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2012 in review

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2012 by Natarumah

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog – and it shows that I definitely haven’t shown Twisted Faith the love it deserves.

Definitely time for a new year’s resolution!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 50,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

2011 in review

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2012 by Natarumah

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 65,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy holidays!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2009 by Natarumah

With christmas out of the way and (hopefully) your achievements in the bag, have a well-deserved happy new year. I hope you guys will have a lot of fun raiding, pvping, roleplaying and dungeoneering in 2010!

My warrior’s level 80 now and T9 geared thanks to the LFG system (Thanks Blizz!) and I have a paladin and shaman on their ways to 60 for some fun.

In the next year, Icecrown will be our focus, as well as the things to be coming in Cataclysm, as we are getting closer to the expansion of WoW that has already had more press coverage than WoW’s first run.

Enjoy the fireworks!

Halftime spam

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 26, 2009 by Natarumah

A quick post, with some analysis and perhaps a bit of ranting concerning spam. No, not the email kind where you are offered enlargements of your manhood or a Russian wife, nor the kind of comment spam which I have to delete daily linking to sites offering the same crap.

I am talking about blog spam.

That Goblin with the gold fingers we all love (or hate), Gevlon, has at a certain time posted concerning someone trying to get him to feature advertisments on his blog. In his lovable way he openly reveals the tricks used to play into a blogger’s feelings to get them to comply.

Now since my site has gathered some interest, I have noticed an increase in two types of mail I get. And they make me uneasy. For a long time I have walked the edge between making an angry rant about these people and ignoring them to death. Instead, Greedy Goblin style, I am warning you should it ever happen to you.

Partnerships

The first of these are the advertisment partnerships. Some shady guy at an illegal character auctioning site sends me this once-in-a-lifetime moneymaking deal by featuring advertisments. Now I think my stance on selling characters and gold are pretty clear, so I ignored him. Few days later, a follow up. And later others.

Key Sentences

“I am Fred, Marketing Representative for <Stupid Company>, the worldwide leader in WoW accounts trading and a major WoW gold provider, and I am contacting you in order to increase our online presence though a partnership with your blog, should you be interested.”

Translation: I am a person (uses a personal name, maybe fake) so don’t ignore me. We are really big players, and we are getting bigger. I even have a job title, which I start with caps so that it seems more important. You can profit too! All of this is of course a lie as these “facts” cannot be checked and companies live and die all the time in that sector. Also note how illegal selling of characters and gold is made to look fancy here. “Trading” and “Provider” instead of “Dealing in stolen goods”.

“Founded by gamers, the <Stupid Company> Team is dedicated to bringing its peers the highest value from its services, with the highest business ethics (100% Security Guarantee Accounts and Gold, member of the Better Business Bureau, no farmed accounts).”

Translation: We’re not some slick salespeople who buy gold and compromised accounts to resell, we are gamers. We are very nice people who are dedicated to our “job”. Also, we do not trade in farmed accounts, and you can trust us. Right.

“At <Stupidcompany>, we have specifically selected your website as a good fit for our affiliate program, since your visitors are already targeted players looking for more information about World of Warcraft. Therefore, we are willing to start a partnership with you.”

Translation: This was a follow-up email, we really want to spread our business, so after all the big blogs turned us down we came to your blog again. Notice how they think “people looking for more information” equals “people who buy gold and characters”.

Blogger “Peer Pressure”

The second kind is emails I get from “fellow bloggers” who feature me in their “greatest sites of all time” list and added me to their blogroll. Carefully checking out the site there’s not all that much more to read than this list, aside from tons of goldspam, advertisments and guides for sale. This person hopes that by adding me to his blogroll he can pressure me (and other bloggers he writes to, all in the same non-personal way) to add him too (by making us feel obliged) thus generating traffic and sales for him.

Key Sentences

“Just wanted you to know that I’m a fan of your blog and read it a lot even though I don’t play WoW anymore (got stuck at level 75), brings me back to those days when I still had the time to play a lot. I’ve been wanting to go back but may be when Cataclysm arrives.”

Translation: This person did not even use my name, yet is a big fan, really. Also, he does not play WoW anymore so I should feel special he still reads my blog (why? He obviously reads 49 more…). He is trying to evoke pity by claiming he never got to 80, and tries to make me greedy for a faithful reader when Cataclysm comes and he starts playing again.

