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    • A Badge of Honor

      11 months ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Welp, there's a staff badge on my profile now, and I have to be honest:


      I'm really proud of that.


      It's been a long proverbial road full of long nights, busy weekends, lots of stress, and a bit of luck, but I'm happy that I've actually accomplished the goal of finding full-time editing work. That I was able to secure that work with a company that I admire and respect with a community that I'm more-than-proud to be a part of is... mindblowing.


      Make no mistake, I am absolutely shocked and humbled by this opportunity, and coming from the community, I feel extra pressure to succeed. And, I mean that in a good way. It's a pressure to deliver, to get better; to still be a member of this community and help represent it on a bigger stage means the world to me. This community means so much to myself and so many others, and I hope to make you all proud.


      There's still a ton to do, like get the house in Mobile packed up and sold, and then move my wife and our pets to Austin (side note, holy shit, I miss Erin). Of course, as I've only been in the office for a couple of days, I'm also still figuring out my day-to-day routine. But overall, seeing that badge on my profile feels like a solid exclamation point at the end of a really long but good book.


      I can't wait to see what's next.


      Less than three you all!

    • Oops, I Did It Again

      1 year ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      So, apparently, I didn't completely screw up the editing for last week's Lets Play - ARK episode 3, as I'm back again with more editing in today's Let's Play video, Lets Play - The Forest episode 2. I really like this video, as I'm a fan of the game and, of course, the people involved. If you get a chance, feel free to check it out.


      Will I get the hat trick? The trifecta? Maybe...

    • I Did A Thing

      1 year ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Hey there! So, it's been awhile. How's your mama and them? Good. Good.


      I've been lurking the site quite a bit, but I figured that this was a good time to make a post and share some fun news. I edited today's Let's Play video, Let's Play - ARK. I learned a ton from it, and while I'm happy with it, I know I'll make the next one even better. Obviously, I have to say thank you to Achievement Hunter for giving the opportunity to help out, and a special thank you to Larry for helping get everything together, providing guidance, and being amazing to work with. 


      Now, on to the next one!

    • Patreon: To Fee, Or Not To Fee

      1 year ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Some problems have simple answers. Others may require a bit more thought and planning. And, some problems, it seems, can only be solved by causing more problems. Unfortunately, the latter is where Patreon felt it was earlier this week when it announced its new fee structure, which was met by near universal dismay from patrons and creators alike.


      The crowdfunding website is making a change to how it handles its processing fees by essentially moving those costs from the creators to the patrons who support them. This is a unique solution that Patreon says will provide greater stability and increased revenue to the creators who use its platform. Currently, when a patron pledges an amount of money, Patreon takes the money from that pledge at the beginning of the month, takes out a 5% fee for itself, and then passes along the third-party vendor’s processing fee for the transaction to the creator. According to the blog post released on 12/7 by Patreon, this transaction fee is anywhere from 2-10% of the pledge, meaning the creator would receive what’s left over after the fees, approximately 85-93% of the original pledge. The new system would work similarly, however, instead of the creator worrying about the fluctuating processing fee every month, the new processing fee of 2.9% of the pledge plus an additional $0.35 would be charged to the patron, while Patreon would still only take 5% of the pledge.


      According to Patreon, this will provide further stability for creators, as they will no longer have to deal with the constantly fluctuating processing fee, and it will provide more revenue to creators as they will only be losing out on the 5% fee Patreon charges for using its service. For example, if someone pledges $5.00 to a creator, with the new processing fee model, the patron would be charged $5.50, where the $0.50 would cover the processing fee, Patreon would take out its 5% ($0.25), and the creator would take home $4.75. On the current fee structure, a pledge of $5.00 charges the patron $5.00 and the creator receives $4.25 - $4.65 after all of the fees are charged. It would seem Patreon’s system is very creator-friendly, which has always been the focus for the company.


      Patreon has also stated, it would like to move to a subscription model where the primary pledge date is used as the billing date as opposed to the beginning of the month. By moving to this new model, the processing fees would increase quite a bit as each pledge is run individually instead of in bulk at the beginning of the month. In response, the company determined it would pass the fee on to the patrons so its creators would continue to see stable revenue. The wrinkle in the plan is the processing fee is charged for each individual pledge. Meaning, if a patron pledged $5.00 to 5 creators, in the current system, the patron would be charged $25.00; in the new system, the same patron would be charged $27.50 (($5.00 * 2.9% + $0.35) * 5). That’s an extra half-a-pledge being charged in fees, meaning to stay within a budget of $25.00, the patron would end up having to either lower a pledge to a creator or drop them all together.


