Fame. Success. Popularity. Expectations, perceived or actual.
BigRedKitty was an immensely popular blog, with almost an entire community springing up around his fervor. Then, with an unrivaled abruptness, he was gone. Poof. Tens of thousands of hits a day, if not hundreds, and that’s the end of it.
So who steps up to take over management when BRK left? Who steps forward, eyes shoes the size of moons, and says “Bah, I can do that.”
Well, nobody can, of course. But sometimes people try anyway, and sometimes there’s an expectation that the new guy(s) will be able to fill in exactly the same.
A fantastic manager retires, everyone loved him and his system. Big shoes to fill. Is the new guy going to be able to firmly take over that legacy?
The main tank of your guild decides to quit after raiding with you for three years. Someone else steps up. Is the new guy expected to be the same?
So and so always did it this way. Whatserface always pulled that way. Damn, I wish Name hadn’t quit.
There are those who went to Aspect of the Hare as the replacement for BRK. After all, she does a blog revolving around BM hunters, she absolutely loves huntering, it’s the only logical choice, isn’t it?
It’s a sad situation, more than anything. I’m sure nobody intended to try and force Pike into replacing BRK, she never tried to do so or even intended to replace the big RK.
But the pressure was there. Intended or not, real or not, it was there.
Obviously blogging pressures aren’t the only thing to hit Pike. A guild being nice, rescheduling raids to fit around her, the self-imposed pressure to become the absolute best you can be under the misguided idea that you need to repay them even when it’s burning you to the ground to do so, all you do is go down in flames.
And burn out she has.
The “big bloggers” cast shadows. BRK’s was big, very big, unnaturally big, and he knew it, and tried to mitigate it as much as possible. I don’t think any hunter blogger went untouched by the shade, the only real question is how do you handle it?
Like it or not, there is pressure. If not from your readers, if not from peers, than from yourself.
And you know what? That pressure is damn heavy, if you let it be.
I know my blog casts a shadow, I know there have been bloggers who’ve been outright intimidated by my presence, or even felt insignificant next to the all mighty fortress of CQQ. I know I’ve felt the exact same thing in the presence of other “heavyweights”, and despaired that I would never reach the same level.
Let me go ahead and stop myself right there.
Why would I ever even want that? I have no intention of being hailed as the Blessing of Kings for mages or the BRK for PvP or the World of Matticus for DPS. The blog is what it is, I am what I am, and I sure as hell am not going to bother trying or pretending to be anything else.
This blog has always been intended to be an outlet, either to let me blow off steam or a way to be helpful rather than harmful to mages. It’s been highly successful at both.
I don’t care how many readers I have, honestly, my parents care more than I do (yes, they are aware I blog). I don’t care how many subscribers I have, having never checked what my RSS feed numbers are. I don’t care how many comments I get (anything more than 5 per post is rather bewildering) or how many e-mails I get (I don’t have time to answer more than one per day, so the poor things get neglected for days and days).
Numbers that don’t relate to fireball damage are not part of what this blog is supposed to be.
World of Matticus, for instance, does care. That blog is intended as a REpository of knowledge, thus reaching as many people as possible is part of the goal. GreedyGoblin is intended to spread the ideas of goblinism, thus a subscriber count is exemplary of its success. Whether the ideas of goblinism are welcomed or intensely criticized is irrelevant.
Thesis statement: stop caring about what everyone else thinks and expects of you. You are beholden to no one, you don’t owe anyone anything.
Be passionate about what you care about. Be passionate about your writing, your thoughts. What other people think of you, what other people expect of you… you shouldn’t care, you should not expend any effort whatsoever to please them.
Really, truthfully, the only pers-
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