Friday, December 4, 2009
To the Choir
"Trust me, beneath you is a place where you don't want to go."
I've been reading the forums a lot.
Do you know some people hate forums? Or they hate those OTHER forums.
Not me, I like forums. I like 'em!
Yes, you can find the worst of the absolute worst on forums. You can also find the worst of the absolute on Earth. I still like the Earth though.
Do you know what I love?
I love Henn, though sometimes it brings the absolute worst out of me.
Anyways, back to forums---I like forums because it has a huge potential for discourse that matters.
I think every blogger (assuming that thinking/writing/discussing are pillars in their blogbaggery) should be active in forums.
If you write something sophisticated and posh for your blog, great---your readers get to see it and maybe you'll have some cross links. That's pretty sweet.
The danger and limitation of course, is that you might just be preachingtothechoir. Hohum, by the book. They're your readers already, and even cross links come from already familiar cozy networks.
You might think that the forums are way beneath you, way too low of a common denominator, not worth your ohsoprecious time.
How can it not be worth your time? When people volunteer to feed people, they go to shelters and clinics. They don't go to the elites of Park Ave. to hand out Turkeys---now THAT would be a waste of time period.
The way I see it, is if you can go to a place where the worst of the absolute worst reign free, and you can still somehow bring out the BEST in people, then you should do it.
It's a hard thing to do, but if you can, then you've got a gift. Remaining in an Ivory Tower is a gift wasted.
It'll bring out the best from you too, because it'll be hard, frustrating and taxing. And you might realize that while you were so focused on looking down at the forums---you were wasting ohsoprecious time not looking up and trying to soar freely.
Anyways, I went off on a rant on forums because of 2 things:
1) I found this thread which discusses CriticalTrollTroll's recent post on PVP and gear gap issues.
2) My Rogue hit 80 finally after doing millions of JC dailies.
Since my new LVL80 is pretty much the definition of geargap as I'm preparing her for Season 8, I'm hoping to develop some posts as I go along. I hope you'll join me.
At the very most I'm hoping to bring her to 1800+ via mainly PVP gear.
At the very least I'm hoping that I'll get a few people to stop relying on excuses and selfpity---and start bringing out the best from the absolute worst toon (in terms of gear). cwutididthar?