It’s my party and I’ll write if I want to…
So apparently these days it’s inappropriate to celebrate achievements…
Don’t celebrate Battlemaster because a lot of people don’t PvP, which is unfair on them and might discourage them from entering the Battlegrounds. Hell, even those that do love Battlegrounds might get discouraged when you provide them with a role model and encouragement.
Don’t celebrate raiding achievements, because some people don’t raid, and many of those that do raid, can’t dance. We don’t want them being discouraged from participating in something they aren’t trying to achieve.
No fishing, because we all know everyone hates fishing. Let’s just stop there.
No leveling, because some people don’t want to level, they want to roleplay. Celebrating leveling achievements puts undue pressure on people that never intended to reach max level. No, they wanted to roleplay and now I have spoilt it by forcing them to reach for max level, raid, BG and whatever else it is that people do when they reach max level. (What do people do when they reach max level?)
No naked Gnomes because:
- No one will ever be as well proportioned (with extra serves in some places), nor smexy, nor downright charming as Gnomeaggedon
- You have to be a Mage to be able to service all your adoring fans
I mean that excludes an entire faction.. not to mention the inferior Alliance races… nope..if you aren’t rolling a Gnome Mage, go play SWTOR.
No writing awareness posts especially if they are linked to charities. That would like raise awareness, get people thinking, save lives, raise money, save lives… and for god sake, DON’T GET LINKED BY WOWINSIDER, because that would raise awareness with thousands of people, and god knows we want all those people with mental illness, and their loved ones to go die in a fire!
And for crying out loud… NO LINKING TO FRIENDS who share a common spirit for your blog topics. We all know that is just gratuitous linking just so you can watch your hit counter rise by one or two a day, for a couple of days.
Don’t do it… you might make life long friends around the world.
Friends that leave you heartbroken for days when they give up blogging.
Friends that inspire you to write one more post, write one better post, hell they might inspire you to write ONE POST.
I get spam!
I get lots of spam… 127,317 spam at this moment in time.
That’s without including phrases like: Gnome Sex, jelly wrestling lawn mowers, Viagra makes my Gnome sing, teenage troll baiters, Big Sexy Bear Butts, I keep tropical fish in my underpants, Azeroth sex tours.
Now, if I was to include those kind of phrases in my posts, then my stats would truly go through the roof… Ohh look at that…
Big numbers mean jack shit!
I mean, it isn’t like I write posts that people want to read… not like I would take the time to research and write a series of posts that people wanted to read, not like they still want to read them even though they are 3 years out of date.
If I did, then I guess that would be my fault for not writing nice posts, great pieces of literary work.
Hell, I got 51% as my final high school english result.
You know what I did.. I went out and celebrated like I had no intention of living until 18. I got 51%… even my teacher was dancing for joy… because let’s face it, we thought I’d be lucky to get out of high school in 3 final years, let alone get into university after one attempt.
Who the hell would have thought I would have gone on to write over 800 blog posts.
Who would have thought I would write something, anything, that some one, let alone more than one, would enjoy reading.
I started writing because I was better than Larisa
Yeah.. me, better than a blogger writing in a second language.
Apparently by day 3, when I started post number 3 with this…
Yep, it’s only day 3 and it looks like I am scratching for things to write about.
I had already drawn Larisa‘s attention.
That was the beginning of a beautiful long lasting friendship – but I didn’t know it then.
Of course she is a significantly better writer than me.
She was receiving significantly more subscriptions and page views that me (with the exception of the odd spike maybe).
You think I was envious?
But I never let that stand in the way of our friendship.
I never let that get me down, on the contrary, it encouraged me to write and write and write.
I engaged in my beloved WoW blogging community. I sang with them, I sparred with them, I wrote with them, I invaded their personal blog spaces, I promoted their blogs, especially the new ones… Larisa and I were constantly on the lookout for new bloggers to bring them to the communities attention.
Yes occasionally I heard about the gold bloggers and their 35 million subscriptions and their 2 million view per day… did I give a shit?
Why the hell would I?
I was, and am, here to write for myself 1st, and my community 2nd.
I strive to respond to every comment that gets written on my blog, because those people who read my bullshit are very important to me.
I don’t always succeed, I certainly don’t keep up with other bloggers these days… but then that is why it is important to be engaged with the community. If I see a pingback to someone I do read, if I see a link(love) from someone I read, I will follow that link. I hunger for good writing, so if someone I love and respect as a writer identifies someone they love and respect, I am going to have a look.
The lover of my lover is my friend!
I am only back writing because two people continued to engage with me long after I had subconsciously given up writing. One of those is my most loyal of readers, Prelimar, the other is Big Bear Butt. Both contacted me to ensure I was OK.
