I’ve been backing off blogging while moving servers because of blips with things not transferring properly, images not being uploaded yet, not being able to upload anything new, and I started watching anime again so I started up yet another new blog. So here is blog #5: Shinigami Only Eat Apples. If you’re into anime do add me to your readers. I’ll be sporadically babbling about anime over there and testing out Blogspot properly for the first time ever. I will be back soon, promise!
Quick note just to apologise for the mess recently. I’ve been holding off on posting because of moving servers and all that jazz and now images are broken. This is (semi) intended and shall be fixed asap. The important thing? I can now update plugins via the dashboard!
As I appear to be blogging at the moment I’m looking to tidy up my Google Reader, removing folk who sadly no longer blog and adding people I’m not following that I should be, so that I can join in a little with the community. These links will also spill over into my blogroll a little .
What I’d like to ask from yourselves is a favour – if you could link up your favourite blogs (or your own blogs if you like) in the Linky at the end of this post I’ll pay you back in love! Just pop in the name of the blog and the url and that’s it. Simples! Please spread the word too, it could be a nice little resource for everybody to find new blogs to follow. ((And a little note, please don’t take advantage of the free link love – I will moderate this.))
Sup? I just realised how many posts I seem to start with the word ‘so’. I don’t know why, but it’s weird. So today I’m trying ‘sup’, because I’m cool like that.
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As if I don’t have enough to do at the moment with job hunting, reading, keeping my book blog going, networking for that, gaming on the side, and of course the inevitable social life, I seem to have decided that I miss WoW blogging too much and would really like to give it a good go again. Remember the last time this happened? And the time before that? And then I sat down and thought, “But what exactly did I write about? What was it that people came here to read back when I blogged regularly?” You know.. If I had to guess, it would be my guides and perhaps my weekly round-up posts ((am I right?)) but who knows. I do, however, miss the community and the feeling of pride I had in my little space in the WoW blogosphere. Whether I find the time to get started and keep going or not is beside the point, to begin with, I felt the need for a little spruce. I wasn’t fond of my last theme or the theme I used to use back when, so I’m fiddling around a little so please do excuse the mess while I figure things out. I shall have to poke around in the CSS to change the header, the title font, maybe the navigation colour (grey? eugh), the RSS icons, and work out exactly why I can’t use auto-update in WordPress for my plugins, and I’m not great with CSS or the inner workings of when web design goes bad, but I’m hoping to have a little space I’m happy with when I’ve finished and I’m really hoping to have a blog you guys can enjoy reading again. Maybe I’ll talk about other games from time to time but I pretty much only play RPGs and simulation type games so I should imagine it won’t be outside of your comfort zone unless you really hate Guild Wars because I’m pretty eager for Guild Wars 2 BUT that’s beside the point!
Any thoughts, tips, ideas or help regarding future topics/features or any of the coding thingies I’m currently unsure about would of course be welcome!
I know the awesomes amongst you will say, “Anything! We heart you!” *cough* ((Still don’t believe you but I’ll take your word for it!)) But I would genuinely like to know which of my posts you guys enjoy the most. I don’t have too much time to blog constantly.. I’m pretty busy with Once Upon A Time (my book blog) doing the memes, networking, reading, writing the reviews, and so on, but I actually got my interest in gaming back. Okay, not counting my little affair with Sims 3 because really, do you want to read about how my lesbian sims are fighting because one of them shaved her head and the kids are getting themselves off to school? Seriously think Dan must think I’m nuts when I’m playing that the kind of commentary he gets. But I got my interest in WoW back a little. I’ve been casually doing my auctions, I finally did Ulduar 25 on my Hunter and got the drake and the title, I’ve done a few instances, found a great spot to farm the Oozeling, and I started finally levelling my Warlock using the Real ID grouping thingy for the first time (hi Kev!). So yeah. Though I am working out what to do about the whole ‘who is my main?’ situation, because all of my achievements and collections are on my Priest and my Hunter, I don’t enjoy my Priest, my Hunter’s okay.. but I really enjoy my Death Knight and my Warlock who barely have anything and I’m not entirely cool with starting again and it feels kinda weird collecting achievements and pets on a character I don’t plan to play.
