Moved to Geeking-By.net!

Hi everyone! I’ve finally made the move and my blog is now located at my new domain. The old version will stay up for a while as I get some things sorted out but all new content will be up at the new domain:

Geeking-By.net !

 

See you there! If you’re linking back to this blog please update your links 🙂

Dashing Demon Hunter #TransmogTuesday

Dashing Demon Hunter Transmog Set #TransmogTuesday

There were mixed reactions to the Rogue tier 21 Regalia of the Dashing Scoundrel, but personally I adored the Robin Hood vibe. I was working (unsuccessfully) with the red and blue mythic version of the head piece trying to put a Rogue set together when it evolved into a Demon Hunter set. I love that there are now non-class specific versions of tier sets, I just wish that Blizzard would fix the female hair issue – as you can see from these images it completely disappears. At least with this head piece it looks like she has her hair tucked up in a posh bun.

Dashing Demon Hunter is a set that borrows from a couple of other class sets while still keeping a demon hunter-esque vibe. As mentioned the head, [wowhead id=151985], is look-alike rogue tier, and the shoulders, [wowhead id=152413], are look-alike monk tier. There’s even a couple of  items that share appearances with druid legendaries thrown in there. So how exactly does it keep that Demon Hunter feel? It isn’t just the two massive glaives. I like to build my transmog sets around centre pieces and for me the chest piece is one of those. This one is from the Demon Hunter tier 19, and the legs are a skirt that match the chest really well – but are surprisingly from the previous expansion.

Dashing Demon Hunter

Head

  • [wowhead id=151985] / [wowhead id=152163]

Shoulder

  • [wowhead id=152413]  / [wowhead id=152147]

Chest

  • [wowhead id=138376] / [wowhead id=140865]

 

 

Wrist

  • [wowhead id=124280] / [wowhead id=137056]

Hands

  • [wowhead id=24752] / / [wowhead id=4239]

 

 

Legs

  • [wowhead id=124266]

Feet

  • [wowhead id=124249] / [wowhead id=137026]

Main Hand & Off Hand

  • [wowhead id=159651] / [wowhead id=160110]

 

About #TransmogTuesday

Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂

You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets. ((Texture used in banner is from Mercurycode.))

 

Over To You

What makes a set feel like a class set to you?

Do you like mixing up look-alike tier items?

What is your favourite Demon Hunter tier?

Let me know in the comments, as always I’d love to hear from you 🙂

10 Geeky Things I’m Thankful For

10 Geeky Things That I'm Thankful For!

I was completely stumped on what to do for this month’s 10 things. I have some ideas I’m working on for future 10 things, but wanted to reach out and see what you guys, my readers, wanted to know about me. I popped an open request up on my facebook page and got some great suggestions including this one from Alicia of EightBitBlonde to do a geeky post that ties in with Thanksgiving. As a Brit I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, however, I have a lot of US readers so in the spirit of celebrating Thanksgiving this months 10 Things is dedicated to 10 Geeky thinks that I’m Thankful for.

[bctt tweet=”As a Brit I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but in the spirit of celebrating Thanksgiving this months 10 Things is dedicated to 10 Geeky thinks that I’m Thankful for.” username=”justgeekingby”]

I previously wrote about 5 fandoms I’m thankful for in a 5 Fandom Friday prompt so this time I’m doing things a little bit differently. I’m going to talk about 10 geeky things in a more abstract way – keep reading to find out what I mean!

 

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - World Building

World Building

One of the greatest things that everything geeky has given to me is world building. As a young girl I started with stories created from my imagination, stories fuelled from worlds and characters I read in books. As a teenager  exploring the internet for the first time I stumbled upon the world of role playing and from there my interest in world building grew even further. Every tv show, movie, book and video game is set in it’s own universe that has been created by people. A world built from imagination and the possibilities are endless and it’s given us films like Star Wars, to the cheese-fests like Sharknado. There’s so many elements to it too and I started off with this one because I touch on more of them in other sections of this post.

