Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Here's To The WoW Bloggers

As a few of you may know, I am fairly new not just to the hunter class, but to World of WarCraft as a whole. When I was first starting out, I was a pretty terrible player. I really had no idea what I was doing, or what I was supposed to be doing. Today I look back on some of the epically bad newbie mistakes I made ("Hey, putting my pet on aggressive in Deadmines is a great idea, right?") and cringe.

Fortunately for me, I was bright enough to realize that I was... lacking in the hunter skills department. So one day I went on a Google rampage to see if I could find some information to help me become a better player.

The two blogs that came up were The Hunter's Mark and Big Red Kitty. These blogs really need no introduction; they both provide a wealth of information on the hunter class and WoW in general and both helped me immensely in my newbie-hood. Lassirra and BRK are hunters that I have huge amounts of respect for and I /salute them. However, after a while, I also noticed that they weren't my only mentors-- the commenters and readers of these blogs had a lot to offer too! Slowly I started visiting their profiles and sites and following various blog links that I stumbled across and building up a little collection of blogs to read. Some of these blogs are bigger and some are smaller but they have all helped and continue to help make me a better hunter and WoW player.

Kestrel's Aerie is chock-full of information and help regarding pretty much anything and everything that is WoW-related, and also includes highly interesting features such as UI/addon reviews and a frequent "blog roundup" listing some of the most interesting blog posts of the week.

Little White Lion chronicles the both the ups and downs of the adventures of a hunter as she gets closer to level 70, and has shown me a lot about what I have to look forward to as I get there myself.

Balls of Z is a highly informative and entertaining blog about mages and a couple hunter alts. (I certainly don't blame anyone for having more than one hunter alt, I can't even count how many hunters I play by now.) Mages are possibly my second favorite class in the game and this blog, while still fairly new, has been a solid reference for my own baby mage so far.

Mirshalak's Lair is to Survival what BRK is to Beast Mastery. This blog also has a lot to offer about various aspects of WoW, and these informational posts are accentuated with an inherent thoughtfulness and introspectiveness which makes a very good read overall.

Little Black Kitty is a newer blog that documents the adventures of leveling a draenei hunter. It's been a remarkably fun read so far and the posts are often accompanied with absolutely adorable pictures of the blogger's real life kitties!

Thrill of the Hunt features Top Ten Lists and a lot of information on everything from raiding to "budgeting your WoW checkbook".

Bubble-Hearth is a pally blog (as you've probably guessed from the title =P) which I started reading not too long ago but from which I have already gleaned some advice on video capture and reducing lag, and which I look forward to reading more of.

Grumpy Old Dwarf
is, well... about a grumpy old dwarf! This is another blog that I just started reading recently, but it has a lot of personality and is always fun to read.

Saber Squadron I actually just started reading today =P Because I found out that they were linking to me and I regret to say that I didn't know about the blog earlier! It's about somebody who has gone all out and is multiboxing five hunters. It sounds like a fun adventure and I'm excited to read more about it.

And that is my listing of all the WoW blogs that I currently read. I am always looking for more because I am an avid reader/learner, so give me a shout out if you know of any others that deserve looking into! But this post is largely to say thank you to the WoW blogging community, particularly the hunter subset of that community, for unknowingly helping to raise this little hunterling. I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a good hunter yet-- I'm still low-level, and I'm still learning-- but I think that I am getting there, slowly but surely, and a large part of it is thanks to you guys. I hope that someday I'll be able to help newbies with my blog the same way your blogs helped me.

So I raise my Brewfest cup to you WoW bloggers today! =D


Kestrel said...

Thanks for the plug, Pike! <3

~Naidia said...

Thanks for the plug sweetie, even though I am suffering from bad WoW burnout. /cry

pelides said...

Aw... no plug for Pelides. :(

Pike said...

@ Kestrel and Naidia: you're quite welcome!

@ Pelides: Sorry about that, at the time that I made that post, I didn't know about your blog =X I know about it now though, and enjoy reading it... I've added you to my links list on my sidebar, and if I do a future "plug post" I will mention you ^_^

pelides said...


Hee hee! Just givin ya a hard time. I have alink to ya on my site and come on over frequently to see what you've got to say. :)