I don’t want to do a “and then I did this and then I got this achievement and then we all were like WOOT” kinda post. I could. But I don’t want to. Guides are great but so time consuming and I’m still not sure if there’s a working version of WoW Model Viewer these days? Plus they’re no fun if nobody reads them though, when I get around to replying to my emails (I got pretty bad at that recently) I might be able to remedy that. I’ve been having a pretty tough time so the lighter posts just aren’t in me. And then you get the great discussion posts, the ‘feminism in World of Warcraft’, and the ‘why 10 mans are better than 25 man raids’, the kind of things that people have opinions on and they become hot topics (sometimes) and the lovely folk at MMO Melting Pot link back to and people disagree and they’re fun and.. I don’t know if I have any of those.
So! I’m asking you guys, as you’re the ones who have to read it. Well you don’t I guess, but I’d really like it if you did else who else will? So you kinda do have to read it. Jus’ sayin’. What would you like to see here? What kinds of posts do you most enjoy from me? Anything I’ve mentioned, or anything I haven’t mentioned that you have in mind at all, posts you’ve enjoyed in the past, please leave them in the comments. I don’t bite! Unless you don’t leave comments then I might. If you have any prompts even better, I’m grateful for all the muse I can get because I’m pretty stumped and that’s why I’ve been so quiet over here recently.
PS. I have 2 blogs on the same server space. One will auto-update perfectly fine. The other just refuses to and I have to manually update everytime a plugin has a new update. This is a pain, any ideas how to fix it? Would reeeally appreciate help on that matter!
Hey guys. *sheepish*
I always promised myself that I would never be one of those people that just stopped updating without a word but.. I just haven’t had anything to say. I’ve been focusing a lot on my other blog, which I have renamed Once Upon A Time. The ‘rantpage’ url still works, but it does have a new url and a new name because I’m pretty much using it as a book blog now, so in future if I decide to blog about gaming, it will probably be here. So an apology in advance to those of you who don’t like your wow feed being ‘littered’ with other games.
Just letting you know I’m still here, and I haven’t quit WoW. I’ve been doing dailies on Kalithe though I skipped a few days because BLERGH dailies. And I played Fae a little in the past few days as well. She pretty swiftly got 346 ilvl and I’ve only done maybe 4 heroics. I found the Lava Bolt Crossbow for 25k gold, I couldn’t resist! It’s definitely a sexy weapon
And you remember that epic Steam sale? I grabbed Oblivion goty edition for £8, Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword for.. however much that was. Few quid. And the Guild Wars trilogy (*SQUEE!*) which is really what I was keeping my eye open for! I’m desperately looking forward to Guild Wars 2, it looks and sounds amazing. But I’ve never played the first Guild Wars, and £30 for the whole thing, while a good deal, isn’t quite affordable for me so I absolutely had to grab it when it was up for £12.49. Yay! I didn’t manage to yoink Eye of the North sadly, but on its’ own it won’t be quite so bad to get my hands on. So I am very excited for the time when I get a moment to dig in because they were some very good finds. I would have liked a few others (see: the wishlist) but money permitting and all that jazz.
So yus, but I’m still focusing on WoW, my book blog, reading, and all of the IRL-land things I need to do as well. And I may have a slight book buying addiction but you’ll be glad to hear I’ve rediscovered the library and MY GOD libraries have changed. I was very impressed! The main reason I didn’t use libraries (apart from I really like to own my books) is that I have an issue with late fees but now you can renew online I don’t have that problem!
So yes. All is good. We may be moving in a few months but I doubt that affects any of you guys.
I may not have posts for a fair while more because I can’t be arsed to just post filler, but I’m usually blogging somewhere. At the moment I’m at Once Upon A Time, as mentioned, and you know you can always find me on twitter unless I’m away.
‘Ello So it’s been pretty quiet around the menagerie the past couple of months, eh? Those of you who still follow me on twitter and over at The Rant Page will probably know by now that I resubbed to WoW, but don’t worry, The Rant Page will still be my main blog. The main details of my unsubbing from Rift and subsequent resubbing to WoW are in my post here, if you’d like to know, but I’m not going to be repeating myself because the TLDR of it is that I wasn’t having enough fun and decided to see what was going on in WoW, and honestly, is it really that important?
