Well, I went shopping and replaced my gems *again* to get my socket bonuses back. Including those nasty purified gems. Somewhere out there, Paolo is frowning and shaking his head in disappointment. I tried, I really did!
All weekend long, my forsaken socket bonuses haunted my dreams. "Why hast thou forsaken us?" they cried. Also, they looked remarkably similar to my evil!cat when she was slightlylessevil!kitten. I can't resist kitten wails.
We ran Ulduar10 last night (I never completed the place), and without a source of Replenishment in the group, I was having significant mana problems. Not that I think the extra 40 spirit is going to make a huge difference (if any) but it was really bothering me to not maximize my potential stat bonuses anyway. It did strike me, however, how much I rely on Replenishment in a raid.
I was thinking about sharing some of my advice and thoughts on building your own 10 man raids. I am not in a raiding guild, nor have I ever been, but I do still enjoy raiding fairly regularly. I've heard a lot of people say that they can't really raid because they don't know how, or they aren't in a raiding guild, or that they don't ever get invited to raids. My response is always pretty much the same: "So why don't you start your own?"
Since I hate telling people they should do something, without helping them figure out how to do it, look for some upcoming posts about organizing raids. Personally, I'm not really the raid leader type, but I very much enjoy organizing and maintaining them. I think I remember a post from Matticus where he suggested he felt similarly.
I'm almost ready to start making more Know Your Blue posts. I've been stockpiling bookmarks of various blue posts. Any suggestion on whom I should feature next?
Thank you for all the wonderful comments on Friday's post. I was so floored by the response, I didn't even really know how to respond, but I will say this: Never before have I been so pleased that I haven't turned off anonymous comments.