For the better part of this decade, I have been blogging this meme for myself. This year, I thought I'd do this with a Warcraft spin, and tag some of you to complete it too.
My Warcraft Year in Review Meme
Please leave a link to your meme post in the comments here. Please tag 5 other folks to complete the meme and copy these instructions and the questions into your blog with your answers.
- What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you'd never done before?
- What was your favorite new place that you visited?
- What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
- What was your biggest achievement of the year?
- What was your biggest failure?
- What did you get really, really, really excited about?
- What do you wish you'd done less of?
- What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
- Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.
1) What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you'd never done before?
I left my accomplished druid and my Alliance server — where I knew a ton of people and had been raiding for 2 1/2 years — and started playing my horde shadow priest full time, on a new server where I "knew" folks only from the Livejournal WoW Ladies community. Best. Decision. Ever. I've met so many awesome folks on the new server and wouldn't trade the fun we've had this year for anything.
2) What was your favorite new place that you visited?
Hmmm. I don't know that I visited many new places in 2009 really, since I'd had my first two 80s by the end of 2008. So, I guess I'll go with Ulduar. It had some pretty vistas.
3) What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I would like to have more opportunity to share my raiding experience and my passion for the game. Be that more blogging / podcasts / guild role I can't say. But it is a definite want. And I would like to have more time to write here.
4) What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmmm. I got my 4th character to 80, built my second motorcycle, and got to finish up the two BC instances my poor druid never got to see the final bosses die in (BT and MH) due to her having a scheming asshat warrior raid leader that drove her away from raiding and eventually out of that guild. Heh.
5) What was your biggest failure?
I suppose that would be the dissolution of my 10-man Alliance guild, in which I was an officer. But that was due primarily to a female guild member who was sad that the GM stopped spending all his in game time with her, caused a ton of drama and killed the guild. Remind me I need to post about married GMs with their borderline inappropriate in-game main squeezes.
6) What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Killing KT in 25-man for the first time on my shadow priest. It was the culmination of march hard work and effort, and was shared with some awesome folks. Kwick and Norm I am especially looking at you. Oh, and the first time we did Ony 25 and I did a million billion DPS on the whelps. MINNNNDDDDDDD SSEEEEEAAAAARRRRRRRR! Cough.
7) What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sitting around waiting for raids that didn't end up going. And the 45 levels I put into my shaman before the faction change service went into effect. I do love playing a shaman at level cap but I HATE HATE HATE leveling them.
8) What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?
The WoW site I visited the most was definitely MMO Champion, hands-down. And all my favorite blogs are on the WoW Blog list to the right of this post. RAWR! It's awesome to have found so many new, interesting bloggers to read this year. They have each had a hand in making my WoW playing and blogging time a lot more interesting to be sure.
9) Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.
I learned that it is not worth it to offer up constructive criticism or unsolicited advice. Even if you think you are friends with someone and see themselves repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot with their poor communication skills. Even if you see them run folks off with their communication style and their lack of respect for others' ideas and opinions. Just keep your mouth shut. Because all you'll get is a black eye for trying to help someone be more aware of how others are perceiving them.
5 Folks I'm tagging to Complete this Meme
- dboverdrive (we need her to write more)
41 thoughts on “My Warcraft Year in Review Meme”
My homework assignment is done. Do I get milk and cookies now?
Yes, but only if you email me with your mailing address…
You can mail me cookies, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want any milk that has been sent through the mail.
pish. chocolate soy milk is shelf stable!
Need addy anyhow in case I actually send holiday cards, as intended.
A big THANK YOU! to the many LJers who have been posting the meme. It has been a blast to see your replies.
Sorry blogosphere, most of them are protected entries, hence not linking out to them from here.
Hey nice meme and thanks for including me! 🙂
I’m finally surfacing from under the pile of work I’ve been buried. I’ll write something up by this weekend.
