No, I’ll SHOW you an over reaction!
You ever see something, and just scratch your head?
Like… what the heck? Dude… chill.
I’ve tried to be open. I’ve tried to be fair. I’ve thought everything was all in good, clean fun.
But in the end, I think, what we’ve got here is… failure to communicate.
Some men, you just can’t reach.
So you get what we had here this morning, which is the way he wants it.
Well, he gets it.
I don’t like it any more than you do.
I have long been called a Druid blogger. And yes, it is true that I write a blog. And one of my characters in World of Warcraft is a Druid.
However, that is not the only character that I play. And playing WoW is not the only subject upon which I choose to write.
In fact, I think it is safe to say that, over the last year or more, I have blogged about my opinions concerning other things at least as frequently as I have about Druids.
This is not an aberration. This is “Working as intended.”
Now, I’ll grant you that the tagline up there at the top of the blog says Feral Druids in World of Warcraft. And the casual reader may take this to mean that the subjects upon which I will discourse should, necessarily, be limited to Feral Druiding.
Well, I am the Big Bear Butt. Sadly, this will remain true no matter what game I should happen to play. At this point it has little to do with a class or spec. That picture up there? I swear Andrige had a picture of my face when he made it. Wierd.
So, limit myself to only Feral Druid blogging?
Expecting me to limit myself to reader-approved subject matter is an understandable mistake. I’ve seen it often before.
I’ve occasionally received comments and emails chastising me for wasting peoples’ time on my personal opinions, when I should be writing about *x* concerning Feral Druids.
Indeed, the very phrase “wasting my time with non-Druid crap” has been used, more than once.
Much more than once.
Allow me to correct this attitude.
I created the blog.
I, with the support of the lovely Cassieann, pay for the website. We write all of the content. We, in fact, have upon our shoulders 100% of the responsibility of maintaining this pursuit.
This blog was not started to cater to the Feral Druid hardcore raider.
That is the furthest thing that could have ever been on my mind.
In fact, it often puzzles me why anyone that is a hardcore raider would bother to read this, because in order to succeed in what they do, they must have learned all that I could possibly have to teach on their own long, long before. And mastered it in far more arduous circumstances.
I prefer to think that such folks read the blog simply as a source of humor, amusement, and light chat on Druids and WoW and whatever else is on my mind.
Which is, in fact, the POINT.
If someone reading this believes that I should stick to writing about one class, or spec, and cease prattling about any other subject, that I am wasting your time… you, sir, are inherently NOT the person that I am writing for.
In fact, I would say that my goals here are to write about 80% to amuse and entertain and chat with friends and bloggers and readers possessed of a similar sense of humor, and about 20% to share news and tips and neat stuff that I happen to run across in my play or in life in general.
Do you see anywhere in there where I feel it is my responsibility to be the premiere source of Feral Druid news and instruction in the blogosphere? Or that I feel I have a responsibility to only talk about Feral Druids, so as to not waste your time on irrelevant topics or concerns?
Now, if it is Druid news and awesomeness you desire, there are many other folks that write truly brilliant Druid blogs, and it is to them that you should turn.
People like Resto4Life, and Unbearably Hot, and Secret Agent Cat, and 4 Haelz. Great bloggers, very smart, very on top of things, great writers. I love each and every one, and learn from them quite often.
Okay, I started to list all the awesome Druid bloggers I read, and realized that is way beyond the scope of this post.
The point is, there are a lot of Druid bloggers, and when I started, there were none. So yeah, I was excited to share tips and tricks and helpful guides. I felt that it was something I could provide, in addition to the other stuff I was interested in writing about and having fun with.
Since I knew about it, and all.
Now? Now there are so many great Druid blogs, I can rest assured anything I might discover or think to talk about for Druids will have been mentioned already by someone, somewhere, and very well at that.
Maybe it’s the whole WoW Insider thing. I accepted responsibility for writing a column there, and that might have pigeonholed me as “that Druid guy”.
Let me make this absolutely clear; WoW Insider owns Shifting Perspectives. It is their column, and was being written long before I started there. They did great articles before me, and I’m sure they would continue to provide great articles without me. Quite a few of the bloggers there play Feral Druids in serious raids, and in fact it might make for better articles in general if someone like Allison Robert took over, since she sees a lot more content than I ever will, and is a great writer to boot.
This blog, gentle readers, is not WoW Insider. It is the blog Cassie and I started over a year ago.
Hmmm, August 17th, 2007 was my first post. Okay, missed that, should have done an anniversary post.
What was I saying?
Oh yes, this ain’t WoW Insider. Whatever expectations you may have from WoW Insider, if you carry them over to here, damn but you’re going to be disappointed.
It is purely our decision on what we choose to write about.
If Cassie chooses to write about her experiences with the Angel Food Ministries, then she is certainly free to do so. Nay, she is in fact encouraged by me to do so.
If I choose to vent about the customer service experiences I’ve had in the past, I will certainly do so.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say that I reserve the right to say anything, or nothing at all. About anything, or nothing. Depending entirely on the lunar winds, the relative humidity, and whether my cat meowed or not as I left for work.
I may, in the future, even devote an entire article on bacon, if I happen to feel like it. I know, call me crazy, but it could happen.
Hell, maybe even two.
I do love my Feral Druid. And I love it when you write me with a question that may be on your mind, and I’m able to help out a bit. We’re all in this together, and if I can possibly help, I will. I appreciate your taking the time to read, and I enjoy hearing from you.
That still doesn’t mean that, if you think I suck and you tell me you are no longer going to read, that I am going to shed a single, solitary tear. If you don’t enjoy reading, why in the world would I want you to stay? Why IN THE WORLD would I want someone to continue to read that thinks I suck, and enjoys telling me so?
By all means, if you don’t enjoy the blog and think I suck, LEAVE.
I mean, it’s not like I need you for pagehits. You know, there are no paid advertisements here. Really. I don’t make any money doing this. Your visiting is not putting money in my pocket. The Cafepress store? For the longest time there was no markup at all on those shirts. Your money went 100% to Cafepress. I finally added a single dollar to some of the items, to help me afford to buy shirts and items to give away.
I think I’ve made about $14 so far, and used it to give some shirts away, so it’s a draw.
This isn’t a business or a money-making venture, we do this because it’s FUN, and we LIKE the folks we’ve met here, and enjoy spending time with you. We don’t WANT asshats here. Why would we?
Let’s revisit this concept of “stick to your Feral Druiding and leave my Hunter stuff alone, Fo’Shizzle” business.
With a proven track record for saying what I want to say, when I want to say it, in whichever way seems right to me….
Does anyone here really think that telling me what I can or cannot talk about is going to do anything other than get a /facepalm?
A place for everyone, and everyone in their place? A topic for everyone, and everyone sticks to their topic?
I don’t think so.
If someone doesn’t like me talking about a certain subject, such as pet errors on my Hunter, or how to configure PetEmote, or how much fun it is to tame and name a Devilsaur… and feels free to criticise me for doing so….
Then perhaps that person should damn well write about those issues themselves on their blog, instead of making yet another movie or podcast.
There. Now THAT is an over reaction.