OK, so I am fed up. It’s so hard having a blog that most of your guildies read. Last time I tried to say something I got asked not to upset the boat by potentially naming people. I said then I was thinking about starting another completely private blog where I could vent my frustrations, but THIS is my blog. THIS is where I rant, smile, laugh, share my addictions, etc.
It is a year today since I joined my guild. I had prepared a lot of notes about the year I have had, but recently I’ve been getting itchy feet again. I don’t want itchy feet. This guild is so close to being the perfect place to me, but right now it feels like a sinking ship.
This is going to be a ‘say what you and other people are thinking’ sort of post where I get off my chest everything that I’ve thought about or people have talked to me about. It isn’t going to be ‘nice’, it is likely to hurt and for that I apologise, but I have to get it out.
We have a GM, who works a lot away. He is currently absent and nobody seems to know where. I have asked if anyone knows where he is, I have emailed him, I have heard nothing. I am actually quite concerned – how would any of us know if something terrible HAD happened to him?
He has 5 officers. One has been pretty much absent from the game for 6 months or so. He contributes nothing. He popped in and did a bit of PVP last week but other than that I don’t see that he contributes to the guild in any way at all. Another one has been very busy with a new job. He pops in once or twice a month, occasionally leads a raid, but is so far behind in his game play that he isn’t really ‘leading’ the raid. There are two who founded the guild. They are lovely people but neither has the time or inclination to actively run anything for the guild or raid lead.
So – for most of them, I am not sure what they do as officers other than remember the old days and the start of the guild. Maybe that is sufficient and I am being too picky. But for 4 out of the 5 officers to not really do much it feels a bit ‘off’ to me.
The last one is left to try to keep it all together, as well as run a very stressful antisocial hours job. She tries to encourage the other officers to do stuff, but I don’t see that she gets much support. Her boyfriend has been running our raids, but he has more study to do and is tired a lot more than previously and so isn’t up to running 3 raids by himself a week.
I have offered to help as much as I can, but I am not very good at ‘new raid’ leading. I can rally people to do old things and ‘play’ stuff, but new content leading is not for me. I am more than happy to fish, cook, craft or farm things though. I ran an alt raid last week because it was about the only way I was going to get a raid.
I know MOP is coming and people will be back.
I know people are fed up of DS normal and LFR.
I know we could do more and that there are several who want more. A colleague’s guild went to DS HC for the first time this week and killed 4 bosses on HC. We could do that.
I know I’m being irrational…..
but … I miss the fun I had in raids, the reaching for the cake or the mind bleach, dependent on the situation. I miss achieving things together.
We have someone in the guild who is killing it. I can’t mention any more because this person probably reads my blog too. It is something the officers and GM should deal with but are not. It could drive people away. It certainly makes me want to play elsewhere. I don’t like feeling like this. I don’t like blogging about this. I wanted to blog my nice happy ‘I’ve been here a year and it’s fantastic’ post, but how can I do that when I am looking at other guilds and wondering. I feel bad about wondering because this guild made me enjoy and relax with WOW again. It made me play alts. It made me get into mogging although I think I would have done that anyway – it certainly encouraged and enthused about it!
How do you tell your guild to buck up, take notice, wake up and smell the coffee? …. you blog about it at 2 in the morning because you can’t sleep for the worrying about it. You hope that those who CAN influence how it goes also actually WANT to. You hope that they are not simply happy to let it bumble along going nowhere. If they are then it isn’t the place for me. For someone who doesn’t like change as much as me, I think actually I don’t like stagnation even more.
I hate hormones, I hate not raiding, or doing stuff as a guild, I hate trying to work out how to shift even MORE gold than I’ve shifted before if I do end up moving AGAIN. I hate that I now have 8 characters here that I would want to move…..
NO. I DON’T WANT TO MOVE. GUILD! WAKE UP. ACT. IMPROVE. PLEASE DON’T LET THIS GOOD THING DIE.