Too bad about your answer to #9. In a perfect world it wouldn’t be that way, right? When problems arise people would respond correctly. It’s always something that annoyed me when it happened in the real world and the times I’ve seen it going on in the virtual world too. I tend to move. if I’m able, to a like-minded group when I encounter people are who are resistant to doing the right thing.
I unlocked the entry, so here’s the link. 🙂
My first meme: http://psynister.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/my-warcraft-year-in-review-meme/
Thanks for completing the meme! And I had a feeling you’d learned the same lesson I had…at least we both have blogs to get out those helping urges without bruising the egos of any delicate snowflakes…
I count myself lucky that I do work with folks who expect and seek out constructive feedback. Right now we’re kicking off the performance review process, and everyone ends up doing reviews of their colleagues. I personally like getting feedback on what I’ve done well and where I need to put in some extra effort. It’s a lot better than living in a vacumn.
I filled it out while bored at work. 🙂 I tagged a few folks, including some who I know read my blog, so hopefully this will start to creep into the blogosphere further than it has already.
Thanks for the memage! It’s always interesting to me to read a number of different takes on these same questions. ANd you list a ton of great blogs as well.
Done! Thanks for including me, hopefully I will have time to blog a little more often from now on with the christmas holidays coming up! 🙂
Got this tagged from Tessy so thought I would join in the fun.
Yeah on both accounts!
Awesome– thank you! It’s been really interesting to see how the year went for folks.
Done 🙂 Nice meme ^^ Actually quite enjoyed doing it.
Thanks for completing the meme! And you’ve made me want to go back out and visit that island the King of Stormwind was being held captive on! The AQ sceptor chain was so much fun back in the day.
Tessy got me tagged also, so thought I’ll let you know your meme is spreading 🙂
I wasn’t tagged but picked this up from Blog Azeroth… I thought it was a good idea – thanks for it!
Whoohoo! So great to see it spread.
Thanks for taking part in the shared topic! It was a nice surprise to see that this was picked up.
Thanks goodness for the blogs! 😀
I did it again: http://psynister.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/my-warcraft-year-in-review-meme-take-2/
I felt the need to pass it on, so I went ahead and tagged a few people this time and made some modifications to the original answers after having more time to consider them.
Here is mine. I’ll go back and edit people to be tagged. By now everyone I read has already done this!
I haven’t tagged anyone. Not a lot of the people who read my blog play WoW, and not a lot of my friends who play WoW read my blog, so.
I didn’t exactly answer all of the questions, but I think most of them are covered.
I finally got around to it. ^_^
It’s been awesome seeing so many folks complete this. I’ve found it to be a helpful framework for putting the year into context, helping balance the good and the bad and figure out what I want the next year to hold.
Thanks for writing up the meme! I’ve found a lot of blogs I had not visited previously through it.
Thanks! I like your lesson learned — we all need try more new stuff for sure.
Thanks for the link back on the meme. Hope the Qs, even though you didn’t answer them all, gave some food for thought.
Also, if anyone has any ideas of what would be useful in the WoW blogging world let me know. I’m thinking about getting my feet wet.
If you haven’t checked out Blog Azeroth yet, they are a great place to get some ideas for topics to write about.
I think most everyone has been tagged. So if you’re reading this or from my blog, please complete it!
Here’s mine! 🙂 http://www.sideshowandsyrana.com/2009/12/31/ba-shared-topic-warcraft-year-in-review/
Thanks for completing the meme!
Thanks for the memeage! Having swapped from Alliance to horde at the end of last year, I understand the desire to see an opposite faction character through to 80. It really is a different game for each faction in many aspects.
This was an interesting way to get me to think about my year in WoW. Thanks for putting it together!
Here is my meme as per instructions over at Blog Azeroth. I’m glad to see so many people participating.
I am so so late, but here we go, I figured I’d give it a whirl anyway:
Thanks so much for the shared topic idea, and for your responses too!