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or: Join Sar’s Guild NAOW!  kkthx <3

My guild is still frantically trying to recruit warm bodies.  Just so, you know, there is more than me nattering on like an idiot in guild chat while everyone else looks on bemusedly.  And, well, it might also be nice to actually run a guild raid for once!

For a long time, I was worried about over recruiting and losing the original ‘feel’ of the guild.  After all, too many new people can create a totally new feeling, and I liked the old feeling. Then I realised that this is a bloody guild, not a Tom Cruise singalong.  Bugger the feelings – there won’t be any feeling at all if there’s no one around! 

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to recruit when you aren’t currently raiding.  Turns out the average person isn’t willing to wait around for you to recruit a couple more people so you can raid.  Which is fair enough I guess, since everyone has the perception that Wrath is imminently coming to a close (which, really, it’s not… heck, there isn’t even a beta out yet!)  Then there are the people who just don’t fit… and then there’s the absolute weirdos (who probably do fit in, but really, I think one weirdo is enough for any guild!)

I really don’t think that I am that demanding and choosy, really.  Sure, it would be a bonus if you had a voice that made me swoon on vent.  Or if you would write blog posts for me.  Or volunteer to come out and give me back rubs and bring me cocktails in exchange for loot.  But none of that is really necessary.  (Seriously though, back rubs are most definitely a 50DKP bonus!)  All I want is people who like to chat in guild chat, like to do a couple of random guild activities every so often, and like to log in a bit.

Is that too much to ask?

(Also: now that I have started a trend of linking songs from dodgy movies… I think I’ll have to continue.  What next, I wonder?)

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Picking up the reins as guild leader has been an interesting and steep learning curve.  I’m not afraid to admit that there was a lot of things I ‘knew’, but didn’t really know, until I was put in that situation myself.  I also am forced to admit that there is something I should be doing, but I can’t work out what it is.  Things seem to run contrary to whatever I plan, or don’t plan, so I am not sure of my next step.  It’s quite difficult when most of the officer core, and most of the core raiders, upped and left the guild in one big mass exodus (thus explaining how someone as incompetent as myself ended up in charge).  The people who I would ordinarily turn to and go ‘uh, what do I do now?’ just aren’t there anymore… nor are the people who could attend things on a regular basis.

I have recruited a few new members, but most of them are somewhat undergeared and inexperienced.  Now, there is nothing wrong with that at all.  A little practice in some early raids, and we’ll be apples.  However, getting people to sign up for raids like OS10 or ToC10 (I tend to only go for the quickies at this point in time) is an absolute pain.  Why?

Because it’s more valuable time spent for most people to do bloody daily dungeons.  The badge reward is greater than that of a non-current raid, it’s a lot faster, and totally brainless.  Unfortunately, it is also never going to help our new and old guild members mesh together in a group and learn how to work together.  It’s never going to promote a sense of teamwork.  It’s never going to give our new tanks and DPS practice at RAIDING.  The things that I think are crucial to a guild that is re-gaining its footing just can not be achieved by doing random dungeons with other people.

Unfortunately, I can’t chase people around with a whip and make them sign up.  I ask them what content they want to do, and I create events based on that feedback.  That STILL doesn’t help.  Guess I just need to recruit more, until we have so many numbers that I can get groups for most everything going.

… Don’t even get me started on recruiting!

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