Announcing changes to the Big Bear Butt blog

I have a few announcements for you, my friends.

First, I want to thank all of you who have read my writing here on the blog, whether it be just once or for months and even years. I may not have been the most consistent writer in terms of topic or mood, but I have always tried to be honest with myself and with you. Even in the most grumpy of my posts, I’ve always tried to be entertaining. Failing that, I’ve gone for distracting. Failing even that much, I’ll settle for irritating.

I’d especially like to thank everyone who has ever commented on the blog, or who has taken the time to email me with questions, or just to say hi. You may not understand how it feels unless you’re a blogger, but when someone takes the time to go out of their way to say “hi !”to you, it really does lift up your spirits and help you feel connected to the people on the other side of your writing. Talking into a vacuum becomes akin to talking to yourself… and I’m crazy enough already, thank you very much.

Verily, if your commenting here has helped me maintain what passes for stability, you’ve performed a valuable public service. Thank you.

Second, I want to let you know that the Big Bear Butt blog, written by me, the BBB, will continue. It’ll be right here. I ain’t going anywhere. I like you folks, and I love writing. I’ll keep writing posts, and they’ll go up here. Sometimes, if I pester her enough, Cassie will hopefully post as well. I don’t foresee there being many changes in the tempo, OR the length of my bearwalls. Just so you know.

Third… what KIND of posts I will write ARE changing. This is my big announcement.

If you come here to read the randomness that goes up, well and good, nothing will be really changing for you.

Storytime, trucking stuff, WoW stuff and life in general, RPG stuff, my Converging Forces story, whatever happens to be my enthusiasm that particular day, basically exactly what I’ve been doing here for the last year. That’s going to continue.

Here’s the deal. If you only have me in your feedreader because every once in a blue moon I put up something about World of Warcraft Druid Bear Tanking, if that is all you are interested in, if you’ve been getting tired of all these “offtopic” posts… now is the perfect time to take me off your feedreader.

Keeping me on your feedreader is just like trying to teach a bear to rappel down a mountain without tempting him with bacon first. All it does is irritate you, and if you get angry and demonstrative, piss off the bear. Nobody wins.

So if that’s what you’re here for, theorycrafting posts and the latest news about WoW Feral Druid Tanks, it’s been a wonderful run, but it’s time we said our farewells, and our courses began to diverge.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, and I hope that you have, at least once or twice in the past, found my site useful for preparing to tank in general and as a Bear Druid in particular.

God bless.

Why the sudden change. It’s pretty much a change that’s been coming for a long time.

I originally started writing guides and tips on Feral Druids in the beginning, years ago, because there was nothing whatsoever out there for Bears. I loved my Bear, everyone said you COULDN’T be an effective Bear, and I knew that was hooey. I loved it, and I felt that with some encouragement and a few tips, others would discover it was super fun awesome time too.

Sure, it was presumptive of me to assume that the advice I felt I had to offer would be either helpful or welcome, but what the heck. I didn’t really expect any audience except for my small circle of friends. So, no worries. I figured maybe 7 to 10 folks would see what i was writing, and we could chew the fat over this or that.

The biggest thing really was I wanted to have fun writing and I really did feel that I could fill that need, and help folks wanting to get started if someone somewhere had actually Googled “How the heck do I bear tank?”

It’s been a long time since those days.

Heck, it’s been a VERY long time since I was the lone Feral Druid voice in the blogosphere. A VERY long time. It’s been so long, that entire new MMOs have gone through beta, went live, and then hit the bug zapper since anything I wrote was fresh or relevant.

Nowadays, if you’d like some theorycrafting tips or advice on playing a Feral Druid, there are many people out there not only writing useful blogs, but who really want to be the person you can rely on for your Feral Druid knowledge. Sure, some of them are craving attention, desperate to be noticed and admired for their big brains, but others are genuinely nice people that are coming into their own voice and have new, fresh ideas and experiences to share. There are a lot of really valuable, wonderful writers out there that would love to help you.