They are not the acts of people that read a page hit hunter. They are the acts of people that know I care about what gets written and they would be satisfied with the smell of an oily rag.
What the hell did I write?
I wrote a bunch of Warlock (Pfft) twinking guides. They weren’t to seek page hits, they were to consolidate my planning and execution of my goal. I considered that if it took me months to collate the information, then some one might appreciate it all in one place.
I wrote a stupid April Fools post.. even the title is stupid… 9,960 reads worth of stupid… should I feel bad?
I wrote a stupid post about stupid Drop Bears and Gnomes… my fault that there are people that want to know what the worlds most dangerous creature is (and I stand by the fact that it’s a Gnome Mage)?
OMG, I have 4,567 reads of my blog roll… How freaking shameless of me to half arsedly maintain a list of the bloggers of the community that would have benefited by getting read when they possibly wouldn’t have for any other reason!
Ohh yeah.. and 2,566 people that cared that I cared about Warlock souls… even though all they wanted to do was kill Mages.
But seriously, the worst crime committed of all… I caught the eye of WoW Insider, on several occasions, the last of which was my completely shameless, completely self serving, action of suggesting WoWInsider might like to follow up on the (last count – and I know there are more that are still joining in) 263 Blogs that were tagged.
The other mistake I made
The other mistake I made was making friends and engaging in the community.
No I don’t know why Rohan has linked to me since basically day one. I don’t know why I continue to get hits from Blessing of Kings, but I do.
I know why I get referrals from the others though, because I engage in the community.
Is it a mark of my success as a blogger
Does it invalidate any other bloggers that aren’t getting the referrals?
OF COURSE NOT!
But don’t come bitching to me about how your 99% university english is getting ignored if you don’t engage in the community… what do you want us to do.. write your posts for you and the *shock horror* do the forbidden link to you?
Do referrals really matter?
Yes and No.
Over 4 years, BBB has sent 2,582 readers to me.. of which probably 2,000 are himself so he can hit *refresh* *refresh* *refresh*.
2,582 readers… if you ever wanted evidence that it doesn’t matter how big a blogger it is that refers to you, then there it is. 2,582 pages views… after that, I stood or fell on my own.
I’m still standing baby!
What matters, if you really want your posts to be read (and let’s get honest now… the only reason you would cry about someone else’s page hits, is because that is what you crave, not writing quality posts, not looking after your 15 readers.. you want the page hits) is two things.
- Write good shit (or at least shit that people want to consume)
- Get noticed.. and yes, that may involve making friends with people… god forbid you make friends with people and get page views!
Pull your finger out!
Seriously.. what the hell is your problem?
OMG some people will be intimidated and stop writing because they see you have people that WANT to read you
You think I started the Sixth Meme so I could get Page hits?
You think I asked WoW Insider to write an article about all the bloggers in the community participating the meme SO I COULD GET PAGE HITS?
You think I offered up the opportunity to write hate posts to me, about me, SO I COULD GET PAGE HITS?
SO I COULD GET READERS?
Seriously… go have a good look at yourself in the mirror and decide if you are the solution, or the problem.
Good chance that by the time you read this post I will have reached 500,000 page views
Yes, 127,317+ of them are spammers, trying to get a link on a post that people are reading.
THAT PEOPLE ARE READING!
Congratulations Big Bear Butt
Congratulations Big Bear Butt on 2,000,000+ page views, I can only dream that one day (with the 500k spam included) I have had the opportunity to expose my Gnome parts and writing to that many people.
You are a long standing hero of the WoW blogging community, and no one should take your achievement away from you.
If I had a party and some wowser caused me to call it off, I would be pissed… in fact that is part of the reason for this post… it is my party, it is our party, and I will write what and if I want to!
Congratulations Cynwise on your 10^6 page views, you are a truly awesome blogger who has stretched yourself across multiple blogs and really achieved amazing writing and friendships within the WoW Blogosphere. You deserve many more, and I promise I will hit refresh on your pages more often, cause I can’t stand the wait between posts, nor the excellent comments your garner from the community.
Congratu-Fucking-lations to me
If Stephen Fry likes to insert a word inside a word, then so do I.
Now… START WRITING THE HATE POSTS!
Folks, let’s be clear about one thing…
If there is a need for hate to flow, let it flow to ME.
Oestrus started an intelligent discussion on a worthwhile topic, which I have responded to in the manner to which I have become accustomed, but there is not need for others to stoop to my level.
Let’s keep it civil… well more level than a 40 something year old Gnome can.
Discussion is good… enjoy!
Gnomer and Out!
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