Following up on Blog Communities

Apparently my post ruffled some feathers. Or perhaps I should say bear fur. Which really wasn’t my intent, but rather share my opinions with my narrow readership or anyone who actually cared. Not surprisingly, the individuals who left comments on my previous post were actually the few people I actually expected to do so.

Some people have suggested to me that they think I am writing this only to stir the pot so to say. Which really isn’t my intent. I don’t join communities, forums, or the like with the purpose to cause drama. But some people are apparently more easily offended than other and also seem to take my comments as a personal attack.

I have no intent on calling people by name, but I feel the need to comment on a few statements that have been made.

This from someone whose contributions to the conversation so far in this forum, was to say that they wouldn’t hate participating, and that they can show up on Sunday. No suggestions on topics, no questions on the format or anything.

I have no need to refute this fact. From my perspective, until the thread had developed further, I had wagered that the person who volunteered to organize a podcast featuring WoW bloggers had at least some idea of what was going to be discussed. It would be easy to talk about how happy the world is, and how excited we all are to have blogs, etc. But what exactly are we providing to the community in that way? Blizzard released their own podcast and was torn apart by the community by not having engaging content, new information, or anything useful. But as the post went on, I read this:

I didn’t want to be in this show in the first place. I still don’t want to be in this. I do not want to be taking up a spot in the show that another blogger could have, a blogger that has not had the fun of being involved in a stimulating conversation with other people about shared interests.

I applaud the noble intentions, but if you aren’t going to enjoy something, then don’t do it. Simple as that. If no one else was willing to take the reigns to organize it, maybe there wasn’t enough people who would be dedicated enough to do it? Which in my opinion, and nothing more, supports my idea of too many people hoping to ride other people’s coattails.

What topics did YOU suggest, Behemothdan? Where was your input?

I didn’t suggest topics. I was not the one trying to organize it. I wasn’t the person picking who was going to talk for an hour or who was going to talk for 5 minutes. I am posting this at 12:30 am Mountain time. I try not be too cynical, but I wonder if you have decided on your topics yet. And apparently my statements I made regarding other people’s qualifications was taken incorrectly, so allow me to provide an example.

If you were hosting a podcast, had 3 different bloggers debuting on the show, what are you going to talk about? A Warrior is most likely going to be unable to comment on the individual value of healing trinkets when used by a Resto Druid. And if I decided to discuss the current situation of Hunter DPS mechanics, is that same Resto Druid going to be able to provide valuable feedback to the conversation? Most of the time, the answer is no. I had no intent of suggesting that people be filtered out if they haven’t killed Illidan, or who haven’t achieved Gladiator.

I really have no desire to comment about anything else that was said, because I usually stop reading once someone’s thoughts cannot be contained without the use of profanity. In the end though, if someone has become so upset by criticism or opposite viewpoints, it really just enforces my decision. Although I do think it is a discourtesy to Phaelia and the other administrators of the community who have worked hard to put it together.

To anyone else who happens to read my blog outside of the “drama” in the past couple days, I will get a real post up in the next day or so. Perhaps another video of some sort.

About Drotara

Drotara (or BehemothDan) considers himself a geek on many levels. A web developer and programmer by trade, he has no shortage of geeky hobbies. When not fulfilling husband and daddy duties, he enjoys WoW, the WoW TCG, Magic: The Gathering, and great board games with friends and family.