      While the new processing system is promising higher revenue and stability to creators, almost every creator, large and small, have come out and stated they would prefer to eat this fee themselves instead of passing it along to their patrons. Unfortunately, Patreon has responded that this is not possible, and as of now, they plan to move forward on December 18###sup/sup###. And the big reason why they want to move forward is to try and fix one huge internal problem:

      The company’s low net promoter score (NPS).


      NPS is a fairly new statistic used by businesses to determine if their customers would be willing to promote them favorably to others. It’s essentially a way to measure how positive word-of-mouth advertising is about a company, and many businesses have started to really lean on this score to determine a company’s overall health with its customers. NPS is on a scale of -100 to 100, and Patreon has an NPS of -20 with creators who have mentioned fees in the past year. It goes to -50 on a 30-day scale. That’s pretty abysmal. Patreon believes by moving these fees away from creators to patrons, it can successfully raise its NPS, as one of its biggest issues between it and its creators is no longer there.


      But it is.


      No matter where the fee is moved, it still has to be paid, and if patrons can’t afford it, they will have to make the tough decision to not support the creators whose work they enjoy. For those patrons who support only one creator, this isn’t as much of a problem, but this greatly affects patrons who support numerous creators, especially at lower amounts. A $1.00 pledge in the new fee processing model would be charged $1.38. If a patron is supporting 10 creators at a $1.00 level, instead of being charged $10.00, that patron would be looking at a bill of $13.80. That’s a steep markup, and according to many on Twitter, this has led to patrons pulling pledges.


      In my opinion, this new fee processing system will lead to new, much larger issues for the company and will not solve Patreon’s NPS issues. Most creators have a strong base of $1.00 pledges that can add up, and for smaller creators, these small pledges are vital, as it’s much easier to find 50 people to each pay a dollar every month versus finding one person who will pay $50.00 each month. But, in an effort to lower fees, patrons will have to either lower their current pledges or lower the number of creators they support. It also means far less $1.00 pledges from patrons, as the processing fee being charged on each one is such a detriment. For smaller creators, this makes it much harder to reach out and find patrons willing to give them a shot with very little financial risk to the patron. Unfortunately, now these smaller creators find themselves competing for literal dollars and cents versus larger, more established creators.


      Sadly, that may quietly be Patreon’s overall goal. Earlier this year, in an interview with Brian Balfour, Tal Raviv, a Growth and Platform Manager for Patreon, stated, “We’d rather have our GMV (gross merchandise volume) be made up of fewer, but truly life-changed creators rather than a lot of creators making a few dollars.” From a business standpoint, the larger, more successful creators are making a nice profit for both the creators and for Patreon, while smaller creators who just make a few bucks a month here and there may actually be costing the company money when it comes to the cost of hosting, accounting for fees, support costs, etc. If Patreon is able to shed some of the low-end weight, that would theoretically help streamline the company who just received quite a bit of venture capital in the past couple of years. If this is the goal of Patreon, to lose many smaller creators, while having patrons focus their support on a smaller number of creators, then this new processing fee should have the desired effect.


      Moreover, in my opinion, how Patreon has chosen to present and defend this decision has been atrocious. According to the company, it polled and surveyed its creators about this change over the last year, however the overall message from creators has been confusion and curiosity as to whom Patreon actually spoke to about these changes. It seems most creators were blindsided by this change to their business models as they received a message from Patreon only a day before the changes were announced to the public. Some of these creators warned their patrons ahead of time, and in those warnings, many stated they were not thrilled with this change and would share more information as it became available. The company essentially just told every creator on its platform it was making a change that could drastically affect the creators’ patrons/customers and gave them little-to-no support on how to handle the possible financial backlash. This is not how you fix a low net promoter score.


