So yesterday I announced that I was back and focused, but really didn't go into a whole lot of details about what that meant. One of the things I am really focused on is creating YouTube content. A couple years ago, I started making videos for fun. Those videos turned into a couple ongoing series that I honestly think could of gained some traction if I had given them the proper time and dedication that it takes. I didn't and the videos series floundered and finally I stopped altogether. So what's changed?
The truth is that over the last few years, I have been through one personal issue after another and if you have ever experienced a period of time like that, then you know what that will do to you. If you have not, then I hope you never do. I do feel though that I am finally at a point in life where I can really put a serious focus not just back to Holy Shock as a site, but also to producing content such as Let's Plays.
A few weeks back, I started watching a buddy stream, DanDebacle. Which if you have never heard of him, go check out his stream. He focuses on flipping items in WoW and a bunch of random games that are really fun, but seldom get the attention they probably deserve. One day, we were talking about his stream and he was kind of down about things, although he may have not realized it. He was trying to figure out what games to play and such things. The conversation progressed to talking about how well he had actually been doing on picking up followers. The one thing though that hurts him is that he is really, really inconsistent with when he streams, and as a good friend I pointed it out to him.
It kind of hit me later when I was thinking about Holy Shock and I had to admit that I was guilty of the same thing... inconsistency. Sure I can say that life is tough and things come up, but at the end of the day I still find time to do things that I want to. So the questions came down to what do I really want to do? I thought about it for quite some time honestly. Going over past ideas, rereading posts where I discussed changes I wanted to do, and looking at old videos I had published made me really start to think about what could have been. Now I don't want to lie to myself and say that I could have been the next big thing, but there were a lot of ideas that I had written down that I have seen other people start doing and it seems to be going quite well for them.
So I said all of that, to arrive at this point right here. Holy Shock is back and I am more determined than ever before to dedicate myself to this site and to the content that I publish. It may not be the best, it might not be the most cutting edge, it probably will be filled full of mountains of misspellings and incorrect tenses, but by the Light it will be. So strap yourself down for the ride of your life and let's see where this thing goes!
So it's been over six months and hardly a peep from Ruhtra and Holy Shock. Then all of a sudden, your Twitter feed starts alerting you to videos popping up over on the YouTube channel. Needless to say that I am back and I am focused and ready to get to work. So what does that mean is going to happen around here? I guess you'll just have to eagerly sit in anticipation to see what's next. Just know that you've been put on notice that I'm back and things are going to be happening.
Can you believe that Holy Shock just recently celebrated its seventh anniversary? Man, have things changed a lot over the years. It got me actually thinking about some of the recent changes that you may (or may not) have noticed around here. You see, when I originally started writing Holy Shock, it was more about my experience and less about anything else. Over the years, I have at times, placed an unnecessary burden on myself to make it bigger and better. This has typically met with my own feelings of discouragement and aggravation. I have actually talked about this topic at various points over the years and if you want to know more about it, then by all means feel free to look up those old posts. Today though, is not a day to talk about the past, regardless of whether it was a success or a failure. No today, I am here to talk a little bit about the future.
So what does the future hold for Holy Shock? My own personal hope is that it continues to grow as a community. Recently, the gaming community that I was a part of shut down its site and the majority of our friends scattered to the four corners of the internet. That being Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and of course World of Warcraft. I missed them and so I decided that I would figure out how to add a forum to the site. I am proud to say that as of right now, that goal has been accomplished and several of the members of Game Slayer Nation and Mass Affluent Slayers have found their way here, but I don't want to stop with that. You see, I know that we have some absolutely amazing people with Light given talents. I want to help promote those talents in anyway that I can. So it is a big goal of mine, to find ways to do that. Now I will be the first to admit that I haven't the slightest idea at the moment, but that seems to be my specialty.
I think one of the more recent changes that I am hoping you have noticed is that there is a lot more posts being written and published on a daily basis. I have really been putting a focus back into trying to share with everyone what I am doing in the games that I am playing. As time goes on, I have ideas, both new and old, of topics I would like to expand into and write about, but I have to balance that with my own availability. So the best thing I can say there is to just keep your eyes open and provide us with feedback on what you really like or don't like.
