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Blog Awards

I follow a few indie / Mineral Make up review blogs  and noticed  – in their own very supportive circles that they have their own awards, and give out badges. Reminds me of those old webrings for fan sites and the such.

There are also Tech Blogs that get ‘awards’ from things all the time – but usually they are more serious things, and such things like the Weblog Awards  ( I don’t even think a Gaming blog so wow specific would even qualify for a nomination in the Tech section) maybe the internet doesn’t take our little corner of the blogging world seriously enough to merit notice,  and besides  we do blog about a very centric topic.

I’m also not really an appropriate authority to be handing out awards of any merit, and besides happy feel good awards like ” best blog,  Funny of the week” – “up and coming” – “drama” of the week  the only ones I can think of worth handing out are

  FIRST!  commenter award ( going to Klep)

and a Google Fu award to a particular reader  with good google fu.

oh and every one who mentions how awesome Shadow Priests are gets a special ” Best in Game” award.

I guess to give out ‘awards’ we would have to have a recognised central body that has the reputation and the authority to hand out these ‘awards’ then of course we can start wars over who is considered the ultimate authority  – and then what qualifies as a blog,  does it fit into a theorycrafting category – a screenie blog, a blog with odd posts that go off topic  and disqualification if 50% of your content is not actually useful in anyway.

We have had a  Bloggers List of 2009 ‘awards’ list which was well thought out and presented for things like Design, content, ,  but no badges!

Since we are too serious to be handing out badges like ” I love your blog”  Can I just say I LOVE ALL YOUR BLOGS – and no you don’t get a badge because my love should be enough.

and this post is partially  because I am annoyed with a comment this weekend ”  why would you actually read a blog” 

Though to qualify their opinion – I asked ” Do you read anything?” with which they responded “No”

Edit – I was thinking more about this,  not sure if this will update your feed readers as well  but  – I mean I reckon I have more readers and google hits then some of the blogs that get nominated,  so what about about the bigger people  – that thousands find entertaining / informative   why aren’t WOW bloggers trying to legitimise our writing – Find some Blog awards and nominate the people you love reading.

Maybe.

It’s an idea.

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I Blograge.

Partially inspired by Tamarind from Righteous Orbs post Don’t  go wasting your emotion because

“……… the only emotion you’re allowed to have / express in WoW is rage”

Bloggers aren’t really respected. Our writing is rarely legitimized. Sure bloggers entertain / inform /provide slants on the world/ can get more hits then a journalists news article but the general impression is that we blog to rage in a forum where the niceties of journalism isn’t really necessary and mostly we do it for free to anyone who will listen.

Maybe if more ‘serious’ media decides to push the paying for content business, then bloggers will get more legitimacy as leatherbacked swivel chair reporters.

I like raging about public transport. I mean people put the puh in public, but human interaction with people who aren’t those we choose or care about is part of daily life.   I also see nice things on public transport - sweet things – in those times people dare to make eye contact – offer seats,  move out of the way without being asked or poked - give someone their newspaper – pick someone up off the floor when they fall – insist  a tired pregnant women sit down when she looked like she was about to collapse, but I don’t want to talk about them.

We chose how to live and interact – we chose how we blog.

I don’t want my blog to be a pile of seething rage over the bad things that happen to me in WOW – as I type I can think of several ‘moans’ I would like to make.

SUPRESS!

Suppression successful.

But one day I will stop playing – and somewhere in google cache I am sure my words – my record of my experience in Wow will  remain.

One of my first web comments is still viewable as cache.  Back when I started using the internet in earnest – and I had regular access  via Uni,  and also back when websites liked you commenting to say that you had been by in guestbooks..  remember them?  I was 18! Forgive me for my language.

^^ Me!

Stuff I wrote ,  Well that comment has survived for more then  a decade.  A Decade let that sink in.  I am sure there is more out there if I looked.

We play a MMORPG : a public game – and nice people or the people who just go about their game aren’t worthy of being talked about much – but I guess that’s the same in real life as well

Everytime someone does or says something nasty – I am thinking I should SS that comment and blog about it.

