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My first blog post was posted 22nd of July 2009, after weeks of planning. I was living in Sweden and was finding myself swapping Norwegian words for Swedish ones more and more often. I had, and had for a long time even after moving back to Norway, a hard time not using Swedish in my daily vocabulary,  which made fellow Norwegians look like question marks. As for today, the only word I use frequently is “mysa”, which is a word we lack in Norwegian. Means something like cuddling, but not necessary with another person, can be cuddling / relaxing in front of tv, lying on beach enjoying sun, can be anything that’s comfortable and enjoyable really. I really like the word, so it will be the last Swedish allowed in my language 🙂

Anyway, it was important to me not letting all this Swedish get into my head, so I wanted to start writing something. I like how there are no setup, no rules for writing in blogs, you can write in any style you want, essays, articles, facts, fiction, anything. Makes it fun. Was only natural to write about wow, which was and still is my hobby number 1, but I wanted to make it about wow but also with a hint of my and my own life, sort of like a red thread all through to make it more personal. And I think I have been sticking to that, maybe it even has taken more and more over.
My first blog post was an introduction including a video I really like. Quality is bad, but song is so sweet. Remember when shadow priests were always placed in groups with casters and healers to provide more mana? In  BC times and further back? Well, this video is about that 🙂

Edit: Seems think link is not compatible with WordPress, boo! But it can be found here. Instead I’ll post the video I was originally going to post in my first blog post, really old but really good 🙂


Day 8 in Blog Challenge is things you don’t know about me. 10 of them, even! Since a picture says more than thousands word, I found pictures and a few words, in a mix of WoW related things and…well, just me things. Here we go!



 Chez Moi

Day 6-Your desk. Picture and / or description.

My desk is not really a desk. I have a real desk upstairs, but there’s no window there, light is bad and internet connection comes and goes. So I have my little entertainment station in corner of my livingroom, using a table as desk. Most of the colours in my appartement are, just like the clothes in my wardrobe, a mix of white, grey and black.

I don’t have an office chair, but I do have the softest sheepskin in the world, not to mention furry, fluffy pillows.  I also like to keep fresh flowers on desk, smells good and look pretty. I try to keep as little as possible on the desk as too many things lying around give visual noise to me. The wow authenticator is allowed, though.

When I play I like to sit on one of my legs, leaning forward, meaning every time I get up I have no feeling in leg and need to jump around moaning. If I am watching movies or series, I like to lean back with legs up on desk, slacker style.

I like my little shinies, especially my World of Warcraft wireless headset., my G19 keyboard and Roccat mouse. I like how I can change the lighting and colours on all of them, and how I see everything even if I have no lights turned on. I also like how it’s possible to have “gaming gadgets” without it looking too geeky or masculine.

I really like my little corner, good thing, since I spend so much time there 🙂


Liloo swimming in Stormwind lake

I have bags and banks filled up with items I simply need to keep, some for fun, some for handy and some for sentimental reasons. I could make a top 10. At least. But, don’t worry, I wont. For now. If I could only keep one item I would kiss my Piccolo Flute goodbye. I would shard my first epic weapon and wipe my tears on Robe of Insight. All while my Disco Ball would play its last serenade. All this to keep my Hook of the Master Angler, a trinket that turns you into a pirhana!

I was a hunter in my late 30’s and had run out of quests in Strangletorn Vale.  Determined to get to 40, which used to be the magical moment for the very first mount, I killed gorillas. Nothing else. Only gorillas. I killed them all, then looted them and skinned them, and by that time they had all respawned so I went back to killing. Just writing about it makes it hard not to fall asleep. Anyway, it must have been a Sunday since the npc’s announced that the fishing contest had started. I had never heard of this, but decided that I would give the gorillas a break and give it a try. I went from pool to pool and filled my bags with Tastyfish and ran back to Booty Bay, not sure what was going to happen. Well, I won the contest and, slightly confused, I chose the trinket as reward. This was my first trinket ever, and first in row of now many items that are just for fun.

I have tried winning this competition many times later, since I would like the “salty” title on my shaman. Ready in good time, with water walking, fishing outfit and lures, but with no luck. Someone always faster. So must have been very lucky back then. Any items that are special to you in-game?

 


First 25 man. Shiny BC times.

