I've had a problem I've been thinking about for a little over a week now, and I think I've finally come up with a solution.
This sort of issue has the propensity to be drawn out into a long, bitchy rant, and that's not my point here so I'm going to try to keep this as dry as I can.
Through the gold blogosphere I have been appalled at the lack of integrity of many bloggers. No, I'm not getting all pissy because I was ripped off or anything; there have been some definite grey areas and ones that I'm leaning towards being rip offs, but that was a while ago and is water under the bridge. But I don't have to be the victim to point out a wrongdoing.
When I started gold blogging I envisioned the blogosphere being a sort of thinktank where many like-minded individuals bounced ideas off of one another to put out great information. What I've seen in these past months is a dog-eat-dog zero sum game where many bloggers care about generating traffic and income or getting content up on their site, often at the cost of their integrity and honor.
I've always been among those who say "No idea is fully original, there will be some overlap." I still believe this to be true. But the blatant disrespect shown by many bloggers towards fellow community members has caused me dismay time and time again.
I could put up my plea to bloggers to have a bit of class, but the time for that is gone, I think. Sleazy bloggers will continue to be sleazy and upstanding bloggers will continue to be awesome. What this page is basically about is about the way I'm dealing with this.
I was sitting here today thinking "I'll just quit blogging. I hate what "being a blogger" is in my mind and I don't want to be among those." I had briefly considered quitting blogging. If I cringed every time I looked at another person's blog, how much fun can I be having? Isn't it time to throw in the towel? But then I realized that the fact that I'm blogging isn't what upsets me. Writing blog posts is really interesting to me! It's all the other crap that bothers me. Why punish people who do like to read my blog or follow my videos just because I'm upset about people who probably don't give two shits about their own blog, let alone mine?
Then I realized something. There is a blogger named Stokpile who was actually the first gold blogger I read. He seems to have remained completely immune to all of this blogosphere stuff.
How? What are his magical powers? (Besides ditching WoW for Rift! D:) And something occurred to me. He's not a part of the community. I'm not saying that in a bad way, and maybe he is more a part of it than my eyes have seen, but as I look at his blog and look at other people's blogs he's not helping people with Podcasts, he's not on Twitter, and he's not doing guest posts everywhere. He's minding his own business and writing his kickass blog.
That is what I want. I've decided my plan of action will to become a sort of "blog hermit." I've got friends in the blogging community I will still keep in touch with to bounce ideas off of and chat and whatnot, but I'm going to try to extract myself from the "blogging community." No guest posting/carnivals (written or received,) I'll probably be much less active on Twitter, and though I have greatly enjoyed participating as a guest on podcasts I likely will not do any more of those. I feel that the people I care for will understand and respect this decision.
I am not going to remove my blog roll because I know a lot of people like using blog rolls to jump from blog to blog, though I will likely not update it much, if at all. (I will move it to the bottom of the page so as to help me "quit cold turkey." :D)
Certain pervasive attitudes have outraged me quite a bit in the blogosphere, some of which I actually was spurred into posting about. Well, hopefully by removing these attitudes from my world I can, in turn, focus on the thing I actually do care to get excited about: Gold and blogging about gold.
What Readers Can Expect
Nerf Faids will continue as it has; I'll post about gold making and WoW and such. The site should remain virtually unchanged, though probably with less "WTF, OTHER BLOGS?!" rantings since, hopefully, they won't be an element in my blogging life anymore. =]
What this will mean is that, with other blogs not being among my reading material, I will probably be a lot less likely to be able to readily give "link love," something I think is very important. If you are a blogger and ever see something even remotely related to a post you have done, please post a link to your post in the comments and I will edit it into the original post at the earliest convenience.
If all goes as planned this will be the last long, drawn out, emo, non-gold related post you'll see on the pages of NerfFaids. Thanks for listening, all, now go out and make some gold!