Much to the glee of everybody here at GMag, the first blog carnival was very successful. We had seven great entries spanning from the informative to the hilarious, objective thoughts and in-character accounts!
I’ve since gotten a few tweets and e-mails asking when the next one was gonna be, and honestly it’s been far too long. There are TONS of new blogs and writers that’ve popped up since, so I’m really looking forward to this one! So let’s give it another go!
Carnival Topic: The Guild System of GW2
After the guild information poured out of PAX-Prime last weekend, it has been one of the hottest topics up for debate this week. The media has taken the information by storm and people are talking about it everywhere. Opinions are greatly varied, as well, with a polarized debate on whether or not this is good or bad.
So what do YOU think about this multiple-guild system? How do you think it will affect players and guild leaders alike? Is this a positive or negative direction? Or walk a different route and talk about the features you would like to see being implemented in Guild Wars 2? Speak your mind!
The possibilities are endless, and there’s no limit to creative presentation! So get crackin’.
Submit your links to and/or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Links to scheduled articles if you plan on publishing after the deadline but before the release are fine. Current articles, and well-written forum posts are also accepted. As with the last carnival, we’re offering to post articles on our forums (if you don’t have your own blog).
•Deadline: Weds, Sept 21, 2011
•Carnival Date: Sun, Sept 25, 2011
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 around in response. It’s the most active and largest that the Guild Wars community has ever become, and there are a lot of funny, 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).
Alternatively, GuildMag is offering to host the articles on our forums.
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 some severe writers block.
Any other way I can help?
Yes! Spread the word! Facebook, twitter, G+, forums! 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 me, comment, or start a topic on our public forums! Looking forward to it!