[bctt tweet=” As a teenager exploring the internet for the first time I stumbled upon the world of role playing and from there my interest in world building grew even further. ” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Escapism

Escapism

[bctt tweet=” I could lose myself in the endless words and worlds of books, and it helped me to stay strong, to work through what was happening in the real world. ” username=”justgeekingby”]

The geek world isn’t just about escapism to me, I want to make that clear first, but it certainly is part of it’s charm. Growing up I was bullied a lot and the geeky world gave me a way to escape my tormentors, as well as helping me find myself. I could lose myself in the endless words and worlds of books, and it helped me to stay strong, to work through what was happening in the real world. As I got older and new problems replaced the bullying my geeky interests and pursuits continued to be there for me to offer solace when I needed to relax and remind myself that my every day life isn’t just filled with pain.

[bctt tweet=”As I got older and new problems replaced the bullying my geeky interests continued to be there for me to offer solace when I needed to remind me that my every day life isn’t just filled with pain.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Identity & Belonging

Identity & Belonging

A little while ago Hannah of A London Geek wrote about being a Fangirl and not being ashamed, it’s a great post that you should all check out and Hannah really hits the nail on the head with what it feels like to be embrace your geek community. I don’t remember when exactly I realised I was a geek; I was always different, I never fit in and I was instinctively attracted to geeky things. As I got older I embraced the term geek (or nerd, personally I’ve always preferred the term geek for some reason although I accept either!) and it was an important part of piecing together my own identity. I suddenly wasn’t just a weirdo, the odd one out, I was a part of a group of people who saw the world differently and shared my passions.

[bctt tweet=” I don’t remember when exactly I realised I was a geek; I was always different, I never fit in and I was instinctively attracted to geeky things.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - The Games That Define Us Blog Collaboration

 

A few days ago my post as a part of The Games that Define Us collaboration went live and in it I talk about how I became a gamer. It was a very cathartic post, and until I put my story down on paper I hadn’t even realised just how much that one game had effected my life, and that is just one element of my geeky world. Every part of my geeky interests and pursuits from this blog, to the games I play and the books I adore are what make me who I am.

[bctt tweet=”A few days ago my post as a part of The Games that Define Us collaboration went live. In it I talk about how I became a gamer and I realise how much that one game had effected my life.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Friendly Communities

Friendly Communities

The geek community isn’t all sunshine and rainbows – just ask any geeky woman – which is why this section is specifically called ‘friendly’ communities. I have been in many communities over the years that have I thought were friendly and I later realised in hindsight were toxic, however, I’m not going to dwell on those as this is about what I’m thankful for and not losing myself in the past. I make a point of mentioning them because I think it’s important to recognise the toxicity that does exist in the geek community rather than pushing it under the carpet – and in doing so it makes me even more grateful for the friendly communities I have now found and the friendships that have grown from them.

You may have heard or even used the term ‘geeking out’ before, and for me being a geek is a community thing. While I can entertain myself with my own thoughts and theories about a plot or character, at the end of the day I get the most joy from being able to talk about it with someone. My relationship with my fiancé Chris is filled with geeky moments. We are a couple that games and geeks out together, and I love that. I love that we have a room in our house dedicated to geeky things and that we agreed to decorate in a geeky way. I love seeing a tweet on twitter from a friend as they discover my favourite book or show for the first time, and their excitement as they enter that new world of wonder and magic. And I love the endless creativity and adventures of my fellow geek bloggers.

Being a geek is 100 times more fun with friends.

[bctt tweet=”While I can entertain myself with my own thoughts and theories about a plot or character, at the end of the day I get the most joy from being able to talk about it with someone.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Collectables

Collectables

I’ve always been a collector; keyrings, badges, postcards. I still have them from when I was a kid.  The internet has brought many wonders including online shopping and that’s just made it even easier to access geeky items, especially now there’s subscription boxes like Lootcrate and Geek Box. There are now so many things to collect and sites like etsy and redbubble, just to name a few, mean that we can also buy things created by other fans. Art and items created with the love, joy and attention to detail that comes from someone who feels the same way you do about a fandom. It doesn’t matter how old or obscure a fandom is there is something out there for everyone or there will be. Just the other day one of my favourite authors, Tamora Pierce, announced the first official line of merchandise for her books despite her writing for decades.

