The “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment – The last day

We made it! Well, I did at least 😉 Did you?

14 days of my best behaviour, and my strongest attempt to stay clear of any negativity.

I made sure not to make negative comments and posts, I didn´t engage in debates shouting into the wind, and I did my best to be encouraging on all the blogs, that I followed.


Has the Experiment been successful?

I would say, that for me at least, it certainly has. Granted, I also picked the best time to do this, since it´s been the Holiday season and I haven´t had much time to play/read, but still, I feel a change in the way I think about World of Warcraft.

I also feel less drained, particularly because I didn´t engage in flame wars, debates or any of the likes at all. Especially not reading comments on sites like Wowhead, official forums etc. has meant a huge deal, since it´s so negative most of the time.

Youtubers who prowl around, hoping to be the fastest one to make the best click-baity thumbnail are around every corner today too, so not roaming around there played a role too, I believe

I want to continue doing this in the future.

When I make positive “light” posts myself, I also finds that it helps, so perhaps that is something I want to keep up as well.

But a balance is healthy too, so I shall try to find that. I do also like to participate and read posts, that are of constructive criticism.

I do need to keep in mind though, that I have changed too compared to just two years ago when Legion was new; I discovered, that I have far less time, than I originally thought, and most evenings, it´s only about half an hour of playtime now. I am sure that has an impact too, on the satisifaction I get out of the game; it´s just too little, and if I am not careful, I feel as if I never get anything done.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the experiment 🙂
I would have loved to see more bloggers participate; it saddens me, how many we have lost in Battle for Azeroth, but I hope to see a return of them again someday.

Enough about me though!

How about you?


Did you make it through?

What proved to be the most difficult?

Did you manage your minimum of seven posts?

Do you feel any different now?

If so, please be sure to leave your comments and thoughts in this post, so you have a chance, when I Giveaway a Familiar Vulpine mount 🙂

You have until Tuesday next week to do so. A winner shall be announced on Wednesday 🙂

If you tried, but didn´t make it, I welcome and encourage you to also leave your thoughts!


Happy weekend everyone. 🙂

23 thoughts on “The “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment – The last day

  1. Congratulations on 14 days. I don’t know if I made 7 posts or not, I did my best to stay positive, and that was a good goal to strive for. Lets say that I did my best to not go off the rails and all RAWR!!!! 🙂

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  2. Thank you for doing this, it was a great experience. I’d say, it definitely helped me. Logging in feels less like a chore and is more fun again. While I had no problems avoiding the forums and youtuber (I don’t use/watch them anyway) and wowhead (just used it to look things up if I needed to), it was a bit harder on twitter. I always hesitated unfollowing people, but this time I unfollowed those being negative constantly.
    I managed my seven posts (and more) and it helped me greatly getting back into blogging.

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    1. Thank you for the appreciation, I am really glad to hear it helped 🙂 And that I made it on the right time, helping you get back to blogging; we missed you.

      Unfollowing is hard, I applaud your effort. I have been considering doing the same, though I am rarely on Twitter (And honestly, I do not quite get all the “updates” I get; they are often from people I do not even follow /clueless)

      Congratulations on your posts, and thank you so much for participating! I will include you in the contest for the mount 🙂 Stay tuned Wednesday!

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  3. I’m pretty sure that I hit seven posts. Two things stand out from the experiment: one, it was refreshing not to be so involved in the forums and this weird fight/thought for the Devs attention, and two; I began to really see other’s efforts at being positive like in Cinder’s 2018 goals — they really jumped out at me.
    It was a good idea.

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    1. That´s great! Even during the Holiday, which is often a quiet season for bloggers, I am grateful you decided to participate and made it 🙂 You are included in the contest, so stay tuned Wednesday!

      I imagine that; I am really glad it helped. I saw Cinder´s goals too, it´s great to inspire each other 🙂

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  4. I posted about this over at Co-Geeking, but here’s the important parts:

    Did you make it through?

    Yep. For the last two weeks, I’ve been playing as usual and having a good time. I’ve also stayed away from negative posts, which wasn’t hard for me since I don’t go in for that much anyway. One time I was looking through the comments on a Blizzard Watch post and things were starting to get testy, so I backed out, but that was it. I just don’t spend my time on YouTube or the forums listening to people complain, so staying away was just an ordinary day for me. While there are still things about the current expansion that I don’t like, there is a lot that I do enjoy, and that’s what I spend my time doing anyway, so there wasn’t any real change in how I played the game, either.

    What proved to be the most difficult?

    Honestly, not much. Like I said, I just don’t do the parts of the game I don’t like, and I don’t spend much of my time listening to people complain about parts of the game they don’t like. Keeping up regular posts at a time of year when we usually take a break required a little effort, but it was also a fun thing to do over the holidays.

    Did you manage your minimum of seven posts?

    We got 14 posts between the two of us (7 from Erik, 7 from Eppu), so both jointly and severally, we sure did.

    Do you feel any different now?

    Not really. It was fun, but it also wasn’t much of a change for me. There are things I like about the current expansion and things I don’t, and none of that has changed. Fortunately for us, we’re able to play in a way that avoids most of the things we don’t like and focuses on the things we do, but other people have different tastes and priorities, and if this expansion isn’t working for them, their feelings are as valid as ours. I suppose I’m just not the target audience for this experiment.

    I had fun looking at other people’s posts, though, so thank you for bringing us all together in this project!

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    1. Thank you so much for participating 🙂 You are both included in the Giveaway, so stay tuned Wednesday, maybe one of you is the lucky winner 🙂

      It´s so nice being aware of when things go negative without being constructive, so one can steer away from it and not be dragged down with it.

      Maybe not indeed. It is odd to see, how negative posts always generate far more interest than positive ones.

      I had a good time too; it was nice to read others posts as you say, and I believe it helped me out as well 🙂 So thank you again, also for the appreciation and Happy New Year to you both!

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  5. I did not manage to blog anything for the period, but I think it was a very nice initiative, and helped me ignore the negativity, concerning wow at least. I’ll aim at writing positive posts, but this time I just missed the whole thing. I will still carry the spirit of your project with me.
    Thank you ❤

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  6. Although I didn’t blog anything, I followed along! I dont browse the forums or twitter so that was easy.

    I just didn’t click on any youtube videos that sounded negative and when I browsed reddit if the thread started to get argumentive I would leave. It was a nice change.

    Not to mention I really haven’t played much since the patch, mostly just leveling a dark iron dwarf with my friends (we reached level 97 last night!). But since I only log in for a short time the game hasn’t gotten sour to me just yet.

    It has been a refreshing start to the year, and while most of my gaming has been focused on other stuff I am still into wow and am eagerly awaiting patch 8.2 and all the gnome stuff that will come with it!

    Btw, if you want to feel the faction war. Turn on war mode and do an assault. I did and it was a constant push and shove, slowly gain/lose ground battle and it was actualpy pretty fun even though I usually hate PvP.

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    1. I´m glad you decided to participate, despite not having a blog! 🙂 I felt it was a nice change too, and it had a much greater impact than I thought it would. Perhaps I am easy to influence.

      Oooh, cool. Dark Iron Dwarves! Man! I´d give a lot to see some screenshots of a blog! 😉 Or perhaps you can send me one here? 🙂

      I suspect that is what keeps me positive as well; I am only able to play half an hour to an hour a day.

      I bet, 8.2 looks promising 🙂

      Oh goodness, what a coinsidence! I just enabled Warmode last week, and haven´t turned it off since, it´s beyond awesome! I can´t believe I stayed away from it for so long.

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