We were both honoured and flattered with the success of the first and second blog carnivals: both included lots of entries each with their own ways of expressing the authors’ sense of what excited and encouraged them. We had great entries that were informative, insightful, and some simply hilarious as well. There are some great writers in our fan community, and we were delighted to provide both new and old writers with an opportunity to share their vision and their passion in this way.
Now that we’ve had a chance to mull over (or obsess over) all the new information we got from the press Closed Beta Test weekend, it’s time for Blog Carnival number three. We’ve had lots of people asking when we were doing the next one and the answer is “right now”. Sharpen your quills and get your parchment ready (actually, we’d prefer electronic submissions … our specialist scribes are backlogged with mystical scrolls right now):
Carnival Topic: Character Diversity
We’re looking for articles on anything illustrating how each of our characters can be different from any other character in Guild Wars 2 — not just in appearance (although that’s a valid thing in itself) through the character creation process — but also in the ways our personal stories can be different. As Draxynnic pointed out earlier this week, even our personal playing styles also help to differentiate us from every other player. Starting with the way the Guild Wars 2 profession design process is set up, it makes the choices you make for your own character all the more interesting.
In other words everyone can look different (character creation), our stories can be different (personal story), our playstyles can be different, our focus can be different (PvE or PvP?) and as a result of the professions in Guild Wars 2, you have even more opportunities to customize your character. The possibilities are endless, and there’s no limit to creative presentation. We want you to share your passion, so start writing and tell everyone what character diversity in Guild Wars 2 means for you!
Submit your links and/or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send us a link to a scheduled article if you plan on publishing after the deadline but before the release. Current articles, and well-written forum posts are also accepted. As with our earlier carnivals, if you do not have a blog of your own, you can post it on our forums as well!
•Deadline for submissions: Sunday 25 March, 2012
•Carnival publication date: Wednesday 29 March, 2012
Read more for information on Blog Carnivals.
Good luck everybody!
Blog Carnival F.A.Q
Sounds neat! But, uh…what’s a blog carnival?
Essentially, it’s a form of writing challenge that puts out a call-to-arms on a topic. The carnival host, in this case, GuildMag, will choose a subject and spread the word across the community and offer a means to submit articles. On the carnival day, we’ll post a master list of all the articles that were sent in for everyone to read in one organized, easy to navigate spot.
In some carnivals, the host will directly invite guest writers of honor, but we won’t be doing that quite yet.
I get it! So, what’s the point?
Since the start of the information storm on Guild Wars 2, there have been countless sites and blogs that have sprung up in response. The Guild Wars community is more active and larger than it has ever been, and there are a lot of well-informed, talented, and witty writers that have popped up. Some of them we’re all familiar with, and others are a little obscure.
The point of a Blog Carnival is to gather all this talent into one place and promote everyone equally. This way readers can find new writers they may have not known, and writers can be inspired and network with one another.
One of the things that has kept the spirit of Guild Wars alive is the dedicated fanbase: we constantly hype, recharge, and inspire each other to continue to love and look forward to this franchise.
How Utopian of you. How do I get involved?
Easy. First off, if you haven’t already, start up a blog somewhere. There are tons of great free hosts like WordPress, Blogger, and Live Journal. Once you get yourself set up, write an article on the topic and submit your link by the deadline. The rest is up to us! Just include an alias that we can refer to you by. (You can also submit a previously written article as long as it’s on the same given topic).
If you’d prefer not to start a blog, GuildMag is happy to host your articles on our forums (send us an e-mail!).
Can anybody do this, seriously?
Yes, anybody can join in, whether you’ve been writing for years or haven’t even started yet. We’re looking for as many people as possible to join in on the fun. Like I said, this is about community, not popularity. This is a great opportunity for those who’ve always wanted to try but haven’t had a chance yet, or someone with severe writer’s block.
Any other way I can help?
Yes! Spread the word! Facebook, Twitter, G+, forums, chat with your guildies in-game! Whatever you can do! If you participate, a link back to the carnival page would also be awesome. The more the merrier, after all!
If you’ve got any other questions, feel free to e-mail us, leave a comment, or start a topic on our public forums! We’re all looking forward to your articles!