Six Year Blogoversary!

Wow, I’ve been doing this a long time. The big events this year were Legion beta, Legion release, and all the new raids and guides that come with that. It’s been a big year for this site. I’m particularly proud of how far my guides have come. My raid guides have more polish, my class guides are more streamlined. I’m happy with the microblog series, giving me an opportunity to blog without the overhead of a polished opinion. Where this time last year I was feeling like I was failing the blog, now it feels like it’s thriving!

Year 6 in Review

Complained about talent tomes (while on vacation in Maui, even)

On Talent Restrictions, Social Friction, and Cookie Cutter Builds

Wrote my very first dungeon guide.

Quick Start Legion Dungeon Tanking Guide

Finally decided to stop covering my least favorite topic.

A Sunnier Musing: Stat Apathy

Committed to playing both Brewmaster and Vengeance.

What will I be playing in Legion?

Wrote a bunch of raid guides: Emerald Nightmare, Trial of Valor

Trial of Valor Tanking Guide

Wrote a thing about the state of Brewmasters that got linked on reddit and tripled my web traffic for a few days.

Legion Brewmaster Retrospective (so far)

Started my microblog series! Words Without Conclusions, Actually Terrible, Time Management, Talents as Identity, Talent Experimentation, Stagger is a Hell of a Drug, Monetization, Underdog, Un-Identity Talents, Talent Choice Equation, Character Inspiration, Skill

Microblog: Words Without Conclusions

Struggled with learning how to play a new class.

Thoughts on My Own Learning

My Experience with Vengeance and Gul’dan

And finally, started documenting my highest priorities.

New Transmog Pages

Five Year Blogoversary!

Five years ago today, a talented young bear tank posted the first thing to her brand new blog: A Sunnier Bear. It was a guide to heroic Magmaw 25. It was really an excuse to get views on her kill video.

Eventually that blog morphed into Sunnier’s Art of War and that talented young bear tank morphed into a less-talented, less-young brewmaster.

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Three Year Blogoversary

It’s been three years of blogging about my favorite leather tanks. I’ve been through two classes, three races, five guilds, and six realms in that time. I guess I’m a blog veteran now. The last year has been one of stability and growth for Sunnier’s Art of War. I think I can blame all that growth on Icy-Veins and my friends and readers who have graciously plugged me and my blog.

As my tradition goes, here are some interesting stats (for previous years’ stats, visit the two year anniversary and the one year anniversary).

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Two Year Blogoversary

On March 2, 2011, I published my first blog post to “A Sunnier Bear”, which makes this close to my two year blogging anniversary.

My goal when starting this blog was to write timely boss guides for tanks. That goal has sort of fallen by the wayside because this recent tier was so huge and my progression has been unstable and not exactly where I want it to be anyway. Instead, I spent the last year writing about topics that interest me, like Brewmasters and active mitigation.

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A Sunnier Bear One Year Anniversary

On March 2, 2011, I posted my first blog post. I originally started this blog because I could never find any tank-centric encounter guides. It seemed like every guide I could find on the web was written by a healer and couldn’t tell me where to stand or when to taunt. So I decided to take it upon myself and write some tank-specific guides myself, starting with my very first post, Bear vs. Heroic Magmaw.

A Sunnier Bear was my third attempt at blogging. The very first, Hullo Bear, was mostly an experimental visual documentation of Sunnier’s leveling through Cataclysm.

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