Downtime Round-up 7-8-08

image Is it that time again! That’s right boys and girls, it is roundup time! We are excited to have Kestrel from Kestrel’s Aerie joining us as our Twisted Blog next episode. If there are any burning questions you would like to ask him, feel free to send them in! Here are a few posts you may have missed!

Hay to Munch on:

  • If you must PvP, then here are some ways you can make it more bearable.
    how to be a leader in battlegrounds.
    Fikkle from 4thehorde, reminds me, and contrary to my popular belief, horde complain as much as the alliance. He offers some good advice on how to take charge of your battleground when you enter.
  • Call out for your screenshots! Ziv from Double Bubble has a very interesing project going. Currently, Ziv as a post on the BA forums explaining the project-a photo mosaic. Wanna help? Send Ziv your screenshots. First image in the works may be the BA logo. If you would like more information, visit the BA post and Ziv’s blog.
  • Disgraph T. Dwarf shows us one dwarf’s adventures during the Midsummer festival.
  • Kestrel opens his blog to the masses! Always wanted to write a post? Have your work shine in pretty white letters? Now is your chance. Kes has offered to post articles written by you! Restrictions apply, so please read the fine print 🙂 .
  • Heal who, when? Been asked to handout raid healing assignments at the last minute? Anna of Toomanyannas, will help you breath and get though the night with purple prizes!

Know of an awesome post we should see, blogs that have moved, closed or are new to the party? Sent me an email at or leave it in the comments!

Episode 7- An Orc in Dwarf Clothing

clip_image002 This week Ratshag from Need More Rage joins Fimlys and Breana as the Twisted Blog of the Week! We have a long discussion on the merits and ease of obtaining PvP gear and ohnoes! The Authenticator is Sold Out! All this and the winner of our commercial contest! Don’t Miss it!

— Continue reading Episode 7- An Orc in Dwarf Clothing —

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Theodore of Good Morning, Azeroth

WWLogoWelcome Theodore of Good Morning, Azeroth to the Blogging Netherhood.

Theodore is a self described “geek” and “gamer.” While not gaming or residing in his cube, Theodore enjoys the company of his wife and dog, reads, watches TV and plays board games from his home in New England. In his first post Theodore describes the joy of achieving the “highly improbable” task of finally convincing his wife to play WoW with him. The two of them seem to have made this a favorite shared experience since then.

Theodore’s blog focuses on his early Saturday morning crew, Crack of Dawn, and the exploits of his Hunter. I’ve enjoyed following Theodore around as he and his wife travel Azeroth. His sense of humor and unique perspective have certainly made seeing WoW from his point of view an enlightening and enjoyable experience.

So, welcome to the blog-o-sphere Theodore. May your readers be numerous and your typos be few.

Every Friday, the Twisted Nether Team has provided me (Auzara of Chick GM) with an opportunity to highlight a new blogger and welcome them to our blog-o-sphere. If you have a wonderful new blog I may have missed, please drop me a line at ChickGM at gmail dot com with a title of Welcome Wagon. I can’t promise to highlight them all but I’ll certainly try.

Blog Tipping: Feedburner

Hey everyone! Anna here, as usual.

I’ve gotten a bit of feedback (hee hee) regarding my Feedburner blog tip, and wanted to offer a bit of a walkthrough for setting up your burned RSS feed.

First – go to – you’ll see there’s a big blank box in the middle of the page under Start FeedBurning Now. Type your blog address in that box, and feedburner should be able to auto-discover the feed URL for you!


If when you type in your address and push next it comes up with a list of options, choose either the one labeled RSS 2.0, or the one that ends in /feed or RSS (not Atom, which has been causing issues lately).


The next window will have a place for you to name your feed and the feedburner address for it, and also your registration window where you pick your username and password to access your FeedBurner stats.


Congratulations! You have a feedburner feed! You’ll want to turn on clickthrough tracking like this:


And then you’ll have a big page of options for the various different blogging services – you’ll want to go to the appropriate page for your blog type (Blogspot, WordPress, etc) and look up how to publicize your blog’s new feed using FeedBurner. For most this is under the Publicize tab, the option “Chicklet Chooser” – but the actual steps vary based on your blogging platform. Fortunately, FeedBurner has nice step-by-step walkthroughs for each type.

Individual Blog Types:

I highly suggest you use the standard RSS button (that looks like this: rssbutton ) because it is widely recognized. If you’re clever with editing, you can create your own – but try to stick to the same template. Siha, over at, has an individualized (purple!) rss feed button, for example.

Hopefully that helps walk you through the setup process for creating a FeedBurner feed – that will, in the end, help you better serve your readers by allowing them to maintain ONE feed address even if you change URLs, and will give you tasty webstats on how many subscribers you have to your blog!

Happy Blogging!

Every Thursday, one of the Annas from Too Many Annas stops by with a mid-week blogger tip. If you have questions or suggestions for future tips, email Anna ( tips at twistednether dot net ) with a message titled “Blog Tipping”.

Shared topic: Same title, new post

This week’s Shared Topic was drafted by Auzara of Chick GM and is entitled, Same Title, New Post. In her own words:

I was looking around and found Wow on the Mind’s post entitled: Nurturing Instinct and Improved Leader of the Pack

For some reason I had GMing on the mind and thought to myself: "Oh cool he’s talking about different leadership styles. Turns out he’s talking about Druid talents.

So my idea is, go find a title from an another blog and (with the original Author’s permission, but not Matt’s, Matt’s blog is under an Uncopywrite) write a different topic, under the same heading.

For instance, you might take Leafshine’s recent post Warcraft Meets Tetris or Siha’s recent Anyone for Cards and write about what you spend your time doing during boring, repetitive, annoying Mount Hyjal trash waves. Or use Anna’s Herding Cats post as inspiration to share anecdotes of your all Feral Druid 5-Man team! Or you could rewrite Vonya’s post Quick Note from Ego to be about your ego telling you that you should totally ninja those bracers because that other Hunter with more DKP totally doesn’t deserve them. Or … something like that.