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7-12-2011 @ 11:34AM
I was in a similar spot back in BC. I joined a guild that was really nice and which I enjoyed, but when people started to jump ship to raid with bigger guilds or quit the game or take a break or what have you, it was clearly the beginning of the end. I really liked the core group of people though, and I didn't want to see it all end like that. The GM seemed kind of overwhelmed and at a loss as to what to do. I wanted to help, so I found things I could do and whispered him, "I'd like to help out, how about I do _______?" At first he was very reluctant because I'd never been one before to say or do anything noticable within the guild. So I did things I could do without his permission or a higher rank, like tidy the guild bank (as in sort it since I couldn't withdraw), say hello to people when they came online, and bring things for everyone to use when we did have a raid. A while of this later, when I suggested I could help him keep up the website and do some recruiting to try to bring things back to life, he finally took me up on it. After some more time when I suggested I could help him manage the guild bank, I got promoted so I could. Much later, in Wrath, when I said I'd be interested in leading raids to help us get them started, I became a raid leader.And now here we are many years down the road, the guild is thriving, and I and the others who made it through that time are still in it. We just had our second real-life guild meetup. I'm second in command of the guild, with a really great officer team working with me. When our GM left the game for a while recently, I didn't ask to take over because I don't want *all* the responsibility, but I've done all the work of it for so long that things went along smoothly this time and we haven't had any issues in his absence.So, to the letter writer, take Scott's advice. If you want to work toward saving this guild, step up. There are plenty of things you can do that you don't need permission for, and which will tell the members and any other leaders that you're there for the long haul and willing to take on the task of leading and supporting within the guild. Become a natural leader, and the title will come on its own in time. If it doesn't, you're definitely in the wrong place. If it does, you succeeded! And best of luck to you. It's no easy trip. But I've found it to be very rewarding.
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