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Happy 4th Blogiversary To Me

January 8, 2014

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Holy crap, as of yesterday this blog is four years old! Time really flies, doesn’t it? It feels more like three, though that might be because I completely forgot my blogiversary last year. Would have forgotten this year too, truth be told, if Rowan (who will be celebrating his own blogiversary very soon as well) hadn’t reminded me. I am just bad with birthdays.

Anyway, since my blog’s anniversary is in January, technically this post could also serve as a look back at 2013. Once again, this blog didn’t see as much activity in the last year as I would have liked. In my defense though, it was a busy year in terms of real life, and quite honestly, it was a pretty tame one for MMOs. Tame…but definitely not lame.

I only participated in the launches of mainly two games — Defiance and Neverwinter — and both released during the first part of the year (though in the latter’s case, an um, open-beta-that-really-wasn’t-a-beta).

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Instead, I spent the last year revisiting a lot of old favorites. World of Warcraft, of course, is as ever the dependable standby. I would play a couple months, take another couple months off, then do it all over again. I know I can always count on it being there whenever I feel like a romp through Azeroth.

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Star Trek Online saw some play too because of their new expansion. I rolled a Romulan, got to have some fun with the duty officer mini-game, and got roped into doing dailies for their summer event. This was the year I truly came to develop an appreciation for a free-to-play STO.

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A few months ago, I also surprised myself by resubbing to Star Wars: The Old Republic. This was thanks to the revitalization of our guild, which included a faction change to refocus our efforts on the Empire side. SWTOR saw an expansion too, and I’m still hopping in now and then getting in my Galactic Starfighter battles. They’re a lot more fun once you get a hang of the controls and start upgrading your ship.

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And finally, there’s The Secret World. TSW Mondays are still going strong, and in terms of social events, it’s probably Mercy Gaming’s greatest success. I don’t think anyone would have believed it a year and a half ago, but it’s true that our weekly group has steadily grown since Secret Mondays first started. To the usual gang, thanks for making this such a great year in TSW.

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Other highlights of the year that aren’t really related to gaming (and in fact, they actually took away from my gaming time, but I wouldn’t change that for the world!) include some of my new hobbies:

1) Pathfinder! I have reason to look forward to Sunday nights now that my friends and I hold weekly games over Fantasy Grounds 2 and Teamspeak.

2) Miniature painting! I’ve always wanted to get into this, and this year I finally took the plunge!

3) Podcasting! Recording Battle Bards with my co-hosts Syp and Syl has been such fun this year.

4) Book blogging! I’ve always read voraciously, and this year I went one step further and started a book blog with a couple of my friends. It has been amazing.

And of course, nothing beats spending time with my family. My little girl is almost two now, and every day she fills my life with surprises and delight. My husband and I don’t get to play video games as much anymore, spending a couple hours a night in our MMOs only after we’ve put the baby to bed. When she’s awake, we don’t want to miss a moment with her!

Finally, to my readers, I want to thank you for another fantastic year. 2014 looks to be another great one with a couple big MMOs on the horizon. I haven’t mentioned these games a lot on my blog the past year, mostly because I’ve resolved to keep my excitement in check going forward, but I’d like to go on record to say that I am very much looking forward to BOTH Wildstar and The Elder Scrolls Online.

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I have no doubt I’ll be gracing this blog with my thoughts on both sometime in the future. And perhaps more! Thanks again, and I’m definitely looking forward to another year of blogging. Ciao!

18 comments

  1. Happy blogoversary! :D I.. can’t remember when mine is.. I think my first post was August 2009 some time? That was when it was The Lazy Sniper, a World of Warcraft Hunter blog. Since then I’ve undergone a name change, many face changes and style changes and branched out a lot! I love the variety. So I guess our blogs are reasonably similar in age? Who knows. It’s fun to look back sometimes and see how things have changed, though, isn’t it? :)


    • Thanks! And oh I know, huge changes, not just in the different topics that evolve but I also notice some big changes in my writing styles and the type of posts too. I think I once tried starting separate blogs for games I played too and that didn’t work out well, so now I just do all my gaming posts on this one :P


      • Me too! I shudder looking back on my first few posts.. I’ve definitely developed “a style” over the past few years. Ideally, I’d just have a geekstyle blog so I could combine life stuff, reading, gaming, writing, anime, and other stuff I enjoy writing about in one place but that’s just a bit too much for one hovel. xD


      • That’s up to you, but I like having the one-stop shop. Fewer blogs to follow. ;)


  2. A very merry bloggaversary to my fellow battle bardess! :)
    seems we started around the same time blogging in this blogosphere, I didn’t know.

    What does one say again, many happy returns ye? hehe


    • Thanks! And wow, seems so many people started blogging around 2009-2011 period, I didn’t know that! We all have pretty similar blog birthdays :)


  3. A very merry blogoversary (we’re going to have to decide on a standard spelling that) to the one who inspired me to branch out into multi-game blogging. It’s been a great four years.


    • Thank you! Your blog will always be special because I remember yours (and Adventure Historian’s, wherever he may be now) were the first couple of sites/bloggers that I found when I first started out. Thanks to Star Trek Online! :D


  4. I think you got the spelling right the first time. :) Happy Blogiversary!


    • As I said to Syl on Twitter, I spell it “Blogoversary” to correspond with “Blogosphere”—and to keep the hard G. :D


    • Thank you! And haha, I’ve seen it spelled many different ways but I’ve always just thought the origin of it was a portmanteau of blog and anniversary :D


  5. Your little one can’t near two already! She was only a baby when I started reading! ._. Where did the time go?!


    • Yep, 2 in February! I can hardly believe it either!


  6. I logged in just to ask one question in the comments: Did you actually have that cake, or did you just get the photo off Google? :P


    • LOL nope, just google. For my first blogiversary I found and used a picture of a cake with a “Happy 1st birthday” on it so I figured I’d make it a tradition and find a corresponding bday cake for each year. But hey if someone actually wanted to bake my blog a cake for its big day I wouldn’t complain :P


  7. Congratulations on four years! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I found your blog while hunting for tips on flying an escort in Star Trek Online.


  8. Happy blogiversary, I expect four more years!


  9. Sorry I’m a bit late, but Happy 4th Anniversary. You’ve worked hard at it and deserve the success of a great blog that’s as dependable as Azeroth been there.

    Visiting here is like having a dependable companion on our gaming journey.



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