I wasn’t sure whether I should pop back over here and say hello while I’m playing, or whether I should leave it be and just let my WoW blog lie, but I don’t see the harm. So for now, I’m cleaning off the cobwebs. I’ve updated the links in my sidebar blogroll, and I’ve been trying to sort out my out of date plugins, but for some reason I have to do it all manually so it’s proved to be a struggle and some I just can’t update because the automatic updates won’t work and a fair few have gone premium. So.. if plugins are missing, it’s because I’m too lazy to find new ones to replace them and tough!
As for what brought me back, not only do I get to play with Mr Ryyu, the boy shaped one, and some other friends (even the ones I just chat to on Real ID from time to time), but there is more than enough to do. The thing that really turned my head, if I’m being honest, is the WoW Hunter class. I adore Hunters, and I really enjoyed Ranger/Marksman in Rift, it felt comfortable, but nothing feels to me quite like the WoW Hunter, so as I don’t have £30 lying around for Fae’s transfer, a new Fae is born on Vashj for the purposes of fun. She was going to be a Goblin but at the last minute turned into a Blood Elf. Well.. what do you know? Yes I’m terrible, shutup, I’m not even particularly in love with Blood Elves I just didn’t want to be short or hairy. We all know that Draenei are the superior race, after all *cough* But yes, I may blog a little about her antics. She’s already level 18 with a handful of rare pets.
Aside from Huntering, I’m also playing my Priest a fair bit. Though I say I missed the Hunter class, I’m not rerolling this time. Seithir is my main, and I doubt that will change. I have done and collected a heck of a lot on her and I will always be slightly attached. I’ve been gearing her up in heroics whilst farming Justice Points for my Hunter’s (and later on, Shaman’s) heirlooms. I don’t want to raid, and I don’t plan to or need to either. Zul’Gurub is awesome! Though not so fond of Zul’Aman.. that’s mostly because of bad memories of failed bear runs, scout-based wipes, and so on.. *shudder* I’ve been carrying on with my pet collection (which I have updated Warcraft Pets with, and I’m praying I find the money for a Cenarion Hatchling because I have wanted the baby hippogryph pet since I first saw it but no way I could afford a TCG card) and the odd auction, and last night finally got around to doing a chunk of Archaeology, I’m finally past 450! I also got the Vrykul Drinking Horn, which is .. interesting. I have been enjoying playing with friends, and Softthistle even came over, which is lovely!
I have been tidying my blogroll as well. I mentioned the sidebar blogroll, and I’ve gone through my main blogroll as well as my reader, removing blogs past, and updating urls. It’s nice to see so many of you are still going! (Yes, I still like exclamation marks and bracketed text). I am wondering though, as I’ve been away for 3 months and didn’t pay too close attention just before I’d quit the game, are there any new and/or awesome bloggers that you think I’ve missed? I don’t plan to add to the blogroll, but if they aren’t on there now, they aren’t in my reader, and I’d like them to be. Please leave links in the comments, or poke me on twitter, I will keep my eye on Akismet.
All in all, despite the immature and selfish behaviour you tend to find in this game, and I’m not sure how long for, I’m glad to be back.
I wanted to go with a cooler title like “Breaking the Bonds” or some such, but I think we can all agree that whatever I would have come up with would be neither cool, nor.. well.. just sounds like I’m breaking off an addiction, doesn’t it? That’s not really the message I want to get across. What I want to say is that after much deliberation and dragging it out, I’m finally quitting World of Warcraft. I’m very sad about it, but I just don’t have the interest to log in any more. I want to level those alts, and hit 300k gold, and do some 10 man raiding with a fun team on my Shadow Priest, finish off all of the new quests, all those things, but I just don’t care enough. What’s the point in doing something for fun that you don’t really enjoy? I’m particularly sad because I’d finally found a guild I was happy in, felt like I’d started making a few friends there, I had a bunch of awesome people on Real ID to chat to (you know who you are), and I think the worst part is the prospect of leaving the WoW blogging community. I’ve been here for over a year, and it is honestly the main thing that kept me playing throughout Wrath when I first found myself getting burnt out. I’ve met some awesome people, read some amazing blog posts, taken part in a bunch of community events that have been so much fun. I still don’t want to leave, but when you’re not playing the game the community is focused around, what can you do? I still think WoW is a brilliant game, I’ve just played it to death and nothing is holding my attention enough now. Perhaps one day in the future I might come back after a long break, but I don’t know at the moment. Never know, I’m missing the game a little just writing this post but I really think it’s time to move on.
