1 You host “Tauren Think Tank” that has an awesome community surrounding it, What is the best thing about hosting the podcast?
Hosting TTT has changed my life in so many ways. I had dreamed of working in radio since I was little, and I used to record interview shows on a tape recorder with my sister. I made these recordings of epic interviews with a Teddy Ruxpin doll, where it would say random things and you had to react to it. I wish I still had them!
But radio is really hard to get into, so I wound up going the traditional route of corporate desk jobs to earn a living. When I learned about podcasting, it was everything I wanted to do and I could do it in my spare time. When Tauren Think Tank was conceived, we intended to just really be able to connect with other people leading guilds and raids, and help them with stuff we’d learned over our time. Then we started getting letters about dealing with depression, how to make friends, how to deal with problem family members, suicide, gender dysphoria… it was beyond my expectations. People trusted us with things they wouldn’t tell their best friends, and that continues to blow my mind. To have been given that level of trust in our advice, and to have been told, “You changed my life” or “Listening to you saved my life” – there’s nothing that compares to that.
2. Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?
There’s a huge amount of uncertainty that goes into trying something new. I struggle with it every time. “Will this work?” “Will I be good enough compared to everybody else?” “Is this even worth trying?” The answer is always YES if it brings you joy. If it’s something that you look forward to, if it makes you feel happy and fulfilled, then the answer is always YES.
Even creative hobbies have their downsides and rough spots. Sometimes it feels like work and it’s kind of a drag. I have a mantra that I use when that happens, and it’s called, “For the love of the game.” Ever see those sports movies where the main characters are at their low point, they’re losing, not even sure why they’re there anymore? There’s always a speech that ends in “Do this because you love it. Do it for that little kid who is playing in the fields with his buddies, dreaming of making it big someday.” And then they always win. The “love of the game” sticks with me – get to the core of why you started doing it in the first place. It’s a great reset tool that works for me.
3. What are some of your favorite podcast to listen to?
Since I work from home now, I don’t have daily commutes anymore. They used to be my prime podcast listening, and I’ve been a huge fan of The Morning Stream with Scott Johnson and Brian Ibbott for years. I’m way behind now, unfortunately!
I also love NPR’s Invisibilia – it’s all about the mind and looking at things in different perspectives. Such a cool look at the world and how we think and perceive things.
I’ll always be a Convert to Raid fan, too. Been listening to the show since the beginning. 🙂
4. A hobby of your is to create various items out of chainmail, how did you get started with the craft?
It’s almost been a year since I started chainmailling! I was feeling really mentally stuck and started looking for a creative outlet – something to make my mind work in different ways. I’d always admired the work of the various chainmaille artists who were making lanyards for BlizzCon over the years. I started doing my research, and found that there’s unlimited tutorials and resources online, and companies that sell full kits to get started. I took a leap of faith, bought a kit on Amazon, bought some cheap pliers, and I created the piece from the kit. I mangled the heck out of it, but I DID IT! I was instantly hooked, and immediately started teaching myself new patterns and designs.
With my second design that I posted on social media, someone asked me if they could purchase it. That was such a rush. From there, people started asking me to make things for them, and it just grew from there. I made 18 lanyards for BlizzCon last year! It’s been an incredible ride and I can’t wait to see how much more I will get to create in 2018, thanks to this awesome community.
5. What brought you into the playing Warcraft?
I had been playing City of Heroes (my first MMO), and getting really burnt out with the game because it had no end-game content. My ex-husband was a Warcraft player, and he purchased the game for me for my birthday as a change of pace. It was 3 months before Burning Crusade launched. I knew nothing about Warcraft or any of the previous games. I wasn’t even sure if I’d like the game. I rolled a human priest, kept running into trees and freaked out and ran away when I hit the gates of Stormwind. It was a rocky start at first, but night elves got me hooked into the game. 🙂
6. How often do you raid & What game mechanic do you like the most/least in WoW?
After about 8 years of raiding steadily, I finally stopped raiding in spring of 2017. My available game time has definitely changed, and I found I preferred games like Heroes of the Storm or Overwatch where I can play for 1-2 matches and then leave if I need to.
The game mechanic that I like the most: definitely winning loot. It’s all about the loot, baby! The one I like the least: reputation grinding.
7. What is your favorite instance & boss fight (it can be from any expansion)?
Most favorite raid ever was Karazhan, by far. I love the ambiance, the feel of it, and the music. The Opera event was the coolest thing to me – every week it was different, and you wouldn’t know until someone bravely jumped in to die to it, since Wowhead wasn’t there to warn you ahead of time.
8. With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?
I’m looking forward to the Allied Races, for sure. I’ve been a Night Elf for so long – it will be nice to have some new characters to play around with!
9. With the return to the factional divide in “Battle For Azeroth”, Horde or Alliance?
As much as I love and respect my Horde friends, FOR THE ALLIANCE!
10. Where can people find you on the Internet?
I’m most active on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JulesRPG and Discord. Best place to find me is the Convert to Raid Discord: http://discord.converttoraid.com. My DMs are open on Twitter as well if you have any questions!
Tauren Think Tank: http://taurenthinktank.com