May 19th 2009 12:07PM With one or two exceptions, I stand by my track record. Obviously I want to improve, but I'm not going to turn WoW into a full time job just for Blood Pact.
That said, I was hoping to get a little more out of this post than I got. It wasn't really anybody's fault really. This is the first time I've ever been in a position to do an interview, and a few issues never really occurred to me. So while I tried to find one or two hours during the week for us to do the interview, we ended up only being able to talk for about 45 minutes a day or so before the post was supposed to go live.
Needless to say, next time I do an interview I'm going to apply what I learned so that we're not rushed for time.
May 13th 2009 9:51AM First, let me say how much I appreciate your respectful tone, CSB. I always try to take criticism seriously, but sometimes it's hard to see a constructive comment when it's wrapped in profanity, and demands for my termination from the WI team.
First, I should point out that leveling guides are something the site needs. We have a big flashy button on the front page that links to WoW Insider's leveling guides, and the Warlock guide currently stops at level 70. I figured it was about time to change that. This article isn't for people who check the front page of WI every day, it's for people who need a leveling guide.
Second, my post about Naxx was before Ulduar came out, just to clear that up.
Third, I've learned to recognize that anything I write here needs to be based on my personal experience backed up by research. No matter what I do there will be people who say I didn't gather enough of either one before I posted, but that doesn't mean I can just look up Ulduar bosses and take a guess at what Warlocks would be good at. I'm working on getting that experience, but these things take time, and I don't have an infinite amount of time.
I do want to provide you guys with the depth that you've been asking for, and I do frequently look to Allison and Christian and the other class columnists as role models. I freely admit that most of them are better than me--but most of them have also been doing this for quite a bit longer than I have. Blood Pact could be better, and I'm trying to make it better, but that's not going to happen overnight.
Your idea of interviewing people is actually an *extremely* good one I think, and I think I'll try to do that within the next few weeks. Ever since I was offered this job I worried about PVP content, and I had pretty much accepted that I wasn't going to be able to provide any. But finding a really great PVP 'lock and interviewing them is an astoundingly good idea.
Again, thanks for your criticisms. They've been quite valuable to me.
Oh, and Jpheenix: I read every single comment posted to every article I write. Heck, just last week or so somebody posted a new comment to the very first article I wrote here at WI. Just because the change requested by a handful of readers isn't implemented the very next week doesn't mean that I haven't read, considered, and analyzed every criticism. I do take what you guys say seriously.
Though if you've decided to stop reading, then I am sorry I wasn't able to provide the kind of content you wanted. Maybe I can do better in the future.
May 13th 2009 9:28AM Darthregis is correct. I wrote this with the assumption that it's going to be read by somebody who starts a warlock today, or something. The idea is that this article is supposed to flow with WoW Insider's 1-70 Warlock leveling guides, so I tried to emulate their style and flow, as well as avoid repeating any information from those articles pointlessly.
May 4th 2009 7:28PM Dude! That sounds like an awesome idea for a post!
I think my #1 will be Tier 2 on the Baron's Charger.
May 4th 2009 7:27PM I hear what you're saying, and while I disagree with you on some points, bringing more humor into Blood Pact is something I'd like to make a priority over the next few weeks.
May 4th 2009 7:24PM I'm really glad to hear you say that. I must admit to a certain amount of trepidation when I first conceived this article last Friday. I thought nobody would enjoy it, but the response thusfar has been encouragingly positive.
Apr 13th 2009 4:25PM *blink*
I can't believe I never thought of that! I always used to use Eye of Kilrogg to pop the bombs in Blood Furnace.
Apr 13th 2009 3:56PM @Scott, Sylargery, gd1107, and Andy.
It seems like every time I write one of these, something I've always taken for granted is proven to be false. Thanks for informing me guys!
Apr 13th 2009 3:23PM Thanks, those are both great tips! =D
Apr 7th 2009 12:31PM I appreciate your comments emberdione, but I disagree with them. This is a good indication of the type of article I would like to write, and if you find that distasteful I am sorry, but perhaps this column is simply not for you. Can't please everybody.
And Sinthar, thank you for attempting to defend the post. I feel cool now.
All of that said, I'm going to go ahead and delete any further posts along this line of discussion. Both sides have had a chance to express their opinions, and nothing will be gained by bickering about it.