[bctt tweet=”I’ve always been a collector; keyrings, badges, postcards. I still have them from when I was a kid. The internet has brought many wonders including easier access to geeky items!” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Geeky Fashion

Geeky Fashion

You may have noticed that I love geeky fashion 😉 I’ve never been a big fashion person, style has never been top of my list and I tend to rock my own unique style that is a hybrid of geeky, boho, rock and a bit of goth thrown in. I’m very much a jeans and t-shirt girl so I love accessories to add some flare to my outfits. So it’s always been really important to me to have geeky fashion items that help me show my identify, my style to the world. I rarely like or care for the current trends – I’m the type of girl who walks into a woman’s fashion store, takes a look around at the ghastly ‘in season’ colours and walks right back out the door. However, I am a Libra and that means I do like to look good. Growing up in the 90s and 00s there wasn’t much geeky fashion at all; you could order from Hot Topic in the US but the prices were high and you had to deal with shipping prices. That was  all we had back then. So what I am incredibly grateful for now is the wider range of online stores catering to women’s geeky fashion.

[bctt tweet=”I’m very much a jeans/t-shirt girl so I love to add some geeky flare to my outfits. So it’s always been really important to me to have items that help me show my identify, my style to the world.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Spin Offs

Spin Offs

Oh no, she said the evil ‘spin off’ term! Don’t panic; hear me out. Spin offs, adaptations, accompanying material, whatever you want to call it. I’m not just talking about TV shows that spin off from an original show or books being adapted into movies; I’m also referring to book and comics that are written in the same universe as a movie or a game. My favourite and most beloved example being the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now referred to as Legends since the Disney canon reboot). I am the sort of fan that literally gobbles everything I can get my hands on. I don’t care if the movie is dodgy, or if the book is badly written. If there is one then I want to see it/read it. I still watch/read stand-alone movies and books but things that are part of a series and a much wider universe are so much more special to me. I think that is what appeals to me about the Star Wars EU, the Warcraft Universe and DC Comics Universe; there are so many characters and stories to be told. It’s why I was sad to see the Star Wars reboot happen, and also excited for the new canon because to me it’s just more stories that get to be told.

[bctt tweet=”I am the sort of fan that literally gobbles everything I can get my hands on. I don’t care if it’s dodgy, or badly written. If there is something then I want to see it/read it.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Fansites

Fansites

As I touched upon in world building every universe of a fandom has so many aspects and this has led to the creation of various virtual fan creations since the creation of the internet. Everyone has their favourite ways of consuming this content and one of those ways for me is fansites. There are so many different formats that a fan can show their love for a subject; news site, guides, shrines, cliques, fanlistings, website listing, online rpg, and more. I’ve been involved or ran my own versions of several of those over the years and I know the joy that it brings to be a part of that larger community online. I also love seeing the way in which people express themselves and their love for the subject and/or the community through their site.

[bctt tweet=”There are so many different formats that a fan can show their love for a subject and I know the joy that it brings to be a part of that larger community online.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Fanart

Fan Art

Fan art is the other big way I consume fan creations online whether it be digital art or traditional, and I am just so grateful that there are so many talented individuals out there that take the time to create such gorgeous work and share it with the world. I know there are some artists who have been treated badly and no longer share their work, and that breaks my heart but I can understand why they feel that way. I’ve always felt a special connection to art, always been drawn to it and to see someone capture the emotions of a character, relationship or scene accurately has always been very moving to me.

[bctt tweet=”I’ve always felt a special connection to art, always been drawn to it and to see someone capture the emotions of a character, relationship or scene accurately has always been very moving to me.” username=”justgeekingby”]

This wonderful piece of art was commissioned by Chris, my fiancé, from our wonderful friend and talented artist Jen Pattison. You can read my interview with Jen right here!

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Inspiration

Inspiration

The one theme that I think ties all these points together for me is this one; inspiration. It isn’t just from the geeky world, or what it represents, it’s how it inspires me and others to be ourselves and to grow as people. As I was writing this I realised that I was representing just one type of geek; a fandom geek, a fan girl. I’m a bookworm, a Star Wars nerd, a comic book geek. But that’s not the only type of geek out there and that is amazing. The geeky world inspires people to be different, to be who they really are and to reach for the unknown. It can be what inspires them to go into careers in tech or science, to educate and support the next generation, or to share their passions by creating new worlds and universes for people to enjoy and explore.

[bctt tweet=”The geeky world inspires people to be different, to be who they really are & to reach for the unknown. It can be what inspires them to go into careers in tech or science, to educate and support the next generation.” username=”justgeekingby”]

Being a geek is amazing and inspirational, and I am thankful for it teaching me that anything is possible.

