20 Days of WoW Blogging – Day 1 – About Me
Blogging has been a bit of a challenge lately for me–mostly because I need about 72 hours in a day to get everything done that I need to. Alas, this has resulted in me slacking in a lot of areas–primarily my art, my writing, and my cooking.
When fellow members of the WoW Twitterverse started (and some have completed) the 20 Days of… WoW Blogging Challenge, put forth by SpellboundSaga, I decided that I could use it as a way to kick-start my blogging routine again!
Day 1 of the blogging challenge kicks off with a post about me! I’ll break it down into WoW and real life segments so you can learn a bit about me from both perspectives. Hope you enjoy!
As many know from my Tweets, I’m a workaholic Operations Manager for a global Fortune 100 company. I’ve been in Operations for roughly 5 years and previously was in Delivery and Development for a well-known ISP. I’m 28 years old and have living in the DC Metro area for the majority of my life. My background is technology, and my degree is in my favorite field, Network Security. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to use it all that much, and I normally scare people away when I mention I like to geek out with Crypto books before bedtime.
When I’m not working, I try to spend time with my other hobbies. I’m an avid reader, usually fantasy, but I like a little bit of everything. I also like to spend time drawing (usually pencil sketches) and cooking. All of my Twitter followers will say “but Miri, you rarely cook!” and right now, they are VERY right! When it comes to evening meals for Mal and I, I’m usually very lazy. When it comes to dinner parties and holidays, I go all out. I love to make candies, cakes, and even other cultural specialties like tamales, lumpia, and pad thai.
Personality wise I’m driven and I have a high level of expectation for people. I can’t stand when people don’t perform at their best. This makes me difficult to work with on occasion! I’m fairly laid back as long as everything is going well, but if something is out of order or sloppily done, watch out!
I like to unwind with good music, good food, and good booze. They can come as a package or in pairs. I’m not picky! If there are good (and fun) people to enjoy them with, that’s all the better.
I play a ton of alts (thanks RaF!) in WoW, but no matter what, I always seem to keep falling back to my Paladins. Razíel is actually my second Paladin in WoW (well, second to make it to 85). I raided on Valkyrii in Wrath as a Holy Paladin for Tiers 7 and 10, and did random LFD tanking for Tier 9. I loved her for healing, but she always looked awkward tanking. In a discussion with Mal, I realized what it was–female Blood Elves are wrong footed! If you don’t believe me, here’s Val and Raz‘s Armory pages with visual proof! After seeing that (what has been seen cannot be unseen), I had to swap Paladins as Val would always be Val. Thus, Razíel became the guild tank for Cataclysm and is constantly confusing people when they realize he is played by a female WoWer.
So Razíel…oh boy. He’s probably me in male form. Sarcastic, lucky as hell (let’s not discuss ZA/ZG loot tables here), and a complete smart ass. There’s usually a tie for the toons I will snark the most on, and ironically, they are all male Blood Elves. Razíel is my “doesn’t like to get dirty and would rather be lounging around somewhere” guy. I haven’t put much (if any) time into a background for him, just that he’s fairly snarky and rather into himself. The emo asshat is played by my Death Knight, Azráel, who has been highlighted as being the resident jackass in LFD in earlier posts. If you can’t stand snark, you don’t want to be grouped with him. Last ZA run I basically railed the Shadow Priest for the entire run–if anything, he put out some more DPS because of it. Gabríel, my priest, is pretty much a brat who likes to give people shit, but stays much more quiet than the others. Maybe because I actually have to concentrate while healing!
I’m not sure what draws me to the Paladin class. In Burning Crusade I raided on a hunter, Mírina, while Mal was one of our Holy Paladins for 25s. I had no interest in playing a Paladin, but I decided I wanted to learn how to heal towards the end of the expansion, and thus Valkyrii was born. What drew me to tanking, I’ll never know. It just seemed right. The ability to control the pace and success of a group has always been something I’ve enjoyed, so it worked well. It was a learning curve that I had to embrace–when you heal, you’re really only focusing on bars and making sure you’re not standing on anything. As a tank, you have to have a good awareness to your surroundings, be observant of the party members and their awareness, and know just how far you can push the healer. If you can do all of that while simultaneously holding aggro on a collection of mobs, dodge fire at your feet, and use cooldowns as necessary, then you’re ready for tanking! I like the fact that I have to be on the edge of my seat when I tank. I like the challenge that comes with it. If I can do my job successfully, then the rest of the party can be successful as well with downing a boss.
So there you have it…a blog post 6 hours in the making (would have been quicker if I didn’t have a Pug who hasn’t been feeling well wedging himself into my lap and resting his head on my keyboard). Feel free to hammer me with questions if there’s anything you want more detail about!
Tomorrow’s post is going to be about why I decided to start a blog, so be on the lookout for that!