I have been publicly blogging about Warcraft for over two years now. In those two years, I have been in three guilds, been on three servers and have remained steadfast to my druid. I have made people angry with my blogging, I have touched people and I have made friends.
However, I ended up saying something last night that I never thought I’d hear myself say. “If you are in my guild, I will be writing about you at some point in time. Expect it.”
When I first started blogging, I really wanted to remain anonymous. I knew that I would probably make my guildmates mad if they found out I was writing about them. I discovered early on that I had a hard time keeping myself out of my writing and yet I still tried to hide it from my guild and even my real life friends that I had a Warcraft blog. Even the ones who played with me.
When I privately wrote about my Warcraft experiences (on Livejournal, in a locked account), I could say what I wanted and I would. I would vent and shake my virtual fists at the (imagined) injustices I would come across as well as the frustrations of leading a 25 raiding guild (and attempting to herd healers into a line). However, when I started writing out where everyone could read it, I had to be careful. And if I wasn’t, I ended up causing drama that I (sometimes) didn’t even know about. (I’m sure there are still hurt feelings over things I wrote floating around somewhere.)
When I joined Myth, I made it very clear, up front, that I had a Warcraft blog and that I wrote in it about my guild. They were fine with that because one of the officers had a blog and so did another one of the members. My blog ended up linked on our guild webpage and members would often find their way to my page for different things.
So, Wednesday night, we were going to do Spoils of Pandaria (which is a fight I’ve done every time we’ve been in, and our disc priest hasn’t been able to see yet.). I offered to sit (quite happily) and got to work on writing a blog post for my WeakAuras update. I had just finished it when they were ready to pull Thok and I got summoned into the instance. I bragged (yes, that’s right) that I was all productive during my down time and got my blog updated! And my paladin healer buddy was like “You have a blog???” To which my guildleaders both went “OMG YES, where have you been???”
So then we discussed how I have a blog and that I just posted WeakAura strings for a whole bunch of stuff (like the Legendary cloak proc, which he wanted a string for) and he made me post my website. And that’s when I told him I’ve been talking about him here. (Hi Bissah.) And warned the raid that I’ll be talking about them at various times in the future.
The thing about this guild was that I actually didn’t warn them until after I joined that I had a blog. And while my little blog isn’t a huge successful, hundreds of people reading it every day, blog. It’s still here and people still come everyday looking for Weak Auras and other stuff. And that’s pretty cool. I think.