I started playing a few months before WotLK, and it was a completely new experience for me as I'd never played anything like WoW before. I started making more toons almost immediately--I like trying out new classes, races and professions. I used to round robin through them, play each until the xp bar became purple and then move on to the next. When pets became spells, collecting these adorable little guys became a big motivation for me to play! I eventually realized I'd have to concentrate on a few toons, and quit cycling through them all, if I wanted to get to top level. I got my original dwarf pally and a troll dk to 80.
But it took me a long time to get into Cataclysm. I didn't play at all the first couple months, and when I did start playing, I tried leveling my lowbie shammy in the new "improved" Stranglethorn and I just didn't like it. Eventually I did come to like Cataclysm, particularly Uldum, and I love the new Darkmoon Faire that came out. I got 6 of my gals to 85, and even did a little end game.
I collect teddy bears, so the idea of playing a panda really appealed to me! I did something with MoP I'd never done before, logged on the first day of the expansion. With the preloaded patch Blizzard made it easy, no lag, it was great. I picked up some cheap greens that were all over the auction house, so my hunter could rock the starting area, even took down a few of the numerous elites. I already have 3 pandas, and I plan to make one more eventually, lol. The artwork in Pandaria and the Wandering Isle just blows me away. It's like walking through a painting. People have come back to the game! And I think we'll get another little surge with Christmas, from people receiving MoP as a gift.
I really appreciate the WarcraftPets guild. I've never been in a level 25 guild before, so the perks are nice. I love that I can just have a few toons there and play them when I want, even though I'm mostly busy on other servers. And with the new faster guild rep, and my monk panda's built in leveling bonuses, I'm almost to exalted just from doing dailies once and a while. So I'll be able to get Lil' Tarecgosa soon. Thanks so much for making the guild, Doob!
I think Warcraft has a bright future. I recommend the game to anyone now, even non-gamers, they've added a lot for the casual player over the years. I don't like everything about the game, but at least they do listen to some of the feedback. They never would have made it this far if they didn't. But I'm glad they ignored all the yahoos who dissed "kung fu panda" and said it would be the end of WoW.