I’m horrendously distracted this week by re-writing the next MiniGuide. Instead of thinking about blog posts, I’ve been writing and rewriting the newest miniguide. See, I left the manuscript for the new miniguide on the back seat of a taxi and I’ve been re-writing the chapters whilst I can still remember the outline and ideas that I wanted to put down.
The next MiniGuide will be the World of Warcraft Gold Guide for Teenagers.
I have a few concerns about it that I would appreciate your input. I’m thinking about how I can address the needs of this special micro niche without alienating parents. As a parent myself, I’ve set parental controls on my son’s World of Warcraft, with a maximum time per week, and I’m always ready to chat to him about anything that he’s seen or heard. Â I see it a little like the playground: Â You can’t stop kids from growing up. Â You can’t stop them from hurting themselves, but you CAN minimise the risks, and be there to mend them, and you can let them free in the world in the safest possible way.
I have this wierd overprotective but kinda-liberal thing going on.
The main concern to me about marketing to teenagers is that gold is a commodity that is linked very much to envy, and therefore to peer pressure. And parents can be touchy about peer pressure. I’m either very niaive or too generous with my time, but I think that any parent that’s a decent parent will help their teen understand and make their life decisions without bowing to peer pressure. It’s part of becoming an adult, learning to deal with the expectations and pressures of friends and people that you care about.
As an example, I taught my son the rude swear words at a young age, and what they mean, and how to use them, and why they are rude, and how different people will react to them. As a result, he rarely swears, and when he does, he knows wtf he is saying. I have sex education books on my top shelf in the lounge / sitting room he can see when he’s ready, but if I catch him with prn or any image that doesn’t treat man or woman as a human instead of an animal, I’ll hit the roof.
Teenagers Gold Guide Focus?
The miniguide was meant to be 5,000 words, like the last Pet Selling miniguide, but I’m currently at 6.5k and in danger of turning this into a huge everything-you-need-to-know gold guide, instead of focusing selectively on the teen’s needs and barriers. oops?
This guide is aimed at teens who can’t afford the big guides yet (20k!) or for parents like me who are trying to show their teens how much fun you can have in World of Warcraft. I know our younger players have reaction skills and pvp skills that are better than mine, but I can still pwn them on the AH and this miniguide is to help them.
Thanks for reading, and for your patience with me as my time is spent on the miniguide instead of on the blog.
Questions: How long should a mini-guide be? how much should I charge for it? How much text / pictures ratio would you expect? What subjects should I cover? Am I on dangerous territory in teaching under 21s how to do something? Do you know any teenagers who would use this? What do you think are the primary worries and problems that a teenager faces specifically when they try to make gold? Do you want to be an affiliate?