A holiday, a holiday, the first one of the year! Best of 2009.

Happy Birthday, blog!

((twilight zone music))

On this day last year, I wrote my first proper post for the blog. It was our first trip into Naxxramas, and I wanted to talk about why it felt like such an edgy period getting raids started at the beginning of an expansion.  It also  documents my first raid as one of the main tanks for our 25 man raid group (which they have kindly let me keep doing all year).

Oh, I was nervous alright. 24 other people relying on me to not mess up their evening.

I’ve gotten a lot more confident since then, both with writing and tanking. So has our raid group, which happily spent much of last night wiping on one of the new bosses that got patched in this week.

I’d like to thank everyone who follows or has ever commented on the blog, it’s just amazing to me that I can write some blurb and people want to come and chat about it. I love you all. My goal was to try to write something every day, and although I have given myself the odd day off, it’s mostly been realised.

I’d particularly like to thank Larisa (who was the first person who ever linked here that I didn’t know personally), and Matticus (who was very decent in responding to a critique I wrote about one of his posts; and he’s a big blogger and doesn’t need to do that, I was and still am touched).

So with no more ado, here are some of my favourite posts of the year:

My Roleplaying Posts
One of the things I really enjoyed writing this year was a six part series on roleplaying in MMOs, what the main problems are, what works, what doesn’t, and how it could be improved.

And, finally, my cat.

Thanks again for coming along for the ride. If there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of next year, feel free to leave feedback either in comments, via twitter, or  email.

22 thoughts on “A holiday, a holiday, the first one of the year! Best of 2009.

  1. Happy blog birthday! I had no idea that you started as late as in 2009, it feels like your blog has been around forever – it’s so well established. If I had thought about it you would definitely have been a strong candidate for the title of breakthrough of the year (although Gevlon was pretty much impossible to beat on that one). Anyway: you’re one of the pilars that the blogosphere are restong on. It wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank you for all you’ve given us over this year. And my best wishes for the year to come! May the force be with you!

  2. Spinksville is one of my favorite blogs, as you are always so objective, fair and write about interesting stuff.

    I just noticed that you are my counterweight to Wolfshead’s epic rants, which I also enjoy immensely. 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday, and just to let you know you’re not the only Fairport Convention fan 😉 (Obscure lyrics from folks sonfs used as article titles FTW!)

  4. im going to go a very original (and non-generic) way in this reply:
    Thank you for a great blog, keep up the good work!!

    …bah, sorry. But Really, thank you for a good blog, and please *do* keep up the good work.

  5. Happy anniversary! I, too, am surprised to hear that your blog has only been around for a year. You seemed well-established from the moment I started reading. 🙂

  6. Pah..the only problem with reading through all those posts was that it’s now too late for me to stick my oar in!!!!!! Great stuff and happy blog birthday 🙂

  7. I’m surprised it has only been a year. You were a fixture in this scene when I joined it seven or so months ago–seemed like you had been around at least as long as Keen. You’ve done quite well for yourself.

    I never thought I’d read a WoW-centric blog for so long and actually still get something out of it. Not once have I read one of your posts and facepalmed, which is pretty high praise coming from me. I guess you’ve succeeded? 🙂

  8. Happy Blog-birthday!

    I’m completely astonished you’ve only been around for a year, you blog with such assurance, authority and panache!

    Thanks for all the wonderful reading 🙂

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