August 27, 2009 10 Comments
Slice and Dice has hit its 150th post, and is closing in on the 1 year anniversary of its current incarnation on September 5th next Saturday!
I’m pretty pumped about this myself. If you’re unaware, this blog started off as a Blogspot blog that I used to get information out to my raid group, and was never truly meant for the rest of the community. I didn’t stick with it, and it sat on the shelf collecting dust. Since I decided to recreate the blog with the move to WordPress about a year ago, I’ve averaged close to three posts a week, and refused to become idle.
Today, I’ll look back at year one. What did I learn, and where am I now? But before I do, I just want to give a personal thanks to each and everyone who visits this site. I don’t know that I’d be so into it if you weren’t here to laugh, learn, and teach. Trust me on that last one too; I’ve definitely learned more from you than you have from me.
Slice and Dice: Year One
Looking back, I see posts where I took the time to logically think out everything I wanted to say, and I see posts where I stream of consciousness a giant wall o’ text. Spell check isn’t doing me any favors either; I once was a finalist in a school spelling bee. I’m fairly certain that I couldn’t achieve that again, and the laziness of spell check is probably the root cause.
Regardless of my shortcomings as a writer, it is something I enjoy. Many of you may have missed some of the things I talked about, so to catch you up, here’s five of my favorite posts / series from the year:
Bank Alts & Guild Banks – I don’t know how many people actually read this post, but I really enjoyed working on it. The Mrs. runs the Alt Bank now; it’s expanded and much neater.
DPS for Dummies – Here’s a post I wish the people I tank for would read. Just basic common sense here, but we all know common sense isn’t always something people possess, even the smart ones.
The How to: Combat and Assassination Guides – Combat is in need of a edit, which I’m planning on doing tonight, but these two posts generate more traffic and discussion than any others on my site. I just thought it would be fun to do a write up of basic endgame spec and talk about how to play them, thinking that maybe a few hundred people would get some use out of it over the year. I had no idea that they would end up being read thousands of times each.
Why Play a Rogue – This is probably my favorite post from the year, and also the first link I ever got on wow.com (which was a complete shock to me). It was the spark that became my three talent leveling guides, and the point where I think I found my niche.
Punked– If you want to see someone pull a fast one on me, read this. I love my guild, and I make no reservations making that point obvious. It’s stuff like this that makes me feel that way.
Things that I’ve learned over the year:
- Paying with a nickel is better than paying with a Nickle.
- I could post with what I think is great material for a month without a WoW.com link, then post something on a whim and wake up to a link and a ton of traffic.
- I don’t mind when people troll my comments, because they get owned like Evos did here.
- Blogs are great recruiting tools, and though only a handful of people have made their way to Bucklers via this blog, they’re some of the best skilled and nicest people we have.
- I should get the Mrs. to proofread my material more often.
- Don’t talk about posts that aren’t already started, or you may not get them done.
- Unlike Chuck Norris, I can’t count to infinity…twice (A sense of humor is needed for good blogging, and is best when not over used or forced).
I could probably add to that list for a long time, but I need to get back to planning for Gnomestock ’09. Thanks for all the support in my work here, and hopefully year two will be even better than year one.