I’ve been pootling around in Warcraft most evenings for a few days now. Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. Same guild, but a new server, more casual way of playing, and the feeling of being truly behind the pack, instead of someone assisting in the bleeding edge.
Additionally, it feels damn lonely. My guildies are all doing their level 90 things, and chat seems very quiet. Initially I was feeling a bit miffed about this, but on reflection I have no right to me. Many years ago, I was an officer in this guild, and I had a firm belief that you get out of a guild what you put in.
And what have I been putting into my beloved guild? To be honest – precious little time in the 2(!) years since I was a regular raider, fairly prominent blogger, podcaster and elemental shaman fanatic. Since I quit all that, slowly, I’ve logged on for a few hours every 2-3 month or so. I make some noises about ‘coming back’ and then I log off.
Because life changes, and moves on – and what is important to us changes. However, all my guild sees is me logging in, making noises and then disappearing again. Not exactly a reliable look.
So, time to listen to my own advice from way back when, and give the the game and my guild that bit of time – starting with my shadow priest