All of them are out there, both the arrogant asshats and the super-considerate helpful writers, and more are beginning their blogging journies every day. I am now far from alone, and you no longer need my ancient experiences to guide you. As if you ever did.

You need a fresh perspective and a new vision. 

If I’m going to be totally honest, I was never really cut out to be the “mentor” website person in the first place. I tried my best, but in time I did discover that a lot of people that read theorycrafting sites, and write theorycrafting sites, and comment on theorycrafting sites are driven by a desperate need. A need for what, I genuinely don’t know, but there is a lot of competitiveness in the theorycrafting arena, a lot of arguing for the sake of trying to score points, or be “right”, or whatever. A lot of ego on naked display.

It’s out there among bloggers, too. I’ve seen bloggers that never say anything unless it’s to comment about how someone else is wrong and start arguments and link back to themselves, and I’ve seen bloggers that comment in other’s blogs that if you want to read a “real” theorycrafting blog, go back and see them instead of this crap you’re looking at. No lie.

I’ve seen enough in dedicated theorycrafting sites to know I’ve seen too much. I have nothing personally to prove to anyone, no desire to be the big bear on campus, just a delight in writing and having fun.

Back when I saw the ever increasing rise of nastyness in the comments here and in the blogospere in general, I decided to let the theorycrafters and elitists go jerk themselves off and stopped writing those kinds of posts. I’ve never regretted it, not one single day. Many of the most offensive I simply blacklisted. The tone around here improved overnight. If you feel you have the right to piss in other people’s pools, don’t be surprised when they don’t invite you back for the next party.

I’ve never really thought of myself as being smarter or more knowledgeable than anyone else. I never considered myself a “theorycrafter”. I’ve always figured, if I could do it, anyone could, and wouldn’t it be nice if someone was there to offer some help and suggestions so they didn’t make the same stupid mistakes I did?

With that in mind, I always tried to write guides and tips and suggestions and lists aimed to help encourage people to be confident, to learn the fundamentals, to be brave enough to get out there and find their own path, and to understand how everything works together well enough on their own to make informed decisions, relying on no one, and certainly not on any website to tell them what to do.

I’ve never wanted to be the guy that does a guide that says “You must do what I say, follow this checklist, and come back here so I can tell you what to do next.” I’ve wanted to be the guy that says, “Here, these are the tools that will help you get started. Go, learn how to use them, and become a greater Bear Tank than I ever was. Discover your true potential, and be the best you can be. Now go forth, and rock the joint. And if you think of me… bounce.”

I’m looking around the blogosphere now, I’m reading Elitist Jerks, I check out the Druid column on WoW Insider (love you, Allison Robert!), I see the new posts going up daily on the Inconspicuous Bear and The Bear Flank and others too numerous to mention, and I can see that the function I was once covering is taken care of very well these days. I am an archaic heirloom of times gone past, and there are now plenty of non-asshat Feral Druid bloggers that write for normal people, not just to impress other elitists with how mathy and special they can be.

For me, the final decision to stop writing guides and Feral Druid rules posts came when I knew that I will not be raiding or even running instances come Cataclysm.

I do think that a person that is going to be assuming the mantle of authority for writing tips and strategies about performing your role in group events should actually be performing that role in a group in the latest content. The writer should speak from personal experience about what works, and what doesn’t work.

That ain’t me right now. And it won’t be me.

And so, to the wonderful people that have come here for Feral Druid guidance in the past, to you I truly do breathe a sigh of farewell. It’s been a wonderful journey together, but you have many more miles to go yet ahead of you, and many more adventures to share. Here by the fire is where my bones wish to lie, sleeping warm and snug while the cold of winter rages on outside, but you hear the wind howl, and feel not the cold, but a delicious excitement at the prospect of a new dawn, and a clear horizon.

Go you on your journeys, discover the adventures that yet lie in wait, and know that I begrudge you nothing, and I wish for you only the best in all that life and WoW has to offer. There is nothing more that I will have to give you, no guidance, no teachings, no wisdom. All that I have to offer you now are my well wishes and prayers that your journey will be a prosperous one, and as you do head out into the Cataclysm of tomorrow, know in your heart the truth that your journeys are yours and yours alone.

