Our little guild has been steadily losing members and momentum for a while now. It's not new, this is the sort of thing that happens to guilds, but what is new is my reaction to it. I searched hard within myself for what problems I felt I was having with the game, and came to the conclusion that I want to raid.
Now, I've been on various raids as PUGs or in alliances before the expansion came out. I got a chance to see most of Zul'Gurub and to wrench a couple of pieces of Arcanist Regalia out of Molten Core. This taste of raiding gave me an appetite for it, an appetite I thought would be satiated when our guild got enough people keyed for Karazhan. And we have, only they keep leaving because we're not raiding (ironic, don't you think) despite the fact that we set the runs and they just don't show.
And so I talked to the Guild Leader, explained my intentions, and for the first ever time in my life /gquit. God, what a scary day that was. I applied to a raiding guild that had a friend of mine as a founding member and who had of late taken a few of our members into the fold. Only, this time I was rejected. The reason? Those they had taken in were holding the raid back because of their lack of gear, and they didn't want to make the same mistake with me. It was kind of a slap in the face, now that I look back on it, but understandable. My gear as a mage is crafted, and in talking to a friend of mine he suggested I work first on my gear and then apply to a guild that is a little more open in their policies.
What I did do is hook up with a little guild to run Kara, not as a guild member, but as a raid member. This is giving me a chance to see everything I wanted to (well so far only the Curator, but we'll get there I'm sure) of the instance, and gain gear and experience that I can put on my next app. That's not to say that I'm not crafting my gear, I am, but I also get the feeling that by the time I'm ready to apply to another raiding guild, they will be done with Kara, and I want to see that darn Chess Event! So it's a-grinding I will go, and prepare for the day when I will find another guild to call home.