One of the things that I love about the WoW blogosphere is the diversity of the community. We have all kinds of different people from different backgrounds blogging, and I happen to think that it’s fantastic. Everyone has something unique to offer, if for no other reason than they have different life experiences that give them a differing view on something. I love the fact that I can read five different posts on the same topic, and gain something different from each one of them.
Um…do you have a point here, Beru? Or is this just going to be one of your rambly, long winded, where’s the point posts?
I do have a point, and I happen to think it’s one that needs to be said. Lately, there have been a few things in the blogging community and more specifically in the resto druid community (and perhaps elsewhere too – I just tend to follow more resto druid blogs than others!), that have been bothering me. I have tried very hard not to rock the boat, or stir up trouble, because I happen to love the community. But time after time something is said or done that has bugged me. And itch that I’ve been trying not to scratch. Well it’s now at the point that I’m spending more effort trying not to scratch that itch than I think I should, and I’m not often one to mince words or bite my tongue, even though I often should.
Having Multiple Resources Is A Great Thing For The Community!
So, here I am scratching that itch.
Lately when someone in the community does a great thing for the community, such as posting a guide or strategy, we see a great number of thankful people that are thrilled at the new resource and think that it’s a great thing. And rightfully so! But then there are a handful of people, who seem, well, disappointed that someone may have, in their eyes, rained on their parade. And instead of offering congratulations on a job well done, offering acknowledgement of the effort and time put in – they instead point out how they just haven’t had time to get to theirs, or how theirs can’t be done as well because of xyz.
And you know what? This just isn’t OK. And it isn’t how members of the community should function.
Great resources are great for everyone, no matter where they come from or how many other people may have tackled the challenge of putting a resource together. And really, the more thoughts, opinions and resources that are available, the more diverse and well educated the community will become. I mean, think about it – when you do a research paper you your citation list can’t only contain one source. At least not if you expect to get good marks on it. Your professors expect you to go out and look at the different thoughts offered by many “experts” in the field and then consider each of them before offering your own opinions and making your own conclusions on the topic.
I will admit that when I see that someone has spent a good deal of time on something, and is excited to share their hard work with the community, and then someone else comes in behind them and doesn’t even bother to give them a “great job!” and only comments on how they are going to do something different or better, I find that I am disappointed.
One Person Does Not Have A Monopoly on Topics
Something that I’m having a really hard time understanding, I guess, is why one person thinks that they should be the only resource available on certain topics. Honestly, one person cannot expect to be the only person offering advice or providing guides to the community as a whole. Blogging doesn’t work that way. I think that it’s fantastic that multiple people offer a resource on the same thing, because no two people will have the same ideas. And that’s fine! Not only that – but sometimes when people write out things like guides and strategies, it’s to help them walk through their own thoughts on the topic. I know that I certainly find it helpful to write out my thoughts when I’m trying to figure something out and those thoughts frequently turn into blog posts.
I love the fact that I can get Jar’s, Moonra’s, or Keeva’s* thoughts on the new resto druid changes – and each is unique and each one has different points on differing topics. Even though they are all talking about the same thing. I love the fact that when someone in my guild asks me for resto druid advice I have multiple sources that I can provide them.
Not everyone will learn the same way or connect the same way with different bloggers. For some having visuals really helps them understand better, while for others they’d rather just have it written out for them. And I think that it’s fantastic there are so many different options available to the community. The bottom line is that just because someone else has posted on something, doesn’t lock another blogger out from sharing their opinions or thoughts on the topic. The more people that share, the richer the wealth of information provided becomes.
I guess what is chapping my hide a little bit is that I am seeing some folks failing to recognize that it’s a good thing to have multiple ideas and resources on a single topic. And it really eats at me when I don’t see someone in the community have their efforts positively acknowledged by their peers in the community.
One of the Greatest Things About Being Part of a Community, is Sharing in Each Other’s Success and Failures.
One of the things that I love best about being part of the WoW blogging community is that I get the opportunity to share really great things with people that will appreciate it, or share really difficult things with people who will empathize with my struggles. This goes whether it’s with guild issues, raiding, leveling or taking hours/weeks/days to put together a great resource to share with the community.
It doesn’t matter if your blog gets 10 hits a day or 10,000 hits a day – you are still part of the community and you still deserve acknowledgement and support from other members of the community. Even if I disagree with something someone has said in a post – I still acknowledge the effort put forth and then respectfully state my dissent on a certain thing.
Personally, I keep blogging because I find it a very rewarding experience. I blog on the topics that I feel the need to express myself on, or need to wrap my head around, and sometimes because I think others might find the information helpful and maybe learn from my experiences and often my mistakes. But first and foremost, I blog for me. And you know what? I love that the community has largely accepted that. I love that I can write a post about how I wanted to (metaphorically) jump out of my window as a result of frustration with my struggles on HM LK – and that I had a wave of people come and pull me away from that window with their kind words, support and advice. And then when I saw success, those same people came and shared in that with me.
And you know what else? If I had found another blogger posting the exact same thing, I wouldn’t have been disappointed that they posted on the topic before/at the same time I did, I would have happily commiserated with them and tried to do what others had done for me. I would have shared in his successes and failures. Because ultimately that is really what the Blogging community is about, isn’t it? Sharing all kinds of information and celebrating success and working through failures?
I Guess What I’m Trying to Say Here
I know sometimes I ramble, and sometimes the point I’m trying to make gets lost in my train of thought trying to leave the station. But what I’d really like to convey is that I think that everyone in the blogging community has something unique to share. I am glad that there are some things that are so important that many members of the community pick up the torch and share the weight and burden of responsibility when it comes to providing information. I don’t think that I’m alone in this.
The point that I’m trying to make is that I really hope that I see more people express excitement and share the lime light a little bit when another member of the community has done a good thing, instead of expressing disappointment that you didn’t get to it first or that they perhaps didn’t it differently than you did.
I really love the community – but this little bee has been in my bonnet for some time and has been bringing me down. I think that everyone in the community is great and has the potential to offer fantastic contributions! And for those out there a bit bummed that someone did the same thing you were planning on doing – my advice is to do it anyhow! I know that I love reading different takes on something, and I know I’m not the only one! I would even be as bold as to suggest including a “Other thoughts on this can be found here” blurb. Instead of being disappointed, view it as an ever flowing fountain of knowledge and share the wealth of information that is out there!
I know I’m not alone! How many of you out there enjoy having multiple resources for information?
*Please note that I’m not purposefully leaving anyone out, so please don’t be offended if you weren’t listed – there are just too many great druid bloggers to name them all in a small example! I just went with the first three that popped into my head at the time of writing.