from one topic to another with apparent abandon—simply that it was a distinction that I never thought to make and a quality which enabled me to realize that blogging is not a perfect model, it is unique to each blogger. While there will be suggestions aplenty about how to write, when to write, what to write, etc., the only real rules come from that particular writer. So, it naturally follows that I nurture topics for far too long, bring in a host of content relating to management, optimization, and the like , and move along at the slow pace of someone who enjoys the process of creation more than the act of publication.

It took me this long to be able to decide … that’s just fine with me.

 

Obligations and Implied Warranties

[Brace for another one of those lead-in personal anecdotes …] When you work in a client-centric industry, more so a consulting industry where knowledge and advice are the final products of any “project”, clients really are your primary concern and your highest risk. (The entitled $15-a-month foot-stomping nerd pales in comparison to some of the client situations I’ve had to handle.) But, through all my client experience, the best advice that was ever given to me about how to handle clients was delivered by a very wise industry veteran, who has traveled (and continues to travel) the world as an industry “problem solver”. The little gem that he delivered to me while we were shooting the stuff in a conference room after one particularly harrowing client meeting?

Happiness = Reality – Expectations

It’s an elegant way of saying, if you don’t live up to everything you promised, people will get very unhappy, very quickly. He wiped off an afternoon’s worth of arguments and conclusions to write it in the middle of the dry-ease board, and to this day I think that it was infinitely more valuable than what it replaced. It is the reason why I consistently drive “go-go-go” co-workers to distraction with my questions about planning, goals and deliverables. (Clients, on the other hand, seem to genuinely appreciate that kind of discussion.) The last thing I want is an incongruity between what people expect and what I am capable of delivering. And so when it comes to this blog, despite the fact that we have no contract and that I’m under no formal agreement to deliver my thoughts, musings, and theorycrafting on any regular basis, I know that for my site can be the source I want it to be, I need happy readers. And that means I need to manage expectations.

It’s tough to admit, but there are some days and some weeks, where the last thing I want to do is write another word, about anything, let alone about WoW. And yet, as I sit at my desk at work or in my home office grumbling about how much time I don’t have (yes, that is a problem I am plagued with), I am reminded of the value I place on dependability and reliability, on the importance of keeping my word regardless of whether or not there will be repercussions for breaking it.

In contract law there is a phrase—implied warranty—which is used to describe the presumptions inherent in any sale, irrespective of whether or not the presumptions are expressed. (A common implied warranty in residential construction is habitability—when you hire a contractor to construct a home, that home should be livable.) While some would argue that there is no implied warranty in blogging, after a year of getting my feet wet, I’m not inclined to agree. As I see it, I have an obligation to:

  • Represent conditions accurately, or maybe just consistently
  • Present some semblance of logic
  • Provide value to the reader (or at least a reason to come back)
  • Deliver what I commit to delivering

As obligations go, these are nothing short of subjective, and obviously open to a broad spectrum of interpretation. However like most things in my life, having some sort of understanding of scope and level of commitment helps sustain my motivation in the times where it might otherwise be lacking. Beyond my obligations to you, the people who actually choose to read my ramblings, there’s another area of obligation not often discussed, despite the subject-matter—our (the blog-o-sphere’s) obligation to Blizzard.

As I said in first section, I’m not here to get people riled up. And so, despite the fact that sometimes I find myself very frustrated with a design process I don’t understand or class decisions that leave me absolutely boggled or any manner of bugs, I sincerely believe that what I do write should be influenced by my appreciation of Blizzard as a successful company and as a collective of passionate individuals. As I see it, this appreciation affords them perspective (eg: everyone makes mistakes, even with insane amounts of data and QA), it affords them respect (eg: it would drive me bonkers to have people criticize my work day in and day out), and it affords them immunity from petty critique (eg: the color of the shaman set really isn’t going to make or break anyone’s play).

