Update: the blog carnival has been published – check it out here!
The time has arrived for GuildMag’s fifth blog carnival! A year ago we asked you to write about your memories from waiting for Guild Wars 2; this time around we’re interested in your experiences from the last twelve months since the game’s launch. Whether you’re a one year veteran, or just started playing yesterday, we’re interested in how you’ve spent your time in Guild Wars 2 since its launch.
When Guild Wars 2 launched on 28th August 2012, it was released to critical acclaim. PC Gamer gave Guild Wars 2 a score of 94/100, and just recently has been announced as the fastest selling Western MMO of all time. But none of that really matters for most of us. We don’t play Guild Wars 2 because it holds such critical acclaim; we play it because we love to. And that’s what this blog carnival is all about. Has the game lived up to your expectations? Have you accomplished the goals you set for yourself all those months ago (*cough* Legendary weapon *cough*)? Maybe you weren’t entirely sold on the game before you bought it, but have since found a new MMO to love – or maybe just the very opposite! Tell us about those experiences and memories and what you’re looking forward for the next year of playing it.
To be part of our blog carnival, all you have to do is write a blog entry and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the link – it’s really that simple! Of course, if you don’t have a blog then don’t fret; we’re happy to host your article on our website instead if you don’t wish to start up your own! On the 1st September, all the entries will be collected and published here at GuildMag, so please ensure your articles are with us no later than Saturday 31st August. Happy writing!
Deadline for submissions: Saturday 31st August 2013
Carnival date: Sunday 1st September 2013
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 – GuildMag in this case – 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 an organized and easy to navigate spot.
I get it! So, what’s the point?
Since the start of the information storm on Guild Wars 2 all those years ago, 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 more 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?
It’s easy! 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’re 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 website – just send us an email with your article!
Can anybody do this, seriously?
Yup – the more the merrier! 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.