Shared Topic: One vs Many? and World of Warcrafts

Here we are at what is likely to be my last Shared Topic recap. We’ve got one, possibly two awesome people who volunteered to take over. You will probably get to meet at least one of them next week.

Back to business now, our Topic from two weeks ago compares group questing vs solo questing, a Topic that is long overdue considering the Cataclysmic change in quests. The Topic was suggested by Martha from

While there are some quests that specifically call for grouping, most don’t… but do you group anyway? How many of you pick up a friend or guildie to quest with and how many grind the lonely roads alone?

Sharing the Topic were:

Martha from

Amerence from Amerence Love WoW

Saga from Spellbound

Jod from Jod’s Blog

Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual

Kallixta from Kallixta’s Notes

Bless from Horde Review

Oathblade from Info about WoW from the Altaholic

Dragonray from Azerothian Life

And our more recent Topic was suggested by Essence of Gamer Girl Confessions who asks us to share our World of Warcraft IRL creations:

Inspired by Kalixta’s WoW Recipe IRL topic and the “World of Warcrafts” column over at WoW Insider, I started wondering, how many people are into making WoW-like things in real life? Not just food, though food could count too. But how many people create pottery inspired by WoW? Or wigs, or costumes inspired by WoW? Or even knit or sew things relating to WoW? Or are you a fan artist with pen and paper or pastels or clay? How about Machinmas? Comics? Stories?

Is there WoW inspiration in your life? Do you wear it proudly? Do you make it? Are you interested in it? This could go lots of ways–share what you make, or link to creations you’re fond of!

Participating were:

Essence from Gamer Girl Confessions

Rhoelyn from Beneath Two Skies (who didn’t really participate but did share her crafting column)

Saga from Spellbound

Kamalia from Kamalia et alia

Martha from

Kallixta from Kallixta’s Notes

TNB Live Friday 9/9 – Poneria

We are pleased to welcome Poneria from Fel Concentration and @slowpoker on twitter. If you have any questions please make sure to send them in prior to showtime to or bring them to the chatroom!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Friday, September 9th at 8pm PT (11pm ET). Not sure what time that is for you? Use this handy-dandy time converter!
  • Where do I go? To participate on the live show, you will need to go to the TNB Live Show page to connect with the stream. See, totally easy. If you are having issues then go to the Ustream page. Don’t forget to register/login to UStream so you can chat with us!
  • Some general ground rules:
    1. Be nice. If you say very inappropriate things be aware you will be kicked from the room. We are doing this to have a great time, come with a beer, come during a raid, come how you wish, just don’t come to cause trouble.
    2. You may ask questions to the participants during the show, but we reserve the right to use them if and when we can. We will be monitoring the chat room and if we can we will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but we will have to weave them in. Even if it isn’t asked, we all appreciate your questions!

Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Simply Business

Hello everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Srsbusness of Simply Business.

Srsbusiness has been playing WoW since vanilla, drawn into it from his time spent playing Doom and Diablo II. He has a very indepth Character history, and has enjoyed many aspects of WoW in his six years playing the game. He started blogging to have an outlet to provide his perspectives on both WoW and Diablo, as well as shake it up with some real life snippets on how he juggles his game time. Srsbusiness aslo hopes to be able to provide shadow priest insights to aspiring shadow priests, offering feedback on how he approaches the art of shadow priesting, as well as tips and tricks that he’s used in his adventures.

Amongst other things, Srsbusiness can help you walk through the tricky parts of the Tarecgosa quest line or help you respec for the benefit of your healers. He also new fun in an old game and flirst with the viability of raiding as a frost mage.

I’ve really enjoyed the diverse look at the “dark side” that Srsbusiness has offered, and I can’t wait to see more!  Welcome to the blogosphere, Srsbusiness!


Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings 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 email to, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible

Wanna be a moderator at Blog Azeroth?

The crew at Blog Azeroth would like a few fresh faces to help out on the forums.

In particular, we need someone to take over the Shared Topics (as I’m constantly reminded by the Shared Topics regulars, I just can’t keep up anymore!), and we’d also like 1-2 other enthusiastic bloggers who want to give a hand to new members and encourage activity on the boards.

In case you were wondering what would be demanded…err…expected of you, here’s a list of the tasks tackled by the team:

  • Welcoming new members and upgrading their status to blogger
  • Selecting the weekly shared topic and writing the past week’s recap.
  • Participating in and organizing blogging community activities (holiday event type stuff.)
  • Helping new members! Sometimes people have questions, and we have answers!
  • Dusting off the Blog Azeroth twitter account!
  • Promoting Blog Azeroth and letting new (or not-so-new) bloggers know they have a ressource for when they want or need to talk about blogging.
  • It’s a lot fun and a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers!

    Ideally, we want someone (or rather someones) who knows Blog Azeroth well, has a reasonable amount of blogging experience and who’s eager to encourage other bloggers.

    To take over the Shared Topics, I’d REEEEEALLLY love for one of you regulars to volunteer. You guys understand the spirit of ST-ing better than anyone and I know that any of you would do a fantastic job.

    If this sounds like you and something you’d like to do, you can get in touch with either Windsoar or I or you can post in this thread at BA (you must be logged in to view it).

    * * *

    On a more personal note, I’m not stepping down as a Blog Azeroth mod, but I know that I can’t keep up with the Shared Topics anymore. One recap every three weeks… you guys deserve better than that! I’ve been hoping that my real life would get less hectic, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. I don’t think I know how to live a non-hectic life.

    I had a great time in the approximate year and a half I followed the Topics closely. I got to know several of you (though you didn’t know me!) through your writing. Even if I sometimes get snappy when I’m reminded to do my job, it brought me a lot of joy to see that other bloggers actually cared about our Shared Topics.

    When I started blogging, I did every Shared Topic for about 6 months. To me, it was like writing camp: take a topic, bend it my way, then compare notes. From them, I grew as a writer. When the Shared Topics moderator at the time was stepping down, I lobbied for the position. Didn’t really give anyone choice. “Shared Topics” I said. “They’re mine now. MINE.”

    And now I couldn’t wish for anything better than someone else appropriating the Topics.


    Episode 142 – Monkey Business

    lonomonkey We welcome Lonomonkey from Screaming Monkey this week! We have some great discussions during the interview and then we talk some about Blizzcon and, of course, the new Darkmoon Faire.

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