This was easy and hard at the same time. Easy because I knew exactly which moment it was, hard because I, as you know, like to add pictures to my blog posts, and in this case that meant digging into the screenshots on my old computer. It has been gathering dust in my storage room for the last nine months, but more important, last time I tried turning it on all I got was a disk crash followed by a blue screen and a loud noise. Made me so frightened that I unplugged the whole thing and ignored it. Untill now.

Determined to rescue my screenshot I managed to run a disk repair from safe mode and fixed everything, go me! Only took me 2 hours, 1 red bull,  7 sneezes (Dust. Loads of it) and 756 webpages googled (I now know what Chkdsk is! How amazing is that!).

I found my 440 Mb of WoW screenshots which are now nicely stored on my new computer. The picture above is taken from my very first 25 man raid. It was March 2008, I had a brand new appartement, computer and a guild, all in one week. My hunter skills were not really very developed, and I have to admit, I had no idea what rl meant when he kept telling me to md. Huh? Finally found it in my spell book and proudly cast it on the shadow priest. Wasn’t asked to do it much after that. I freaked out big-time when I was told to range tank one of the adds on Maulgar fight, luckily my fellow hunter, the lovely Solsikke guided me through it and together we ranged tanked as pros.

Gruul himself was also one-shotted, he even had t4 legs for me. I fell in love with the concept of 25 raiding after this night and have been ever since.

Speaking of memories, on old computer I found loads of things I forgot I had. Music, pictures, documents. Even a file with imported files from the computer I had even before that one, some of them went 10 years back. Was indeed a walk down memory lane, some good, some bad. But in either way they made me feel kinda good. Things might not have gone exactly the way I planned and I haven’t accomplished all the things I thought I would, but I am usually happy and laugh more than I cry. Way more!

Lost and found on old hard drives

 


…in WoW, of course!

My first day in WoW was a lazy Sunday in November 2006. In all honesty, I had already tried it earlier, but only for 5 minutes and it didn’t catch my interest at that time. Then my brother told me he had started playing, and I thought I could give it a second chance. He told me he played on Bronzebeard, so I chose the same realm. My boyfriend back then was a game journalist in a major newspaper, so he got me a copy of the game for free. He also advised me to choose a hunter, since I was “into pets and all”. Well, have to give him right on that one, hunter worked out great.

Liloo and Zelma. One of my first screenshots

Picking race was easier. Fa-, uh sorry, big-boned dorf with power thighs, or long-legged amazon nelf? I was shallow and chose the attractive one. Name was not too hard either. Me, being big Luc Besson fan, one of my favourite movies is Fifth Element. I can’t help myself from saying “chicken, goooood!” every time I eat it and struggle to resist saying “big bada boom” when I hear a loud sound. And, if I am traveling, of course I have to say “Lilo mutlipass. Multipaaaass” while flashing my passport. If you haven’t seen Fifth Element, you have no idea what I am talking about and would probably think I was being very annoying (Although, if you have seen it and do get the point, you’d probably find it annoying anyway). Back to point, good movie, main character named Leeloo. I chose Liloo, and the sexiest smexiest hunter of Azeroth was born.

Multipass!

WoW was my first mmo, means I had no basic knowledge of how to move, jump or what to do in general. I zoomed and tilted my camera up to max so all I could see was the sky, and needed help to make it right. I got stuck in a tree, fell down from a cliff and got lost in a lake. My boyfriend tried helping me, telling me to use WASD keys, which didn’t work for me at all.  I gave him a hard time, asking tons of questions but most of the times refusing to listen. “How hard can it be? Just talk to the quest giver!” “Guest liver? What are you talking about?! Come and show me on my screen!” To keep the peace, I decided to ask my brother instead. These are some of the things he, my brother the wise mentor, taught me:

  • Horde lives in Kalimdor. Alliance lives in Eastern Kingdom. Night elves are stuck on an island in between. Possibly forever.
  • If a player or npc has “??” above its head, means it’s horde.
  • The hearthstone is a rare drop, you are lucky if you get it.
  • A pvp server is a server where you can kill anything or anyone, even players of your own faction. A pve server is a server where you can only kill the opposite one.

Thank you, Chris! 😛 For keeping me in the dark and adding new dimensions to the word “noob”. That being said, my own ideas and assumptions were a lot worse. I thought I couldn’t wear mail since I was female (yeah, english knowledge not always up to date). I had a spirit off-hand and killed all the sheep (critters) I saw in attempt to farm wool cloth. To mention a few things. Still, WoW has never felt more magic or exciting. I enjoyed every minute of it. And I have ever since. Do you remember your first time in WoW?