I’m blogging this panties because they don’t have the tshirt anymore via Thinkgeek

.  Mumbles at fail druid in WSG that complained that I should shut up and stop Rp’ing because I said ” I love the smell of WSG in the evening.. “

It was supposed to be a “I’m a nice person – lets play together- and have fun  because I have just broken the ice and tried to establish some sort of comradery  with a bunch of strangers”

But he stunned the rest of the BG into their little shells and no one else said a word bar screaming over Bg Chat. ALLIANCE NOOBS

I don’t write about many things that make me feel all gooey inside. Random strangers can’t really do that. I don’t have many moments where another random player has made made me feel like  squeeing or think that was a  gooey and good experience”

Sure I have good experiences – funnily most of them haven’t been by actually playing the game as intended – its been sneaking into places -  spending time with someone ingame – Role playing superheros in Gnomeraddon, working out how to get  into the horde inn in Dalaran and dancing on their tables, and flirting with their waitresses. Going on road trips through the barrens on our bikes killing flightmasters  ( hehe) – Guild events like our Guild Tauren Race, Ive talked about them.  But not so much good moments of playing the content.

I think I balance my rages out with things like silly posts on chickens and putting pictures of panties in my blog.

But I must start documenting good stuff – happy stuff.

Toddles off to find some.

Musings on Blogging / Writing

No Wow.   This be about blogging.

I’m edging closer and closer to 500 posts.  Think there is about 14 more to go.  Maybe 13 after this one. 

I’m a paid and published writer ya know -  When I was writing more back at Uni  – I remember sending out some work to places for publishing – and as part of the submission you sent a self-addressed envelope so they could send you back rejection letters and your submitted work.

I kept a pile of those rejection letters  on a spike.  The spike filled up. 

I threw the spike out when 3 of my poems got accepted on a radio show, and they paid me $80 – which at the time,  and for a Uni student was a nice little bonus. Over the years I have had small pieces published in random places, poems, stories for various sums, entered some competitions that required writing something for a prize and won them.

I write mainly short stories now, Sci fic, Spec fic, fantasy, I got in a local small press book published last year of short stories  – and even attended the semi swanky book launch.    Poetry  was mainly about feeling, and I’ve not been feeling much lately so haven’t written poetry lately, and of course I blog.

But the best thing anyone said to me was ” I want to know what happens next”

You also don’t get rejection letters when you blog. 

I do have a personal journal – It’s not worth sharing the link – Mostly  loads of dribble -  It’s not meant to entertain/inform.  It’s more of a brain dump then a brain sorter.  For example todays entry was

Feb. 25th, 2010

She unplugs herself to listen for her coffee order. Plugs herself back in, and walks off papercup warm in her hands.

Doesn’t remember when her middle part in her hair become a side part, falling slightly over the eyes

It’s a little droll .

I started Pugnacious priest because  I had found something I loved and wanted to write about it. Never expected people to read it.

I am still surprised people read me – some of you I have forced my link upon you -  others found me – and It’s awesome to get random people and people I didn’t know  – knew I blogged say  in game saying ‘ Hi.. by the way I read you’

thankyou!

I really appreciate that you read me – and keep reading me.

I’m the only one of my real life friends thats writes.  I used to go to writers meetings for motivation but never connected with anyone enough to ever become friends.   The meetings were either too ” lets destroy each other”  or lets just pat  each other on the back”  Dating a writer didn’t work out either,  but I get a lot out of reading other bloggers – makes me feel like the need to communicate as I do – is not so strange and lonely.

My gaming is very much tied up into this blog.  I write therefore I play – I play therefore I blog. If one where to stop then so would the other.  No this isn’t a goodbye I guess just brain drivel and me formulating where my head is at. 

 I NEED to write.   Some people who know me might get that -   some don’t – that I have a respectable job – and have been grown up enough to get a mortgage  still doesn’t negate that I won’t let go of something like my writing – and that I hope one day to make a living off it.

I don’t think I am a particularly good writer but It’s like how I feel about music. I breath because I sing,  because I write.  Writing to me is as essential as breathing.

