Here is my list of the three factors that will turn you into a blogger, or the other way around, the three types of bloggers that are the most common.
You're a Healer
Hey that's me! I don't know why really but it really seems like most active bloggers out there are playing some sort of healing class. And I don't mean just overall (everyone has a healer tucked up somewhere. No, not there...), but as a main. My blog is one example of this of course, but there are tons of other examples. Maybe because healing is such a fun and interesting thing to write about? Maybe because with healing you don't have to know much about rotation or min/maxing to be fairly decent, which entices the average player to write about their experiences. Maybe people who play dps classes feel like if they want their blog to be interesting it has to be a bunch of datas and theorycrafting, and maybe healing is more about musings? And tanks... well although there are a bunch of tank blogs out there I think they're low in number simply because not that many people play tanks. But everyone plays a little healer now and then?
You're a Druid
I'm not overly interested in the druid class, in fact it is one of those classes I am the least interested in. I think this is simply due to the fact that it is the class that Love is the most interested in and because of this I get my daily dose of druid information and updates whether I like it or not. So I have definitely not sought druid blogs out (but I still follow some), and it still seems like every other blog I come across writes about druids. Looking at a site like wowheadlines.com we can see that the druid feed is without competition the most active feed, followed by the priest feed. I'm not sure what it says, but it says something. I'm interpreting it as druid bloggers being either very many, very active or both. I'm thinking the third alternative. Following the above rule, most druids blogs are written by resto druids. And this seems to be true! Second to resto druids are the feral druid blogs, which mostly seem to focus on tanking for some reason. And last but not least the occasionaly and sporadic boomkin blogger. The fact that resto druid blogs are so -extremely- common, I seriously feel like there is one resto druid blog to every other blog out there, has put some me to some thought. Why this need to express yourself when you're playing a resto druid? Is there something about resto druid healing that makes it especially interesting to theorize and muse about? Or do people who like to blog enjoy the resto druid role for some other, unknown, reason? I don't know!
You're a Girl
This is a tough one because most of the time one can't really tell the sex of the blogger. It does shine through at times, whenever a blogger writes about themselves they might mention their sex in passing by, but otherwise it is guess work. And yet I have the feeling that most bloggers out there are girls. One way to make the assumption is by the pen-name of the blogger of course. And I belong to them people who think I can tell by the way people express themselves, at least to some extent. I have no scientific data on this of course, but I think there is a difference in how women and men use the language. And using this quasi-science I have come to the conclusion that it definitely seems like there are more female than male wow-bloggers out there. Also I feel like the active bloggers are more women than men but that the really popular blogs are written by men. Just look at Just My Two Coppers or Big Bear Butt (Which seems to be featured on wow.com Daily Quest column everytime ^^). Skeleton Jack is another blogger who seems extremely popular. Honor's Code. Matticus. Big Red Kitty. I could go on. Many have quit writing but still, where are the really big female bloggers? Fortunately there seem to be some at least, like Pink Pigtail Inn and Dreambound.
Putting all this together it seems like most WoW-blogs out there must, according to my observations, be the resto druid blog written by a girl. So tell me, am I right or am I right? Why this would be, I can only speculate of course.
Just for funsies (yay, funsies!) I went and tried to figure out what all the blogs in my reader could be. Now most of the time I am only guessing, and people do have a prevalence to unconsciously "find" proof to their own theories. I have tried not to do this, but be warned! In most cases I have read the "about" section of the blog to find out if they were a guy or a girl. What class they played usually was quite clear, but not in all cases. Some blogs were also written by several authors. When people write they have a "wife" in their "about" section, I have counted them as male (and vice versa), but strictly speaking that doesn't have to be so! I've removed the blogs where I couldn't clearly find out which class they played or if the blog was about something else than WoW (yeah I read about other stuff too!). So here it goes;
Prot Warrior: Girls - 1; Guys - 4; Unknown - 1 (Total - 5)
Total tanks - 5
Warlock: Girls - 4; Guys - 2 (Total - 6)
Shadow Priest: Girls - 3 (Total - 3)
Rogue: Guys - 2 (Total - 2)
Hunter: Girls - 1; Guys - 4 (Total 5)
Mage: Guys - 1 (Total 1)
Total dps - 17
Priest: Girls - 6; Guys - 4; Unknown - 1 (Total - 11)
Druid: Girls - 6; Unknown - 1 (Total - 7)
Paladin: Girls - 2; Guys - 2 (Total - 2)
Shaman: Girls - 1; Guys - 1; Unknown - 2 (Total 4)
Total healers - 23
Blogs I would love to read, if I just could frickin find any! (Tips very welcome)
- Enhancement Shaman
- Arms/Fury Warrior
- Melee Hunter (just kidding)
- Protection Paladin
- Balance Druid
I've given some thoughts already to why healing would be an easier subject to blog about than tanking and dpsing. Why I subscribe mostly to priest healing blogs might not be so odd, but they are, together with resto druid blogs, very very common. I have no idea though why druid-players specifically would be more prevalent (and I don't mean by just a little, but by alot) than blogs about other classes. There are loads of resto druid blogs that I don't follow and that therefore don't show up in this list. I've been trying to avoid resto druids remember? And still they're second on my list. I know that druids is one of the most commonly played classes, and that contributes of course. One could ask why that is too. Are druids and priests or healers more often played by people who also like to express themselves? Do girls like the blogging medium more than guys? Are guys more interesting than girls since they seem to attract more readers? Oh so many questions and so little answers. I'll leave it at that, and maybe you can help me out with this tough cookie.
Are your experiences of the WoW-blog comminuti somewhat similar or completely different?