 

Over to You

I hope that this gave you a bit more of an insight into me and what being a geek and the geeky world means to me. What about you? Is there an identity or community that you’re thankful for?

[bctt tweet=”Being a geek is amazing and inspirational, and I am thankful for it teaching me that anything is possible.” username=”justgeekingby”]

Is it the geeky world or something else?

If you’re a fellow geek did anything in this entry strike a chord? Do you have any insights of your own to add?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Let me know in the comments and if you’re in the US I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving! Got a suggestion for another 10 Things? Pop it in the comments too 🙂

 

Burning Fel Witch Doctor [Shaman] #TransmogTuesday

Burning Fel Witch Doctor Transmog Set #TransmogTuesday

I had so much fun with this set! The last few transmog sets have felt like a bit of a struggle so it was a relief to get one that came together easily. The Burning Fel Witch Doctor set ending up being a kind of what-if set; what would happen if a Shaman ever became infused with Fel? Much like the dark shamans we saw in Siege of Orgrimmar this set is much darker than the usual shaman sets and is based around hues of deep red and fel green. I started with the head piece ([wowhead id=138343]) from The Nighthold and then matched the colours with the chest piece, another Shaman tier; [wowhead id=96684].

From there it was all about finding other pieces that fit in with the idea of a dark fel tinged Shaman, and I kept it simple with plain gloves and boots again. The belt is just a random green that blends in with the chest piece nicely. For the weapons I chose to dual wield the gorgeous [wowhead id=59462], a fel flamed axe that seemed fitting for this dark shaman.

 

Burning Fel Witch Doctor

Head

  • [wowhead id=140870] / [wowhead id=138343]

Shoulder

  • [wowhead id=93594] / [wowhead id=93583] / [wowhead id=84481] / [wowhead id=84487] / [wowhead id=84487]

Chest

  • [wowhead id=96694] / [wowhead id=96684]

 

 

Hands

  • [wowhead id=112519] / [wowhead id=106417] / [wowhead id=106450] / [wowhead id=113032] / [wowhead id=106681] / [wowhead id=106714]

Waist

  • [wowhead id=134163] / [wowhead id=139077] / [wowhead id=136753] / [wowhead id=134295] / [wowhead id=134339] / [wowhead id=134383] / [wowhead id=134251] / [wowhead id=134207] / [wowhead id=121315]

 

 

Feet

  • [wowhead id=140867]

Weapon

  • [wowhead id=59462]

 

About #TransmogTuesday

Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂

You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.

 

Over To You

What are your thoughts on this set?

Do you want to see more dark/alternative class sets?

Have you ever made a fel or void themed set?

Let me know in the comments, as always I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Interview with Competition Site Owner Georgina

Interview

When I first introduced interviews to this blog I hoped to be able to share stories like Georgina’s and so it was an absolute pleasure when she approached me about discussing her experiences her at Just Geeking By. As an avid comper (someone who regularly takes part in competitions) I’ve known about Georgina’s competition site iWon-iWon.com and its sister sites since they first popped up, but I never knew that I had so much in common with the lady behind them.

I will let Georgina tell you herself how a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis led her to become a small business owner who now runs several competitions sites including a brand new one just for students. [bctt tweet=”I will let Georgina tell you herself how her MS diagnosis led her to become a small business owner who now runs several competitions sites including a brand new one just for students.” username=”justgeekingby”]

 

The Interview

Hi. Please tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi, my name is Georgina and I’m a 40 plus mum of a 16 year old son (how did that happen, one minute he was toddling around and now he’s applying for College – scary!). I’m also step-mum to 3 more teenage boys and happily married to my husband Stu – who is my rock. Thanks to all the male hormones, I decided I needed someone on my side – so I am also mummy to our 3 year old Labrador Bella __ I was diagnosed with MS after my son was born, and for years it had no impact on my life however, in 2015 my walking deteriorated and life changed.

How did you get into competition websites?

I had to give up my job in 2016 because I felt I couldn’t give my boss what she needed and in a small company that wasn’t going to work long term. Around the same time Stuart was putting a company together with his work associates, as part of that business we began looking at competition sites and that’s how iWon-iWon was born. It was a great fit for me, as not only could I work from home and around my health it made good use of my marketing skills that I had built up over the years. It just made sense.

