I’m really trying to rededicate myself to getting more involved with the games that I play. For the last 6 years I’ve been disengaged. I log in, I ‘play’ then I log out. But I don’t ‘participate’ in the community, or at least try to go any sort of extra mile.
Back in 2007 when I first started writing this blog, I used to be more dedicated to that involvement. I created the simple yet overwhelmingly popular LOTRO Leveling Guide. 10,000+ people used that guide every month. I felt like I was contributing.
In Vanguard I was writing for the IGN Vault Network and helping run the Vault with guides, news, and information. I was participating more in the overall movement to make that game’s community feel connected.
Prior to either of those games (and this blog) I was always active on message boards and community sites. I contributed guides, writeups, etc.
Games have obviously blown up since then, and a game like WoW doesn’t need a simple blogger like myself to help make its community succeed. But there are niches of people — like those of you reading this blog — who still visit websites like this to get that type of information.
I’ve started contributing by creating videos and little guides/tidbits of info for Hunters. I’m going to expand that to cover information people like me — and hopefully you — would find useful. Experiences I have, knowledge I gain, and information I think you might like to know. Yes, you can get that on other websites, but I hope to foster a sense of small-niche appeal and cover things in a little more personal way.
I know that many of you don’t play WoW. Many of you will probably never play some of the games I want to get more involved in, but I hope you’ll still enjoy the posts and the content. I hope you’ll live vicariously through adventures I share.
I’m doing this because I need this. I need to feel like there’s more to me playing than just logging in, doing a quest, and logging out. I feel more connected to the games when I’m at least trying to make a community or contribute. That says a lot about games and the players — or me — that it’s come to a point where I have to stop and recommit myself. Hold me to it!