Friday, January 25, 2013

You know who's gold blog I miss?


Yesterday I put together a little article about another site.  It's all in good fun and obviously people can take criticism.  Even my colleagues felt I was a bit rough, but it was amusing at best, cruel at worst.  (Thanks Faid)  I want to build it back up though and let you know what the community was always about, at least from my perspective and from many solid thinking individuals out there currently grinding out the wins.

Stok was really cool.  He was a musician by trade and someone you wouldn't expect to be a genius at business principles.  This is a guy who put a ton of work into writing lots of good quality content, and the thing that stood out about his blog over all the other train wrecks out there was his thought process and being completely original.

It was a rare, rare thing to see a "meh" post there.  Everytime he would publish something it would be useful information.  He collected gold for the sake of collecting gold, and then blew it for the sake of blowing it.  Sort of like a lottery winner going on a spending spree, except this lottery winner was able to make all of it back very quickly after pissing it all away.  Now that, ladies and gents, is a champion.

There are few gold makers and authors in WoW that are memorable who can do something nobody else does.  I've met some of the best and most have been around for a very long time.  We have Sterling, Elen, Z-Man, Stede, Sinshroud, and others.  Then we also have the purveyors of TSM, TUJ, and Wowuction.  I personally wouldn't put myself in that group, I'm just good at creating systems.

I'm still a fan of Gevlon, the original junk yard dog blogger, who's demeanor is very much like my own:


Gevlon though, was often found to make mistakes, and brag about things to the point he would often get called out for overstating the truth...  on his own blog.  Screenshots were memorable to say the least.  But let's get back to good gold blogging.

Stok was a master of time management, master of AH etiquette, and took no prisoners.  There wasn't any question when he set his sights on a market that he was going to dominate it.  He took the time to clarify his ideas and revisit them.  He would even help yours truly understand better what his idea was getting at.

Truth be told, I spent years working the Auction House prior to meeting his blog.  I had the core characteristics when I found it, and I walked away enhancing my own thought process.  He invented his own way, developed and discovered markets, experimented, and did what it took to be successful, and gave you the keys to compete with him directly.  Everything he did came from the fruits of his own research.  Simply an amazing individual.

Most important - he asked nothing more than for you to read and enjoy.  No ads.  No "buy my book".  No pyramid referral schemes.  No illegit tactics or underhanded techniques.  No hands out.

From 2009 to present day, blogs regarding gold have cropped up all over the place.  The vast majority are recycling content from others and proclaiming and presenting it as their own.  This is unfair to the people who spent the time developing these techniques and were good enough to share it for free.  Like they probably taught you in writing class - FOOTNOTE your sources.  Give credit to the people who developed the idea.  At least MENTION where you got the idea.  Taking another human being's work and presenting it as your own, whether in a game, at work, or to friends defeats the human spirit.  Doing it to profit, well, there's a reason professors are drummed out of universities when they do this same thing.

This is the standard by which your blog should aspire. Do it because you love to do it, and not because you see some pocket change to be made off a readership.  Take a few minutes, and go learn how it's done.


  1. Not sure if right post to reply to ...

    Similar ideas can pop up in different areas of the gold making community, we all play the same game so we see similar things.

  2. They certainly can, and I think you should give the author of that some serious grief for stealing content. Tell them I said hi. Big meanie.

  3. If I read something, go do a test/experiment with it then write about it, I usually link to original article or if I write something & someone points out a similar post, then I'll link to it, I have no problems with that at all.

    But the problem so often is that a technique can be written about in multiple places & over time, sometimes I don't even remember where I read it - it could be lots of different blogs, forums even Reddit or twitter. It can be tough to credit the originator of the idea, especially if I think it comes from a blog I read somewhere but then that writer got it from somewhere else!

    Also over time, ideas do become common knowledge - who should we credit then?

  4. If it's an emerging idea, credit should be given. If you didn't come up with it, the best thing you can do is let people know you read it somewhere, even if you cannot recall. If it's pretty common knowledge, then it's public domain. Honestly, just use your judgment.

    It's disturbing to me when I see things copied and pasted directly however, or on some blog proclaiming ownership of an idea when they merely are putting their own spin on it. That's self-centered and selfish, but aren't most gold bloggers?

    I'm going to demonstrate a part of my system that I use in coming posts, and I will make every single attempt to give credit to those that pointed me in the right direction. I have a rather lengthy list and remember everyone who helped me along the way. That's part of the spirit of this post above.


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