How many years have you been doing it?

We’ve been live for 2 years now and the site has evolved into several competition sites including our latest addition – UniWins –  – it was tricky at first as lots of people think ‘scam’ but we have built up their trust over time. We have a 5* rating on TrustPilot  and on Facebook  – I am so proud of this because I work 24/7 (it definitely isn’t easy starting a company) – I wear many hats including customer service, prize sourcing, marketing and so on. Thankfully multi-tasking was always a strength of mine. [bctt tweet=”The site has evolved into several competition sites including our latest addition – UniWins – it was tricky at first as lots of people think ‘scam’ but we have built up their trust over time.” username=”justgeekingby”]

What does your work mean to you?

The great thing about the business is that it keeps my brain functioning and allows me to continue using my skills. When you become ill with a long term disease, your life changes in ways you don’t envisage. Having something to focus on is so positive for my wellbeing, without it I might sit and spend time worrying about life. I’ve always been a positive person and I do believe that attitude makes such a different to my day to day health.

What was the first time you realized that was what you wanted to do?

I’ve always been creative throughout my working years, and I’ve always imagined having my own business in some capacity. Both my dad and mum came from family businesses so it feel natural to me. I used to work the markets with my dad during my younger years and then later in their family shop. This instilled great working ethics, I truly believe if you work hard and give a great service you will do well. The feedback we received reinforces this and makes the hard work of getting the company off the ground worth it.

What is your proudest moment?

Getting to the end of year 2 and not being in debt – so many businesses fail in their first year. We are a long way from where we want to be but I am so proud of what we have achieved to date.

What was the first successful competition?

Our first competition went live in October 2016, since then we have given away almost 1000 prizes worth almost £50,000. We’ve gone from having around 20 prizes live at any time to have over 60 today. We have a new prize going live pretty much daily now which is great for our users as it keeps them coming back. [bctt tweet=”Our first competition went live in October 2016, since then we have given away almost 1000 prizes worth almost £50,000. We’ve gone from having around 20 prizes live at any time to have over 60 today.” username=”justgeekingby”]

What are your goals for the future? What do you hope to achieve?

We have lots of plans for how we can evolve the site further, but that takes time and money – so watch this space.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Work hard, treat your customers well and you will be successful but also everything in life happens for a reason. I may well have a horrible disease but there are worse things in the world that I could have and there are people in far worse situations than me. I have so much to be thankful for, and no matter what life throws at me I will always be thinking “onwards and upwards”. [bctt tweet=”There are people in far worse situations than me. I have so much to be thankful for, and no matter what life throws at me I will always be thinking “onwards and upwards.” username=”justgeekingby”]

Any advice for others wanting to start their own business?

Don’t give up, it’s not easy and the highs and lows of running your own business is hard – worrying about money, going 3 steps forward and then 10 steps back is perfectly normal.

 

Interview with Georgina the owner of the competition website Iwon-Iwon

 

Now for some random questions…

If you were the god/goddess of anything, what would it be?

Chocolate of course, it’s my weakness.

What would your animal form be?

A cat, always loved big cats and small cats.

Do you have any fun quirks?

Clearly, I’m dull as can’t think of anything lol!! I talk a lot, and sometimes say silly things because my brain doesn’t always catch up with my mouth.

Do you collect anything?

Kindle books, I love reading and I keep downloading samples and 99p books – who knows when I will actually get to read them all as my TBR (to be read) pile just keeps growing and growing – it’s the Facebook book café group I belong to – people keep sharing great reads and it’s so easy on the Kindle to just keep downloading more books!

And finally; time for a shameless plug:

Please sign up to my website iWon iWon , it’s free and it’s so easy to use. The idea is that you enter competitions daily – the more times you enter the more times your name will be in the virtual pot. My new UniWins site is perfect for this blog! – I will keep my fingers crossed for you all to be winners in the not too distant future!

[Note from the editor 😉 – Everyone has a chance to be a winner, but you need to actually enter to have a chance! [bctt tweet=”Everyone has a chance to be a winner, but you need to actually enter to have a chance!” username=”justgeekingby”] I’ve won so much over the years, such as this amazing beauty prize, and I’m happy to discuss competitions more for anyone who has any doubts.]