GUILD HQ - I know everyone from my end of town, I don't know about people in
other parts of the world, would remember the ad campaign from one of the major
car insurers promising that you'll be "a member not just a number". Now the
question is: which one are you?
Are you a number?
If you're a number you'll probably only visit your guild once every two weeks
or not at all, you joined for the newbie pack, won a competition and now you've
either forgotten about joining the guild in the first place or only pop in to
enter the competitions for faeries and codestones. There are lots of other stories
like this and these members only add a digit to that 'Members: 35' and that's
all they're good for. You have no right to feel insulted by this because you
don't even make an effort to be active. That was a pretty neat description of
a stereotyped 'number' although that was the pits and most aren't that bad.
Are you a member?
On the flip side if you're a member you'll probably know the 'real' names of
a few of the other members, you'll post regularly and you'll know exactly when
neopetsuser0023 is going to camp next week. You'll have friends; you can't discuss
the new Baby Paint Brush with people for a week without making friends! Even
if you don't win a faerie every week you'll be happy because you've discovered
the reason why guilds were created; to have fun and make friends.
And the number one thing - you'll be noticed, not because you donated 1,000,000
NP but because you made an effort to be there and you answered peoples stupid
questions, even if they were stupid. Because you cared other people will care
too and it won't take long for other people and the guild leader to notice your
contribution to the guild.
Not noticed despite being a member?
Hmm… well this is a problem. There could be a few reasons for this. There may
be so many members in the guild that you wouldn't notice if half of them left
or there may be a few people who are really really active and you just can't
compete. The guild leader doesn't care anymore and you're the only active one
but since all the rest are 'numbers' there's no one left to notice you OR you
may find that you are noticed and valued but you're just not picking up on it.
Do you recognise your members?
If you're a guild leader or a 'number' or even another member make an effort
to recognise your members. You don't need to shower them with faeries because
if they're a real member and not just a 'number' pretending to be one they'll
be happy with you saying thank you and asking their opinion about changes and
additions to the guild and things going on in Neopia. If you don't recognise
you're members they won't feel loved and respected and will subsequently leave
and find another guild where they are.
The morals of the story:
Be a member not a number
Recognise your members
Guilds are places to have fun and make friends not just to win faeries
I really do hope that all the numbers reading this will turn over a new leaf
and become valuable and active members, but that's just my idealist values taking
over again. Why don't you all just have fun in your guilds?