Sounds silly right? How would writing a blog improve my abilities in a video game?
Well, you can’t teach something you don’t know, and explaining/teaching/writing about anything requires a fair knowledge base. And blogging has forced me to know more, read more, examine more, and think more about my game.
Because of this blog I:
- do more reading and research – I’m an infinitely better hunter because of what I’ve read on other hunter blogs (BRK anyone?). Reading what other shamans have to say about their class means I think more about my own play style, my own efficiency, and what I do or don’t like.
- know more about theorycrafting – I am not a number cruncher. But I know people who are – because I do the research – and since I started writing Too Many Annas, I have a bigger appreciation for the hard work that they do. I also have a much higher patience with charts and formulas… since, if I learn something, I might just be explaining it for others.
- better understand other healers – I have never healed as a druid. I’ve healed one low level instance as a paladin. My priesting experience is limited to Karazhan and Zul’Aman, and I’ve never had more than 38 points in the Holy tree. My (lack of) understanding of those classes was limiting my ability to synchronize with the other healers in my raid. Because I tackle healing assignments and synergy as a raiding resto shaman, I had to figure out how other healing classes work. What their bread and butter spells do (and what they don’t do well). I am a better healer because of it.
- have a more dynamic “big picture” – There’s a saying that a healer is someone that knows every intricate detail of a boss fight but couldn’t get you from the entrance to the boss by herself. Explaining fights and instances Just. Doesn’t. Work until you get your head out of the little green bars. I always considered myself pretty aware of what was going on… but writing out explanations of fights made me realize that I could do more. And so I have.
- enjoy World of Warcraft more and in new ways – Game Burnout is something all of us deal with periodically, as is stress, frustration, elation, and excitement. Channeling those feelings and experiences into words that I can share means I understand myself as a player – and get a lot of really awesome feedback (Blog Azeroth guys – this means you!).
Three months ago I posted my very first blog post – hosted then on wordpress.com. I screwed up the timezones, so it actually posted as my SECOND post, which is kind of funny.
When I started writing Too Many Annas, I thought it’d be a place for me to goof off a bit, spout random tidbits about WoW, and have a good time. And while it’s definitely been all those things, it’s also been a source of creativity and inspiration, and something I look forward to working on and writing for. Who knew, right? And, as Anxi points out this morning, there’s nothing like surrounding yourself with talented, intelligent, motivated, inspiring people to really kick you in the pants when you need it. So here’s to you, readers and fellow BA Bloggers, for keeping me honest and on track!
*hands out cookies*
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