I have recently joined GuildMag and I’m honored that my first posting here is to announce the new Blog Carnival! I have participated in the last two ones and I am curious to see what you all will write this time.
What we are interested in is reading about your memories from 5 years of waiting for Guild Wars 2. Yes, it really has been this long! The Press Release was posted on March 27, 2007. Do you remember 2007 – the year in which Starcraft II got announced? The year in which 3DRealms released a teaser trailer for Duke Nukem Forever? 2007 was also the year in which EA announced that they would acquire Bioware. World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 1 each received their first expansion and Lord of the Rings Online got released.
Five years is a very long time. When did you first hear about Guild Wars 2 and what has happened in the meantime? Did you buy Guild Wars or return in order to get to 50 points in the Hall of Monuments? Have you met new people, made new friends and future fellow guild members – inside and outside of the game? Maybe Guild Wars 2 was the reason you even started blogging. Tell us about your memories and experiences that you have made from when you first heard about the game until today.
You can participate in our Blog Carnival by writing a blog entry. If you have questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have written your entry, send the link to this email address. Your posts can be published immediately if you like, or be scheduled to go live later. Just make sure it’s published on August 12 at the latest which is when I will present the entries for the Blog Carnival here to all our readers.
Deadline for submissions: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Carnival date: Sunday, August 12, 2012
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!