“Anyway, I made a blog post on what I believe are the 50 best WoW blogs out there on the net and I included yours in it. Hope you enjoy it. I also added you up to my blog roll!”

Translation: Here I am being stuffed with feathers – I am fairly sure that if you ask the WoW community to make a list of the 50 best blogs I am not even in it. He’s presenting it as his personal preference, sure, but I am not convinced. The fact that his site is mostly basic money-making information (mostly out of date) and bursting with adds does not make me like this person.

What do they get out of it?

By using blogs (the more popular the better) these people get their message directly to their audience. They will add links to their guides, character selling sites and their gold provisioners. They earn really, really big money this way. And they have to do nothing for it. Bloggers do all the work.

The company contacting me even offered to “negotiate a price to buy out my website”. First off, I blog for life, not for money, this page is holy. Second, wordpress is a free site. Someone did not do his research when copy-pasting his standard letter.

“Buying out” in this case giving me a heap of cash, taking my site and making it a spam site. Yeah, that really is what I have always aspired to.

What do I get out of it?

Imagine I go to work covered in post-its with ads on them. That’s what I would feel like working on my blog from then on. Second, I get to have people click through to sites participating in illegal activities which means any reputation I have is down the drain, along with the possibility of being sued for these activities, and possibly being banned because one day a Blizzard fraud employee would see this.

All this for about 10% of the money made on gold sales. Here’s a goblin saying: “10% off something cheap isn’t much”. Another one could be: “10% of something cheap when you don’t know how much I sold it for is even less”.

All risk, no gain.

And I hate advertisments, account sellers, goldspammers and people selling their “one and true bible of becoming rich and successful”. Problem is, it works in WoW as much as in real life, so their practices continue.

Want to hear the scariest thing?

Email number 2 (empty site with ads) could be the direct result of number 1 (selling out for ads).

Brrr.

Conclusion

If you read this and recognize your email, don’t fret. I made sure your name and site were removed so you get no income through me, not even from a rant post. To all my other readers, I apologize for having an angry at this, but each time I receive one of these “partnership” emails I feel my intelligence is insulted.

People get their accounts compromised, privacy invaded and extorted for this, and the only ones benefiting are the people who set them up. Buying gold today can mean finding yourself stripped naked in Stormwind on a strange server the next.

I don’t buy gold, characters or guides – and advise anyone against doing it as well.

And this blog is as ad-free as I can make it!

Heavy times and heavy hearts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 16, 2009 by Natarumah

achievement_halloween_cat_01We’ve all been there I think, I am just very tired to be there again. I have told you recently that our community has suffered from setbacks. People were not signing for 25mans until they were sure that there was a 25man…which led to a called raid due to lack of signs. People are unhappy they can’t raid the days we raid, or are not happy when they are told their gear or playstyle is not up to snuff. And now, more people leave for the top raiding community on our server because they want 25man loot.

Yes, it’s about the loot. I have heard people say a hundred times that they are in it for the fun, but it just is not true. The only difference between the 10 and 25mans (previously) was that the 10mans were harder than 25mans but offered worse loot. With 25man gear you race through a 10man at the normal speed again.

And so people leave, and say they are sorry they leave because the atmosphere is nice and they still like to be members of the club socially…but the loot they want is shinier. And they all hope we can do 25mans soon, but we all know we will have to do it without them. And enough people thinking this way means we are left with enough people for 10mans only, and 20 people waiting for us to be able to do 25mans again.

Math does not work that way, peeps. When 20 people stand around and do nothing, there is no 25man and there will be no 25man.

We have considerations for joining with another raiding guild for 25mans specifically. We have plenty tanks and healers but lack DPS, while their situation seems somewhat reversed at first glance. I hope it flies, because my hope is sinking rapidly. We still have a core of people who are prepared, on time, flasked and fed, but it is shrinking fast. People are becoming complacent, irritable and anxious for loot. Small problems and worries are not shared until it is too late to remedy them, people forget the rules and need to be corrected. They had a taste for the shinies and they want more, but are slowly running too far behind the curve to make it.

The weight on the Guild Leader’s shoulders becomes ever heavier, and I am not sure how long that will hold. I do what I can as officer to smooth things over, but I have the idea people no longer want to listen.

I hope we can pull through this one, or we will be stuck in 10mans until eternity, or worse, fall apart.

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