Screenshot around the time I started blogging. Seems long ago.

Pretty easy one. I was living in Sweden and struggled finding a job there. I applied to several part-time jobs I was more than qualified for. Jobs I would probably never have considered in Norway, with the risk of sounding arrogant. But it is a face that while Norway has a unemployment rate on about on 3 % while Sweden is getting close to 10%. So I couldn’t really be picky, but was pretty much same all over; the language barrier.  Anyway, point is, I had a lot of time on my hands. I didn’t want to lose track of what happened in my country, so I read the online newspapers several times a day. When I had nothing more to read, I read Norwegian blogs for entertainment, while playing with screenshots from WoW in Photoshop. I thought it would be fun to combine these interests, and that was it, really.

I’d really like one of these

I had no idea how to put up a blog, but didn’t like any of the pre-maid templates, so I spent 3 weeks reading about Css and Html and how to edit it. I am no expert at it now, but I do know the basics and the codes are no longer meaningless numbers and letters.

I think I made a bad desition about blogging in Norwegian, didn’t really interest many people. But I got to know some other Norwegian bloggers, like Syrco, Lunaire and of course my wonderful Tom. With all the time I had, I tried writing every day, which became harder when I finally got a job. After pretty exact one year of blogging, I started to write in English (with various feedback, I must admit), and started looking for a new blog platform. Didn’t really fit in on blogg.no, where 90 % of all the blogs are 16 year olds writing about  shimmery eyeshadow.

I didn’t expect many people to read my blog, and I don’t think I have to worry about traffic crash anytime soon, but the visitor numbers have been decent, and I get every happy when I get a comment. It’s like, wow, someone actually read this and took time to say something about it too *happydance*! I could be better on commenting on other people’s blogs though, so that’s my next project.

I have never considered quit blogging, although I sometimes have weeks between my posts. I think it’s really fun to write about wow,  but if had quit playing today, I would without doubt continue writing, just make a more personal blog. Which wont happen, not yet anyway. 🙂


I read blogs for the person writing, rather than for the information (though of course information is nice too). But for example, I read several druid blogs despite the fact that I don’t play a druid – I just really enjoy the writing and the person behind the blog

~Saga

Some time ago I decided to do this “20 days of wow” Challenge, which was a really good idea and initiative I think. However, I kinda failed on following up on that, and now everyone else is done with it and, well… I feel a bit too behind to keep it up. That’s why I was happy when sweet Saga made a new blog challenge. This one is also called 20 days of WoW, how about that! I can just sneak into that one and pretend that was the one I was doing in the first place /nod. Saga’s is a slightly different, though, cause it’s more personal and not only about the game itself, more about the person behind the blog, which I thought was very nice.

The first day of the challenge is called “Introduction“, which I will keep rather short since I, in an outburst of narcissism managed to write half a novel on the “about me” page. Guess I can add, (maybe just to remind myself that I do have some more knowledge than shaman healing), I have a strange mix of education behind me, I have graduated from both a French and a Norwegian college, so my exams papers are a nice mess in two different languages which is always fun explaining when I need to use those papers for anything. I have a university degree in film history where I wrote a big essay on the Coen brothers movies (if I need to watch “Barton Fink” one more time my head will explode), I also have a degree in history where I focused on prostitution in Norway during the 1800’s. Some years of veterinairy studies on top of that with random classes of French, Russian and philosophy makes me…uhm? Not much? For the time being I have a job where I do absolutely none of the above. But I am very happy about it!

I am from Norway, born in Oslo, but  have moved around a lot around, some with family and some alone, some in Norway and some abroad in a few different countries. Which have made me, at least I think so, quite flexible and adaptable. Got the brilliant idea of moving to Sweden some years ago, and for the first time I really missed my country, so feels good to be back. I love the place I am living at now, sort of like a green, lush oasis separated from the center of Oslo, but only 10 minutes away.