Naturally, there will be times where I might slip a little and let my personal frustration shine through, but when all is said and done, what I want to encourage, what I want to enable, is that Happiness I talked about earlier. In the end, I’m here to share my passion for a class that I like playing, and to try to make the reality of the game live up to your expectations. If I can do that, then I’ll be happy as well.

 

Welcome to LiG5 2.0

So, as I prepared to enter into my second year of being a WoW blogger, I (obviously) spent a good deal of time looking back and considering some of my successes and some of my rousing failures. It’s been an interesting journey thus far, and in retrospect I think I’ve stumbled across a couple truisms:

  • I cannot predict what will or will not resonate with readers.
  • Humility is hard. Perspective is hard. Being an arrogant/pompous/flippant jerk (male or female, mind you) is easy.
  • I will always live in fear that someone will find my blog to be stupid, banal, or just plain wrong and then will choose to explain their findings, at great length and with no holds barred, too all and sundry. This fear will be at its strongest when my mouse is hovering over the “Publish” button.
  • Writing less than 500 words in a post feels wrong. Brevity, I do not has it.
  • Resto shaman blogs die out far too quickly. When Drug, the wonderful founder of ShieldsUp.ch first welcomed me to the Shaman blogging community, he cautioned that I might fall victim to the incredibly high turnover rate of writing Restos. I didn’t believe him; I should have.
  • I am a better resto shaman, a better player, because of this blog and because people question me.
  • I will proclaim, about every email I receive, that “it is the best email ever”. (My S.O. will attest to this). And no matter how many emails I get, no matter how many different players ask me about the same thing, it will bring a smile to my face every time my Inbox lights up with a new email from one of you.
  • And finally, for as much flack as the “WoW community” gets, it really is full of amazing, intelligent, and interesting people. Thank you for proving this to me.

And so, because I can think of no better way to end this, I’ll leave you with this snippet from one of my favorite movies:

I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin … I’m going to show [you] … a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you. (Source)

Here’s looking forward to year 2.

 

PS: Yes, I’m going to be incredibly dorky and reply to each comment. I’m a softie that way. ^_^






54 Comments


 
 

  1. I always feel a small start of excitement when I see a post by you on my RSS feed. Your attitude shows in the quality of your posts – this is the only resto shaman blog that I’ve found that I have also found valuable. And I think it’s because of just what you identified here: writing to inform. More valuable than the most insightful blog post of all time is a reliably insightful blogger.

    It’s not just the resto shaman-ing – your approach to the game resonates in me and through me to the raid I lead, and I suspect that your other readers receive similar benefits. Keep on writing! Good luck!
    Button´s last post ..ffs Garrosh- New Orgrimmar


  2. Raesa

    Vixsin, I’ve been a regular reader since your first post. I don’t remember how I found your blog – I think it was through Drug’s blog, actually. First off, I want to congratulate you on your tenacity to keep writing. I had a blog once, focused on playing disc priests, healing, addons, and guild management (everything under the sun, maybe?) that was up for a little over 2 years, but blogger burn-out hit me as well.

    At the time, I was hard-pressed to find bloggers who actually write. I appreciate your formal approach to your posts so keep at it and never lose that! That’s one of the major reasons why I keep reading LIG5. I find myself struggling to continue reading the “it” blogs in the WoW blogosphere because of a common lack of content and poor literary presentation which I have never seen in your posts. And for that, I thank you.

    I may be in the minority in preferring your academic approach to a blog on a video game over the more “blog-ish” language out there but that’s what makes LIG5 a joy for me to read and please don’t ever give that up!

    Best of luck to you in year 2. I look forward to, hopefully, many more posts on the fine art of being a resto shaman.


    • Oh man, you read the first post and still stuck around? That’s dedication! (heh) My thanks for being one of the original few and for sticking with me through templates and odd topics. ^_^


  3. I will always read your posts/articles because I always enjoy what you have to say. You make me think and that’s one of the best results from anything anyone could write! :-)

    I always find myself considering “Provide value to the reader (or at least a reason to come back)” often. I need to give people a reason to read what I write and then come back to read something else. These days, it sometimes takes a week or two for something interesting to happen that merits writing about.

    Looking forward to LIG5 2.0 :) (although 1.0 is great in itself)
    Natalie´s last post ..Llani the Kingslayer


    • Agreed–finding topics sometimes is a case of feast or famine. In times where I’m inspired, I don’t have enough time to write all that I want to write about, and when I’m uninspired, getting even one sentence down is an accomplishment.


  4. Congratulations to your anniversary! As always it was a very thoughtful and interesting read; I loved to get a glimpse behind the curtains and see the writing process through your eyes. You and I have quite different approaches to blogging. You clearly think a lot more before writing. I write before I think and I’m pretty quick to hit the publish button as well, without paying that much thought to the quality or the value in what I’ve written. And I must admit I’m a little bit envious to your more seirous approach. But I figure in the end we’ll end up happier if we blog the way that comes most natural to us. Here’s to another year of lovely, long, well-written blogposts from from Group 5! Cheers!


    • Well it’s a mutual appreciation then, because I’ve always been envious of how frequently and deeply you post! (Even when you promise to not post as much, lol)

      /raises a glass to the famous innkeeper


  5. eloka

    Wow I cannot believe you’ve been around for a year already! I still remember reading your first entry and thinking you had a lot to say and would be a writer to watch. Unfortunately you quickly grew important enough for my work filter to block you, so usually I only get to read your rss feed, but I wanted to stop by and congratulate you on your anniversary. Let’s hope for plenty more in your future!


    • The true gauge of success–site blockers! (lol) Thanks for sticking with me, even when the RSS feed turns my painstakingly formatted posts into TLDNR novels. ^_^


  6. A lot of what you’ve said here rings so true to me. You’re an amazing blogger with a lot of insight into blogging as well as Resto Shaman. Congratulations on your first year, and good luck for your second :)


  7. Zeró

    You have done a great job. I was concerned about the lack of Resto Sham information, and almost considered making my own to supplement until i found your blog. Thank you for doing a great job!


  8. I was surprised to read that a highly regarded blogger such as yourself still felt that publish button anxiety. But I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised- publish button anxiety is what forces a writer to double check their facts and take their work seriously. And judging by the quality of your work, you do make sure everything is in order before it goes live.

    (Although, I would have been really interested in seeing what you had to say about the topics you censor yourself from blogging about.)

    I don’t play a resto shaman and therefore rarely read about them, but I remember how thrilled I was when I finally discovered a reliable resto shaman resource I could direct others to.

    Congrats on a full year of blogging and keep up the good work!
    Ophelie´s last post ..Let’s Talk About Spirit


  9. Congratulations on your first year of blogging and good luck in your second.

    This is one of the most well-informed, well-written blogs I read. Though I don’t play my shaman anymore, I always look forward to seeing new posts here as they give me something to think about and an interesting perspective on healing in general.
    Jasyla´s last post ..Patch Fever


    • Coming from someone I’ve been reading since I started blogging, that means a lot. Thanks for the encouragement and for being a consistent supporter since the beginning. ^_^


  10. Vixsin –

    Thank you so much for offering your perspective on your year of blogging.  Regardless of quantity, the quality of your postings never ceases to amaze me.  Your insights have made me a better healer, not just on my shaman, but overall.  You’ve absolutely become a staple of the community – and if you need proof, a little anecdote of my own:  A guild mate recently asked in our forums for Resto Shaman resources.  And someone beat me to the reply of recommending this website, which was not all that surprising since it was the exact suggestion that I would have given.  But what was surprising was that the person who recommended this doesn’t even have a shaman.  How he stumbled onto you, I’m not entirely certain (maybe a comment or link from a post on my blog?) – however you made such an impression on him that he continues to follow you, regardless of the fact that he spends all of his time shooting things with sharp, pointy objects and zero time bringing the thunder…er (healing) rain?

    And, honestly, I’m sure that he is not the only person that has found you, and still follows you, intrigued by the uniqueness and thoughtfulness that is put into your topics.

    Me?  Well, I am always looking forward to your next post and am happy to offer you cheers for your blog-versary.  Here’s looking forward to another year, I can’t wait! :)

    ~Beru


  11. Tehar

    Just as Raesa I really like your academic and sometimes philosophical approach to blogging about WoW. It is diffucult to find such a great blog, and I’m not just speaking about WoW-blogs. I really like how you relate the game (and in this post your blogging experience) to your work.

    Looking forward to another year!

    Tehar


  12. Luci

    Vix as I stated in the E-Mail I sent you a few weeks back, without this blog I would’ve never re-subbed to WoW, nor would I enjoy my resto shamy as much as I do. Your blog posts are great because they do not talk down to your readers, they simply state facts you’ve discovered playing your char and this opens the general topic of said post to an ‘intellectual’ discussion. Me being a huge theorycraft nerd,enjoy that far more than the sites on the web that basically state ‘if you’re not playing your t00n this way you’re not l33t’ (cough*elitist jerks*cough) which a lot of people take as a fact not as someone else’s view on playing said class… Case and point is a guy we have at work, who believes his GS being higher then let’s say mine, somehow makes him a better player, yet we had one theorycraft discussion and he could not come up with one reason besides GS to back up why he thinks he may be a better player. All he kept repeating is; “my holly paladin would totally beat you in a duel”. It’s ignorant players like this who end up starting blogs on the ‘interwebz’ to ”inform” people on how to play, not to help them figure out which style of play best suits them. So in retrospect of this bloated rant/praise, I /salute you in your efforts to run a place on the web which caters to intellectuals who are willing to discuss theories rather than shove them down each others throats.

    -Luci


    • Oh believe you me, I have my “right way or the highway” moments … but I’m at least going to put up a good argument for my choices. I wouldn’t be much of a consultant otherwise! :-P


  13. I value your careful, thorough theorycrafting immensely. But what I really like is that you so obvioiusly like playing a Shammy (even through times when the Blizz love is a little light on). When I was umming and ahhing about which toon I would designate my ‘main’ for the start of Cata, I read your T-3 weeks, and went – yeah! My Shammy is it!
    Xeppe´s last post ..the final countdown


  14. Happy blogaversary, and congratulations :) Your blog is a fantastic resource and you should be very proud of all you’ve done for shaman around the world. Perhaps the rest of us could learn a thing or two from the “extensive research before posting” approach (I certainly could!). I think it’s a function of how much time can be devoted to each topic. In any case, keep up the great work Vixsin :)
    Angelya´s last post ..Shattered


  15. Vorin, US Kilrogg-A

    “I write my articles as if I was back in that college library pouring over source materials, anxiously making sure every fact is checked and double-checked before I hit ‘Publish.'”

    This is precisely why I look forward (and backward) to LiG5 articles. You do strong work Vix, i.e. please-don’t-die.

    Bon blogaversary. Be proud, /flex, and know that we’re behind you!

    Vorin


  16. It’s always a pleasure to read your pragmatic posts and you have influenced the way I approach my role as a resto shaman. Getting insights from someone who plays at the top of their game is marvelous, I hope you can continue to share your thoughts and research into the game (and life) for the forseeable future.

    I was delighted to see the equation for happiness, this is an issue I come across all the time at work and it will stick in the back of my head when approaching the way I deal with clients in future.

    So simple, but so effective.


    • It’s an equation that’s served me well in so many ways. And to think, if I would have rushed out after that meeting was done, I never would have heard it!


  17. Thank you so much for keeping LiG5 going for a whole year and providing so many insightful and useful articles in that time. I’ve relied upon your posts hugely for my resto questions and answers and have to agree with the commentators who praised your straightforward, readable style and commitment to so many virtuous things like – and just for example – factuality, neutrality, and never being a jerk. You’re one of those bloggers I rarely read immediately a new post is published because I want to ensure I give each new publication the time and attention it deserves, but somehow your material also lends itself well to quick pre-raid skim reads :)

    Anyway, this was a fascinating and welcome peek into your thought processes and I’m grateful that you felt able to share! Though I do appreciate your reasons, I can’t help but echo Ophelie’s interest in the things you wanted to say but didn’t – and in general I’d say if ever you want to write about a wider variety of topics, I’d be most interested to hear what you have to say. You’ve shown time and again that your opinions are worth hearing and that you’re able to communicate them in a way which is well worth reading. Regardless, congratulations and here’s to another year :)
    Charles´s last post ..6 years


  18. Jésusbeams

    You, Vixsyn, are the reason why I chose to stay resto spec. Your blog, and countless hours of raiding, have taken from me from a mediocre shaman who spams CH to someone who really studies the fights now. Someone who strives to make every heal count. I’m far from being the best sham on my server, but I strive to be. I’m constantly pushing the limits of my healing capabilities because of your help. Your blog is phenomenal and so well put together. Thanks and keep up the great posts. /clap


    • Oh noes, encouragement to raid more couched in compliments! You have found my only weakness … Okay, well one of many but still …. Currrrrrrse you! ::snicker::


  19. someguy

    Congratulations on 1 year. Ive never bothered to post a comment before (at least I dont think that I have), but your long-winded blogging is much appreciated. I really do enjoy the finer details of everything that you post. I only recently started taking my shaman seriously this year and your site has provided me with plenty of reading and plenty to learn from.

    I also want to add my voice to what Charles above me said. I dont read your articles until I have some dedicated time to do so. You put so much into each one that if I were to skim over it like I do with most other blogs I would miss a lot of the insight that was put into it.

    So here is to another year! Thank you for sticking to it in this terribly small resto shaman community.


  20. Tam

    “if you wouldn’t feel comfortable having it read back to you in televised court proceedings, don’t write it down”

    Hmmmm…I could probably have learned something from this ;)

    Congratulations on a massively successful year of blogging, and here’s to a second!

    I honestly think you’re a wonderful blogger, and your posts always give me something to think about. Okay, that sounds totally tepid, but I mean it in a non-tepid way. As in come back and re-read again something to think about it – and in a world as fast moving as blogging that really means something.

    Shaman blogs may be a thin on the ground but, damn, what you lack in quantity you make up for in quality :)


    • As if I could ever believe that you were capable of a tepid statement, Tam! I’m flattered and humbled; I’ve always admired Righteous Orbs’ ability to artfully blend philosophy, theory and gaming, and top it off with a sprinkling of wry humor and subtle literary references. Your style and delivery are truly enviable. :-)


  21. While something I’m not likely to duplicate, I really enjoy your posts’ depth and thoroughness. The raid posts are thought provoking and original. I love reading how you and others approach, analyze, and understand some of the toughest content in the game. I enjoy the shaman posts for a different healer’s perspective and also as motivation to (some day) have a second max level healer. Thanks!
    Joe Ego´s last post ..Glyphs in 403a for PvE Holy


    • Glad to provide you the view from another side of things, but beware: once you have a second max level healer, you’ll find that you just can’t resist getting 2 more. :-P


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  23. Ajax

    Congrats on your first year blogging. I stumbled upon your site about 6 months ago, and been a regular reader ever since. Its by far the best resto shaman blog, and resource site there is, and I particularly like your informative, spare no detail style. Recent events in my life almost forced me to quit playing WoW, but after reading your latest Cata update I felt a renewed excitement in playing my resto shaman, and for that I thank you.


    • You’re quite welcome! I actually was a little bit worried setting out on my first real Beta (and Alpha) testing experience, but instead of ruining me for when Cata goes lives, I really found myself looking forward to it all the more! It’s been great motivation to stick with it, even after 11 months of farming ICC.


  24. syl

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read and found that it echoes a lot of my own thoughts on blogging. I’ve asked myself many times what my intentions and obligations are on my own blog and found that being true to yourself first is what’s most important. not all blogs have the same ‘point’ and some bloggers are more about creativity and experimenting than ‘delivering’ information regularly or touching all the important bases. while some posts might attract more comments than others, that doesn’t mean you’re not being read and either way you’ll have your followers. personally I’m a big fan of creative, witty, well-written or artsy WoW blogs, rather than just commentaries. :)

    i’m not a journalist myself, I keep a blog as a creative space really and value every of my humble readerbase’s comments. i’m also obsessed with editing my texts and finding typos, so blogging is very time intense. I think readers can tell if you put a lot of effort into your articles though and will value it, even silently so.

    Big gratz on the anniversary! keeping an active blog for an entire year is an achievement! =)
    syl´s last post ..Raidguilds with entry fees


    • I couldn’t agree more. I suppose it’s because I always want to add something to a conversation that I automatically associate blog comments to # of readers, so disassociating the two was difficult for me. Then I realized that there are other indicators, other ways to get feedback and to have discussions, that can’t be measured by comment counts. :-)


  25. […] new blogs are popping up all the time and other bloggers are thriving. Vixsin and Morynne recently reached the 1-year milestone and Vidyala is approaching hers. Even I’ll […]


  26. I really like your style of writing and the high standards you set for yourself. Please do keep going.

    This week the subscription for my domain name run out, which is a little bit sad. Now shieldsup.ch says goodbye to the internet once and for all. I have to admit, I did start writing some posts that would mark my return, but I just knew the at this point I don’t have the time to get my blog going again. Truthfully, I myself didn’t put that much thinking into my writing. This always left me a bit in a strange place, because when I write in my mother-tongue I’m annoyingly correct, whereas in English I just write whatever comes to my mind and hope not to embarrass myself too much. Nevertheless, I always felt I have to mix random post with some content. And to post with some regularity. This I can’t do at the moment so I won’t revive my blog. I really miss writhing though and I hope I’ll find an adequate platform to post some stuff comes cataclysm.

    If I had one wish for the next year of LiG5 it would probably be this: a tiny bit of vixsin rage. I know you have it in you.


    • Damn Drug, I still go to Sheildsup from time-to-time, hoping that I simply missed your comeback post. But if you ever do have thoughts you just want to get out there, you have an open invitation from me. You are my shaman blogger yoda. :-)

      And who knows, maybe a little Vixsin rage will be in the cards for next year … (heh)


  27. Monsieur

    Grats on a year! Best restoblog ever, and about the only reliable place on the internet for solid and wellwritten posts on healing with lasers. If only there was a LIG5 for elemental too :< Anyways, hope you can stick with it for another year too!

    Already looking forward to all the new awesome posts on what to gem and the best enchants again! Mastery and healing rain, wasting mana, whats the ultimate tankspamming spell, please take good care of us Vix :)

    And goodbye haste, I loved you, but i need to start seeing other stats too.


    • Monsieur! It’s been a while since I’ve seen your tag around here. :-) Never fear, I’ll do all I can to make you forget about that Haste loser (wasn’t a good fit for you anyways) and introduce you to a couple old buddies who know how to show a resto shaman a good time.


      • Monsieur

        Yea, i’ve been lurking :) got sucked into the evil world of dps, but now the gear is reset and i love mana problems. So its back to resto fulltime!


  28. Unglar

    Um, I don’t actually play a resto shaman, any shaman and I didn’t have a max level healer until a month ago, which is one reason I never commented before. I do find your posts very interesting indeed though, and that’s what keeps me coming back to your blog.
    (If it’s of any interest, I think I found your blog from the Life Behind The Kill-Pic article, which I found absolutely fascinating, and then read a lot of your archive).

    It’s strange how topics seem to come around, sometimes at relevant moments to readers, as I have been seriously considering starting my own bog and this is the second article I’ve read by various people that talk about their writing experiences. As always, your well reasoned comments have given me plenty to think about. I was interested to hear that you started without doing the thorough research/preparation that has become the hallmark of your articles, do you think that just doing it was the key to getting started?

    Unglar


 
 



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