Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree. But people have always been dimly aware of the problem with the start of things. They wonder how the snowplough driver gets to work, or how the makers of dictionaries look up the spelling of words.
― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
I tend to over-think things. A habit which, judging by the above passage, I would wager I share with Sir Pratchett. So this post has been started at least a half-dozen times, and I have spent sufficient time saying ‘I should blog’ to have pontificated myself breathless any number of times at this point. Nonetheless, here we are and I’m actually getting started. For quite some time now I’ve wanted to put proverbial pen to paper, for a number of reasons.
First and foremost I feel that blogging, assuming I can produce at least one or two posts that help someone somewhere, is a good way to give back to the community that has given me so much. I have benefited enormously from the work of others. As a new raider and raid-leader I have had to learn a lot this past expansion, and I couldn’t have done it without the large amount of help that I have received from the community, whether it took the form of podcasts, spreadsheets, advice posts, or pages and pages of theorycrafting.
In addition I’ve gotten to talk to many of the aforementioned community people whose work has helped me so much, be it on twitter or in person at Blizzcon. They have been, to the last, very kind and accepting, always happy to chat about the game that we all know and love. I have to admit that in the face of such cheerful work and kind representation on their part I feel somewhat compelled to pitch in where I can. If they can put in countless collective hours in order to help me get those progression kills then surely I can devote a few hours a week to possibly helping the next person out. I couldn’t possibly tell you how much time Theck (http://www.sacredduty.net/), Hamlet (http://iam.
Thirdly the blog I have in mind is something I very much would’ve liked to have had available when I first started this guild. In my searches across the wow-related interwebs I have come across precious few details on how people organize and operate heroic (now mythic) raiding guilds and teams. I found it some of the hardest material to locate. While I can’t call myself an expert on the subject these are issues and situations that I deal with daily, so hopefully by sharing some of the details, as well as what has worked for us so far and what hasn’t, I can help smooth out someone else’s journey as they seek to make the transition from What’s a raid cooldown? to Holy crap that boss was easy.
Finally I feel that this will be a useful exercise for me as well. Nothing shows you what you actually know like trying to teach it to someone else. This has been my experience across any of the fields I’ve ever tried to teach. So if I’m lucky maybe some of these rough ideas knocking around inside my head will take a little clearer shape after I try and explain them in a reasonably sane manner to the internet at large.
So now that I’ve justified this whole operation to myself. I’ll simply say that here will be some things that have crossed my mind in the course of my journeys across Azeroth. I hope that they will inform and possibly even entertain from time to time, and thanks for taking the time to read them.