One of my favorite movie quotes of all times is "I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!". If you don't know the reference, well, then I pity you foo!
At this point I could say "I've had it with these motherfucking expectations on this motherfucking blog!" and that's because I've reached a point where I'm a bit burned out with posting regularly. Incidentally, the blog has been up for slightly over a year, the anniversary being at the end of February.
When I started this blog I had no idea that it would gain as much popularity as it did. My first posts (and others as well) were crap and sometimes I don't have very interesting things to say. It is my hope though that I have written sufficiently interesting crap to be of some use to my readers. In the end, it all boils down to being a journal of my characters' progress - and adventures - in WoW.
Many visitors to this blog found something in common by the fact that I was a die-hard solo artist, well, at least before the Dungeon Finder Tool became available. We all shared a kinship by keeping away from group activities to the extent of avoiding all 5-man dungeons, raids, guilds and sometimes even interaction with other players.
Since the Dungeon Tool was released, I have strayed from my original "philosophy". I make no apologies for this. For one thing, this is my blog and I will write whatever I want. For another, I will not be pigeonholed into playing my favorite game in a certain way. Wowalone's tag-line, "The art of solo-ing WoW" is no longer valid because I am no longer a 100% solo player. Here's the kicker: my core philosophy hasn't changed one bit. Let me try to explain.
I became a solo player mostly because I was forced into it by the way the game handled dungeons and raids. It's not like I hated grouping. No, in fact I have always liked grouping and would rather level in a nice dungeon than by doing quests. In the old days of classic WoW, I used to belong to a social guild, I used to run regular dungeons and I even raided for a while until I realized that in order to stay on top of the game (forgive the pun), I had to make many other sacrifices in my real life, meaning that I had to be available regularly for raiding. In other words, I was forced to obey other people's schedules to the detriment of my personal life.
This led me to sever all ties with WoW for over a year, after which I returned, the pull being too strong. This time though I determined never to join another guild, never to run 5-man dungeons and especially raids. There's enough to do in WoW to entertain a single player for many months, until the next expansion hits.
I was content to play on my own for a long time, all through Burning Crusade and to the end of Wrath of the Lich King, leveling several classes to 80 during this time. And then the Dungeon Finder hit. It instantly allowed me to get a taste of all the high level dungeons I had been missing, all in a very short time. I didn't have to be part of a guild, I didn't have to know anyone at all on the server and I didn't have to conform to anyone else's schedule. Running heroics (which I had never dreamed of doing before) was as simple as clicking a button, getting assigned to a random group, wham, bam and then thank you ma'am. And that's the way I like it. Short and sweet.
Which brings me nicely to how I really am in real life: a lone wolf. I like being alone but I am not lonely by being so. I don't run with the pack but I do my own thing. When I feel it's convenient and profitable for me, I will join any random pack briefly, do my thing and then leave. Drawing a parallel to WoW, it has been convenient for me until recently to run alone. Now that the new tool is here, I still run alone but whenever I feel like it, I will group up with a random group, get my fix and then everybody is free to mind their own fucking business. No commitment, no obligations.
Having said that, please stop trying to make me feel guilty because I abandoned my initial standards. The only standard I have is to have fun and if grouping with others makes me happy, then by Jeebus that's what I'm gonna do! If it's not to your liking, there are other blogs out there by people who are 100% anti-social and won't group with others no matter what.
Now, I'm getting to another issue that has been rearing its ugly head lately. Some of you might have noticed that I've been posting less frequently. I'm starting to lose a bit of steam, truth be told. I have so little free time on my hands that it basically amounts to writing a new post (which is not so easy) or playing some more WoW. Since I'm not bored with WoW yet, I would rather play the game than blog about the game. So I will often write a post over several days.
Finally, now that the blog has been up for a year, what would be the future for it and my WoW adventures? First, I need to think up a new tag-line. Second, I will continue to post but probably at a slower rate. Third, I plan to continue leveling my priest to 80 hopefully before Cataclysm hits. Fourth, I should try some tanking with my paladin but I'm scared shitless.
So that's about it, ladies and gents.
Darth Solo, over and out.
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