My past relationship with tanking comes in the form of Thingie, who got to level 40 by this approach. As a warrior tank with a slight inferiority complex due to her height and DPS, her technique was something like “/ROAR and /PANIC and USE ALL THE SKILLS! OMFG!” This worked, for the most part, but it did get somewhat stressful. Somewhere around level 40 or so, she ran screaming and that was that.
Cue Niremere, who got to level 40 as Retribution. She then had a party where a dwarf tank (named something like Thedwarf, I kid you not) went Ret in the middle of the dungeon, so she figured, she could go Prot, right? RIGHT.
I actually kind of … like tanking. What’s wrong with me? This is a position of responsibility! You actually have to do crap! But Niremere feels dramatic and of consequence, running forward, slinging some shield and holy power, all the while smashing all the things. Plus, OMFG INSTAQUEUE. I don’t know what’s up, but every time she turns on Dungeon Finder, she’s got a party within a minute. You can’t beat that.
This is not to say that everything ends well, of course.
Or, even better:
Yeah, I don’t know either. While I think I actually like tanking, I still hate Dire Maul, so I may just quest my way past that and then tank some more.
Both agree on one thing, though. Did the party live? GOOD.