Seri sez: The Perils of Priest BloggingJanuary 8, 2009
Back when Jov and I started World of Snarkcraft, I was really only reading one Priest blog regularly: World of Matticus. (And yeah, I know it’s not a ‘Priest blog’ anymore but… it used to be!) Jov and I had toyed with the idea of starting our own blog for a while, but it wasn’t until the So You Think You Can Blog contest that we really started thinking more seriously about it.
Sure, we were both WoM rejects in the end (a badge that remains proudly/defiantly in our sidebar to this day) but we had a vision of a Valhalla for snark… a no-holds-barred the-truth-hurts sort of place where we could be as blunt/snarky as we wanted while getting the word out about what does and does not make a good raiding Holy Priest. I felt like it was kind of a risky venture, because we can be brutal sometimes… no one was as surprised as I was when people actually enjoyed it.
In the last few months we’ve made 48 posts (49 if you count this one) and have received 488 comments, not to mention e-mails and the occasional in-game whisper. We have over 100 subscribers to our RSS feed(s), and on new post days we’re inching toward the 600 total views mark. It still boggles my mind that over 100 people read every new post that I make the day that it is posted, and it has made me a bit neurotic about trying to come up with topics that are relevant, informative and (to an extent) entertaining.
You’d think that it would be helpful to read other WoW blogs, which I do. A lot of our regular commenters are other bloggers, and I make a point to add their blogs to my Google Reader if they are relevant to my interests. My feed list has grown in leaps and bounds since WoS launched, but I’ve “met” some very interesting people who all seem to have interesting things to say. Most of these new-to-me blogs are Priest blogs… really, I hadn’t realized quite how many there are out there.
You’d also think that reading posts from other Priest blogs might inspire me somehow or make me think of related topics I could turn into posts of my own. Sometimes it does. More often, it makes it harder to settle on a topic from week to week because I feel like it’s all been done (often better) by someone else. I don’t want to be redundant, but at the same time I wonder if a little redundancy is necessary because not everyone reads umpteen Priest blogs as religiously as I do. I guess that’s what link round-ups are for, but I want to provide some content of my own too. For the last few weeks I’ve waffled about topics right up until my ‘deadline’ and I can’t help but wonder… am I the only one that has this problem?
Maybe I read too many blogs. Maybe I am too concerned about trying to come up with content that is unique, interesting and reference-worthy. I think I’ve fallen into the trap of trying to make every post a page for the Holy Priest Handbook, because I have done so many posts that fit the bill. I’m going to try and break out of that trap in the coming weeks with more editorial-style commentary/snark, and in the interest of nailing down a topic for a Thursday post earlier than Wednesday morning I’m going to post the schedule for the rest of January now. Ha! Take that, procrastination.
- 1/15: 0/2 IDS; It’s not just for noobs anymore.
- 1/22: I <3 Penance: A Rebuttal.
- 1/29: WWS Revealed: How to self-review to improve (healing) performance.