Why Do I Do What I Do?

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Of WoW and Warlocks

Howdy and Hail my Proselytes of Punishment,

Ambermist, over at the blog Tastes Like Battle Chicken, has called new bloggers out with the Newbie Blogger Initiative to write posts about the topic, “Why Do I Do What I Do?” So never being one to back down from a challenge, I’ll do my best at trying to keep your attention since I hadn’t planned on writing anything about myself other than what’s listed on my About Me page.

I sure hope this is NOT an account wide mount!

I’ve always wanted to write, and now that I’m actually making a blog I’m finding it’s a great way to overcome my shyness, to express my inner “me”, and it’s a great way to meet and talk with other people who share the same interests. Putting my own words down on a computer screen lets me be creative and in control as compared to the things I have to do for work in real life. I’m a very passionate person, especially when it comes to something I’m interested in like my love for warlocks in WoW.

Writing a blog is nothing like writing a work email or business letter, and it’s not like putting together a presentation or a marketing report where I’m forced to present a set of information with little say in the matter. Like many other bloggers, I could write a small book about why I enjoy playing World of Warcraft (WoW). There are thousands of blogs and websites about WoW out there already, and the last thing I don’t want to do is to reinvent the wheel. 

So what is there I can write about this game that hasn’t already been written about or discussed? Nothing really. What I’m striving to do, as Ambermist suggests, is to write about my experiences and thoughts concerning WoW and the warlock class. I’m far from being an expert, but I’m not going to let that stop me from writing about what I enjoy most which is discussing anything about the wonderful warlocks class, or anything that has to do with poking fun of mages. Where I come from that’s what we like to call a “two-fer” or a win / win scenario with no downside.

I love collecting rare pets, even though this common skin is one of my favorites.

I love playing WoW because it gives me freedom. It helps me wind down from a long day of work where I can just tune out all of life’s little problems and focus on something fun. Instead of being an “average joe” scraping my way through the rat race of life, in-game I’m the smart-alec hunter who can Jump/Disengage Shot to kite a boss all day long if needed; or be an experienced resource when it comes to collecting all of the rare hunter pets. On my shaman, I’m the jack-of-all-trades healer who not only brings the buffs, but loves to interrupt and CC while still offering up extra Dps when there is healing downtime. With my warlock, I’m the “Duchess of Death” who has taught a lot of newer warlock players how to chain pull a large group of mobs only to walk away from the fight with full health and mana bars while the small army of NPC mobs fall before me. Yes, WoW gives me the freedom of being someone else other than just me, and I love it.

Why did I choose to start a warlock blog in particular? Well you might think I’m nutty, but I have a pair of all three of my favorite classes (warlock, shaman, hunter) currently at level cap. One group is Horde and the other group is Alliance. No, I’m not confused as to my loyalties, I just have friends in both factions. Sadly, I don’t get a chance to play my Alliance toons very much anymore due to time constraints, and so I have mainly focused on playing my Horde toons. Don’t get me wrong, I really do enjoy all of my avatars because each one has lots of memories and backstories behind them.  If I had to choose just one, I couldn’t live without my Horde warlock. When I stop to think about why that is, I can only guess that it’s because she’s outgoing, head-strong, and the complete opposite of me in real life. Where I’m shy and reserved, she’s brazen and bold. Where I would hesitate to stop and contemplate consequences, she’s would act impulsively led by her instinct and passion.

My healer returning home from a DW kill

Sadly, there aren’t very many resources on the internet concerning warlocks anymore and as it stands now, warlocks are the least represented class in WoW. Everyone in the ‘lock community is hoping that trend changes direction with the launch of the Mists of Pandaria expansion, so I decided to start writing a blog about them myself.  I found that when I followed other warlock writers my interest would always peak when they were discussing what they loved most about the class. These writers talked about the same rush and excitement my warlocks gave me, and that’s what I hope to accomplish with my blog. Believe me, there is nothing worse than reading something bland from a general WoW website when they discuss warlocks like, “If you’re glyphed for FEAR your target stays in place instead of fleeing to possibly draw aggro.” *Yawns* Doesn’t that sound totally boring?

Flying to Shatt for All Hallow’s Eve Celebration!

However, if you play a warlock like me, I’m sure you would prefer a little more style and flavor when talking about ‘locks such as, “If you’re glyphed for FEAR, then the true power of dominating your opponent is at your command. Rather than fleeing like a stuck pig, you force your target to stand-still, unable to move like a fly in a spider’s web stricken with the impeding doom of what will be coming at them next. FEAR is good. FEAR is great. FEAR is a spell that makes your opponent completely lose control of his own character and they will hate you for it. FEAR, for a warlock, is like water to a fish; so make sure to bind your FEAR spell to an easy to reach key and then jump in-game and soak up every thirst quenching drop!” It’s not theory-crafting by the numbers, but when I read something with this kind of spunk and attitude, it sure makes me want to login to my warlock.

Newbie Blogger Initiative

  1. battlechicken says:

    “These writers talked about the same rush and excitingment my warlocks gave me, and that’s what I hope to accomplish with my blog.”

    That is a worthy goal! Great post, too–and great insight on why we end up choosing what we choose. Thank you!

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