It must be nice, being a master of the Auction House.
Not to mention the player who has an entire stable of toons sitting at L85.
And still have a life. (Or a job. Or both.)
For most of us mere mortals, we have to content ourselves with prioritizing our WoW time. And truth be told, playing the role of Farmer Bob is one of those tasks that I typically put at the bottom of my to-do list. My thought process is simple: what's more fun, leveling in Vashj'ir, or mining Cobalt?* Fighting in Alterac Valley, or farming Frostweave?
It used to be the case that I'd combine my farming with waiting for the LFD or BG queue, but since the combination of Battlegroups caused a reduction in queue times, I discovered that I didn't have that much luck getting a lot of farming done. And right now, I'd rather be out questing rather than farming.
Of course, a Tailor still has to have her Frostweave to finish leveling. To help his fellow Hordie out, I've been pulling Quintalan off of whatever bench he's been spending his days on and sending him into Icecrown to beat up on Converted Heroes for their Frostweave. Once he gets a pile, he forwards them on to Neve so she can practice her skills. If you guessed that I don't exactly sound enthusiastic, you're right.
It's one thing if I've seen all of the Cata zones, and poked my nose into each nook and cranny on both factions. I'd be gearing up for PvP, trying my hand at heroics, and working on what I consider side stuff. But since Neve needs the gear she can get from Tailoring (and the boosts from Enchanting), I'm Farmer Quintalan instead.
Tomakan needs the cash, and while the questing is giving a good supply of gold, I don't want him to get to L83 without having visited all of the Northrend instances. So the past couple of days, he's been Miner Tom.
Not exactly the stuff that heroes are made of. Unless, of course, your idea of a hero is more along the lines of Cincinnatus.
I remember reading a post by Linedan from Achtung Panzercow on his attempts to play EVE Online, and my reaction was that if a game feels too much like work, it's no longer a game.** There are days when the WoW grind is too much like work, and not enough like play. That's when I remind myself that to take the measure of a game, you have to assess the good with the bad. Does the fun outweigh the grind?
For me, it does. This grind will eventually go away, and I can move on to other things. There may come a day when the grind no longer makes the game worth it, but it isn't there yet.
*Cobalt was selling for higher prices than Saronite or Thorium on Ysera last week.
**Unless your work is a game, then all bets are off.