The Blog Azeroth Shared Topic

Hi! For those of you who don’t know me, I am Saresa from Destructive Reach. However, I am writing here (thanks Fim and Bre!) as a moderator of the Blog Azeroth forums to reintroduce the Blog Azeroth Shared Topic, a great concept that has been around for a long time, but has fallen by the wayside a little bit. Fortunately, the Shared Topic has been revived and will be just as interesting and exciting as ever.

To quote Phaelia’s original post, the Blog Azeroth Shared Topic is a wonderful innovation of the Blog Azeroth Community for the following reasons:

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the idea of a “Shared Topic” it’s a pre-designated subject upon which writers are encouraged to post. All those individual posts are then collected into one place for easier access by all. It provides several benefits:

  • Helps struggling bloggers overcome the occasional case of Writer’s Block (Blogger’s Block?)
  • Increases exposure, especially for newer or less well known bloggers
  • Further promotes a sense of community among blog authors

Each week on a Thursday I will post the current Shared Topic of the week, as well as some links to the responses so far. As the Shared Topic has only just officially re-started, this week does not have as much content. However,there is plenty of time to get on board for this week’s post.

This week’s Shared Topic is brought to us by Skarrde of Tank 2 Heals, and concerns the Addon Developer Strike. Bloggers are asked to discuss their opinion and perspective on the controversial change to Blizzard’s addon policy and the addon developer’s reaction. Here is some of what Skarrde had to say:

WoW Insider brought to my attention that Blizzard has changed their policy on addons. And while I would like to compliment them in a way on this I can also understand why authors would have a problem with it. I hate the idea of having to pay for addons and there are a few of them out there that have enhanced versions of their addon like Carbonite and Wowecon. I personally would never bother with getting the enhanced version but if they take the time to come up with these and then go to the trouble to market it, it is in a sense a sign of free enterprise.

Athryn from Athryn’s Tier has come back with a different perspective to most, shown in this extract.

I don’t think many people really understand the work that goes into writing a good mod, or even a small one. I watched my SO work for most of a weekend, just to create a simple mod that would summon a pet for me. Some of these authors have 2nd jobs that are basically dedicated to their mod.

This is a contentious and interesting development, and certainly something that many blog authors feel passionate about. If you would like to see how this Shared Topic is developing, or perhaps even would like to submit one of your own, visit the forum post at Blog Azeroth.

Episode 38-Where in the WoW is Bre

question_mark2 This week Bre is found…sort of and we are joined with a special co-host Nibuca from Mystic Chicanery. Oh, and lots, and lots of babble…you have been warned.

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“The Fifth Network”

A Mediaweek article describes gaming as the “the fifth network” and suggest that based on a report by Nielsen PreView called The Video Game Handbook the time spent playing games is quickly overtaking the time spent viewing large TV networks. Although the article says that “TV doesn’t feel threatened” .. maybe it should.

Twistin’ The Night Away

As an adjunct to Bre’s post/reminder about the Live interview tonight, I wanted to announce a new Achievement available to all past and future live interviewees… Twisted Nether is proud to announce our new 25 point Achievement:

We hope you all can participate in helping our guests succeed in this! Don’t forget! Set your alarms!

( All of you who have been interviewed by us in the past are welcome to post this achievement proudly on your blog.. Since we just started the live interviews again, anyone who has been on the show is grandfathered in)

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Linedan from Achtung Panzercow

tnb-welcome1Welcome to Linedan from Achtung Panzercow!

This four year veteran of World of Warcraft is ready to go, wielding some wicked horns, a solid shield and a fresh tanking sword, waiting to take the mob in the face so you can burn him down. When he’s not doing that, you can find him performing his duties as a husband and father, as well as a software QA tester. His guild, Noxilite, keeps him and his valuable wisdom at officer status, and his multi-guild raid, called Anvil Raid, hides behind him like the squishies they are.

Linedan was encouraged to start his blog by Annas over at Too Many Annas, and he began in December 2008. As the name of the blog suggests, he’s a tank at heart, and his main has been his Tauren Warrior for almost the entirety of his WoW career, ignoring his brief foray on a PvP server. He’s now on Feathermoon (RP), and his other interests come out on his blog, like roleplay and a fun sense of humor. He’s looking into how to level a Prot Warrior, ten levels at a time, as just an example of the information you can find on this well put together blog.

From patch notes, raids, gear and theorycrafting, Linedan’s got it, and will continue to provide it. He’ll even teach a prot warrior how to pad the damage meters. What’s not to like?

Welcome to the Blogosphere, Linedan!

Every Friday, Bellwether from 4 Haelz is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an e-mail to 4haelz AT gmail DOT com with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!