When I logged in to WordPress this morning, I was greeted by a “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!” notification.
That’s right, it is today, isn’t it?
I knew my blogiversary was coming up, and I’d put in a certain amount of effort to make sure that TYI would be finished by then, but I hadn’t checked whether it was the 8th or the 9th yet, and I hadn’t thought at all about what I would post for the occasion.
Between putting together and updating my “Things My Characters Wear” posts and the multi-part Transmogrification contests in which I participated, Transmogrification has really taken over my blog in the past year. I had good intentions of updating the Barbershop guide with Pandaren information, and I’ve taken all the necessary screenshots, but I haven’t managed to get around to the tedious work of processing, uploading, and posting them. Although the stories that were in draft at my last blogiversary are still in draft, I wrote two new stories that I’m quite pleased with: a post-Shattering Gnome starting area story (prompted by BBB) and a story about the Wandering Isle. I posted some new art, too — mostly illustrations for Akabeko & co.’s stories — and, having bought myself a graphics tablet last summer as an RL wedding anniversary present, finally began experimenting with digital coloring.
This has been a moderately successful year for character advancement. Last year at this time, I had three level 85 characters — the same three who had been my level 80s at the end of Wrath. My Hunter was level 82 and I was hoping that I’d manage to get her to 85 before Mists arrived. Well, not only did I get my Hunter to level 85, I also leveled mini-Kam from scratch to level 85, and I leveled my Human Mage to 85, giving me six level 85 characters at the time that Mists launched. Five of those six characters are now level 86 or higher, and a seventh character, my Monk, is now closing in on becoming my second level 90. Over the past few months, my Warrior has advanced from being on the cusp of Outland to the Argent Tournament, and my Paladin has grown from around level 50 to level 60. Most of my other characters have gained at least a couple of levels courtesy of the Darkmoon Faire profession quests.
When Mists came, I decided to focus on my Tauren characters. I would like to get my primary character of each class to level 90 and get the secondaries at least high enough to wear all the Transmogrification kits I have planned for them. When I’ve gotten all of my primary Tauren to level 90, then I can work on leveling my Rogue, my Warlock, and one of my Mages (not necessarily the Mage who is already at level 85) to 90 to achieve my very-long-term WoW goal of leveling a character of each class to the level cap. I guess we’ll see how much of that I manage to accomplish in the next year.
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