Blogging Challenge Day 10: Blog and Website Favorites

Day 10 of the great Blogging Challenge! Today’s topic: Blog and website favorites. This is going to be a tough one; there are so many great blogs and websites out there! In order to avoid driving myself crazy thinking about possibilities, I’m going to group this into two categories: rogue resources and blogs I can’t get enough of. I’m going to keep the lists to three each, and there are any number of others that keep me tied to my seat as I read, but I hope you enjoy this selection as much as I have.

 

Rogue Resources:

Elitist Jerks: Thanks to Aldriana, and many informed posters in the rogue forums, elitistjerks.com is an invaluable resource. Specifically, though, raiding rogues must read at least two posts in the forum. First, the thread for their spec: Assassination, Combat, or Subtlety. Second, the Raid Mechanics thread for the current tier will help you determine how to approach a given fight in your raid.

Shadowpanther.net: This is a great site to find out which gear, gems, enchants, etc. are upgrades for your spec, and, in the case of gear, where to get them. When I make a gear sheet, I always verify it with this site. One word of caution: be careful with trinkets. I’d trust the list on the elitistjerks site (look in your spec’s thread) for up-to-date values. This site also covers PvP, which is great to see.

ShadowCraft: This site does a number of things well, although it can be a little tricky to use. First, it will calculate the best gems for you to use in your gear. Second, it allows for quick reforging calculations with a graph for expected theoretical DPS increase. You can also use it to project upgrades. You’re not sure whether to use your new offset gloves and break your set bonus, or downgrade a different piece to retain it? Select one gear set, optimize gems and reforge, and write down the DPS. Repeat with your other gear set(s), and you’ll know whether to roll on that piece in your next raid. Note: they are continually updating this site, particularly around the time of new patches and hotfixes. Make sure to regularly clear out all saved data and shift-reload to get new javascript code, since you don’t want to base gear decisions on outdated information.

 

Blogs I Can’t Get Enough Of:

Power Word: What?: Kaleri is a discipline priest in Apotheosis, the guild I raid with. She’s a great healer, but the reason I particularly enjoy her blog is she has a unique perspective which leads to blog posts which are personal and unlike the masses. For instance, where are you going to read about personal feelings of wonder and accomplishment expressed via a beautiful helicopters metaphor? Only on Kal’s blog, that’s where.

Falling Leaves and Wings: Okay, so I’m a bit biased here, since Beru is a frequent lunch buddy of mine. But that’s not why she makes this list. I can’t get enough of her writings because she’s not afraid to talk about issues that get to her. Her entries show courage, as she expresses her feelings at a pretty raw level. This isn’t some emo drama, though – it’s just a great take on what it means to lead a guild and play a druid that raids at a high level. Beru’s entry on hitting Rock Bottom relates a feeling most of us have had, but few of us are self aware enough to capture so well.

Revive and Rejuvenate: Okay, one of my secret loves is IntPiPoMo (International Picture Posting Month). For those of you who don’t know, in the event, people post in-game screenshots (or in some cases, other pictures) that they want to share, with a goal of posting fifty images over the thirty days of November. Angelya over at Revive and Rejuvenate came up with the idea as a companion event to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It quickly caught on, and it’s been fabulous following along on her blog and twitter as folks from all over the globe post gorgeous images. Angelya’s other posts are interesting as well, but the IntPiPoMo ones shine. My favorite? hard to choose, but I really like the three screenshots of pathways. The compositions of the pictures are well conceived, and the Tolkien reference is perfect for them.

 

I could keep going, but I need to get started on Day 11 – it could turn out to be a rather long entry!

About Tikari

I'm a rogue who likes to raid, guilded with Apotheosis on Eldre'Thalas. If you think I may have pumpkin headed you, it was actually @kurnmogh.
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One Response to Blogging Challenge Day 10: Blog and Website Favorites

  1. Navimie says:

    I think that Rock Bottom post of Beru’s is a favourite for lots of people! I like following your Blog challenge Tikari :)

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