I've also considered doing it with my mage so I can /who the starting zones and whisper people with a polite offer, that way if someone accepts I could travel to them quickly. Is whispering a good idea though, given how annoying it can be?
Has anyone started a personal guild recently, without getting the signatures from people you already knew? What days/times/places seemed most ideal for it, and any suggestions regarding how I might do this with the least amount of hassle? Any advice will be very appreciated.