Work in Progress: Blog Extreme Makeover

Due to sickness I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog as I like, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t done any work on other projects! To give you some insight, here’s a short mini-series of what I’ve been up to the past months. First up, blog update!

Dithering is not okay!

So I have been wanting to do an aesthetic update to my blog for a very long time, but it takes a lot of work to produce something that I’m 100% satisfied with. I’m a stickler for details. Like, really nitpicking. If I choose a color on a main element of the blog and I see it dither on a screen dump, I get allergic reactions. I’m not kidding.

But my main reason for changing aesthetics (apart from needing a fresh look) is that I want to tone down the contrasts. The current look on the blog uses very high contrast which hurts my eyes if I concentrate too much on it (look at the blog background, then look at the main body, then look back again. Ouch!). 

The idea is that the new look will use a Jade theme, a dark/night look if you will. Something that doesn’t blind you while you play in your dark gamer cave. I always knew that Jade would be the color, but oh boy, getting the details right has been a rollercoaster ride. And I’m still on that rollercoaster.

This is how it looks like so far:

Current WIP

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Elvui Profiles Updated!

I know my Elvui profiles are very popular, so I’ve taken the time to update them for Battle for Azeroth. In addition, I’ve added some new textures to my Gumroad page to better complement the profiles. Please have a look below!

Elvui Profiles

Gumroad Page

Remember to download the textures. The old ones are included but I’ve changed the names on some. I have more pages I want to update on my blog. Taking it one step at a time!

Mythic Zek’voz and Patch 8.1 Raids

New pages have been added to the Teahouse! I’ve finished the mythic guide for Zek’voz, and added pages for the 8.1 raids. The new raid pages does not contain much at the moment, but I will add new information as it rolls in!

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Mythic Taloc and MOTHER Guides Up

My guild has started Mythic Uldir this week, after having cleared Heroic a second time. I have healed through the Taloc encounter and MOTHER (not dead yet, but 5% there!) so I have been able to write down my mistweaver strategies for these encounters. Please have a look below!

I must say, it’s been a joy to come back to mythic raiding. Mistweavers are strong and there’s constant damage to heal through, as opposed to normal/heroic where the unit frames bounces up and down at all times (may the best sniper win!). 

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Uldir Guide Up!

After months of work, I’ve finally finished my Uldir guide. It took a while, mostly because there were so many changes between Beta and live, so I had to wait before I’ve run through normal and heroic difficulties on live before I could do the finishing touches. But here it is!

Battle for Azeroth > Raids > Uldir, Halls of Control >

Uldir Normal & Heroic

I’ll probably add a few more mistweaver-specific tips as I go along, but now the basics are there at least. I tentatively plan to add mythic guides as well, hopefully my guild will progress fast enough to make them relevant. 

I’m working on several projects at the same time and since guides takes forever to produce, I don’t have a clear timeline. I have barely started on my next Patreon UI (hunter one), I need to update the Advanced Mistweaving guide, I have several secret projects running as well. It’s a lot! Here’s to strong tea and whiskey, cheers!

 

Teahouse Cleaning and Legacy

I’ve been doing some housecleaning in the teahouse and I’ve realized that some pages must be canned due to irrelevance. The Legion pages doesn’t have any bearing on today’s game. But instead of throwing them out the window, I’ve decided to keep them in a new Legacy tab, where I also archived my old Warlords of Draenor pages.

Legacy

> Legion

> Warlords of Draenor

My blog is a constant work in progress, and I have a whole list of things I want to go through. For example, I want to update every single page for BFA, but also sort out the outdated pages. The standard procedure is that I remove the expansion-specific pages by changing their status from published page to a draft, and then they rest in my archive forever. But now I thought, maybe some people could still have use of all that content, so I’m gonna let it stay published.

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BFA Dungeon Guides added to the Teahouse!

After many months of hard work, the first batch of my dungeon guides for Battle for Azeroth have been published! So far, the 8 basic dungeons are done and I’m currently working on getting King’s Rest and Siege of Boralus done. Hopefully, not too far off.

You can find the dungeon guides under:
Battle for Azeroth > Dungeons 


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Weakaura School Revamp and Updates

I have finally taken the time to update the way, way, way outdated Weakaura School. Now it’s finally relevant for this patch’s (and expansion’s) content. I’ve revamped it so that it’s no longer a text guide, it’s a video guide now. Because frankly, video is such an easier medium for teaching about addons. I hope you agree!

Right, so they are videos I’ve uploaded on Youtube. For the first lesson, you can find the video resources on its blog page (click on the images to follow the links).

Sidenote: I’ve also updated the Custom Texture Aura page for this patch. The auras were a little broken after all the talents had swapped around!

I’ll probably do more lessons when I have the time for it. I have a vague idea to make a video of how my UIs work (many uninitiated ask about it), maybe some auras that are based on DBM announces. There’s a lot to cover, so if you have ideas of what you want to learn, let me know in the comments below!

Teahouse Dungeon Guide Preview

With my very own alpha access, I can now test the new features whenever I get the urge. One of the most fun experiences is testing dungeons and since the dawn of Mythic+, knowing your ins and outs of the dungeons have never been more relevant. That’s why I have been writing new and fresh guides!

I actually have had Dungeons guides on the blog before, way back in Warlords of Draenor. My old guides looked something like this:

 

OLD guide – Click to embiggen

They took forever to make and I remember feeling very burnt out after creating those. Not to mention that there were several other guides that were much better and came out a faster pace. Lastly, it was Warlords of Draenor which didn’t have Mythic+, so they became obsolete very fast (unless you did Challenge Mode, which wasn’t very popular, especially for Mistweavers back then).

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More Updates in the Teahouse

I have been hard at work making more updates for the Teahouse. This time, I have reworked and updated the UI Hub. There are only a few more updates that are needed until the whole blog is as I want it!

New updates on the blog:

  • UI Philosophy – This page has been rewritten from scratch. Here I talk about my thought process when I’m creating my UIs, mostly when it comes to composition, disposition and tackling the problem with aesthetics vs practicality. I use my own UIs, old and new, as illustrative examples.
  • UI Inspiration – A page where I showcase all the different UIs I’ve done, plus some guest ones. Added my newest creations to the page.
  • UI Troubleshooting – This page has been updated with the latest and most common problems people ask me about – and the solutions! More images has been added for +5 in visual guidance.

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