October 8, 2010 in Random Thoughts
I know most of you are probably wondering why this post even exists, but there is a definite reason: in the past week, the number of applications for blogging has more than doubled. If you knew the previous number of applications, you would not be that awed, but to be optimistic, I will call it ‘doubled’. Many of you are very literate folks (some, not so much), and regardless of your skills as a writer, most of you are probably interested in what goes on behind the wooden palisade between the blog staff and the people… in fact, I have the feeling that many of you would want to blog if only you knew how it works.
Blogging isn’t really just a job. Of course you get your stack ‘o points for writing well and well-spaced, but there’s really more to it. Blogging is a culture, a way of life. When I wake up in the morning, I wonder what new things my travels and day will bring. From tyrants to tantrums, there’s really a mix of everything in blogging. You get to chat with the dukes of the top tribes in the morning, explain to everyone why you hate a certain type of music and how your day is going at mid-day, and tell Morthy you broke the blog just to see his reaction in the evening (I am kidding, I DO NOT endorse doing that… let me repeat, DON’T tell Morthy you broke the blog just to get his reaction, we need him to remain sane). Well, that’s what goes on when you’re not actually writing your blog. I generally (used to) save a day on the weekend for that (as you can see, I don’t do that any more…), and most bloggers have a routine (Maps Monday, Tactical Interview Tuesday, Warstats Wednesday, Thinkin’ Thursday, and Finish it Friday) that helps them maintain their blogs as a weekly appearance.
On the other hand, bloggers like me end up writing whenever we have a spare 10 minutes and a topic to write on.
To become a blogger, you need to send in an application. For the record, Jeho (Blog Administrator) reads the applications first and then people called Head Bloggers give their own opinions. As a rule of thumb, don’t message or annoy those people about reading your application. Be SURE to fill it out with as complete sentences and ideas as possible. Using good grammar and making a good ‘fake’ blog (you can look at real ones as inspiration) are the two things that will help you get approved for an interview. As a second rule of thumb (this one being the most important of all), DON’T LIE. Even if you are 12 and really, really, really want to blog, don’t say you’re 16+ just so we will think about letting you blog… we will figure it out and when we do, we will have to kick you off the team. After the application phase is over, you will have a partial yes/no. If it’s a yes, you need to find a time when you can be interviewed by Jehosophat and listen to her instructions. From then on, you are a prospective member until you are officially given your very own blog account.
The blog staff really is a group of fun loving people, not a group of grammar nazis with crazed obsessions with grammar (erm… ok, maybe I fall into the latter there). Topics for chats range from how to pick up a date to current events to how to create .gifs; simply because of the plethora of areas of knowledge the staff members come from. The blog is truly an international group with members from America, the UK, India, the Middle East, South America, Asia, and every corner of the earth, united under one language and one goal- to give the people the information they deserve to know while having a good time doing it.
Samulis is the World 9 blogger. In his side-time, he is a history and English nut with a bad case of technological fever. He also enjoys writing commentary pieces like this that talk about parts of Tribal Wars in general.