Howdy guys and girls. I've been pretty quiet on the site for a long time, but I think I should get back into it. There's a lot to catch up on.
Since finishing my degree in July - that's right folks, I'm a graduate! - a lot has been going on in terms of myself and the community. In September, it was announced at the annual RTUK event that Jason (@Boomer) would be stepping down as the head of RTUK, and I would be taking over that position. Two months on and it's still an honour for me to have been considered for the role and to have been welcomed by the RTUK and global communities so warmly. MCM London was my first community hosting event with RTUK, and it was phenomenal. I met a lot of amazing people there, became a meme in the RTUK Community, and I believe the weekend was an incredible experience for everyone who attended. Saturday's community meets saw numbers reach over 200 in the day, and saw Jack, Adam and Chelsea join us at the pub for some drinks in the evening. All in all, it was a real success and I thank everyone for being a part of it.
Because I'm unemployed at the moment, I have a lot of time to invest in the community and to try to develop it further from what Jason had built since day one. It seems strange thinking he's not the front runner of RTUK now, but he's still very much involved and helps me when I need it, for which I am very thankful. He's a truly great friend. But while I sit and work on RTUK, I see ripples of change happening within the sub-communities elsewhere.
First, Newbs announced he would be stepping down as head of RT Minnesota, and recently Grady also announced he's stepping down as President of SideQuest. Each figurehead of these sub-communities have inspired me with my involvement in the community as a whole, and it seems bewildering to watch it unfold. I know they will still be involved in the community, but it still seems strange to know they won't be in the same roles they have been which inspired me in the first place. As Jason put it, it appears to be a "changing of the guard" within some of the sub-communities. Will it only be those three (Jason included)? Only time will tell, but whatever happens I wish them and the communities they represent luck.
However, with change comes possibility.
Before the changes, Newbs established Rooster Rumble - a gaming tournament between 20 of the RT Community's sub-communities, and Jason put RTUK forward for that. Over the past two months, thus far we have had the opportunity to go head to head against RT:Chicago/Midwesteners, RT:Florida and RT:Scotland, and with each match I have been privileged to meet new members of the community who represent these communities. I haven't had a bad experience yet and it really has been a pleasure.
Sub-community interaction is being promoted and strengthened through activities like Rooster Rumble, but on top of that I also sit back and see new sub-communities being created. RT:North Carolina, RT:Indianois (Indiana and Illinois) are two new ones and it's wonderful to see them grow. There are becoming more and more opportunities for members of the community to get involved, meet people and interact, and I think that's wonderful.
So this poses a chance for the sub-communities to work together further. With such a shift in figureheads, and the new communities being established, we have the potential to work together and build further upon what has already been created for us. Whether it's through more video gaming tournaments, or through collaborative efforts in behalf of the community leaders, there is a chance to work together and unite under the overall RT Community, offering advice, support and friendly rivalries along the way.
It's only a thought, and these are early days, but I know it's something that I would like to push for, and I hope other sub-communities see the same. I'll continue to draft up ideas and start reaching out to other communities. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to get involved in their regional communities. We are all fans of the same product, but I know I've met some of the best friends I could ask for from getting involved, and I believe that's a possibility for everyone.
Who knows what the future holds, but let's work together to shape it.