I don’t leave home without a notebook, and if I find myself without one,  I end up buying one at a news agency and a black felt tipped pen – because I love the feel of that type of pen on paper.  Some of my best stories have been written standing up on  a packed train notebook in hand scribbling furiously.

But I am  proud of this blog – and it’s almost been 500 entries – hence this sentimental drivel that has been slopped onto the white space above.

So yeah – I might forget to mark my 500th – but it doesn’t matter cause it matters to me now – and its been slow, two years of blogging but I’ve stayed motivated, think I only skipped a week once. Wish I could apply the same motivation to other things.

A Gevlon Imposter

I got some spam in my inbox. My 1st response was to delete it,  give it the attention it deserves – I mean they have done it for the purpose of attention, and here I am giving them exactly that.

However the owner of the imposter site has me on their blogroll. You can’t pick who has you on their blog roll,  but I take offense to the Fake Gevlon having me on their list.

I’m amazed at the effort – and the hate behind the production of such a site -  it makes a mockery of why I love blogging – the ability to communicate my opinion, and my own ideas freely.  YOU  choose to read them.  I have no influence over the decisions that  you face while living your life. What I say is not that important.  It will not start or end wars,  it will not feed or stave people – I write and you read for entertainment. 

If you don’t agree with Gevlon / Can’t look at what he writes as a perspective / even be entertained  – then choose to not read it.

That someone would do this – speaks volumes of their own values – all the while they criticise Gevlon’s values.

Disclosing Free stuff..

There is new reports of the Federal Trade Commission in the United States, that as of December the 1st, bloggers have to disclose anything free/ or money they get from blogging about a product. With fines introduced as well.

“the post of a blogger who receives cash or in-kind payment to review a product is considered an endorsement. Thus, bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service.”

I guess this will apply to me – to us the Wow community of bloggers even though I am Aussie based because while I am not under US law,  I am sure WordPress hosting is. 

Anything I have linked, or recommended have been because I believe in it,  think its cool, wanted to share,  ect.  I have never been paid for anything I have written wow related. I’ve also tried to keep it so that it what is not Wow specific is at least relatable to Wow, or my own personal Wow experience.  I linked an artist because I thought their lyrics and music was appropriate to a bullying situation I was having in a guild, I link sites as references  Eg where I purchased my Wow figurine from.   I linked a piece of Jewellery I found on a site that seemed the ideal design for a particular professions neck ( I’m not linking any of them again now, because I referenced it where it was appropriate) I am sure that there is a few more I have forgotten.

I think about what I have bought/paid for on recommendations from people on Wow blogs, and it includes an Artists album, perfume, and Wow themed hand made jewellery ( which I wore for a week) I based my buying of a new game recently on the positive experiences from my own guildys and bloggers who have dabbled in it.  I have also found new bloggers, and armory crawlers ( that I have also linked) because I found them relevant, and interesting.  

Word of mouth works.   My Trust in you believing what you write and recommend is important to me though.

When I purchased my Wow themed designed piece of Jewellery  ( and a piece for a friends birthday present)  there was a flyer that mentioned if I reviewed or blogged about their product in a blog, on proving that I had done they would send me a piece of my choice.  I did not blog about it.  I did not post a pic of the products even though I was pleased with them ( for the week ), while not critical of the makers marketing attempts, the blogger who had recommended the jewellery that I had clicked, and then purchased because of,  had not disclosed that they did/did not request that free piece.   They could have gotten the same flyer I did, and chose not to take up that offer.  However I had this doubt,  that this product recommendation was motivated by a free necklace,  and I will wonder if them blogging about it was motivated by this offer, or because they really wanted to share something great.

I still made a rational choice, I looked at the site,  assessed my finances, and desire for the product, and thought of one as  a perfect present for a friend.  It started by recommendation, but I take responsibility for buying the product. I think that we all should really use common sence when hearing about recommendations of products and services.  “You have to buy that CD!”  if you don’t read why or ask- what about it do you like so I can see if I may like it too? - then its your fault.  However there seems to be so little common sence, now

Some places offer customers referal bonuses for introducing their friends and family,  is that any different, shouldn’t they also be required to disclose anything of benefit they get because of it.  What makes blogging so powerful all of a sudden,  when Word of mouth, and fake ads written by newspaper journalists are in the paper/on news sites every day.

