Communication is key in the wow community

So, Anea started a Blog Azeroth Shared topic about comments on blog posts, and whether comments make better (or worse) bloggers. Here is the question she proposed to the community:

One of the things that can make us happiest as bloggers is seeing e-mails notifying us of comments on our blogs. However, if we took that away – and the influence it may have over our writing – would we become better bloggers?

Would writing what it really is you want to write make you truer to the purpose that you started the blog for? To write exactly whatever is in your head, rather than worrying about whether or not anyone will find it “interesting” or “good enough” to comment on? For the joy of writing? Or are comments integral to your blogging experience and if you don’t have them, you don’t write?

Personally, I don’t write just for myself – I write for all of you (my readers). I don’t spend hours upon hours writing new guides & updating older guides just for my own reference. Instead, I do it because I enjoy being part of the larger WOW community, and blogging is what I do to be part of the community.

In any community, however, communication is key. To be able to write guides, I need to know who I’m writing them for, and whether or not my ideas are actually working out in practice. Feedback on what does & doesn’t work in my guides has helped to shape them into what they are today.

For the smaller posts, it’s still important to have feedback about what other people think on certain topics (whether you agree with me or not). If I didn’t have comments available, my writing would be worse. Commenters catch errors & typo in the writing, along with errors in the way that I was thinking about the topic. I like receiving feedback about the good or the bad in my guides & blogging. It’s the critical commentary that makes the writing better (though, of course, some encouragement also keeps me interested in continuing to provide the helpful services and guides that I do).

However, I also don’t tend to rant on all day about things in the game that bug me, and I don’t post about personal drama or guild drama or anything like that – so when I do post, it’s about something that I won’t need to self-censor for the sake of my readers. I just choose to avoid writing about the type of topics that would actually make this blog worse, rather than better.

Comments & community are an important part of the restokin blog. You guys are important to me, and I do my best to listen to what you have to say about the topics I post on. I also try to read & respond to all the e-mail that I receive, and to at least read every post on my two druid forum stickies (most of which I try to respond to if they have a question). Even if we sometimes disagree, I’d rather have constructive conversations about the topics, rather than never getting feedback at all. I like hearing from you guys, and I think that reading comments helps me to become a better blogger. Thanks guys!

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4 Comments

  1. dpking2222
    Posted March 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Nice post :D

    Question: How often do you get negative feedback, and how does that affect your writing?

  2. Lissanna
    Posted March 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I don’t get a lot of negative feedback here. Most of the negativity comes from the forums. I do, however, get really good constructive feedback for various reason here. :)

    Constructive posts have an impact if I agree with what they’re saying (ie. I may go back and edit a post). I’ve learned how to put on a troll-reflective shield for things that aren’t constructive. :)

  3. Posted March 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I mostly write for myself, but I do appreciate the attention my blog gets along the way. I’m always eager to respond to every single comment that is left on my posts, as to let the readers know that I do acknowledge their comments, even if it’s as short as “zomg frost maeges r kewl!” Most likely, I’ll genuinely respond in kind “inorite?” Because well, frost maeges ARE kewl!

    Don’t be discouraged, though, if you don’t get comments on a particular topic. For the most part, you can’t really control the response you will get to any post you make. A thorough guide/thoughtful post will hardly garner a response one day, but a very interesting point made in a quick and short post can create a huge response on another.

  4. Posted March 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to think that I write for other people, but truth be told, my blog is not overly popular. It has a steady readership and I tend to write whatever I feel like at the time in the hopes that someone will read it. I have definitely had a few mega posts and getting comments on them increases my desire to blog. Getting a comment is a form of proof that someone took the time to read your post and digest it. That’s meaningful to me.