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    Has anyone else stopped reading blogs?

    I just wanted to get some opinions on blogs vs forums right now. It seems like since about January, I've slowly been reading blogs less and less because I already have heard about most of the information on them. When I see titles like "New pet - Winterspring Cubs!" I automaticly think to myself "That's nice, but I read about that a week ago when it first came out."

    Honestly, I wouldn't say I've totally stopped reading blogs because occasionally they'll have something that I didn't know about, but instead of checking out every blog like I used to, now I'm skipping over about 90% of their posts. Is anyone else like this, or is it just me? I realize that as a blogger you need to distribute your posts across multiple days so you continually have a new post every day, but now instead of getting most info from blogs like I used to, I've almost dropped them all and just read forums.

    As said before: Is anyone else skipping over blog posts because you don't want to reread the same thing five times?

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    I skim 20 or so, but most of my time is spent here. I've always been a forums-type guy, though.

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    I skim blogs or don't read them anymore (no offense to those of you with Blogs out there, they were invaluable when I was first starting out), but most of them (other than Flavortext, great blog btw) and Gnomes of Zurich (doesn't seem to be active anymore) contained information I already knew about from reading the consortium forums days before it is published on the visible blogs. For instance, a blogger recently covered "going all in" on DMF cards with the crash in herb prices, and that is really wretchedly late on entering these markets, especially with all the analysis done on trinket margins to the point that someone new to selling trinkets is truly months behind on the Cataclysm decks, and years behind the overall notion of selling inscription trinkets. There has been some information that I do not recall having ever seen on the consortium forums that I gleaned from these other sites though, or ideas that I explored due to seeing one aspect of it mentioned in a blog, such as stack sizes (I was unaware it was previously covered here), that Cataclysm potions were not largely a dead market (saw that on the mmo-champ profession forums and expanded the analysis thereafter), and farming Behemothe outside BRD for large brilliant shards in a hyper efficient way. I feel like most of the blogs are not really written with those of us who are doing original research/analysis though. The main one I still read is http://csahf.blogspot.com/ as Breevok's writing style is amusing. I like http://theahpile.blogspot.com/ as well for the same reason. I'm kind of turned off by the pretentious writing of some of the blogs I used to read, especially when it's combined with hyper rehashed content. Take for instance the Winterspring Cub flipping. The window of opportunity on cashing in on this change at a very large margin was extremely small, and yet I saw bloggers writing about it days later when the boat had sailed on flipping this item at a large margin.
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    When I first started getting into making gold, I would read every gold blog I could find, and would read their entire archive of blog posts in one sitting, etc.
    But now I just have a couple of blogs on my feedlist and check out their headings / first couple of paragraphs.

    I can't think when last I've actually fully read a blog post (I think it was one of Zoxy's TSM guides on his blog).

    The thing that puts me off the most is blog writers take for EVER to get the actual fact across, and then don't put enough facts either. In the end their blog post reads like one of those annoying TV commercials for buying soap or something. All those really cheesy rhetorical questions or useless information.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm actually not a fan of very short blog posts (I believe if you are talking about a topic you could include as much information about the item as possible (screenshots, links, facts, etc) but most long blog posts is just the blog writer rambling on...and on...and on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinshroud View Post
    When I first started getting into making gold, I would read every gold blog I could find, and would read their entire archive of blog posts in one sitting, etc.
    But now I just have a couple of blogs on my feedlist and check out their headings / first couple of paragraphs.

    I can't think when last I've actually fully read a blog post (I think it was one of Zoxy's TSM guides on his blog).

    The thing that puts me off the most is blog writers take for EVER to get the actual fact across, and then don't put enough facts either. In the end their blog post reads like one of those annoying TV commercials for buying soap or something. All those really cheesy rhetorical questions or useless information.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm actually not a fan of very short blog posts (I believe if you are talking about a topic you could include as much information about the item as possible (screenshots, links, facts, etc) but most long blog posts is just the blog writer rambling on...and on...and on.
    I agree with you on the lack of details provided in most blog posts. There's a couple of posts that come to mind that totally left the typical reader unequipped to actually calculate on what intervals something was profitable, instead choosing to say well it will always be profitable no matter what, which is somewhat of a dangerous notion, especially for those people out there with low capital to invest with.