I’m not quite sure how it will be enforced,  or how the impact of a paid review can have on a product will be measured, as under consumer law. At least in Australia  for the every day consumer we have laws already that cover shoddy products eg  fit for purpose,  ect, and cooling off periods for some products and services including door to door sales and cars, so there already is some level of protection where it matters,

 While products are expected to get better reviews if people are being paid to write on them. The power of word of mouth can have negative economical effects, and it’s also possible that some people are paid to write badly about a rival product or service.

We also have the power of Social media ( apparently Twitter was blamed for bad reviews on Bruno  - Link to the Time article here  – )  I AM NOT BEING PAID BY TIME or TWITTER  ( disclosure) Nor Blizzard I should add for this blog.

Financial losses from product reviews  may need to be reimbursed by the Blogger or the Advertiser according to the new law. While I think the principle of the new law is important I think that it’s just another way for people to absolve themself of responsibility for a poor decision.

Make your own thumbnail for Azeroth United

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If you haven’t heard already there is new /extension of existing warcraft communities called Azeroth United and straight from their introduction post We are the World of Warcraft

The purpose of this site is to be a hub for the Azeroth United World of Warcraft Internet Media Community. This community includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bloggers
  • Podcasters
  • Webcomics
  • Videocasts
  • News Sites (like mmo-champion, wow.com, etc)
  • Utility Sites (like wowhead.com)

They are after people to Submit a 200×200 sized logo to plug your blog/podcast ect ect – and I know not everyone has access to a decent Graphics program  and you may want to make your own thumbnail, so below is a run down on making simple, but clear thumbnails.  I used Gimp, and some of my saved banner graphics for mine,  but you can use Photobucket’s editing tool  just as easily

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 In Photobucket upload a screenshot, or even a copy of your banner and select “Edit”

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Use “Crop” and  select the part of the picture you want to use by dragging the box over it.  The requested dimensions are 200×200  but it won’t matter if what you are cropping goes over as we can resize it.  If you hold down Shift it will lock the aspect ratio.

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When you get the part of the screenshot you like.  Select  “Crop Selected Area” up in the top right.  Try and keep the ratios as close to each other as possible. It will make it easier when resizing.

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Now select  “Resize” and change the size.  You may want to play with the Keep proportions box.

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One you have applied the resize,  Select the “Text icon” on the Decorate Tab

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Add your text.  You might want to untick the transparency button, and play with the colors of the text, and the font dependinng on what your background is.

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And the result is this. A fictional blog thumbnail.

 

 and some other fictional ones from images I had saved in my photobucket.

 

The Guild that Blogs together…

So my ‘comming’ out as a blogger to some people of my guild has gone well so far. To be completely honest I only disclosed my blog because in conversation that two other people have wow specific blogs come up,  and I wanted to share, and say me too! A 3rd has just started in inspiration.

It hasn’t really changed what I want to write about,  but it’s there in the back of my head that at least several guildys, and at least one officer  will see what I wrote.  The officer is looking at our blogs as in-site into their raiders heads.

  Going somewhat public is a big deal for me.  There was never the trust – or the opportunity in other guilds to say -” Hey – you might be interested in knowing I blog about Wow”  but now I wonder if I had of,  would I have also found other bloggers in those guilds,  or have inspired people to write? . Would have I been happier?

None of my friends write, and it can be difficult to discuss  writing in any form with them,  because they only see the finished product ( sometimes) or hear about a sucess. ( I get to attend my own ‘book/zine’ launch where a short story of mine has made it into in September!  Squee!) So writing as communication is important to me,  and I haven’t been able to really share it with people I have ‘real life’ contact with  

The majority of players that know me in Wow  probably won’t care, or even want to read the somewhat haphazard thoughts that leak out of my brain.  However  being able to talk about though in somewhat open-ness has been a massive relief.  Its no longer a big dirty secret, and if its ok with my guildys I will give them a plug :P

A Shadow Priest walks into a bar and says “I Rolled a hunter”

Yeap.