      After the announcement, as the uproar was reaching a fevered pitch, Patreon had an opportunity to look humble and try to open the door to further discussion with both creators and patrons. Instead, it doubled down in an update to its original blog post further detailing the business aspects of why it was making the change. The message came off as cold, deaf, and almost insulting; it was as if the company was trying to say, “You obviously don’t understand what we’re saying; look at these graphs. Look at how this will help us. You’re just not paying attention.” Patreon squandered a huge chance to step forward and show that the company still cares about the voices and well-being of all of its creators and their patrons; it could have started an actual dialogue. Instead, it chose to focus on the company and its problems, a marked change from the Patreon of old.


      And maybe that’s what this is. Maybe this is Patreon growing up and maturing into a normal, corporate business. Even though creators could see higher revenue with the new processing fee system, the handling of this situation has felt so anti-creator focused. Even Jack Conte, the founder and CEO of Patreon, has stated, “We absolutely fucked up that rollout.” It feels as if this is the moment Patreon went from focusing on creators as individuals with dreams and goals and started focusing on bottom lines and streamlining costs. This does open the door to new, similar options like Kickstarter’s Drip, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a large player like PayPal jump into the mix in the near future as Patreon begins to shed the humanity it once seemed to have. And maybe, for Patreon, that’s a problem it’ll have to own.

    • A Trip to the Movie Theater

      2 years ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Tonight, E and I went to see a movie, and on a few podcasts now, I've mentioned my disdain for going to theaters. It has nothing to do with the theaters themselves, the people who work there, or even the ever-rising snack prices. No, it's the fellow patrons that drive me insane. People talking during the movie, checking their cell phones during the movie, bringing kids/babies into a movie that is definitely NOT for kids... It's enough to ruin the experience. However, tonight, I got a little retribution.


      We saw 'Logan' (really great flick, by the way), and near us was a younger foursome obviously on a double-date. For the most part, they were okay. They checked their cell phones a few times, loudly whispered a couple of times; overall, no big deal. Also during the movie, I downed a large Coke Icee like a grown-ass-man, and that meant I needed to make a quick stop before heading out.


      In the bathroom, I finish up my business, and I hear someone else doing the same. As I start to wash my hands BECAUSE I'M NOT DISGUSTING, I see one of the dudes from the double-date step out of a stall.


      He walks out without washing his hands.


      Gross.


      I walk out and jokingly tell E that I should warn his date about the no-hand-washing thing, and we start to leave. I see the dude refilling his drink and his friends/date-mates waiting outside for him. We get to the door, he's a few steps behind, so I do the polite thing and hold the door open for him.


      Dude walks through without a word. No ‘thank you’. No nod. Not even a glance my way. I might as well have been a doorstop to this guy. Common courtesy obviously was not something this dude cared about.


      So…


      I give the guy the shooters and proclaim, “You’re welcome,” before turning to E and loudly adding, “You know that guy also didn’t wash his hands after he peed. Some people, right?”


      Good luck with the rest of your date, sir.

    • Who the? What the? Featured User!?

      2 years ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Well, this is apparently a thing. First off, hello! If you're visiting my quiet little chunk of the Internet because that fancy Featured User thing, welcome and thanks for stopping by.  I have no clue how this happened, but I do appreciate the nod from whomever happens to be in charge of it.  I'm most surprised because I haven't posted anything here in quite awhile, but I do spend quite a bit of time lurking... watching... creepily... possibly in your bushes...


      Would you like to know a little about me? Too bad! I was lucky enough to be a PA Guardian for Kinda Funny for RTX 2015 and RTX 2016, and I'm an aspiring video editor and content creator with a normal, boring day job.  Most of my content creation is with my group The Occasional Gamers (which you can find here). We're 3 older guys who used to play games a ton, but as we've aged and had increasing responsibilities, we've lost a lot of that time to game. As an excuse to make time for games, we started a channel to do lets plays (we call Occasionally Plays, because we're clever) and a podcast (because we like to talk).  Check us out and give us a subscribe if you like.  For example, here's our most recent Occasionally Play in RWBY: Grimm Eclipse with a special guest, @LoZelda.


      I also had/have a series on the Let's Play Community channel that I'm very proud of called AHHL Today that I did during the Achievement Hunter Hockey League.


      When I'm not cutting videos or recording things, I play music, and I make board and tabletop games.  My most recent game is a tabletop rpg system (like DnD) for RWBY called DWST (pronounced 'dust').  We had a stream for awhile, but we had a player flake, and that pretty much killed that stream.  However, the system is still alive and well, and a ton of fun (according to my players).