I consider myself and my life pretty boring, so when people say they think I am fun to be with, I always feel like turning around to see who the hell they are talking to. Of course I play too much WoW, I guess my own wow blog is one of the few places it’s actually ok to admit that. I still enjoy the content, the raids and all the little random things you can do, but of course the main reason I still play is the social one. I really love my guild and  have met many great people through this game, some have come and gone, some have come and gone and come back, some I have met in real life. I was happy when Blizz added Real-Id, and if for some reasons all my contacts should leave wow the same day, that would be the day I quit playing. Hopefully that wont be the case anytime soon, so looking forward to more play time, not to mention creatingmore or less interesting blog posts about it 😉

Ps. All you different people saying I look weird / tired / different in the picture- ARGH! I’m not wearing make-up, dammit! :p


Favourite NPC and why?

Moo. Kaja.

Very tricky one for me, this one. I am not a big fan of questing, so I hardly notice the NPC’s, even less read the actual quest. However, there is one npc that I like more than the others, and that’s because she has a special name. She is a weapon vendor in Ogrimmar and her her name happens to be the name of a person I trust, admire and love so much; my sister. She has been object of my adoration for 20 years and 9 months, which is impressing considering she is only 20 years old. I remember very well the day I was told about the new family member, and even no one at that point knew it was going to be a her, in my mind she was already a she. I used to sing to her before she had developed her ears, telling her about all the things we were going to do when she arrived.

My diary the day she was born

After months of anticipation she was finally born a rainy day in June. She was the prettiest baby ever, with lots of dark hair, big, dark eyes and golden skin. I brought my mum flowers picked from syringa tree in the garden, and still remember the smell of them, the rain and the newborn baby, all at once.

While my brothers and I could fight and argue, she was my living doll to be watched after, I loved changing her diapers, helping out with her baths and play with her. My friends thought she was the most adorable baby sister ever, I couldn’t agree more.

Somewhere, from being a baby, a child and a stubborn teenager she somehow became one of best friends. I feel really close to her, and I don’t think there’s anyone else that got me wrapped around her little finger like her. Even when she mindlessly, at dinner table years ago, burst out with the fact that she saw me smoking outside school and got me in lots of trouble, it was hard to be angry with her. She tends to get into the strangest situations, and even though she sometimes drives me crazy, not to mention she seems to believe I am a personal taxi driver / caterer / bank, I’d gladly do anything for her. We have been on holidays together, shared stories and secrets, and I am so glad that she is…well, that she is just her.

So yes, my favourite npc is the lucky tauren that happens to carry my sister’s name; Kaja.


Favourite Race and Why?

I have 10 characters on Bronzebeard, and these are the races:

Human 2
Draenei 2
Night elf 3
Blood elf 1
Worgen 1
Gnome 1

First of all I have to add that they are all females, and as already stated, I don’t think I could ever play a male. So when it comes to favourite race, I am thinking of female race. If I had to choose male, hmm, Id probably go for male tauren, I have to admit I find them rather, erm sexy. They are so big and strong, and even though they scratch themselves all the time (just like real men!) and mooo’s, they are really masculine, rough and…a bit attractive! is that wrong?

Anywaaaay, female night elf used to be my favourite, I, as many others, are fascinated by elves. I like their height, their animations, voices and faces – especially with markings and the right hair style. However, seems something happened after Burning Crusade when blood elves and draeneis were introduced, sort of like the developers spent more money and time on creating the new races, they look so more detailed, in my opinion. I love the blood elves, they are so spicy, fun and pretty. They have a cute dance, pretty, green eyes and soft hair. Even earrings! Which I simply love, I have 74837984 pairs and simply need to wear them every day. Big fan! Also, all armor looks so good on them, blood elves are like the supermodels of WoW, and also my adult version of playing with a Barbie doll.

Isn’t she lovely

Still, the draenei is nr 1 for me. Their bodies are amazing. Their skin is smooth and flawless and I’d so kill for their breasts, slim waist and long legs. Their curves make the night elves look rather flat, and they move with such a grace and elegance, swinging their hips and shaking the tail to tease. Some might think the tentacles, horns and hooves are freaky, I’d say exotic. Also, the female draeneis got a laugh that can melt the coldest heart. Even though I’m not really into Lore, their story is interesting, epic and also sad. Draeneis are proven to be extremely intelligent with a natural affinity for magic in all of its forms. What’s not to like?

They seem to have some issues with steering panels and orientation in general, since their spaceship crashed in Exodar, leaving survivors feeling confused and lost. Now that’s a feeling I can relate to, so I hold them, if possible, even closer to my heart. I am a true draenei lover, give me any indigo skinned, long-legged beauty with glowing eyes and I will keep enjoying World of Warcraft for a long time.

Do you have any favourite race? If so, why?