I rolled a hunter.  Technically this is my 3rd hunter.  My Pvp Hunter is Still sitting on Jubie collecting dust in an Inn at 42 – my 2nd was deleted at level 7 so now  I have a Dwarf Female hunter by the name of Zippina  ( I have a thing for Z’s  Zahrah, Zophina, Zaynina, Zippina Zaddra on my main server, )

With the spare time of my  holidays off work -  I thought why not embrace my Altitis and roll yet another toon .

So at level 33 ( almost level 34 ) with a Pet Snow Leopard called Nimitz  ( David Webber Honor Harrington fans will recognise the name as Honor’s pet Tree cat. ) So this is Zippina

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I’m playing her as Beastmaster, she has some heirloom items ( thanks to a weekend stint of heroics)  She has a bow because I didn’t have enough Stone Keeper shards for the Gun,  and for now its ok because she is Op in other stats for leveling,  even though she misses out on the extra 1% Crit from Gun specialisation.  I like the sound of a bows twang alot more then the Boom of a gun.  It seems less violent, and I’m sure better for my hearing.   My 19 engineering twink came in handy,  able to make her bullets for her gun when she was shooting, and I was dismayed to find out that when she transitioned to the bow,  until she gets to I think its at least the 50′s  the only arrows available are vendor ones.  Why can’t anyone make low level arrows?  You can make low level bullets.

I’m not sure if its a hang up from playing my Shammy Alt,  but she wants to Melee,  she likes getting in the thick of the battle and smacking things with what ever duel wielding  weapon combination of the day. Axe Axe  , Axe Sword,  and now its a Heirloom dagger, and a Axe.  Disengage is also the perfect way to get far enough away from the target quickly to actually act like a real hunter and shoot it with a range weapon.  Do not disengage when running away from a pack of mobs.  You land right back in the middle of them.

The heirlooms have made it so much easier to level, yet still have fun in the lower areas,  questing, and reacquainting yourself with places of your youth.

On other exciting news.  I came out! No not that sort of coming out. But telling some guildys about my blog.  I’ve never been completely open as to who I was, where I played like with an armory link.  I didn’t think I had to.  Some investigation would tell you – but its been eating at me a little.  I am proud of this blog.  ( most of the time)  I enjoy writing it, and I appreciate your comments.  I don’t wanted it shouted from mountain tops, but I felt it was time to be a little bit more open about it.

Would you tell me if you knew me?

Tj’s post She’s heee-eeere.  A post where she discusses her sister finding her blog, got me thinking – Is there anyone out there who knows me,  but that I don’t know that you know me – and that your reading?

I had some cryptic comments a little while back asking me for disclosure,  and I did it,   Some minor detective work (like reading recent posts)  ( and certainly not so hard recently) would  quitely easily aid you in locating who I am in game, – if it matters.. 

6 months after those comments, a random toon on my server starts talking to me – turns out it’s an ex guildy’s alt - who used to be an officer of a guild I used to be.  After about 5 min’s of conversation he says “Oh By the way I read your blog- sorry for the funny comments”  - My brain went click! -   So the next thought  was  – ok so who is going to find out – or who would have already known, and I came up with potentially another 3 close people through this person,   I held my bated breath for the impact of this discovery, and besides 2 people reading every single one of my posts in one day – that was it.

I recently found out  someone I know is blogging through some accidental  link clicking, and reading of another blog, and then asking a direct question  so since I know who he is,  I offered up who I was.  He wants to remain little known, so I will respect that decision, and keep it so.

But yeah – I’d like to know – My posting hasn’t changed after finding out potentially that every single member of a guild that I sucked at my class in, ( well more that my internets sucked, and hence my performance was not as good as it could have been.)  and had loads of issues with the raiding style     Screaming Style  on occasion  – that they all could potentially be made aware of my point of view.

 but would you tell me?