      I don't know, what else do you want to know? Anything? Everything? Leave a comment, and I'll answer.


      Once again, thanks to the powers that be for giving me the honor of being Featured User for the day, and thank to you for stopping by and reading all of this self-centered garbage.  I hope you have a great one!

    • Podcasts! Stuff! Things!

      3 years ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Things have been busy as I've been working full time with my day job and another bunch of hours during the week as I push out content over on the Polyhedral Productions YouTube page. Right now, we're mainly focusing on podcasts, but I do have some content recorded for some other stuff that should be starting up soon. Our two podcasts are the 'LaPorte and Porter Important Report' and 'The Occasional Gamers Podcast'.


      The Important Report is a podcast where Kevin LaPorte, myself, and a guest get together every two weeks to discuss the topics we consider to be important. Things like 'are people being overcritical of Batman vs Superman', 'what makes someone a good fan', and 'what does the success of Deadpool mean for future superhero movies'. The latest episode is above, and the next episode is set to come out this Friday.


      Shawn, Lee, and myself just don't have the time to game as much as we used to. We've become The Occasional Gamers. So, we started a podcast to talk about some of the big things going on in the world of tabletop and video games. Again, we do this every two weeks on Monday, and our newest episode came out today. It covers queuing and griefing in The Division, Sentinels of the Multiverse raking in the money, the cancelling of EverQuest NeXt and Fable, and Microsoft's Universal WIndows Platform.


      https://www.twitch.tv/aaronporteris/v/52798200

      Finally, I mentioned in the previous journal that we're doing a tabletop rpg set in the work of RWBY, and we've already had our first session. The link is above, and the next session happens this Sunday at 2PM CST.


      I know that's a A LOT of stuff I just threw at you, and I appreciate it if you've made it this far. I hope you'll check out and enjoy the stuff above, and I look forward to keeping you Posted on more stuff that'll be launching in the future.

    • DWST - A Tabletop RPG Set in the World of RWBY

      3 years ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Hey everybody! So, this Sunday, myself and four friends are getting together and playing a tabletop rpg (kinda like Dungeons & Dragons). Instead of telling stories in a world where people are armed with swords, spears, axes, hammers and bows & arrows to fight monsters, we'll be telling stories in a world where people are armed with swords, spears, axes, hammers, and bows & arrows to fight monsters, but most of those weapons also turn into guns.




      Yes, we're finally playing DWST, the rpg system I've been designing and working on for quite awhile. We already have the characters made, and we're going to be streaming every two weeks starting this Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM CST at Twitch.tv/AaronPorterIs. The players and myself hope you'll swing by and check it out.


      We also wanted to say thanks to @Miles, @Kerry, @Gray, @Lindsay, @Kara, Arryn, @Barbara and the entire RWBY crew for bringing to life such a cool and inspiring world where we're excited to tell our own stories and fight our own baddies.

    • New Things

      3 years ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Let's get this out of the way: HOLY SHIT! The newest RWBY episode is amazingly well done. This season has been phenomenal, and I can't wait for the finale this Saturday.


      Now, on to the meat and potatoes of this journal. I've mentioned in the past my goal of increasing the content I'm putting out, and how tech was holding me back. Shortly before Christmas, I was able to purchase a new hoss computer, and I've been slowly making the transition to new editing software and the power and speed of a computer that's not nearly a decade old. To bundle all of this content together, I have a new channel:


      Polyhedral Productions


      We have our first podcast up, The LaPorte and Porter Important Report, where this week we talk about the hate for DC movies, a tattoo studio suing Take Two, and the Fine Bros' React World debacle. I hope you'll check it out. (If you prefer an audio only version, the fine folks at Mopcast Network have been nice enough to host us here.)


      We also have more podcasts coming soon, and a few shows and shorts that we're ramping up that I'm really excited about, so if you're interested, please subscribe. It's still exceptionally young (less than a week old), but I'm really excited about this, and I'm hoping we (everyone involved with the productions and you) can make this grow and be awesome.


      And by the way, if you have a show you want to do, let me know. More content is almost always a good thing.

    • FMK Cancelled!? (For Now)

      3 years ago

      IAmAaron Editor of Videos

      Sometimes, to move forward, you have to take a few steps back.

