To Blog or Not to Blog
This day was inevitable – the day I finally cave and start a WOW blog.
When I first started playing World of Warcraft, it never occurred to me to start a blog. I barely even read blogs. Back then I refused to use an RSS reader, and only came across blogs when searching for specific information. I read WOW Insider (*gasp*) for most of my news about the goings-on in Azeroth.
I had gotten hooked on the game after simply reading the back of the box. The world of Azeroth was intoxicating – full of endless complexity and magic. Prior to WOW, my gaming experience was mainly in RPGs – Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Zelda, Oblivion, etc. None of these games had captured me so fully. I’d heard about WOW many times throughout my years at college, but had avoided it desperately – I knew that it was dangerous.
It was near the end of my senior year that I could fight the temptation no longer. A fateful Best Buy trip with my boyfriend led me to the PC game aisle, where the Battle Chest sat gleaming upon the shelves, taunting me. This was terrible timing to pick up an addicting game – right before finals, and the deadline of a huge senior project. It was too late though – I resisted buying the Battle Chest, but the trial version practically downloaded itself onto my Mac.
I rolled a human rogue named Kairen, and let go of my fears.
The lure of the game was so strong that watching me play convinced a few other friends to join me. A former Everquest addict rolled a gnome warlock, and another friend followed suit later with a dwarf hunter. (Oh what noobs we were, picking all pure dps classes). My boyfriend had a Night Elf druid, but I didn’t really play much with him in the beginning. The gnome warlock and I battled our way through Dun Morogh and Loch Modan in final days of college, spending far more time playing than studying. Somehow we managed to graduate.
Summer arrived and I moved to another state, got engaged, and started a new job. Throughout all this, Azeroth refused to release its hold on me. Every day I was so excited to come home in order to gain new spells and discover new places. The gnome warlock and the dwarf hunter vanished and my fiance became my sole WOW partner. We stealthed our way to the Outlands by the end of August.
I’m going to save all that in-between boring nonsense for another time, and skip to the part where we hit 80. I was in an extremely tiny guild in which there were never more than 3 people on. They were very nice people, but I was feeling lonely. My fiance had gone through several small guilds that fell apart. He joined a new guild towards the end of our stay on Cenarius. The defining feature of this guild was the guild leader himself – JacktehRiper. Based on that name, I don’t even need to tell you what a Jackass he was (yes, it deserves a capital ‘J’).
I was feeling awkward about leaving the only guild I’d ever known, but I wanted to find a new home. I wanted some place where there were mature people to talk to, to run heroics with, and maybe even to peek into Naxx with. I was just about to /gquit when my fiance mentioned that one of his favorite bloggers had a guild on Kael’thas that sounded neat. I visited Big Bear Butt for the first time, and after reading for awhile, found myself agreeing that his guild sounded exactly like what we wanted. We rolled new toons on Kaelthas and after we dinged 10 we joined the Sidhe Devils. It didn’t take long for us to be convinced that a server transfer was in order. It was then that my rogue called Kaelynn was born.
Ok, so now that I’ve managed to turn my first post into a fantastic rambling history lesson, I’m ready to make my point. The reason that starting a blog was inevitable is that the Sidhe Devils is chock full of those blogger-type-people. They just keep multiplying… like bunnies. Every time I read one of their blog posts I feel inspired to write (check out my sidebar for a list of SD bloggers past and present). I certainly can’t hope to be as useful, witty, or entertaining as most of them – but that isn’t going to stop me from trying.
So what is the purpose of this blog? Oh wait… I’m supposed to have a purpose?