Blizzards New Policy on Addons – a Shared Topic.

I have been slack in my Shared topics,  but  it was ActuallyBRK’s  farewell that prompted me to write something on Blizzards new Policy on Add ons

Why was the loss of another great blogger my inspiration.

Wow /Life/Work balance – and this is relevant to add on developers because they put real time into writing and maintaining a add on, for the most for free. - as do bloggers. 

The Joker said in the Dark Knight “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”    But what happens if what you do isn’t your own work and ideas

The 1st thing my friends say to me when I talk about my blog is – ” Oh you could make money from that”  I know some bloggers do – be it through ads, banners,  mechandise.  At this point I don’t plan to.  I don’t think I am a big enough ‘product’ to be worthy of any form of commercialisation.   I don’t put the work in to my blog that those who are worthy of such commercialism/market do.  I don’t want to put that much time in.

As a blogger I do look to people of BRK’s ilk as inspiration & motivation, the  cornerstone bloggers,  bloggers with a brand name built over time to become an regonised authorithy, a source of information and entertainment, but he did this for free, and that free came with a cost.  Time – and time not spent in places that matter more.

Do you think if BRK could cut out work – and make a living off blogging/playing wow that his decision would have been different? Would he had been able to achieve a better Balance?

This relates back to the New add on policy  – because the developers aren’t getting paid by Blizzard – they do this for the love – ‘for free’  some of the more premium add ons required payment.  Others asked for donations -  our bloggers don’t charge money for the service and information that they provide.  Heck between us, and other fan sites  we make a better user manual then Blizzard ever has.

The new policy states  that  the add ons  must be “be free of charge, may not solicit donations, and their code must be completely visible. – Could this rule then be applied to bloggers who have paypal donation buttons on their blogs?

I don’t use any add ons  that require payment.  I also have never donated to an addon developer. while  the purist approach of no add ons to keep the game real is appealing,   it is also not practical for raiding seriously. none the less,  the developers applied real life skill to an creative idea and circumstance that belonged to someone else.

There’s the catch – Is it right for someone to profit from someone elses creative ideas without a formal agreement of some compensation to the owner of the copyrighted material.

I don’t believe so. 

Blizzard are generous with their creative commons licence – because of this I can blog about Wow,  I can use pictures of my toon, make banners and post screenshots without fear of copy write infringement, but when it comes down to it,  I own nothing – I have no copy-write over anything I produce that’s directly related to Wow.    Nor should I.

There are some fiction Authors that disallow any fan fiction ( Anne rice) ,  others that set rules ( Elizabeth Moon) and some that have been taking other people to court ( JK Rowling) because people are cashing in on her ideas.

It is well within the Authors right under copy-write laws to protect, and control their own ideas.  

I acknowledge that developers put a lot of real time and real skill,  into their add ons.  However Some of the these developers are obviously making enough money – and achieving enough notoriety to come to the attention of Blizzard  Unfortunately by targeting the larger known ones that are probably making a tidy sum by now,  a blanket policy is also catching the little ones. 

While you can’t solicit donations for your WOW mod.  You are still allowed to self promote yourself as a product. Use the notoriety gained by your Wow add to launch yourself to places  where your own ideas, and copywrite can be applied.

While I don’t look at this blog as a commercial venture  – I get to write about something I love, I’m also writing regularily which any writer will know is a great habit to keep - I am constantly thinking how to present an idea,  does it makes sense, I am  becoming a better writer because of it ( forgive my spelling sometimes please) . I’ve been at it for over a year. I think I am getting what I need from blogging, and I hope that I will continue to use this blog as a stepping stone as motivation, and practise to be doing the things for which the ideas and creative elements are 100% my own.

I don’t think Blizzards policy is unfair.  They are looking after their own commercial interests,   but we all love our add ons.  It will be a pity  if we lose some, or all because of this new policy, but I hope that the ones who do it for the love continue to do so,  and that they look at ways of marketing themself, so that they can use the experience, and skills they applied to making a Wow add on, to something orginal that can make them even more money.


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