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    I check http://network.phase3profit.net/ every day just to make sure I don't miss anything. Besides that I mostly concentrate on the Patchnews.

    Like Sinshroud I read EVERYTHING when I started goldmaking, but in between patches it mostly "old news".

    I'm reading MMO-champion every day and cross my fingers for the news: "Epic gems are prospected from Pyrite" = I'm gonna be a very rich man. Sadly more and more points towards no epic gems in 4.2 or at least more and more content are reveled without anything pointing towards no epic gems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meyer View Post
    I check http://network.phase3profit.net/ every day just to make sure I don't miss anything. Besides that I mostly concentrate on the Patchnews.

    Like Sinshroud I read EVERYTHING when I started goldmaking, but in between patches it mostly "old news".

    I'm reading MMO-champion every day and cross my fingers for the news: "Epic gems are prospected from Pyrite" = I'm gonna be a very rich man. Sadly more and more points towards no epic gems in 4.2 or at least more and more content are reveled without anything pointing towards no epic gems.
    I've lost confidence that epic gems will come from pyrite. Pyrite ore's used in a lot of crafts already, and it is also a great source for volatile earth. If epic gems did come from pyrite ore it would be impractical to continue making the pyrium bar based items (which affects true gold crafts) due to the expected sharp increase in cost. Especially after seeing Blizzard introduce an IQD style zone with vendor bought gear I think the designs will come from a new reputation in 4.3. Gems will be available via honor and justice points still as well as a bag of gems that drops off of raid bosses and via the bag of goodies from call to arms and the fire prism. It makes the most sense to me to see a new ore introduced to avoid killing pyrium and true gold crafts that will prospect into epic gems or if they do not want to do this, drastically increase the availability of pyrite nodes within the new 4.3 zone/raid instance.

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    The only time i read a blog post anymore is because someone links it for some reason.
    Without trying to put down bloggers as they are a great source of knowledge for beginners, once you get past the beginner stage they become a bit old news and i find forums much more interesting, involving and up to date as there is usually a post on many forums about any change as news breaks about it.

    That site Meyer linked though looks interesting as it provides a quick scan of all the blogs in one shot and i'll probably start looking at that once a day and mouse over the topics to see if there's anything new or interesting going on.

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    Being a blogger, this might sound weird, but I agree with you guys. I'm pretty sick of reading most of the blogs out there. Especially the ones that seem to always be chasing that "breaking news story". I also check Blue-Posts and MMO daily, so the majority of the "hot tips" out there are at least a day or so old. There are a few blogs that I read through because of the authors, regardless of the information, but there seem to be more and more that I just scroll through to clear them from my reader.

    This is probably why, as a blogger, I have never been drawn towards those "tip" style of posts. I have intentionally tried to talk about more of the higher-level aspects of the economic game, but based on readership numbers, It doesn't really seem like that's what people want . I also think that I end up coming across as Sinshroud put it as:

    just the blog writer rambling on...and on...and on.
    I have thought about giving it up lately, but I'm still holding out hope for a little side-project that I had actually intended the site to be based around. Until Blizzard gets the API act together, though, there isn't much I can do.

    I have actually written a few posts (in my head, lol) calling out the rest of the gold bloggers for some of the things you guys have mentioned here: redundant information, posts for posts sake, generally bad advice, etc. Sort of like issuing them a challenge to step up their games, but it just doesn't seem worth it.

    I guess I'm now rambling on again, aren't I?
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    I never really "read" blogs. I use them as reference, and seek out topics that either interest me, or teach me something new. One of the big turn offs for me was the very legitimate trend toward basic or beginner type posts. I say legitimate because frankly, those of us in the "gold making scene" are a minority. The majority of players out there get tons of benefit from the blogs and the basic recommendations, and those suggestions or gold making tips are invaluable to help the lay-player earn gold and stay ahead of the game. But when every other topic seemed to be about "Hey folks, go here, and you can turn 5g into 100g - yay!", I stopped paying attention. It's just not worth it to me. One of the NEGATIVES about having an ungodly amount of gold is the techniques you have to use to actually make it worth your time are harder and harder. Flipping Runecloth from 6-10s to 20-30s is nice - I'm just done reading about it.

    So, not only do I find myself skipping over deals or techniques that net me 10's or even in the low 100's of gold, but I stopped reading about them too.
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