Last week I posted a blog entry and broke two of the cardinal sins of blogging. We’ve had a few guest writers in these past months. Whenever anyone writes in to us with emails that are interesting and well constructed there’s a temptation to invite them to blog for us. Some people, like hideous, are incredibly well versed and invested in their field. Others like Sic Semper and Metal Gear?! are inherently interesting people. They have something worthwhile to say and we feel privileged to give them a platform to say it on. Regardless of where their posts start from we’ll review them and give constructive feedback before we let their words represent KritzKast.
Roughly 30,000 people download our podkast every week. It’s humbling to think we have that sort of following but its also a huge responsibility. The advice we give to our guest writers can be summed up in three phrases:
- Check your sources/facts
- Write with passion
- Don’t be a dick
In 22 keys I broke the first and last points. I got caught up in the possibilities of what an in game purchasable item would mean to us. We’ve all dumped hundreds of hours into this podkast. It costs us time energy and money to bring it to you each week and the chance of our PayPal account showing a cash positive amount filled me with greed. Instead of checking my facts on trading i.e. more than 8 slots are allowed for trades, I kept the idea to myself and pressed ahead. To save face I broke the last rule; I changed the post to make it read as if I had done my research correctly. This had the knock on effect of making the post seem pointless. Worse, I didn’t show my changes. Dick move Agro.
This has been weighing heavily on my shoulders. I’m sorry to anyone who’s trust I have betrayed.
The post itself saw a much wider readership than some of the things I’ve been proud to have on our site. It is perhaps interesting that people are much more willing to comment on and promote things they vehemently disagree with than posts they generally find acceptable or inspiring. This speaks to the Internet as a whole. I really shouldn’t be surprised but I honestly think TF2 fans are a level above the rabble.
KritzKast welcomes new content producers. If you have something interesting to offer and want to try writing for us send us your work on the contact page. We read everything.