Taming Rod in my inventory and I couldn't tame another pet or call forth the existing one. So I just plugged along until level 14 when my shaman buddy figured out the problem and I once again had my trust pet at my side.
As for the blog, I basically wanted a chance to voice my thoughts, feelings, and opinions about anything WoW related. I was also looking to give back to the WoW community who was there for me while I was coming up. I read many a blog and many a database while I was first experiencing the world and without those resources I'd still be that noob carrying around a Taming Rod and no pet.