This year, I'm continuing with the tradition of the annual year-in-review blog post. Once again, the family is not off skiing during these last few weeks of the year. Instead, the youngest Joarlings, who are both competitive swimmers, are spending a few hours each day with weightlifting and swim practice. So that means we get a blog post summary again this year.
During 2019, I've managed to level 29 characters to 120, giving me a grand total of 39. I've got one more that I'm working on during the anniversary bonus, and I expect he'll be done by the end of the week, giving me a grand total of 40. Thirteen of those 29 have been completed during the last two months while the anniversary bonuses have been active. This has also included getting seven of the eight allied races to max level. One of my favorite things has been the heritage armor sets for the various allied races.
Looking back at last year's update, I had just managed to get all of the professions to max level shortly before writing that update. I'm nowhere close this time around. There doesn't seem to be as much need to level the professions. The fact that you don't have to be maxed in order to train the next expansion's professions really eliminates the pressure entirely. Right now, I have five professions of the fourteen currently maxed. I've got one more that will be done soon, but the other 8 may not end up getting finished at all. There just doesn't seem to be a compelling reason.
In other updates, I've got a Horde and an Alliance character that have both been fully through the current content. My main has completed all of the raids on LFR and I'm really looking forward to the new expansion in mid-January.
Right now, the big consideration is going to be what to do after the anniversary bonus expires in a week. I will likely go back to running daily emissary quests on 4-5 different toons. I may also work on completing the rep for heritage armor sets on a blood elf, dwarf, gnome and paladin. The gnome has the farthest to go. There will obviously be new content and new raids with the new patch that will take some time, and I'll at least want to get characters set up for the new allied races. I'm likely done with leveling until Shadowlands hits though.
I may also spend some time on gold making. This expansion hasn't been a particularly good one for me from a gold standpoint. Part of that is I've spent quite a bit on new mounts and on upgrading heirlooms (leveling so many toons is pretty expensive on that front). I'm still net ahead for the expansion, but not by nearly as much as normal.
So that's the update for 2019. Hope you'll continue following into the new decade!