      In my previous journal I mentioned the Kickstarter for "Fuck Marry Kill: The Card Game" had launched. It did, and there was a great response by many who shared it around the interwebs. For that I can't thank you enough.

      As it launched, however, the group I work with that created the game and was running the Kickstarter, Inverse Press, noticed that, while we were getting a ton of hits on the campaign, it wasn't translating into money. I looked at the pricing structure, saw some issues, gave some advice, they made some changes, but overall, it was too late to make all of the changes needed. Essentially, while the game is great, sadly, there just wasn't enough value in the reward tiers.

      We discussed our options and decided that the best course of action was to kill the campaign, re-organize, and adjust the reward tiers to add more value. I'll be a bit more involved in that aspect than I have in the past, and if it goes well, who knows, I may end up taking on more responsibilities with Inverse Press outside of random advising and creating the marketing audio/videos.

      To those who checked out the Kickstarter, thank you. To those who shared it, I owe you. To those hoping to grab a copy of the game, keep your eyes and ears open because it's coming back better than ever in January.

  • Comments (25)

    • indiart28 RTX 2017 Guardian

      2 years ago

      Congratulations for unlocking the Achievement: "Featured User!" Enjoy your 100 gamerscores!


       whiskey geoff jack ryan gavin michael jeremy tower

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        2 years ago

        Thanks! Easiest 100G ever... of all time.

    • OsageOrange

      2 years ago

      Happy Featured User Day!

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        2 years ago

        Thanks!

    • LadyOddDuck

      2 years ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        2 years ago

        Thanks! It's weird.

      • LadyOddDuck

        2 years ago

        Why's it weird? You're a cool dude!

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        2 years ago

        I don't know. It's always weird being recognized/appreciated/featured. I just try to treat everybody how I would want to be treated, and I always assume everyone is cooler than I am, so it's easier for me to appreciate other people than it is to receive appreciation, if that makes any sense.

    • PhoenixFilms FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lone Few-Austin, TX

      2 years ago

      Happy FU day!

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        2 years ago

        Thanks!

    • Dice wOrk

      4 years ago

      Hey man! I totally forgot to tell you after I got home.

      I'm the weirdo who said "Hi" to you in the crepe place tuesday morning after RTX lol.

      so Hi lol.

    • Aaron_Michael

      4 years ago

      Aaron we have so much in common. We're both named Aaron, and an even bigger shocker... You signed up on my birthday! smiley7.gif

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        4 years ago

        At this point, I think we're legally considered twins... minus the 15 year age gap.

      • Aaron_Michael

        4 years ago

        It's true. We also do news shows so that's cool too.

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        4 years ago

        Nice! And let's be honest. Aaron's are pretty amazing.

    • LadyOddDuck

      4 years ago

      Happy Valentine's Day, Aaron! It's been fun gaming with you and chatting. You always give the best replies on Twitter and Posted is awesome!

      This comment brought to you by the Warm Fuzzies Project. Now go spread the love. smiley12.gif

    • Audrey

      4 years ago

      Thank you for being on The List and for being so involved in the community! smiley12.gif
      Spread the love with Warm Fuzzies of your own today!

    • RichardPero

      4 years ago

      Saw your last Posted. Hells yeah man! Keep it up!

      • RichardPero

        4 years ago

        I have been watching Posted since you put my forum thread in it. Much thanks for that btw! smiley0.gif

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        4 years ago

        Thanks, man. I really really appreciate it.

    • Dissent

      5 years ago

      Absolutely unexpected, but I really enjoy your youtube channel. Keep it up man, it's amusing.

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        5 years ago

        Oh, thank you so much. Thanks for watching!

    • Stuartwhel

      5 years ago

      Hey dude, I just watched the latest Posted video and it was really good! I'm impressed that you have been here for just under two months and you have already done something awesome like this, it takes a lot of balls to get in front of a camera like that!

      I hope to see it become even more popular as people on the site find out about it smiley1.gif

      • Stuartwhel

        5 years ago

        You're more than welcome, if you ever need any help with anything such as feedback or design work then send me a message and I will do my best to help out smiley1.gif

      • IAmAaron FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Editor of Videos

        5 years ago

        Wow, man. Thank you so much. I really appreciate the kind words. I love doing the show, and of course, I, too, hope it grows. Thanks again; you've made my day.

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