Things have certainly changed since I started blogging back in the summer of 2008. Not just with regards to my writing, but also my gaming habits in the world of warcraft. And in the time that I have spent blogging about my experiences as a Frost Mage, I’ve come to realize that I am a unique individual writing for a niche audience.
While many have come and gone with boss strats, gaming philosophy, loot lists, personal rants, raid parses, and even fanfiction, I feel that I have provided just a little bit of everything to cater individuals who simply want something to read. Fanfiction? I’ve written about some of my characters and their backstories. Damage meters? I’ve posted some to help show my success with my spec. Philosophy? I’ve made some posts on how the game ought to be viewed, particularly with regards to the use of the terms “hardcore” and “casual,” to the point where I simply refuse to read posts that attempt to use those terms. Frost Magery tips and tricks? They’re my primary source of traffic. Silly songs and parodies? I’ve got those in spades.
I feel I’ve done it all, and in return, I’ve gotten a fair bit of attention and developed a nice little readership. Sure, I may not have the iconic status of a BRK or Phaelia, or even a cult-favourite status of a Pink Pigtail Inn (somehow, The Pink Mohawk Motel doesn’t have the same ring), but my blog is a nice little thing that, should I simply pack up and leave, will be missed by a nice few.
Which is why I shall continue to write, even if it means not posting for a week at a time, perhaps whenever I feel like it. I believe I’ve taken a stranglehold over this unappreciated little spec and become a flagbearer of sorts for the frost mage community (if it does indeed exist). While Lhivera’s crusade for the rights of Frost has earned the respect of other mages on the official forums, I feel I’ve done the same here in the WoW blogosphere.
There’s really no point in stopping now. Even though I’ve personally proved to myself, my guild, and many people who I’ve met through realm pugs, that Frost is indeed raid viable (at least in a 10-man normal mode setting), Frost only continues to improve over the course of this expansion through the numerous buffs it has received so far, and will receive in the future. It is up to me to continue turning heads. By posting Frost-friendly guides and strats, I can remain at the top of my own game, as well as try to help others reach theirs.
I’m quite aware that the majority of my readers don’t even raid as frost, let alone play a mage. To some, I am probably a rare snowflake that simply refuses to play a certain way because I come off as being above switching specs just for the sake of increased DPS, a wow-version of a hipster douchebag of sorts. That’s fine by me. Frost is simply not just an offbeat spec. It’s a way of life, an expression; I choose to play the game my way, and I play it damned well.
I’m in your plaguewerkz, exalteding your verdictz.
And with this blog, I feel I’ve accomplished my goals of expressing my gaming choices, as well as expressing other things as well, showing off my amateur artistry in other forms such as fiction, song, and perhaps one day even dance. Okay, maybe not dance, but you know what I mean.
With my one-year blog-iversary coming up in a few months, and 100,000 hits on the blog since my switch over to wordpress, Frost is the New Black is still coming up strong, and just like the spec it represents, will only become stronger.