Cataclysm has been out about 8 weeks now. So far I have managed to join a great raiding guild, level my 3 main playing toons to 85, level my professions so I have max or near max in most categories and had great success in earning gold. So why do I feel like I'm spinning my wheels?
Gold earning has become almost an all-encompassing activity. My AH time has been so dominant that I rarely find time to do anything else. The exception has been to level professions.
I hit a fairly comfortable gold plateau in the first two weeks after Cataclysm. From that point until now I have bounced around within a 10k gold window. It seems this window has served to define how much time I spend doing non-AH activities.
I'm not a "realm first" kind of player so I didn't become consumed with hitting any one goal very fast. Nor am I particularly motivated to hit the gold cap. However, my goals to get max profs for everything I can has been a constant motivator. I now have Tailoring at 505, Leatherworking at 515, Blacksmithing at 520 and max Alchemy, Enchanting, Jewelcrafting and Inscription. All my gathering skills are also maxed.
I can max Tailoring, Leatherworking and Blacksmithing fairly quickly but will have to spend some gold to do so. My Tailor is only L76 so he can't gather Embercloth yet. Have to buy raw and turn into bolts. Fortunately I have seen the cost of raw Embersilk fall to around 4g/cloth. Any time I see it for 3.5g/each I buy as much as I need for the next skill threshold.
My Leatherworker is L81, almost L82 now, and he is questing in the Abyssal Maw. The leather he skins up has gone to the next few skill points. Just a few hours more and I'm sure I can get another level down and enough mats to get to 550. Or, I can simply fly to Hyjal and skin in some of the great farming locations. Or there is a very good skin farming location near the wreck that begins Vas'jir, on the bottom of the ocean--the crabs are great to skin, spawn quickly and exist below the Naga.
Blacksmithing could have leveled by now but I have been using all the ore I can mine for my JC. I buy quite a bit and prospect, craft and sell the cut and some uncut gems. I could probably spend two hours and get max Blacksmithing.
So why do I feel a little unfulfilled?
The biggest reason is that I have not done any dungeons or raids. I joined an awesome raiding guild to get the experience but raid nights have been inconvenient for me thus far. And I have really shied away from doing instances without guildies. Most of them have long since passed my gear levels and are now 9/12--and I'm still trying to figure out when to "discover" Blackrock Spire and Deadmines.
Yet my daily routine is very full. First, I log my AH toon and get mail, do a scan, re-list my auctions, buy any mats I need to "AH farm" and mail to my alts. Then I run the SW cooking and fishing daily quests on 5 toons (sometimes 6) and the JC daily for that toon. For a while I did the Dalaran cooking and fishing dailies on 3 toons but have finally decided the travel time back and forth just makes this practice too cumbersome.
Then I go back to the AH and do that grind again. By then my morning play time is over. Got to do some work, return calls and emails, that sort of stuff.
When I log again in the evening I do the AH shuffle one more time, craft whatever needs to be built for use or sale, do my milling, prospecting and DE anything I need to DE, and hit the AH again. Or, I may need Northrend herbs or Outland ore--so I'll spend an hour or two running those circuits.
If I have any time left before bed I may run a quest or two or check my Horde toons. In any event, I find little to no time remaining in my day for anything fun.
Forget the time I spend on other people's blogs (and commenting on their posts), I rarely have the willpower or desire to jump into a raid after a day like I just described. And that day has become my Groundhog Day.
I'm tired of treading water. I will spend the rest of this weekend leveling profs but after that, no more. I will gear up and get into the swing of dungeons, heroics and eventually raids.
Maybe then the 3k gold I make every day will actually stay in my bank. And maybe then I won't feel like such a mule.