Would it be viable to be a pure gatherer? I was thinking that crafting isn't really my thing but I could level up foraging and mining skills and just barter materials for finished products or sell them on the AH. I am in a guild and want to contribute, but again, not really in to making things and thought this would be of value to the guild as well. I am only level 35 and don't know if that would be feasible later in the game. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
Oh, and I haven't really done any trade skills yet so I don't even know if you could just level up "collecting" skills without actually producing anything.
I have two gathering skills (mining/foraging) while leveling and doing apothecary with what plants I can use. Just by selling what I've gathered up to lvl 41 I am at almost 300plat...so I think it could be very profitable in the long run for you.
My main character has all gathering skills, and I find it very useful. It also helps that my husband has all crafting type skills, which the gathering professions feed.
Gathering is also very nice when you are progressing in a guild and need potions and vials and materials that others can use to craft/breakdown into consumables. Some of the materials can cost a lot on the auction house and so if many different people in the guild contribute, it's not so much of a burden on the few that can craft the specific item.
Totally viable, and most likely more profitable. As long as you don't mind having to track down a crafter with the pattern you want when it comes time to make some gear.
In fact, it is probably a good idea to put your harvesting skills on your main and have a low level alt do your "production" professions. That way you have the best of both worlds. Only drawback is that you won't be able to purchase the Ember Isle recipes or any future level 50 faction recipes they might introduce.
My first toon is my gatherer for the other ones. It seems to be quite handy for them, as I have a level 300 apothecary who hasn't left Sanctum since last year!