A week ago (real) I was sort of down on both the server and Guild I was on. Rather than the tedious way, I just decided to find a closer and more populous serve and a new guild. Being too cheap to pay to switch, I just started a new toon, same class, race, everything. I figured I could quickly regain my "lost" levels. Its not quite as fast as I thought, but I'm satisfied with level 50 in eight days. I play solo, so its all questing and random dungeons.
Anyway, in my old life, at level 73 I was running Lich king and Burning Crusade heroic dungeons when another player asked me, essentially, how did you get in here with that gear. Since I was outplaying him/her, I just shrugged. But with the new guy, I figure, why not do it right? So I asked my guildies the best way to gear up for heroics and raids. (I was level 20 or so then). Their response was 'don't sweat it, just play". They're a good bunch, seemingly, but that didn't help much.
So I'll ask here: I'm currently running (gear) about 3-2 (blue-green). My bow is in the 40DPS range, my melee weapon around 33 depending on which I equip, both blue. The only piece I've seen of the higher stuff was something a hunter couldn't use. I'm not quite back to where I was give me another week or so, but starting now, what should I be doing to gear up for the higher runs?