The Zen of Grinding

I have a routine for most mornings, as I drink my coffee and wake up, prior to getting ready for work. I grind.

My 70 hunter is the breadwinner for most of my other alts. Depending on what I need, she’ll do a circuit around Terrokar from Allerian Stronghold (hides/felscale, dampscale baskilisk eyes, blackened basilisk and warp burgers plus two to four green items for the AH), or Nagrand (clefthoof leather, roasted clefthoof, green items, motes of air and earth from the elementals, cloth from ogres) or Elemental Plateau if I’ve had insomnia and have gotten up really early. Sometimes I fish, mainly to get Golden Fishsticks so that I can make nice to healers.

It should be boring, but is not…you get into a rhythmn, especially on a character that doesn’t have a lot of downtime. There’s something quite peaceful in the repetitive actions, and although not very exciting, grinding is rewarding in its own way. Fishing is much the same, although I can only fish for short periods of time before becoming restless – I think mainly because you have to concentrate on the bobber. What do you think? Do you enjoy grinding, is it a necessary evil, or do you just buy everything on the AH?

4 Comments so far

  1. becket (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 7:59 am

    Repetition is an easy step to a meditative state, and I often find that an hour of grinding to actually be restful.

    Then there’s the fact that when you’re doing anything repetitive, it’s results per time unit that matter, not results per iteration. Getting into that state helps me to not ‘watch the pot’ as it were.

  2. Kinless (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 3:48 am

    Cool. I’m not alone. Yes, grinding is restive.

    I’ve got mats to get, so I grind, but I don’t mind.

    (Last night I found my ghostwolf winding up in the water, swimming, or in a broken camp, getting hit, when the last thing I was remember doing was heading north to scout for more elementals. Sometimes it gets too restive!)

  3. samownall (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 4:09 am

    I like grinding but only without horde rogues ganking me 24/7 :) Prefer kara tbh but have to grind to get mats for potions etc. I like your blog btw and have linked to it from my wow blog – World of Wacraft Guru If you like mine I would greatly appreciate being added to your blogroll :) Thanks

  4. Ravven (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 5:12 am

    Samownall, I’m not sure exactly who maintains the blogroll here, but thanks for bringing it up. There are a lot of good blogs that should be added, such as Kinless’ blog just above your comment. :)

    I’d like to vote for as well.

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