Last December, I started what was just going to be a little side project. It’s one of those things that… Well, it snowballed. I thought a few people might read my funny little pug stories. More than a few people have done so! I’ll admit that the first time I wrote here after I knew people were actually reading it I had a bit of stage fright. I’d open up that new post screen and stare at it. Fortunately, the adventures of LFD provided ample material to keep pushing me to write and get over it.
Once Vidyala “came of age,” I had many people asking if I was going to stop blogging. But I had the blogging “bug” by then, I didn’t want to quit! I kept writing about various Warcraft-related topics, some of them (but most of them not) related to paladins at all. Naturally people tend to assume that I play a paladin… Why wouldn’t they? It’s in the blog title.
Having a “project” for a blog was a fantastic idea for me, but it didn’t make the blog very livable or sustainable. Nowadays when I am trying to think of topics I am stumped because I keep thinking – this has nothing to do with pugging, and this has nothing to do with paladins. I haven’t even specced or glyphed poor Vid post 4.0.
I love blogging. But my paladin is an alt. I realized it was time for a change. (You didn’t think this post was going someplace SAD, did you?)
So, Manalicious was born! The idea is that (with something of a mage flavour, but without “mage” in the name) it’ll give me a place where I can blog to my heart’s content about anything that strikes my fancy. I play casters. I like mana. I like cooking things (and am, at heart, a mage, monarch of the created pastry!). Manalicious was my favourite cooking daily (no kidding) and so… It’s all very logical, you see. It will have more silly mage recipes, caster talk, achievements, lore, quests, raiding – all of the things I like. It’ll probably also have a Pugging Pally feature when Cataclysm has been out for a bit. Yes, I’ll level Vid through pugs, I am clearly a glutton for punishment.
I hope if you enjoyed Pugging Pally you’ll forgive me the hassle of updating your RSS feed and/or any blogroll links to Manalicious. I’m not going to actually take Pugging Pally down – it will stand as a testament to the brief period of PUG insanity I endured in 2009-2010, but I do expect that my writing from now on will occur over there.
In short: I’m not going away, just moving, and will be more active when I don’t have the paladin thing hanging over my head. I see this as a positive change. I’ll post one last “Redirect” post after this one so that people looking for me don’t lose their way. I hope to see you at my new digs! There’ll be cake.
You had me worried, just for a moment.
I haven’t been on Moonrunner much lately, so I had no idea what she was up to.
Moving around can be difficult – I hope you have a little more success than I did (My blog was down for about a month, it was about to go back up and then family tragedy struck.. in that time I lost two thirds of my reader base and felt a little disconnected from twitterland :< ugh. On top of that, I couldn't find anything wow based to write about! Then Nano happened..) in your move! Now if you excuse me, I have to update my reader and 2 blogrolls – I'm also a glutton for punishment 😉 Good luck, Vid! 😀
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Subscribed and looking forward to all your new writings! =)
Hahaha, I remember when the first buzz about the crazy masochistic paladin who was pugging her way to 80 hit! It feels like we’ve been on that journey with you (although I suspect we laughed more and suffered less). It still boggles my mind that you made it – but, yes, I can see why’d need a new “home” to give you more scope to write, and be yourself, as well as the crazy masochistic paladin we love so much of course! See you on the other side! 🙂