Food for thought: recent articles of interest in World of Warcraft blog-land

Today I want to feature links to a few of the posts I’ve read over the course of the past week or so. They may or may not interest you, but I like to share things I find interesting. There’s some variety here, definitely not all hunter-related stuff. At any rate, let’s get started.

1. Cynwise’s Warcraft Manual - Class Distribution Data for Patch 5.3

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Cynwise has been doing this for several patches now, and it’s fascinating stuff. He digs into sources such as RealmPop¬†and puts together several tables showing how class population has changed from patch to patch, with samples of heroic raiding, PvP, general populations, level 90 toons, 86-90 toons, and so on. It’s interesting to see how the populations fluctuate with class balance changes, new raid encounters, and other design changes, and to contrast PvP to raiders to the general subscriber base, etc.

2. Warcraft Hunters Union - Volunteers for WoW Hunters Hall

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Frostheim has been very busy lately. For those who don’t know, he’s changing jobs and moving east this week, and this has understandably taken up a great deal of his time. Arth has been doing great over at WHU in his stead, but with the news that Tabana is leaving WoW/WHH as of this week, Frost is looking for volunteers to take over the maintenance of that site’s content, in order to keep the WoW hunters’ web portal alive. If you’re interested, let him know! His email link is in the post if you’re interested, although he may not get back to you until he gets situated and has real internets and stuffs.

3. RestokinBecoming a WoW blogger and growing the community

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Every once in a while, someone like Lissanna writes an important post such as this one, and it’s always needed.

It can seem to many readers, once you’ve been reading blogs for a while, that the number of blogs that start to stagnate in your feed can grow pretty quickly. This is fine, because people move on, but it can seem that more blogs are dying than are being born. While that’s not necessarily true, it can feel that way.

However, this is why you are needed! Have you ever thought about starting a blog? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d love to write about this-or-that experience” or “I’d love to share my knowledge” or “There’s nobody writing a guide for [fill-in-the-blank]” before?

As Lissana says at the start of her guide, the WoW out-of-game community is a remarkable phenomenon, and part of that is how it continues to grow and rejuvenate itself with new contributors. I was once one of those myself, with a small blog, and then I stopped, and then I made a new and better one. The bottom line is that there are people out there who love to read about the game, whether it be about guides and theorycrafting, lore, roleplaying, questing, fashion, exploration/screenshots, PvP, the in-game music, creative writing, fan art, funny things that happen in guild chat, and so many other topics. If you were ever thinking about getting into blogging, now is not too soon! There is a very good chance that there are people out there who want to read what you have to say. The community always needs more bloggers, and Lissana has some great advice for those who were thinking of testing the waters. I highly encourage you to check out her post!

And last, but certainly not least!…

4. The Grumpy ElfWhy are the Casual Guilds Hurting?

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The Grumpy Elf does such a good job discussing the plight of casual guilds in the current iteration of WoW that I haven’t felt the inclination to add much of anything to the discussion. This post from last week breaks down many of the issues that current ‘casual raiding guilds’ face in a time of LFR, tougher normal mode content, bad luck with loot, and simply ‘being casual.’ He and I are both in situations where we’re struggling to deal with the halting progression that guilds like ours can make, and I think it’s a topic/issue that is very present and real in the game, even for many who haven’t thought that much about it or who don’t read blogs like TGE’s, but are also slogging through raid content at Tortos’ pace…

I hope you found these links useful and/or interesting! :)

This is not likely to be a “regular feature” at Mushan, Etc. I don’t know that I have any of regular features, actually. However, it’s been a long time (and at least a whole blog ago, for me) since I’ve done one of these, so I may post one here and there as the spirit moves me.

Thanks for reading this links post by Mushan at Mushan, Etc. Comments are welcome!

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