Every now then then I look at the category of the posts I write and think.
- Where did that come from?
- Should I really be writing about that?
When I signed up for the Twisted Nether wiki blog directory, I needed to choose a category. I chose Mage, for obvious reasons, but every now and then I wonder whether I should be more specific (there are no blogs specifically listed as Fire Mage blogs, and as much as Zupa may exert mind control to convince me to go Frost, or Larisa start a good argument for Arcane, I am and always will be a Fire Mage).
Yet then the opposite thought occurs to me. If I was a Fire Mage looking for advice, then this blog isn’t going to be a huge amount of help.
Likewise as much as I dabble in auctioneering, crafting, raiding, Warlock twinking, addon and hell even Druid posts, I am certainly not representative of any of those types of blogs.
So where do I get the good sauce (yes the spelling mistake was intentional) that feeds this insane hobby of a WoW blog?
I read blogs, too many blogs with too many good posts, whether full page diatribes or single screenshots. I read Mage blogs, Druid, Priest, Hunter, Pet, Warlock, Crafting, WoW Economy etc. You name it, if it’s WoW related I am probably reading it. Every post in detail? Hardly, but I have a look and if I enjoy the read, I keep on reading.
Sometimes the sauce of insanity is the post title, or the subject matter, or sometimes it’s a warped part of my magely brain that takes a phrase out of context and turns it into a post.
Often a blog post covers a topic so well I have nothing to contribute, until I read a reader’s comment. If they are a blogger themselves, they might expand on the comment themselves, but whoever they are, if they toss the crazy ketchup on my thought process, I will be writing.
BlogAzeroth has weekly shared topics. Sometimes they appeal, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I read the topic without reading the full concept and go off on my own tangent.
I think of these as creative writing triggers, and love to get my teeth into something that I otherwise wouldn’t think about, let alone write about.
I used to be an avid forum browser, but between the high class WoW themes (making them unreadable at work) and the pile of blogs I peruse, I don’t get much time to read through them these days.
However in those rare occasions I do find a gem (either beneficial post or example of inbred stupidity) I will at least draw upon the insanity to propel another post out of my ether.
My WoW experiences
An obvious sauce. The good times, the bad times, the quiet times, the quirky and surprising times. Of course we can’t forget the special events (which I tend to avoid as the blogsphere becomes quickly saturated, although Hallows End would appear to be an exception).
My family, work or life in general
My son is still a Gnome. He’s short, inquisitive, curiously destructive.
My wife is a boss mob, one to be stealthed around where possible, tackled fully buffed, or the target of an exhausting reputation grind.
Work, well work can be like grinding for old world rep – lots of effort for little return, or it can be like a six month grind at a raid instance, plenty of 1% wipes but joyful when the boss (I mean project here, not my leader) goes down and I am still standing.
There are plenty of other sauces of insanity: on trains; in shops; on the road. Sometimes spicy, sometimes sour, real life insanity has so many wonderful parallels to WoW insanity.
Yeah, real world new can sometimes be inspirational, just in a different way. The topic post might not bear any resemblance to the original muse, but once I get a taste for a topic, I start writing in my head.
Who ever would have thought of using the google searches that reach your blog as sauces for insane inspiration.
Well not me, but whichever blogger inspired the insanity in me, thankyou… You have providers me with the sauce that they will spread to nearly 70 posts, and there could be more, ohhh yeah, I never need to think of a topic ever again, Google gives me the crap sauce every day.
But I can’t do that to you forever… Can I?
Yep, sometimes my tired deranged brain just comes up with stuff that should never see the light of say. Sort of like mixing sweet & sour sauce with soy and chocolate sauce.
I think this is one of those posts, one of those essays you write in high school when you can’t think of anything else to write (problem is I can, so don’t ask me why I am writing this).
You the ones that end up with:
I woke up as I fell out of bed.
Gnome and Out!