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Happy Blog Day to Me!

image from carowallis1 on flickrToday, November the 1st, is my one-year blogiversary.

It was one year ago today that I posted a welcome and an introduction. Since then I’ve written thousands of words across 206 posts, I’ve received 1289 comments, and had over 200,000 pageviews. I hope the next year’s worth of content will prove as useful!

Happy blog day to me!

In which I put on my Pimp Hat!

I just wanted to take a moment to recommend a new blog on the scene, Hunters Rhok, by regular commenter – and much-valued guildy – Phyllixia. Phyl’s a great player and loves doing absurdly challenging things in-game, like soloing things that were never meant to be soloed. She’s a few posts in now, and her blog is turning out to be as interesting and informative as I expected. Thumbs up!

Normal Service Will Resume Shortly

I’m out of town visiting family for a few days – I do have internet access, so I’ll be around to reply to comments and chat if anyone needs to get hold of me, but don’t expect any major posts from me in the next two or three days.

In the meantime, a piece of news and a question for you all:

The News

This weekend I had the honour of being the latest interviewee on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. TNB is the best WoW podcast I’ve come across, and it was great to be a guest on the show. The interview is available now from the TNB site, and should be up for download shortly via iTunes. Check it out, and share your thoughts here or with podcast hosts Bre and Fim

The Question

I’m sure you couldn’t have missed the announcement that Wrath of the Lich King is due for release on November 13th, less than two months away. For some it’s the end of a long wait; for others it’s an unwelcome deadline for a long to-do list.

Which boat are you in? Eager for November the 13th? Or desperately hoping it all gets delayed a few more months?


There are more of you than I expected!

Like (almost) every blogger, I eagerly watch my stats to see how my traffic is flowing, to see which posts are more popular and whether my readership is growing or falling. Until recently, though, my feed reader statistics had been relatively low.

I just checked again, for the first time in a while, and I have 700 feed subscribers! That’s a lot more than I expected, and I’m very glad people find Banana Shoulders useful or interesting enough to be worth following. Thankyou for reading! I’ll continue to try and be useful and interesting – and if there’s anything you want to see on Banana Shoulders, let me know!

Alltop, the (WoW) Magazine Rack

I hadn’t actually heard of Alltop until the WoW subsite launched and Matt posted about it, but now I’ve taken a look I like the concept. Alltop presents a selection of recent posts from a number of editor-selected blogs on an issue, allowing you to browse like you would at a magazine rack. It’s a good concept, especially for people who don’t tend to read blogs via feed readers, and I was very proud to find that Banana Shoulders is featured as one of the blogs there.

If you’re interested, you can find out more at!

A Posting Note

I know not all of my readers want to be spoiled for Wrath of the Lich King, so I’m going to be posting any spoilery WotLK stuff behind a “read more” jump cut tag, and the first line will warn of spoilers (for those reading from a feed reader).

That’s all, carry on – and good morning to you all!

I feel lucky!

…very, very lucky!

Thanks to a kind and generous friend, I have a Wrath of the Lich King beta key in my hot little hands.

This isn’t going to become an All WotLK, All The Time blog, but you can definitely expect some beta content around these parts. ;-)

Some RSS Feed Issues

Okay, it’s been brought to my attention that the feed from Banana Shoulders often comes out as badly-parsed gibberish when viewed via LiveJournal’s internal aggregator. No-one else has reported a problem, but if you’re having issues with reading the Banana Shoulders feed, please let me know via the comments. In the meantime, I’ll try and get the issue fixed so that my Livejournal readers don’t have to put up with the gibberish they’re getting now – they deserve the same gibberish the rest of you get to see!