As Elsen went ahead and tagged me, I better give it a blast. The meme was started at Bible of Dreams. Tagging Lucky Lurky, WTFCraft, More Bars Than You and Dressed to Cuddle because none of you update enough damnit! In fact, Naithin too, because you suck at quitting.

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?

I suppose I started paying slightly closer attention to the class I’m playing at the time, doing quite a bit of research rather than listening to the advice of one person and checking the gear list on once in a while. Instead, I’ve taken to browsing Elitist Jerks, various hunter forums, hunter blogs, tried to get my head around some spreadsheets, and so on. Taken me a while but I like to think I’m a better hunter for it.

What was your favorite new place that you visited?

Hmm, do you know one of the isles you have to go to for the AQ quest chain? Think you have to kill a gnome for it, and there’s a bunch of naga there. I went over there to help Dan kill the gnome, apparently he didn’t mind control pets so I went over and let my turtle tank him. Anyway, loved how empty the island was, how they were summoning something there and such, a bit of lost flavour to the game, hidden away on a forgotten island.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

The Loremaster achievement. Ha. I’d like to complete it before Cataclysm arrives, like many others, though I think it will still be doable in the expansion, it’s just a better time frame than “whenever I can be bothered.”

Perhaps 10,000 honourable kills as well. Any of you who know me know that I don’t PvP, at the moment I’m sat on 2000 honourable kills and I think my priest has 5000. That’s 2 and a half years of playtime and only 7000 honourable kills. To go from 2000 to 10,000 would be a huge achievement for me and I’d like to see it happen.

Alongside a few real life things which I’d like to keep out of this.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Finally becoming so attached to a character that even when I probably should have, I couldn’t bring myself to reroll. That was a huge achievement for me and I’m quite proud of myself. I’ve been playing hunter since the summer I think, a little at the beginning of Wrath but that was broken up by a few months of shadow priest. However, I enjoy my class so much, and I’ve achieved so much, that I simply can’t reroll.

Also, after 2 whole months of farming level 40ish pirates with no luck (trust me it sends a girl friggin’ insane) and constant checks on the auction house, I finally found a Hyacinth Macaw on the neutral auction house for 3000g and snapped it up. Getting myself one of these was awesome.

What was your biggest failure?

Rerolling from hunter to priest in January because I felt like it. At this point I figured shadow priest was my thing, and I might as well play the character that I’m most attached to because hell, I’m gonna reroll back to shadow priest anyway. As it turns out, I started missing my hunter, after all, I never really got bored of the class. So once I’d quit raiding on my priest because it got a little too much, I played my death knight for a bit and leveled another hunter. Now, I know I won’t reroll again unless I’m quitting or something silly like that, or hunter becomes incredibly boring in Cataclysm which at the moment I can’t see happening.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

That would have to be some kind of pet, that’s the main thing that makes me squeel ingame. Possibly the Pandaeron Monk, or the Turkey, or even the Pug. I think probably the Turkey pet, wanted one since I saw them in Howling Fjord the first time. I even dreamt I had a pet turkey one time! Ha!

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Gonna have to be rerolling, which I’ve done a total of five times in Wrath. The amount of work, time, effort I put into my priest feels wasted now. The gear I farmed, the achievements! She still has more points than my hunter has and I really hate that I’d probably be at about 8000 by now if I’d just stuck with Fae in the first place.

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?

I don’t really want to single anybody out, I loved every blog I have in my reader and there’s about 100 in there. Podcasts I have both OutDPS and The Hunting Party on my iTunes but I never get around to listening /guilt. I’m going to say, I am a total Warcraft Hunters Union and OutDPS fangirl, both have had some excellent posts and guides which have really helped my DPS. Of course there are other blogs included in that too, but I can’t inundate this with 100 links sadly. My blogroll’s hard enough!

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

Stick with the class you enjoy, not what’s needed, even if you struggle to get spots, you’ll regret it later on when you fall behind. Stay with your friends, but remember you don’t have to be in the same guild to play with them and talk to each other. Sadly, for me, I can’t be in 2 places at once. Just do what makes you happiest in the game, and remember that it’s a game. A lot of people seem to forget that.