So, 2008 is done. It was the first full year of this blogs's life (I started in late 2007), and it's been a pretty good year, despite some very patchy posting in the summer, due to my Mum's death and some guild drama that followed it, and the end of the year, due to general exhaustion.
Interesting, this blog now has 50% more RSS subscribers than One Man & His Blog, my 5 year old main blog, but consistently gets lower page views. That suggest, I think, that the WoW audience is generally more web-savvy than the audience for material about the interaction of blogging and journalism. I'd like to see more people clicking through from feed readers and joining in the debates in comments on all WoW blogs, not just this one, but I've no idea how we can make that happen.
Anyway, onto the most popular 10 posts of 2008, ranked by page views:
- Bloggers Against the Lifebloom Nerf – Back in February, druids (and those hoping to be healed by druids) were up in arms about a proposed nerf to Lifebloom. This was my rallying post to campaign against it, and we won. Eventually, Lifebloom did get nerfed, but as part of a complete revamp of our healing, so nobody minded as much.
- Are Resto Druids up to Healing Heroics? – A really nasty Slave Pens run lead me to wonder wether Resto Druids were really up to healing Heroics, and the constant search traffic for this entry suggests that I'm far from the only person to wonder that. And then Blizz gave us a proper rez and another group heal, and the doubts went away.
- New Wrath of the Lich King info – What About Druids? – Back in March I speculated about some nice things druids might get in the expansion. And people searching for info on Druids in Wrath kept arriving at my (wrong) guesses. Poor them.
- World of Warcraft is a Social Operating System – I think this was my best post of the year. A long, and considered (for me) post about the success of WoW, and the social factors that now give it a degree of stability in the top spot. Maybe I should write more serious, thoughtful stuff like this.
- Guild Drama and Server Changes – Grabbing something positive out of the absolute low point of my gaming year. About a month after my mother died, some idiotic, socially-inept (and now former) guildies made it impossible for me to stay in the guild I co-founded. I ended up taking a couple of months on a different server – and, in effect, a couple of months off playing. That period of my life was so unhappy, even seeing that post again brings me down.
- Don't Nerf Trees: Thanks to Team Tree – a list post of all the bloggers who carried the anti-Lifebloom nerf badge.
- Installing Wrath of the Lich king: What to Expect – I'm amazed to see this in the top 10. It's just a series of screen grabs of the install process for Wrath. The things people like…
- Druids vrs BRK: First Blood – in which the weight of bear, tree and laser chicken brings down the Big Red Kitty server. That, or the dodgy bits in the WordPress code.
- Wrath of the Lich King Collectors Edition Unboxing – A video, which one of my guildmates recently described as "shit". The traffic figures suggest otherwise.
- The Curse of the Enchanter – In which I complain about a mailbox full of material to disenchant, which WoWInsider than follows up on. It's interesting how few WoWInsider readers actually click through to source blog posts, though…