First off, you guys should totally welcome @CraigSkitz and his team to Rooster Teeth. He wrote a welcome journal which you can find here. They've officially become part of the family. If you haven't checked out their content, they are pretty hilarious. You can see their videos here. Guys, I know change is scary and the internet's immediate reaction to change is to reject it and be all "what is this!? What happened to the house!?"
But honestly, embrace the fact that there are even more creative figures joining up and while I haven't been following them for very long, I can easily see that they give a damn about their community. There is no Us vs Them; we are all one big community now. We may have different mindsets, we may come from different backgrounds, we may have started liking different things, but those differences (like with any aspect of life) should strengthen a connection. I implore you to be open-minded, open-hearted and welcome Screw Attack with open arms.
Now, more community talk. There has been a sudden spike in various regions and community members are rallying together to connect with each other with a common goal of strengthening the community. THAT IS SO COOL. I've said this before, but the first step to wanting to build your local community is just wanting to get out there and do something. I did that with the Vegas crowd and we now have semi-regular get togethers. You don't need a huge, lavish party to get your people together. You just need some planning, organization, marketing tools and determination.
These tactics may not work for everyone, but I found it helpful when establishing a group.
*Create a group here on the website. Check to make sure a group already doesn't exist. If one does, then you may want to reach out to the admin of the group and see what's up, especially if there has been no activity for a few years.
*Get that social media presence going. Create a Twitter and FB page. And in the profiles, link every damn thing you can together. People have preferences as far as how to keep up with news and updates. Make their research easy for them. Also, use those platforms for community talk only. Don't start using those profiles as personal accounts.
Over time, I've found that relying on potential attendees for dates, preferences, etc... was a waste of time. So now I just say "HEY! LISTEN! We are gonna do this at this time and this place and I want you there!" Lo and behold, people show up. Which reminds me. HEY, VEGAS PEEPS, we are going bowling at the Southpoint on March 13th at 12:00pm! COME BOWL WITH US. Depending on the event, it's just waaaaaay easier to make all the decisions at one time, then broadcast it out to people. I try to avoid instances where you would invite too many cooks to the kitchen. Ever read Aesop's Fables: The Man, His Son, and the Donkey? Moral of the story is no matter how hard you try, you cannot please everyone. And that is a hard lesson to learn for someone who wants to get out there and make people happy.
You've made the first step of wanting to create a local community. That's great! But understand that a lot of your time will be maintaining that community. I know some people don't utilize any social media or update their groups here until an event needs to be planned. Sometimes that works, but some communities need that constant reminder that the group exists. And hey, don't be frustrated if your group only has 5 people in it, or your Twitter only have 1 or 2 people following. EVERYONE STARTS AT 0. Remember that. It takes time and perseverance to build a following. My first event had 6 people show up and we had the best time. Now we average around 10 or so. Progress! You cannot be discouraged by numbers because your sole motivation should be to just connect with people who share a common love with you. Be genuine and people will gravitate toward that.
There's a bunch of different things you can do. Some groups play video games together, some plan outings, some create picture/video montages, some have RvB or RWBY marathons.. The list goes on. There is no one right way to have a gathering or celebrate Community Day. The point is that you are bringing people together regardless if you are in person or on the internet. And I don't care if all you can do to celebrate Community Day is post a picture of yourself in RT gear, you are still celebrating and you are still showing support. I've heard/read so many comments of "that's not really partaking in RTCD". I speak for myself (as always) and I will say that they ARE celebrating Community Day in their own way. Maybe that person has school or work, or they can't afford to go to an outing, or they are just in a position of not doing a group event. Or maybe, just maybe, no one in their area has created a local community so this is the best way they can participate in Community Day. They still took the time to say "I love this community". That's the most important part.
I could go on even more about community stuff, but this is already a big wall of text.
Welcome Craig and Screw Attack to the family
Our community remains awesome and if you want to help out, get involved and develop and plan a strategy
You can always chat with me or other community members if you have questions. Shoot me a message here or hit me up on Twitter: GeekyFriedRice.
Enjoy your Friday. Less than three you all.