I’ve spent a few hours today tidying my blogroll. Admittedly, I wanted to keep note of the blogs that I’d want to read again if I ever did come back (as it stands, I’ll be removing WoW blogs from my reader, as I won’t be reading them any more), but there are a few in there, mostly under the general section, but still, that I’ll still be reading and wanted to share. So please have a look at the list. I know it’s long, but they’re brilliant writers, and fabulous people.
I will not be deleting this blog. I will be renewing the domain as I use it for The Rant Page (which will now be my primary blog if you wish to follow me there, hopefully I’ll vary the topics a little soon, though inspiration is always welcome) as well. Unless my host needs to free up some space, Jaedia’s Menagerie will remain here ready to pick back up if I ever choose to.
I might look into other MMOs at some point this year. There are a couple of fantasy MMOs being released that I might try out, and there’s always LotRO and Champion’s Online (which I tried out and whilst I don’t find it amazing, it’s free and purdy colours) if I don’t fancy paying for the game and/or monthly fees. I’m not expecting anything revolutionary, or anything that I’ll be playing as much as I did with WoW, but perhaps another game to doss around on might be in the picture at some point. If I do find something, it’s most likely that any of those posts will be here. The one thing the Rant Page isn’t is a gaming blog.
In the meantime, I’ll be reading (you can find me on Goodreads), mostly fantasy, though I’m really not overly fussy about what I read as long as it’s weird, funny, or moving, and well written. I’m jotting down ideas for my own novel which won’t be out any time soon, I want to read a lot more, and research, and plan, and write, and edit, and rewrite, and edit, and make more notes, research more, edit, rewrite, and so on until I’m entirely happy to look into taking it anywhere, and that will take me a few years, but it will be nice to get started on that this year. I also have a fair few series, some live action, a fair few anime (you can also find me on MAL – My Anime List), to watch. And I’m still working in the charity shop on Saturdays and Mondays. I’m hoping that this year I’ll finally turn my life around and get a job and a place of our own to live in, and hopefully, without WoW there tempting me to switch off constantly (we won’t go into all of that just now), it will happen.
I’m looking for other blogs to read. Anything that might talk about RPG gaming, preferably of the fantasy MMO type, but I might be persuaded otherwise if it’s a good read. Any good book blogs, writing blogs, personal/other blogs of your own that I might not know about. If you know of any of these, I’d be grateful.
I love you guys, and I’m sorry to be leaving, especially noticing how many are doing so at the moment going through my reader this morning, but I really hope you guys continue enjoying the game, and keep on blogging.
Hey guys, The Lazy Sniper has been down for a while due to server switching, huge domain issues, and having to rush off for real life stuff for a couple of weeks. If you’ve been following me here (clicky, clicky) or on Twitter, you probably know the drill. Seeing as lazy-sniper.com became locked (unless I paid my previous host an extortionate amount of money.. yeah no thanks), it was pointed out to me that perhaps this was a brilliant time to finally go through that name change I’d considered back when I switched from my Hunter to my Shadow Priest. After a heck of a lot of umming and ahhing and not actually being in front of a PC, I finally decided on ‘Jaedia’s Menagerie’. Why? Because I’m a massive pet collecting freak. And mounts too.
The theme stays, I just need to fiddle around with the header a little.. maybe, and work out how to get all of my images pointing to the right URL so that my pages don’t look so, well, dead. Yes, I am aware that almost all of my images are broken aside from the 2 I have manually fixed (the header and the signature). So update any bookmarks or links you may have, you’ve got the name and you can link to the following:
Sorry for such a long hiatus! It was really out of my hands, but I’m back now. My blogging may be a little lax at the moment during the pre-expansion lull (yes, I’ve hit that, but I’m still playing a little), however, I am still here, and I will still be blogging. Feel free to spread the word if you like about the name and url change.
Update: I completely forgot to mention RSS feed, I have redirected the old feed to the new address (thank you for reminding me, Poneria!), so hopefully you won’t have to change your feed address unless you were using the default feed. Feedburner won’t need to be changed though, that is still: