During the upcoming Holiday, I would love for all of us to participate in this. I realize it will be tough for some, but take of this what you are able to, and see where it leaves us in January. 🙂
It´s no secret, that Battle for Azeroth is not in the best state (yet…But we are getting there.)
That all might be different in a year, but right now, there appear to be a lot of negativity circling around it.
It could be the expansion, it could be us, it could be the gaming industry as a whole, it could be the people, we surround ourselves with.
No matter what, social media and the constant ‘need’ to stay in touch and debate/argue is larger, than it was just a year ago, two years ago, fourteen years ago, when World of Warcraft launched.
I´d like to explore more, what this means.
“In particular, I´d like to explore, how the negativity on social medias today; how checking wowhead daily, reading through all the comments, how doing the same on WoW forums, how watching YouTubers, Tweets – how all of this might add to the negativity, and – essentially – tip you over the edge and pull you down, when all you want is to stay above.”
Negative posts/videos/articles generate a lot more traffic than positive. I witness that first hand on my site and others too.
We appear to feed on the drama, some relish in the downfall of others. Whether we are part of the solution or not, I have nothing to lose in trying this experiment, so here goes. 🙂
What better time to do this than during the Holiday. Who wouldn´t want to feel better about their favorite game.
The Experiment will last for two weeks and start this Friday, December 21.
It ends Friday, January 4.
Once the experiment is over, a random winner will be picked. The price I have decided on is the new mount from the Blizzard Store, the Vulpine Familiar.
This mount has, if anything, caused a riot amongst players, and words like corporate greed, microtransactions is ruining everything, and so on are entangled into a lot of posts recently. The timing could have been better.
I could share the same similar view with ease, but I want to put a stop to that.
Instead I want to view this as a way to simply keeping the motor running, and keeping WoW alive. We cannot avoid it anyway. It´s how the gaming industry is today.
“At least World of Warcraft only has cosmetic items in their Store.”
And the mount is so gorgeous – at least I think so. Never have I wanted a mount more. (Just for the record, I will not be able to win it myself, hah, don´t worry 😉 )
So the meaning of this Giveaway is to congratulate the winner on being able to put a positive spin on their gaming, their view on things, and their ability to share the joy of their passion with their fellow bloggers.
If you have the mount already, you are more than welcome to pick another reward from the Blizzard Store, if you are the lucky one.
Do note, that the winner would have to share their BattleNet info with me, and be on my friendlist for three days, before they are able to recieve the mount. I was just in contact with Blizzard today, and they have introduced this change not long ago.
They did also confirm, that I am able to gift this to someone from the US as well, so everyone is welcome! 🙂
Guidelines (Not rules)
1. You need to have a blog.
Screenshots or quick words on Twitter, Instagram, etc. sadly do not qualify this time around.
We need you guys to return to your blogs, we miss you!
2. You have to do your best to avoid reading comments on various WoW sites.
Wowhead, or the Wow forum, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Blogs, you name it. No comments, no reading or participating in the negative, unconstructive debates. I realize, that for most, staying off social media is close to impossible, and if that is the case, just try to be more aware, of what catches your attention.
Steer in the other direction! Don´t let it drag you down. Don´t click that bait, don´t watch that video you know, will be nothing but a rant. Don´t get upset about things in the game, that cause trouble for others, but cause no trouble at all for you.
We all want to feel joy about World of Warcraft. And the one thing we can change, is how we perceive things ourselves, especially if we surround ourselves with like-minded people.
3. You can only read/watch positive or neutral posts/videos about World of Warcraft during the duration of the experiment.
Bookmark all the negativity for later – or not at all.
4. Each day of the experiment, you have to (try to) make a blog post, sharing one positive thing from your gaming session in World of Warcraft of the day. And be sincere and genuine.
Granted, this is the Holiday season, and some of us (myself included) might not be able to play each day, but then, just do your best. These are guidelines, not rules.
All it has to be is a simple screenshot, a word, a tune from the game, not much. Something joyful to share with your fellow bloggers.
*This is the only real rule; a number of at least SEVEN positive posts has to be made in order to enter the Giveaway of the Vulpine Familiar*
5. Each day of the experiment, you have to do your best in order to leave positive comments about the game on your fellow bloggers blog.
Nothing forced of course. Genuine. Assemble all your energy and positive thinking, as best as you can! Share something positive you might have experienced similar, to what they just shared. Or simply show appreciation.
6. Whenever you log into World of Warcraft during these two weeks, try hard to evaluate, how you spend your time.
Do you do things out of habbit without enjoying it? Then stop!
Do something completely different. It would be great, if it was something from Battle for Azeroth, so we can highlight all the good things about this expansion, but if you struggle, any content will do, of course.
7. Link back to this post in each of the posts you make during the two weeks.
I will be sure to include them all in the recap post, after the experiment is over. And I need to keep count, if you want to have a chance at the Vulpine Familiar 😉
8. Once the experiment is over, please come back and tell me, if this has had any kind of impact on your gameplay; the joy you got out of the game, and how you felt and thought.
Were you able to stay away from the negativity? Did it change your blogging/reading/gaming style? I will put up a post in the end, where we can collect all our thoughts.
9. Respond to this post, if you are interested in participating, and I shall spotlight.
Any other handy things to include in these guidelines? Just say so 🙂
Tip: If you find it difficult, try to imagine, that Blizzard would announce a complete shutdown of World of Warcraft and all servers in the beginning of 2019. Think about what you would miss.
Tip2: Think ahead on how you would like to spend these two weeks; if you are the type of person, that would benefit from a list, then go for that – a list of joy 🙂
“I´m not naive; I understand, that some of the deeper issues of BfA cannot be solved with this. But perhaps it´s possible to look at it a lot brighter, when those around you are doing the same. We are in control, of how we think.”
If I end up being all alone in this experiment, then that is okay too, but anyone willing to participate, I will be grateful for.
The more the merrier – it is a much bigger challenge to hand out joy on your own, than it is sharing it together. Let´s make it easy for each other.
You do not have to follow the guidelines religiously, except the one about the minimum post requirements; besides that, just pick from this whatever fits you best. Your happy thoughts are the most important 🙂
I obviously cannot check how well you do on this, it´s up to you. I have faith you can manage!
Happy Holidays everyone ♥