The Blog Community Effect

If you frequent WoW blogs, there has been a community that has popped up recently that a lot of WoW bloggers have gotten into. And for good reason. It is generating a decent following, thus providing a community for people to share ideas, get suggestions, and elicit feedback from like-minded individuals.

I won’t deny that some interface improvements to my blog have come from the suggestions of individuals at the site. And I have to admire someone who takes the time to set-up a community for the good of everyone.

But after browsing the forums, trying to reply in threads, participating in suggestions and collaborations, the community doesn’t feel like a community, nor does it seem like it is even headed in that direction.

While I know people have noble intentions, the community has already fallen into a rut. Canned responses, adhering to a single standard, and other unfortunate trends. For example, one visitor made a thread about how he was tired of the gold selling ads that Google Ads was providing him and posed the idea of blog owners creating their own small banners that other blog users can post on their site to perhaps direct their readers to blogs they might find enjoyable.

Instead, he was directed to another thread which wanted everyone to enroll in EntreCard. Great. Another site to sign-up for. The sad portion of this is, the person who suggested using this site already admitted that “the system is largely dominated by “how to make money from blogging” bloggers.”

The community at the site in question has already embraced certain users as the ones to seek suggestions from, ignoring all others regardless of what their advice might be. It’s unfortunate that, as they generate these great ideas for the WoW blogging community, unless you are one of a handful of people, your ideas are not wanted and will purposely be skipped over. And I can almost guarantee that some of the users that are being skipped over are way more knowledgeable about WoW then *most* of these “prized” bloggers.

So I really don’t feel a desire to participate in this “community” any longer. Who knows where the community will go. They will probably be just fine, thrive with their population base, and do whatever it is they do.

It just seems, whether they realized it or not, they would squash creative ideas or individuality in favor of automated systems from third-party sites, and cookie-cutter layouts and ideas.

Ok, this is long winded, and has far to much ‘QQ’ in it, with not enough ‘PewPew’.

In closing, I think Morgan Freeman said it best.

A wise man once said: ‘There are no perfect men in the world; only perfect intentions.’

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.