So you’ve decided to create a guild.
A few members in, nothing seems different with being a guild leader; same people login at almost the same times, you know each and every one of them because you’ve been questing with them constantly. They consist of your friends and/or family members.
A few hundred members in (Unless you’ve decided to keep it small) Sh*t gets serious. Expectations set in. Well, since this is a personal blog, this top 5 (Or well, top 10) is set based on my personal views. Not a professional census. Keep that in mind as I type and everything’s gonna be fine!
TOP 5 REASONS TO BE A GUILD LEADER
- Decide of the rules; You want your guild to be mature? To follow certain guidelines? Easy peasy. Create your rules and make sure everyone follow them 99% of the time. After all, it’s not a boot camp.
- Chose your officers; You want to make sure your officers are not only your friends but responsible and capable of following your terms. You can have dibs on your officers because, well, you’re the only GL!
- Gain the respect of most (if not all) of your guild members; If your guild is a good place to be and meets your members expectations, you will gain their respect.
- Learn new skills that come with being a leader; If there is one thing I learned from being a guild leader for so long is that you gain new skills along the way. From staying biased in certain situations to acquiring new levels of maturity, your members will always challenge you in some ways that will teach you new skills.
- Be known in your community; People will be able to recognize you by your name only, should you give your guild a good reputation. Everyone in your guild know who you are but they don’t know who everybody else is. If you have no trouble with being known, a GL position might be for you!
TOP 5 REASONS NOT TO BE A GUILD LEADER
- Deal with problems/concerns; You need to make sure that everyone in your guild is having a good time and that when they log-in, they want to represent your guild. If there is drama/concerns in the guild, you will need to face those and take action if you want to maintain a good balance.
- You can never make everybody happy; Know that with your decision making, someone’s bound to be unhappy. Accept that fact and all will be well.
- So much is expected of you; From guild event planning to getting to know who everyone is, you’ll quickly learn that with big guilds come big responsibilities. You’ve got to try and be as present as you can be for your members. So, log-in often, listen, take part, but try not to forget about RL because that’s important, too!
- Become responsible of your websites; When you have a big guild, most members will expect forums. So, manage a forum. Want to be bigger? Create social medias/websites. Become a community manager on top of being a guild leader and be thankful you don’t have a podcast or two to edit in addition. (Personal touch, there)
- Remember. Everything.; You forgot about someone’s birthday on the forums? BAD LEADER. You forgot about that new event that was hosted by a new member? HORRIBLE. You forgot someone’s account name and can’t make out who that new character is? FOR SHAME. And be sure that your members are going to remind you about your forgetfulness on a daily basis. I am teasing about this one, or course. But someone who constantly forgets everything shouldn’t be on top of it all. One thing though; nobody is perfect!