I'd been playing since the head start and just hadn't found my niche in a guild. The game was young and I had time to find a home. Think I tried out 2 guilds before settling on one I liked. The atmosphere was great and I made good friends. We did everything together, rifts, invasion, t1/t2's, etc. This was home! But it didn't last.
As the guild grew and we began raiding, everything changed. It was clear the guild leader wasn't really ready for the massive explosion in population we saw in our ranks and things were wildly out of control. Several of my friends and I left and decided to explore our options. We formed a guild.
We were going to set ourselves up with a proper chain of command and have duties for each of the officers and there were so many high-minded plans. Few weeks later it's pretty clear I'm the only real active person in the guild. I set out to recruit, hoping my inactive friends return and then we can do this properly.
Weeks go by, and I've got some numbers in our ranks, but my friends have not returned. Because it's hard for a small guild to build traction, I grab lots of lower level players. They and the handful of people at my level who I'm able to convince to join will become our base. The transition from bard/dps to tank is not smooth, but there's no alternative that doesn't involve kissing some one's ass to tank. And my people need a tank to help them gear up and level. One of my other guys decides to tank up as well. Then another.. We're running instances nonstop. I'll spend up to 6 hours a day during the work week doing this. I've long ago given up hope on my friends returning, but now I have people who depend on me. Eventually I get one of them to log on long enough to transfer guild leader.
The guild is mine. I've never worked this hard in a game for anything I didn't want so much and there is no stopping now.