Summary, Background, Introduction BLAH BLAH
Unless you’ve been living under a freakin rock, you’ve heard many bloggers talk recently about the tension inherent in blogging and also being part of a guild.
See: Cassandri’s musings before this became a big freakin deal, Tam’s post that started it all and his follow up, Larisa on the issue, Indecent Healer, Anea, Matticus, Ophelie, and probably more than a few others whose posts I can’t seem to locate at the moment.
Noisy Rogue then suggested an all-blogger guild. Tam and Miss Medicina obliged by setting up the EU and US versions respectively. Well it’s not really all-blogger. It’s all bloggers and our little groupies. I mean beloved readership.
Short-short version. I don’t want to out myself on this blog not because my guildies might find the blog, but because the world might find my guild. The guild simply does not need that sort of attention when I am using examples from it to illustrate larger points.
I thought I was being a little overly cautious and weird scrubbing my name and guild name from every photo… right until WoW.com linked here yesterday. My site went from 200ish loyal readers to 4000 tourists. I’d probably feel comfortable sharing real details with my regular readers, mostly bloggers, mostly people I know in some way. But not the tourists.
Are bloggers “better people” than the tourists? Stay tuned…
The All Blogger Guild
Besides our love for writing, I think bloggers and people who read blogs have a lot in common.
First of all, in order to write, we have to be articulate. Can you imagine never hearing leet in guild chat. Like EVER? Everyone speaking in complete sentences. It’s giving me goosebumps just thinking about the discourse.
Second, we all research. We want to know how to play our classes as well as we can. And if we’re doing something wrong, we want to know about it. In an all-blogsphere guild you wouldn’t have the moron at 80 with 71 points in 1 tree, or the DK with spellpower plate. Would NEVER happen.
However, if we made the all-bloggy guild our main guild, our blogs would suffer for it. The interesting thing about reading blogs right now is hearing how like-minded people deal with different situations. Some of us are in raiding guilds, some of us are more advanced than others. Our guilds have different leadership structures and loot systems. Our diverse experiences help us give each other advice from different perspectives. If we are having a uniform in-game experience, the blogsphere suffers because there will be patches of experience that none of us have.