I found myself pondering this question today as I sat down preparing to write this post. You see a long, long, long time ago, I made a promise that I would not just randomly throw up "filler" content. You see I always felt that it was better to have nothing, then to have something that was terrible. Over the years I have flirted with ending this philosophy, but in the end I just cannot bring myself to write that kind of content.
So why am I bringing this up today? Well, the honest truth as I sat down tonight, I was feeling somewhat tired and really not at all in the mood to spend five more minutes in front of my computer. After all, I worked a ten hour day, rushed to eat my dinner, and just got done with over two hours of recording footage of myself, DanDebacle, and Kramer playing Civilization V. After all of that, I honestly was going to throw up some five minute scribbled down thought of the day post, but you all can find that sort of thing on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever new social site is all of the rage.
The thing with "filler" content though is that helps on days like today. One thing I have learned over the years of writing for Holy Shock, is that consistency matters. So the question then becomes, does one resort to random pictures of gaming related items, quotes, or other such things? Or does one knuckle down and take pen to paper... er fingers to key, and put in a little elbow grease. I think I know where I stand on that, but how about you all? What do you think of blogs and other sites that just throw the "filler" content up? Do you like it?
I know I do not and so I am going to give it everything that I have to provide you with original content, whether it be my thoughts on a topic such as this, new videos that have been created, or insights into popular games. At the end of the day, I want to look at what has been published on Holy Shock and be proud. It may not always be the best, but I know it will have been my best. See you guys next time!
I do not know if I have mentioned this but I am the fearless leader of my guild. I know, don't you feel sorry for them now? Anyway, I have not seen any other leaders on here much speaking out, maybe because they do not deal with this issue as much as I have to. We are a smaller guild on our server, probably only a hundred accounts or so, and it saddens me whenever one of our members leave, whether it was just not a good fit or whatever the reason. I have come to adopt my guildmates as family. I will admit, most of them I know personally from having worked with them, but even those who live far away. I feel sad for them when they are sad and I get upset at them if they are acting up in the guild, much like I do with my own family.
Anyway, back on track, my thoughts for this post are rather simple really. Recently, Fish, has decided to hang up his shield and sword, and cast off his plate gear to take a "self imposed exile" as he says. It almost feels as though a member of the family has passed away. I realize that there is a good chance that he will return to us, and because I do work with him, it is not like we will not see each other. We actually talk often, use communications at work to stay in touch, and on those rare moments when the stars align perfectly, we are able to grab some food together; however, this does not replace the loss of one of our original memebers and a good tank that was showing much promise.
His decision has led me to reevaluate the guild as a whole and really look at are we meeting the needs of our members? It made me think about other guilds and wonder do they experience the same issues? Do other guild leaders and ranking officers have these moments? I resolved myself in the fact that I am sure that they do. I know from past experience that the size of the guild does not matter nearly as much as the quality of the guild, and while we are not the largest, we do have some quality people, both in game and out. I took the thoughts to the guild and asked for their feedback, and was surprised that many of them were extremely happy to be a part of our little "disfucntional family".
Still, I cannot help but feel sad whenever one of our members moves on. I want them all to know that we are here when they return and will accept them back into the family, no questions asked, nothing required.
In the first post I placed on here, I went over all my basic information. I really wanted to dive into some good subject matter but as I am sitting here thinking about the Holy Paladin and the different aspects of managing it and running it effectively, I started to think about a run last night which I had no part in. I mentioned yesterday that my wife plays and that she rolled a Paladin as well. Last night my guild was trying to get a run together for a few members who needed to do Mech. They had asked if I would go and I said I would, but honestly I was not feeling too into it. My wife was on and indicated she was interested in running Heroic Mech, as she has not had much experience with heroics, I thought it would be good for her. So I decided if they needed I could run one of my alts, well before I knew it the group filled up and away they went. Apparantly not needing my services, which did not upset me at all. It actually gave me the opportunity to watch someone run an instance for the first time. My wife does a great job as a Paladin and has taken a completely different way of arriving at 70, as well as, getting her gear.
My method was go fast and hard to 70. When my Pali hit 58 I immediately dropped all old world quests and went to outland where I ground mobs, quests, and dungeons, on my way to 70. I had some regret over this afterwards, but that is for another time. My wife; however, took her time, she would run stuff she wanted to and spent plenty of time experiencing the journey to 70, both the good and bad. Last night was no different. Our set up for our computers is almost right next to each other, which allows me to stop and help her (or yell, unfortunately at times... we are all human). Even before the group began to run, she stated she did not like the fact that I was not there to hold the guild members in line and make sure things remained as smooth as possible. I reassured her things would be fine. She had one of our best tanks in the guild, who has much experience and has been playing WoW much longer than I have, a geared rogue with good experience, a veteran player who rolled a new ret pali (which she is working on learning to play effectively), and a prot pali who was there for gear and the experience of the run. They started off fairly good and while they had trouble at certain times (and who wouldn't with taking two prot specs on a heroic run), but they managed to complete the run. When the final boss dropped, my wife had a look of accomplishment, happiness, and relief on her face. It was one of the first times she has ran something as the main healer without me being in a group. It was amazing to see the confidence that one simple run gave her, and also the since of accomplishment that she felt. It was a great thing to see, and in some ways, it is a shame that more of us "veteran" players do not get to experience the newness of these moments.