I'm so honored to have been through this wonderful ride. Back in July, when I stumbled upon a neat little thing called Blog Azeroth, I had discovered a quaint, yet strong community of intellectuals who, through their dedication to both the game and to blogging, possessed qualities that resonated with my interests.
You see, originally, I liked to write fanfiction back in the day. That isn't to say that I don't do it now; if you squint, you could probably say that I'm about to embark on a very grand project that extends into the realm of fanfiction, but otuside of the fanfiction.net community.
But it wasn't just about writing. It was about a game that I also curiously tried out during the boring old days of reading week (spring break in the US) of 2008. What started out as a number of deleted alts, and the beginnings of an awkward looking little gnomish mage named Bashertin.
And the rest is history.
I truly believe that what I've become today is but a sample of what's to come. I'm in this zone of stability in my life; work, home, only one class left for university, and a little bit of the dating game, amongst others.
This lifestyle has permitted me to be a part of this grand little thing known as Frost is the New Black. And after only 100 posts, it has become quite a part of me. Regardless of whether or not the day's post is something as small as a screenshot, as ambitious as a amalgamation of Karazhan Boss Strategies wrapped up into a spreadsheet, or as serious and personal as contemplations towards moving onto another guild/realm, I've always been open to sharing it with whoever was curious enough to read it.
And I can look now how far I've come. Blog-wise, I've gained a nice little readership, compared to maybe the one or two subscribers that I had when I first registered for a blogger account. Game-wise I've reached 3/5 T4 and a Be Imba! rating appropriate for SSC/TK, and for MH/BT trash, and with the recent nerfs, maybe more.
At the same time, all of this has not been at the cost of any sort of personal sacrifice or downside. Despite moments of obvious obsession and addiction (I blame achievements!), I am yet to make a terrible life decision due to WoW or blogging, even though I've had my share of comments of concern from higher ups and parents.
But I still have my job, my blog, my social life, my WoW account, my health, and my sanity.
Looking to the future, there's plenty on the horizon to look forward to. There's a looming expansion, and server issues aside, it looks to be the most amazing thing yet. There's National Novel Writing Month, an opportunity to get back to my most basic interests: creative writing. There's a school semester with only one class to worry about. There's a trip to Japan that I've been saving up for as a reward for completing school. And there's another 100 posts, probably more, to make, consisting of my thoughts, desires, and moments of both enlightenment and utmost silliness.
It's just so much to look forward to. And I just want to take this moment to tell everyone reading this that I surely hope that you've enjoyed the ride so far.
Thanks for the kind comments. Thanks for the encouragement. Thanks for the feedback. Thanks for your dedication to not just follow my blog, but to keep up with your own if you happen to have one. Thanks for the recognition. Thanks for pretty much everything.
As much as I often think that this sort of thing belongs in a personal livejournal or anything, I feel that living vicariously through others is what makes life worth living, games worth playing, places worth exploring, relationships worth developing, and more.
And I hope that I continue to express this attitude as we as a community continue to pursue our goals for the future whatever they may be.
I wish you all luck, and I hope you're as excited as I am for what we are about to embark upon.
It'll be something worth blogging about indeed.
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