Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Quick State-of-the-Blog

This post is more to assuage my guilt, but also to try and let you, the reader, know a bit what's going on "behind the scenes", so to speak.

I've felt a bit guilty that I've been neglecting WoW lately both in posting and in playtime. (Usually they go hand-in-hand). It's true, since the start of Aion, I've been pretty focused over there, spending my already fall football-choked time in the land of Atreia. There really are multiple reasons for this. First, my alliance was on a week long break from raiding. Second, Aion is brand-new and I think there are a lot of us out there that really enjoy the challenge of being a "newb" again.

However, I have missed raiding and my friends over there. I have NOT missed the drama. Also, there's not a whole lot going on in the land of Azeroth right now. Warlocks haven't seen any changes. I haven't had the time to try out my DK musings. I've never been a holiday guy. I just want to see the new content, which means raiding right now. And raiding is on hold.

I'd also love to get in on some Onyxia action and even down that stupid DIAF-Keralon. I feel behind on those. However, the raid group is mired in Ulduar and every time I try to PuG any of those fights, it goes horribly. I suppose I've always had bad PuG luck. Couple that with the fact that everyone I know is also currently time-starved, so I can't really put a random group together either. (QQ moar, right?). The point here is just that WoW has been frustrating me through no fault of it's own, but there are definitely still things I want to do in the game. I'm not abandoning it by any means. I'm also anxiously watching the wire for any and all news that pertains to me and my chosen classes. We get some new news, I'll write about it. /Promise.

Until then, there's plenty of "new" in Aion that I need to touch base on. If it seems like I'm Aion heavy right now, it's because I am in playtime as well. I expect that to balance back out eventually. Also, I'm always open to suggestions. Feel free to shoot me an email with something you're confused about in-game (either game) and I'll try my best to answer it. Sometimes those even turn into good posts. Chances are if you have a question, we all have a question.

Anyways, I hope that explains the article spread somewhat. A side note to all of this is that I feel the need to shake things up around here a bit. Maybe change the layout, get some new graphics to reflect the new found dual nature of the blog. Some people (Abi, I'm looking at you, you, and you) like to create a new blog for each topic the write about, others like to start fresh (Samo, your turn), and then there are those of us that like where we are, but just want to tweak it a bit (I would think Sideshow and Syrana are in the same boat here). Point being, I'm of the third crew. Just feel free to let me know if there's anything I can do for you guys to make it easier to discern between topics (if that's even a problem), or if there's something you'd like to see.

I do this because I enjoy writing, I love the communities in the games I play, and I like to think I can be mildly entertaining. At the very least, I've met some great people through this (see links above) and that alone is worth it. I would encourage anyone who is entertaining thoughts of writing on their own to take the plunge and do it. Today. Whether you're a once a day writer or once a month, it's rewarding. The more you put into it, the more you can get out of it. Besides, while it's not something I'd bring right up in a job interview, communication skills (read: the ability to write coherently and relate thoughts clearly) are valued in just about any occupation. You may not say "hey, I do a gaming blog", but you can confidently say "I write a lot in my free time, just for fun and to hone my communication skills." Some HR dude will eat that right up. With a ladle.

Well, that's enough from me today. I'm sure you've looked at your *free* backstage pass right now and contemplated flinging it back at the stage manager saying "where the hell are the groupies and wild parties, this behind-the-scenes sucks." It's okay, I'm not a rock star (/tear). However, I do have some beer in the fridge. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right? *Cheers*


  1. I want to see more Gigantic Box posts. /demand

    All kidding aside, I'm definitely happy with where we are as a blog (content-wise) but yeah, want to tweak some of the usability and whatnot.

    I could never keep up with as many blogs as Abi does! Sideshow and I agreed from the inception of the blog that it would have room to grow and span topics since we aren't 1-track kinda people. (Nothing wrong with those that are, I give kudos to them.)

    I think you mix it up pretty well. And yes, writing in one's spare time goes over well in interviews even if they don't know what the content is.

    (And as much as one might want to share that, it's best that work doesn't know about your source of entertainment and freetime in most cases... don't need them reading and trying to use it against ya =/)

  2. Yeah, I don't want to go anywhere, but I also think a slight tweak in appearance and description is in order... I AM a year old now :-)

  3. Almost. October 15th is the day the world stands still.