The other day I was in the middle of a Steamvaults run (which we ended up scrapping halfway through because the tank was disconnected and then apparently the login server went down), when somebody said something to this effect in guild chat:
"Ugh, I'm grouped with another huntard. Tawyn, you need to start writing guides on how to be a good hunter and post them online so we can send all the huntards there."
And I told her that as a matter of fact... I sort of already try to do that. I said that there's a rather expansive online "hunter community" of people that want to lend their advice and experience to newbies, and that I'm a part of it.
Now what you've gotta understand here, is that very few of my guildies know about my blog. It's not because I'm hiding it from them or anything. It's mostly that I don't really like tooting my own horn. Somehow, for some crazy reason, this site is currently getting over 130 hits a day. Now I dunno about anybody else but I consider that to be a resounding success. But I can't help but fear that it might put me in a sort of weird authoritative position in the guild that I don't find myself to be deserving of, considering how awesome my guildies are. (Though to be fair, you could argue that I'm already in an "authoritative position", since I am an officer and probably unofficially the "hunter class leader", considering the "I need advice" whispers I often get from various lower-level hunters in the guild.)
Anyways while I'd love for more of my guildies to see this blog at some point, I'm holding off on it because I'm waiting for a time when it's less awkward for me to bring it up. So when the aforementioned person asked for a website to refer the huntards to, I said BigRedKitty.net. Because there is no denying that not only is BRK probably one of the best hunter resources on the net right now, but he also holds the position of being sort of the "central hub" to this hunter community, and as such his site is a really good starting point-- if you spend enough time at BRK, you will eventually find a lot of other good sites too.
And once again I find myself vouching for the help that the WoW-blogging community offers. I've been having more and more people recently asking me how I learned to play my hunter competently. And really my only answers are "lots of reading online" and "lots of practice." Others in my guild, after hearing me mention this, have started doing their own research and reading on their class and I think it's showing. We are developing a really strong group of players and it's really exciting.
Anyways, blog-talk time over. I met one of my goals this weekend:
That is my new Gladiator's Heavy Crossbow, which was promptly equipped with an Adamantite Scope. I was hoping to have it a day earlier, but it turns out the Estimated Honor was even more inaccurate than I'd assumed and I wound up about 180 honor short. But a few AVs and 24 hours later... yes. I am a happy hunter.
I went and tried it out on the level 70 elementals in Nagrand, and the improvement over my last bow is just insane. I'm so excited to try this out in an instance. I also need to get my crossbow skill up, so I can bring my crit back up.
Speaking of crit, my unbuffed agility is now over 500. At this point, I think I could probably decently pull off a 0/31/30 spec. It's difficult for me to imagine life without the Big Red Pet and all the benefits that 41/20/0 comes with (like Serpent's Swiftness, oh how I love this talent); but I feel like I have left hunter territory unexplored if I don't try out a lot of different specs. Besides, I've noticed lately that my crowd control is pretty critical in instances; now I think I'm a decent trapper as it is, but I often feel like I could be bringing more to the table and improved traps would help with that. I know I can think of more than a few times lately where I've wished, mid-instance, that I had better traps. So I've informed my fellow-instance'ers to let me know if they ever feel like they need improved traps, and if so, I will respec post haste.
*glances up at wall of text*
...I really do talk too much, don't I?