Thursday, September 25, 2008


I like fishing. Both in real life as well as in the MMO's I have played. It's also fascinating to fish for readers: sometimes you kick, but at this early point of this blog's life, you usually miss.

I could try to get some hits from the search engines just by using the current hot searches as the basis for the posts. But that would be cheating. I'd be more cheating myself than anyone else, as the truth is that no-one really cares about the visitor count of a normal blog.

Except the blogger her/himself.

The exception lies in the amounts of some über-cool bloggers like Tobold or JoBildo or KillTenRats team, who have established their presence in the blogosphere earlier. There are several, as the bloglist at Ysharros' blog Stylish Corpse can tell. The ones who have been reporting their thoughts and ideas and rants over the net for sometime already. There is the difference of tens, thousands, tens of thousands and millions of siteviews involved.

And that was my futile attempt to fish some credibility. Thank you.

However, in WoW I spent some few minutes last night just fishing and cooking. My warrior is still at a bit low level in both, just passed 150 in them, and I thought that it would be nice to achieve some increase in them. So I finally got Fishing Buddy installed. Only to learn that the double click cast (Easy Cast) doesn't work. Only the outfit switch and the data recording.

Nevertheless, what a trip that was. I just went up and down the river flowing beside Southshore village in Hillsbrad Foothills, fishing and killing both turtles (for Turtle meat) and Grey Bears (for Big Bear meat). Why fishing, you may ask if you have never played in there... which I seriously doubt...

Because of the Sagefish Schools.

The river is full of them. You fish one empty and the next one is just in view a bit up creek. Along the way there are bears and turtles many and plenty, and the drop rates are just nice for an easy stroll in the river.

And the fishing pools have nice drops, too. I got at least 9 watertight containers within 20 minutes along with all the fish and meats, from which I got some greens, some bolts of cloth and other paraphernalia. Total I netted about 2g from the junk I sold alone.

Oh, and I got the skills up, too. Fishing up to 160, cooking just short of Soothing Turtle Bisque, 172.

I think there will be more fishing coming soon. It's all money, you know?


Bildo said...

No worries Copra. It takes a lot of time, and commented and linking to get page-views up and get discussion on your posts going.

I was in the same boat as you when I started, and even Tobold was just a lost voice until WoW's front page linked him years ago.

Unknown said...

Yup. Seen some of the blogs I referred to grow from zero to hero in the few years I've been roaming the MMO world, so I'm taking it one giant leap... no, one small step at a time.

Gotcha here though, didn't I?


Zubon said...

We hereby grant credibility. Please do not spend it all at once. As in many games, it accumulates interest if you save it between levels.

I don't recommend fishing in The Lord of the Rings Online™ Volume 1: Shadows of Angmar™. It is pretty dull, produces little of value, and getting those last points or trophy fish is like pulling teeth.

Unknown said...

I don't know why, but for some peculiar reason LOTRO has never had any appeal for me. Thus I have avoided it at all costs.

It may have something to do with the fact that I have played years yonder the PnP MERP, the original ICE one, with the excellent and compelling scenarios and settings, and I honestly cannot even dream that some MMO could capture the feeling those sessions held.

So I will stay out of the lighter version of MERP MMO. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Pageviews are like buses : when you stop watching them, three come along at once.

I like the little mountain range the page views are making on my statistics page, though for the life of me I can't understand the surges. It's certainly not anything I write. :D

I did ask myself one question before I started though, and it's held me in good stead: would I still be writing stuff if nobody read it? Answer is yes. If it weren't, I think I would need to re-examine why I'm blogging in the first place. (Not that blogging for views is wrong, or we'd not have invented journalism.)

How many of us are frustrated (or not-so) writers, I wonder? If nothing else, just putting stuff down may help with my 20 year block. Or not, but it's still fun in and of itself.

I need to ask -- are you bitter about some things, or is a loss in translation from the Finnish mindset that makes it sound that way? That sounds prying, it's not meant to be - I'm becoming ever more aware of the differences in language (think in A, write in B), and I'm interested.

Unknown said...

That's actually something I have thought about myself: how to communicate so that it doesn't sound off.

No. I'm not bitter about anything. I think.

It may have more to do with my personal sense of humor, which comes out as such. Then again, there may be some phrases I try to translate as accurately as possible, which causes some 'disturbances in the Force'.

Thanks for pointing out that one, Ysh. I surely have to proofread my texts.

I totally agree with you: the decision to start didn't come from nowhere, only joining CoW made me realise that it's the personal view that makes the blogs valuable and one should write it as a personal memorandum.

Practise makes perfect. Off to write about the weekend.


Anonymous said...

Eh, don't lose your voice. You have a distinct tone in your writing, and that's important.

I thought about this some more after I commented, and overall, cultural differences are great. They can lead to misreadings and misunderstandings, but they also open our horizons. The more we learn, the more tolerant we become - or maybe I'm just stupidly idealistic. ;)

Unknown said...

Well, then we share the same stupid idealism, I think. Hopefully we are not proven wrong.

At least not in our lifetime!