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Where are the blogging protocols or standards of practice for us medium sized bloggers? Huh? On behalf of medium sized blogs, I am offended! How have I even continued blogging for over 3 years without standards of our medium sized blogs' very own? /boggle! and /flail!


Oh noes!

Does this mean we need to develop a "long-running but niche and frankly a bit lightweight" bloggers' code as well? /treepanic


More seriously, to all those out there involved in this "blog drama" . Guys. Guys. Listen.

This is not new. Every blogging community goes through phases like this. (Those who do not know their blog history are doomed to repeat it… 😉 )

And the solutions always pretty much come down to this:

  • Your blog is your space. Post and link as you see fit
  • Run your comments according to the living room principle: only allow discussion in a manner you would allow in your own living room
  • Feel no compunction about not publishing hostile or aggressive comments on your own blog. It's your space remember. Commenters are guests in your web "home"
  • Develop as thick a skin as you can muster. Publishing in public will attract criticism. That's life. 

Any attempt to develop any form of bloggers' code, bar it be a personal one, is doomed, because there is no real way to enforce or widely communicate it. 

In the end, I agree with Ama when she says:

No, you can't control what is said at other people's blogs about you/your blog, but you can choose to respond to it or ignore it.

You can't control others. You can only control your response to others. And that's a vital skill in public discourse, m'kay? 😉

Anyway, I doubt any of those bloggers, big or small, actually read this, so I'm probably just wasting electrons here. Back to the normal fripperies…

(picture included at the very special request of Please Feed The Troll)

Another from the "things I should have linked before now" file:

Back in late December, I joined in the Blog Azeroth Secret Santa, published a lovely gift here, and sent off my own post. And then… nothing. Silence. No response from the blogger. The blogger had, it seems, ceased to blog. And to answer e-mails. Eventually I went to head Secret Santatrix Ophelie and discussed the issue. And she found someone who had never recieved their secret santa gift.

And thus, a slightly embrassed Redhawsk lowered the tone of their blog terribly by publishing my nonsense. The very least you can do is visit it, as a gesture of some kind of sympathy…

IntoheroicsThe time has finally come. My average iLevel has crept over the magic 328, so a-Heroicing I shall go.

And, let's be honest, I was a little nervous. From every blog post I read, from all the chatter on Twitter, Heroics in Cataclysm have more in common with the nightmare days of the Burning Crusade, than the facerolls of Wrath.

Sunday morning. A druid doing dailies. A guild heroic run looking for just one DPS to make it an all guild group. 

Reader, I joined them.

It did not go well.

The random number generator through us into Grim Batol, a dungeon I've yet to run on normal, let alone Heroic. The trash – wasn't too bad. We had a single death in the entire run to the first boss, despite the ineptitude of a confused druid meaning that the bombing run was less effective than it should have been. But the boss. Oh, the boss. After half a dozen wipes with little sign of progress, we called it. And I'm going to call it as my fault. I'm not used to DPSing in instances, I'm not used to Heroics, and I'm new to the dungeon. It wasn't to be.

We hit the RNG again, and dungeon findered our way into Throne of the Tides. This one I have done. And the trash went swimmingly again. But the first boss saw our little part-time boomkin spread over the floor by a whirlwind. And that was that. At this point, I bailed in favour of a better-geared and more experienced guildmate, and they went on to clear the instance. 

At this point, I wasn't feeling great about my readiness for Heroics. And that was just super timing – because tonight was guild Heroic night. In the build up to starting raiding next month, we're having a night a week of Heroics, just to help the old gearing-up. The group formed, with me in my familiar healing role, some well geared-guildies and one slightly under-geared warlock. And off we went to Vortex Pinnacle.

The trash went down pretty easily. That seemed familiar.

We got to the first boss. That seemed to be familiar.

We one-shotted him. That most certainly wasn't. (And we were ahead of the other Heroic group at this point, which was satisfying).

The second boss? Down on the third attempt.

Another couple of wipes on trash between there and the end, and the  we engaged the windmill for the final boss. Half a dozen wipes, mainly due to casters getting caught outside the magic, sparkly triangle. A final attempt, when I finally, completely ran out of mana, with my potion and Innervate blow, with the boss at 5%. The result?

1stHeroicLet's see that again, in slow motion:

My Heroic cherry is well and truly popped.

My conclusions? Yes, Cataclysm Heroics are hard. But they repay skill, organisation and persistence. I felt way more comfortable as a healer than a DPS – but then I've been healing instances for five years, and barely ever DPSed seriously. We were on Vent, we had a skilled tank, and a DPS who could guide us through the fights. It was good natured, and we persisted and saw the results. Yes, gearing does play a huge part. Our under-geared Warlock was getting brutalised compared to our well-geared Mage. That's life. Some more Heroic and Justice gear will give us a little more room for error. 

I think I enjoyed tonight's Vortex Pinnacle run more than any single Wrath Heroic I ever did. And that, I think, is rather the point. 

Doing my raid prep, like a good little druid.

No idea if the raid will actually happen, given that it's compulsory expenditure, dinner and sex day…

Worgen look damn good in the Lunar pants suit and a top hat. 

Have I introduced you to Halesworthy, yet? He's my second druid, a feral, and he's in his mid-30s right now. He's getting the most playtime of my alts, and I'm seriously tempted to push him onwards towards 85 ASAP.

Oh, and that's the most bizarrely inappropriatley dressed Innkeeper I've ever found in the game with him. She's got a ram stable for an inn – and she's wearing a barely-there dress. I tell you, Northwatch Hold does something to people's heads.