Thank you all, so VERY much for allowing me to feel that I have been of help to you in the past. My own journey with you has been fun, but there is bacon on the fire, and I’m so very tired…

When you find yourself in the front of the pack, charing into the enemy, if you happen to think of me, I only ask…

Do it on the Bounce!

60 thoughts on “Announcing changes to the Big Bear Butt blog

  1. Oh I only just came across this as I lost my feed for a bit … I’d be very surprised if many people here, me included, come just for bear stuff.

    But on that subject, I liked the posts you did on bear tanking, gear, etc, simply because it WASN’T so in depth and mind blowingly complicated as those theorycrafter places. I don’t care if I can get another 100dps if I do this or that different – the main quest is for FUN.

    Speaking of which .. what happened to the kitty thing that let you get more attacks going? Tiger’s Fury … only discovered that changed today. (I mean, I only found out today, I don’t think it changed today!!).

    Anyway … I’ll still be lurking 😛


    • Awww, well, you can probably be assured you won’t be hearing about how Cataclysm sucks from this website.

      Everything I think has been a pain in the ass revolves around the bugs in the recent patch. The expansion will actually have new content for me to do… and new race/class combos.

      And, since I don’t raid and probably won’t even be grouping, I won’t be doing the old, tired “waaah, my class isn’t as powerful as the others, i can’t tank as well, I can’t heal as well, I got a rock” ranting from days gone by.

      Isn’t that a nice change?


  2. BBB, you scared the crap out of me with the start of this post. I was afraid we were loosing another awesome blogger! I’ve been reading here for a while, and I for one am not going to stop reading. Math posts make my brain hurt anyway.


  3. BBB…I haven’t been reading your blog for “years” like most others, and I’m not a bear tank, or a feral druid at ALL (and won’t be one…just can’t seem to get the feral hang of things). I stumbled on your blog while trying to search for BALANCE druid help earlier this year, realized this wasn’t the place to get it, read a few of your posts anyway and loved them. It was the way you spoke to everyone, no matter what you wrote about, that kept me reading…like sitting down, having a chat with a friend. I love WoW, but I will admit that after almost 3 years of playing it, the theorycrafters and number crunchers still make my head hurt and I still tend to take advice and work it into “but this feels good to ME, THIS way”. 🙂 Coming here…no headache…and I learned things that helped me, even as a lowly laser chicken. 🙂

    So, since you aren’t going anywhere, really…I’ll still be here. I’ve found other balance sources…nice ones…but you are the only blog I have feeding into my browser home page with every post. So, I’ll be here…on this chair I’ve pulled up…until you have nothing more to say. Can’t see that happening. 🙂


  4. I’ve read your blog for what must be about 2 and a half years now, and to be honest the posts which I have tended to skip over in recent months have been the druid ones to be honest. That isn’t a reflection on you at all, just more so on where I am at with the game I think. You have a real talent for writing and storytelling so I am sure if you keep writing about what you find interesting you will still have plenty of readers. Thanks for the entertainment for the past few years, and I look forward to more in the future!


  5. I hoist a flagon to your declaration. Hope you feel all kinds of free now to fill the blogosphere with Bearwalls. If in a couple of years no one can figure out why it’s called Big Bear Butt so what. I just want to thank you too (very tardy on this I feel sheepish, not baconish though) for mentioning Fearo and Ninefingers at a low point for me. I got everything back relatively quickly and was not accused of larceny even once there have been improvements in Blizz’s customer service. I have deleted 15 alts though (some of them had purps too) cut back on wow severely. I am not a Wow basher and never will be. I credit the game with helping me recover from grief in real life. I enjoy the game, but now when I sit in front of the screen and don’t want to run another heroic, or farm any more herbs I shut it off instead of rolling another rouge that will never make it past 23. There is a lot of other stuff to do. Again thanks and I will not be adjusting my feed.


  6. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I did originally come for your bear tanking info but I have read many posts that had nothing to do with feral druids. I like your writing. Good luck with the new theme, I will continue stopping by.


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