The final thing that you might have noticed was the addition of the Holy Shock store over on eBay. I have a not so secret love affair with collectibles. My Dad did as well. When he passed all of his cherished treasures passed to me and to be completely honest, I just do not have enough room for all of it. So I have decided that I am going to slowly sell off his book collection. In addition to this, I at one point sold comics on eBay and had a lot of fun with searching for collections to purchase and then turning around and selling decent comics at prices that would allow others to enjoy that great hobby. So I plan to get back into that and perhaps some day there will even be a brick and mortar store where we can all hang out at.
I guess in closing, I want to circle about around to the sense of community. At some of my lowest points, my gamer buddies were the ones who were there for me. Whether it was the death of my Father or going through other personal issues. They never once faltered in offering up words of encouragement, jokes to break the tension, or a shoulder to lean on. In the end, that is what I want to foster and grow here at Holy Shock. With that said, I am excited to see what will come in the next year.
Well hello there!
Come on in and take a look around. I know there is not much to see right now, but this is a new experience for me. So I hope you enjoy my perspective on things. My friend, Fish, got me reading Blogs and I must say I love a lot of the articles I have read, but I noticed that poor Holy Paladins are not represented a whole lot, so I figured I would shed some light (no pun intended there) on life in the boots of a Holy Pali.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself and my life in game and out of game. We will start with the out of game stuff first, since that tends to take up a lot of time. I am a married man, hard to believe that I am in my thirties, and I have a little boy, who is a blast to watch as he thinks of all the trouble and things that he can get into. I like to think of myself as out going and friendly, some people may say that I am somewhat moody, but I do not see this. In my house I have four generations of my family living with me, so you can imagine this can get complicated keeping up with who is coming, going, or missing...... (so far, no one is missing.) I love life and while the last couple of years have been somewhat of an adjustment, I truly believe that what does not kill you, will only make you strong. I have two dogs, one full blooded Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Healer) and a mut.
Now for the World of Warcraft stuff, seeings as this is going to be a blog for MMORPGs, specifically looking at WoW. My first character, and true love was a paladan. I originaly started him out as a retribution pali, but had to abandon this in Outland to get in groups. I switched to prot and realized I hated tanking. I then found my true love as a healer, but don't tell my guild or they may not ever let me run my other toons on runs. I have been playing WoW for almost three years now. I cannot believe it has been this long. Speaking of other toons, let me give you the run down of my little disfunctional family. I have my level 70 Blood Elf Pali, a level 70 Blood Elf Warlock (who my wife says is the pissiest lock around), a level 70 Blood Elf Hunter, a level 70 Troll Shaman, a level 52 Troll Rogue (my newest project), and a host of other toons ranging from 12 - 40. I have three accounts on a monthly basis that I pay to keep up and running, of course my wife did take over one entire account (and let me throw a shout out to her, she has a level 70 Blood Elf Pali as well).
When I first got into the game it was because I was lonely in the gaming world, having given up EQ quite sometime before I heard of WoW. I was at work all the time and a group of friends were always laughing about the game, so I figured what the hell. That was all it took to get me hooked. When I first started playing I joined them in their guild, which was a fun guild, decent size and somewhat active. After playing for sometime and recruiting several of my own friends, we decided to form a guild on the side for fun, more of a joke against where we all worked at the time. Sometime later the main guild that the majority of us were in closed down. With no other course of action, we moved all of our toons into MAS (Mass Affluent Slayers) and from then on we have worked to grow the guild and have fun in the World of Warcraft!
I know this has been a lot of information to take in. A lot of rambling at times perhaps, but now you know who I am and some basic information. After reading all the wonderful blogs on here, I hope someone enjoys mine as much as I have enjoyed all of yours. On the next entry I will deal more with what I plan to make of this blog in relation to being a holy healing machine of a Paladin.
Take care all!