Blog Azeroth: Thanksgiving 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  For our American friends it’s Thanksgiving Day.  I’ve never understood the choice of date, but that might be just me.  Whatever the case may be, it’s a day of parades, football, and the eve of shopping season.  For us Bloggers, it’s a time to give some thanks as well.

This year was a bit tricky for me.  I thought about doing something similar to the inaugural event in 2011 when I parodied Billy Joel’s Piano Man.  But the more I thought of it, the more the “sequel” would just seem lazy or at the very least unoriginal.  I also thought about giving thanks to the anonymous bloggers responsible for me being able to pass through Pandaria as I get ready for Draenor.  While I have a suspects list, none of the sneaky buggers have ever come forward.  Part of me also wanted to thank the people who continued to read AA even while I was barely writing Posthumous.  It’s appreciated that every time I post a new chapter I seem to gain a couple of followers.  Then there’s the incredible reception I got when I came back to the game this month.  In-game, comments here, and e-mails.  It was a really amazing feeling.

I really couldn’t decide on any of those things as the focus for this, and actually came to the conclusion rather quickly that there was something else I wanted to do entirely.  There’s a fellow blogger I wanted to thank instead.  Praise, really.  Forget some of the little things she’s done for me outside of the game (which I am grateful for, of course), from a strictly blogging perspective thanks needs to be given to Tome of the Ancient.

First off, if you’re under a rock and have never read her blog I will happily wait while you go check it out.  Right now.  Go.

Okay, so you no doubt enjoyed that, right?  Of course you did.  It’s because Tome has an incredible way of entertaining the reader in such a way that it really feels like she’s telling you these things over a cup of coffee.  Yes, she can be a little self-deprecating with it, but it’s still done with such a flavour that you are chuckling along with her, never at her.

Each of her characters has flavour, has personality, and she captures it so well.  Sometimes it’s with pride, occasionally frustration…often times with a big old *facepalm.*  But when you read it, you understand it completely.  But that right there is the key, and often times you don’t even realize it.

Look at many of Tome’s posts and you’ll see the things I’m talking about.  But look at them closer, and you’ll find something even more important: information.  Genuine details to the game itself.  Sure, it isn’t raid numbers, or crit rating, but it is straightforward nuggets of info.  Often times you absorb that information and don’t even realize it.  Words cannot begin to describe that kind of writing.

In all of the blogosphere, I don’t know of any writer like Tome.  She’s a one of a kind.  As a person, I’m incredibly glad to have her as a friend.  As a reader, though, I’m thankful that I (and many others) have her as a source of unique wisdom.

Whether she wants to admit it or not.  😉

Admittedly yoinked from Tome of the Ancient without her knowledge. 😀

12 thoughts on “Blog Azeroth: Thanksgiving 2013

  1. tomeoftheancient November 28, 2013 / 11:22 am

    I don’t know what to say. I am so touched, thank you JD. You are too nice to me. I am seriously crying into the corn pudding I’m making right now. I know, it’s terrible but I can’t be off the internet long enough to prepare food so iPad.

    I had to run upstairs to reply on a real computer, hope no one notices.

    Thank you for the wonderful things you said, and hopefully you and the Missus will met up with us Old Lady Raiders if you can pry her away from Hearthstone.

    Hugs and kisses, you’ve made my day. I don’t even need any turkey now but I wouldn’t mind if the Raiders kick the Cowboys ass for me. Even if they don’t the day’s still made.

    I can’t tell you how happy I am that you’re back and you can yoink stuff anytime you want!

    • JD Kenada November 28, 2013 / 1:21 pm

      Not really sure what more to say, to be honest. Everything I wrote was true, and somebody had to be out with it sooner or later. 😀

      I agree the Cowboys need to lose (Giants fan), but letting me yoink your stuff anytime could be an unidentified euphemism.

  2. Gwennie November 28, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Awesome post & just wanted to say thank you myself for introducing me to WoW blogs (you stumbled on me/Mairwenn 1 day in Stormwind & put us on here & that was the start of it all for me) & always being an enjoyable read. Hope your day goes well & I totally agree…Tome is 1 of my favorites as well. *smiles*

    • JD Kenada November 28, 2013 / 8:12 pm

      I still remember that. I’m glad you enjoy the bloggers out there, and can’t thank you enough for the kind words!

  3. Navimie November 28, 2013 / 6:23 pm

    That was an awesome tribute to our amazing friend 🙂 I nearly cried and when I read that Ancient cried into her corn pudding I smiled thinking that is just what I imagined she would do! And reading this has cheered me up 🙂 I love you guys and happy thansgiving!

    • JD Kenada November 28, 2013 / 8:12 pm

      I kind of pictured the same thing Navi, but of course isn’t why I did it.

      Luv you too 😉

  4. Cymre November 29, 2013 / 12:41 am

    What a great post and a very deserving person to spotlight indeed. My ears are a little teary as I write this.

    • JD Kenada November 29, 2013 / 8:27 am

      Thanks Cym, to without sounding redundant I really don’t know what more to say about it other than it was most definitely deserved.

      Also, unless it’s a figure of speech, you might want to get those teary ears looked at. :p

      • Cymre November 30, 2013 / 2:25 am

        Oh wow, I didn’t catch that typo until I read Navi’s comment 😛

    • Navimie November 29, 2013 / 2:57 pm

      Lol cym! Hilarious typo 😀

  5. Amerence November 30, 2013 / 1:02 am

    Thanks again JD for participating this years blog azeroth thanksgiving event. I appreciate that your the ONLY ONE who participated this year actually. as always i remember that I was the one who introduced you to blog Azeroth so you can expand your ideas and know more bloggers out there. Im glad you’ve grown a lot through this event. Im honored to be part of that growth. Take care and please for all other bloggers pls let me know if you want to host the event next year pls do. just change it a bit and maybe it will not just focus on thanking for just wow bloggers but for anyone really. Take care guys I miss all of you! THANK YOU again for another WONDERFUL YEAR. Love you all! /hugs

    • JD Kenada November 30, 2013 / 9:47 am

      I definitely owe you a lot in terms of where I’ve ended up community wise and that’s not something I’m to forget any time soon. Thank you so much for the kind and awesome words. I miss you too!

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