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Making the World of Warcraft more trivial, one post at a time…

Wow. A whole month without posting. March missed completely. That's only happened once before on this blog – I missed the whole of November 2007, too. But March 2011 was a dead zone on this blog.

And I'd like to thank you all for your concern and enquiries after my health or status with regard to the game. I'd like to, but I can't, because nobody cared. sob

However, I'm aware other people have bowed out of WoW while I've been away and – frankly – I came damn close to quitting myself. I hope to find the time tomorrow to blog about that, what caused my flirtation with /quit and what has (for now) brought me back from the brink. But for now, here's a few screenies, just to prove that I have been doing something.

The Useful

HammeredHello, shiny belt.

The Unexpected.

Chef
Kinda freaky. A bit psychedelic, in fact. But just an unexpected achievement from buying the latest guild perk recipe

GourmetHave chef's hat. Will achieve. (Been doing my dailies, like a good little tree)

The Slightly Shameful

Hardstonecore
Uh, yeah. That's the normal Stonecore achievement. At, um, 85. With heroic level gear. cough

DramallamOriginal image by Keven Law, used under a Creative Commons Licence

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!

via keredria.blogspot.com

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)

Drunkleafy
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…