Before I go on, let me just say that I really do like WoW, and plan to play it for many, many months.
But the past few nights, I've had to take a break from the game. I find myself getting really burned out.
I think the problem is I'm trying to divest myself between at LEAST 2 characters at any one time, while the people I play with (my friends, you guys on Tuesday/Wednesday) seem to only play that character, or to just generally level quicker than me. Part of the problem is being a blacksmith (I need to make regular trips back to town) but part is simply the fact that I'm trying to concentrate on multiple characters. Right now, my Paladin is 19 (while my friends are 22,24,and like 30 bazillion... that guy doesn't really count) and my GWJ Hunter is 12.
That's a perfect example. Over the weekend I thought to myself "hey, I should play my hunter, so he's high enough for the next night" but whenever I would log in, I would say "no, I should play my paladin, so I can get closer to my friends and be able to play with them. So, I spent the weekend with my Paladin, but didn't seem to get him any closer to them.
So, I suppose I can frantically play more than they do, but the only real time I could play where they don't would be weekends, and I HATE playing more than a couple hours on Saturday, and maybe a longer period on Sunday. But I feel like I'm grinding, at this point, to get somewhere... even though I'm doing quests and crafting, I see my friends playing together doing some high up quest, and it sucks to not be able to join them. Sure, I can join them and buff them, but that's about the extent of my use at this point.
This is the problem I seem to run into all the time: the people I play with want to play WAY more than I do, until they inevitably get higher than me and I don't feel like playing anymore. I just can't spend EVERY WAKING HOUR playing a video game, but this is basically what my friends do: one of them even goes home on his lunch break to play a little... plus, they're leatherworkers or enchanters or tailors, so they just craft while resting. I'm really enjoying my tradeskill, and don't want to give it up... I suppose I'm just voicing some general frustrations with the MMORPG style - if the people you want to play with play more than you, eventually you're not going to be able to play with them.
So yeah, that's the gist of my current feelings on WoW. I'm sure it will settle down, and if I put in some solid hours, I can catch up, but I just hate feeling like I'm playing a catch-up game, and so it can be frustrating.