Last night I had a wild hair and decided to share some personal photos, along with some self deprecating humor and anti-WoW themed ramblings. Those of you that caught those posts, consider yourselves lucky. 😉 For, at about eight o’clock this morning I was lying in bed thinking… “I was pretty ripped when I posted that stuff… maybe I’d better yank those down for further review…”, which is exactly what I did. I’d had more than the occasional beer last night, then had a crazy notion around midnight… Hey… blogging sounds like a good idea..! 🙄
The posts were mostly playful in nature and the pics weren’t anything I would be ashamed of, but I do feel that it was a good call on my part to yank my wife’s pic off the site. I’ve posted pics of either her or my son in the past, but it was always done with subtlety. I doubt she’d appreciate having her image on the home page of my WoW blog – larger than life. That was something I thought was a good idea last night, but not so good today after about .5 seconds of critical thought early this morning. Good news is… she’ll never know, so Ssshhh….. keep it on the down low. 😉
The reason for my posts were to add a personal touch to the site and to let visitors see the man behind the elf, the face behind the postings… well, you know what I mean. I thought it’d be fun to share a few pics of the real Garwulf.
Well, after looking at the posts again today, they were kinda silly. I’ll likely republish some of the pics and perhaps more, but I’ll save them for the About page and try to organize my thoughts a little better. 😉
Those of you that saw the posts on the site or via my feed, well… hopefully you enjoyed them. 😀
Anyway, I was a feeling a little sentimental and uninhibited last night, so I went for it. Normally if I’ve been enjoying a few adult beverages and then get the urge to post, I usually have enough sense to realize it’s probably best to wait until the following day to add any blog entries. Topic ideas that hit me once I’ve had a few aren’t always ones I’d explore under normal circumstances.
On a serious note… one bit that I hinted at in my revealing posts last night holds true, and this is a topic which I hope to address soon. I led a pretty productive life before discovering this accursed game. Slowly, things that used to be important to me started to take a back seat to WoW. This is a sad truth, and I’m willing to bet the majority of you out there can relate to this process.
Like I said, I hope to explore this theme in a future article. As a relatively popular figure in the WoW blogosphere, I see things like teaching people how to properly enjoy this game as being much more important than how to be great at it. Enjoyment and success go hand in hand, but the trick is to not get consumed by the bulls**t perceived status and what not that goes along with being good at World of Warcraft. It’s really just not that important in the grand scheme of things.
In fact… lately I’ve just given up the struggle. Would you believe I’ve not played in two weeks… well, 13 days to be exact. Best part is, it’s been by choice.
And even better… I’ve been happier and less stressed out these past two weeks. I’ve been able to spend more time with my wife and son, I’ve been getting organized, as well as caught up with work and personal projects, and I’ve been tying up a lot of loose ends. Ridding your life of one very large and unnecessary distraction gives you an amazing and fresh perspective on things. I also can devote time to the site without feeling as guilty about it detracting from other responsibilities.
Anyhow, I’ll be back in the mix, but only when I’m ready. Apart from my first year or two of WoW, when I was most likely what many would deem addicted, I’ve always been one to play only when I want to play. This is a good way to be. When you start feeling the compulsion to always get your dailies and weeklies in, never miss a raid, or fear falling behind, that’s when you should recognize you may be in a little too deep.
Anyway, before I go too far off on a tangent here, I’m going to cut this post short and most likely save these thoughts for another article.
In the meantime… keep it casual people. It is possible to enjoy this game, be proficient at it and lead a rewarding and fulfilling life outside of it. It’s just that most people can’t. I’m a prime example of the struggle. I’m what most hardcore players would consider casual, yet I’m constantly trying to maintain that delicate balance.