March 30, 2009 – 12:35 pm
Dear BRK -
I’ve credited you with the reason I have a blog at all, and with the reason I have been able to resume playing my hunter. Both creditable things, really, not to mention the amazing community you have and all the service that you’ve done for hunters and WoW. Your hunter guide movies and excellent posts will still be where I turn for little-hunter advice.
That said, I think of anything you’ve posted so far, this post is by far the most creditable. I’ll miss reading your posts, certainly, but your family is so much more important. So Grats Daniel, on making a good decision, on loving your wife and your son, and on making the hard choices that are, in the end, the right ones.
/21 Gun, Explosive Shot Salute
Losing BRK is a huge hole in the WoW Blogging community, akin to losing Phaelia. We’ve seen some wonderful people make good decisions this spring, choosing their families (in both cases) over a hobby. Whether that hobby is a video game or a blog, as these both were, or any other type of immersive activity, realizing that you have gotten your priorities upside down from what you think they should be – and then righting them – is never easy but is the right decision. I will not be removing either blog from my blogroll until they, through the inevitable changes that will happen because of WoW, are no longer applicable to the current game.
March 30, 2009 – 10:24 am
Two other bloggers have been targeted today with Phishing scams (that seem to be relatively well crafted, as phishing scams go) – you can read about them over at World of Snarkcraft and Blessing of Kings.
Just a heads up to be aware of warcraft account related emails – and especially links within them. Don’t click on the links, go to the www.worldofwarcraft.com site and log in from there. Just because SOME of the links in an email look legit, that doesn’t make them all legit! WoW accounts are a hot commodity today, so Remain Vigilant! Also, snag an Authenticator if you get a chance.
March 28, 2009 – 8:24 pm
This week marked my return to raiding after a week absence due to moving and other shenanigans. I suppose it’s not that odd, after having not logged in hardly at all in the month of March, that I find my gears a little sluggish and my responses a little hesitant. Not that my healing abilities are diminished, or that I’ve “forgotten” – but that it took me quite awhile Thursday night to find my “groove” again.
To find that balance between throughput and overheal, between mana sustainability and mana expenditure, between the life of the tank and my own survival – the essential balance that every healer juggles at some level (though usually subconsciously once we get used to it). All that came back to the forefront after taking awhile off from doing anything at all in WoW.
Even though last week was the only pair of raids I’ve missed, we’ve not been able to push to the edges of our ability due to other roster issues, so it’s been easy to coast. This week? Not so much, and the stress felt rather unusual – and it was harder to deal with than usual, though it likely didn’t help that we had a number of problems with random deaths that were precipitated by people standing in stuff.
Still, it was a good week, and I’m feeling much more like myself as a healer. And looking forward to having a day off to goof around and play video games again! While I love all the work we’ve done on the house, it’s also quite draining.
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