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    • Community: a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common interests & goals

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Definition of a community straight from Google.

      People have time and time again asked me how to grow a following, build a community and how to network with those in a given industry. Truthfully, I am both humbled and bewildered that people would seek my advice in this category; however, I have come to realize that there is a level of “success” I have achieved over the years and the best rewards I have received are genuine friends and good life experience. I found myself responding with the same answers, so I wanted to consolidate them here. Please also keep in mind that while I try to be as helpful as possible, these concepts may not work for everyone. They are my own personal experiences and what work best for me. Second note, I primarily work within the video games/video production industry.


      How do you use social media effectively? Short and simple of it is to just use it. If an application is widely used, you have to teach yourself how to utilize it regardless of how you feel about the interface or the overall process of the platform. You may like Twitter more than Snapchat, but both are “in” so if you want to reach a wide audience, then buck up and get to learning. You’ll find out what engages people and what drives them away. No matter what social media platform you decide to start out with, I suggest following the most popular profiles, the people who are juggernauts in that given audience. What do they produce? How do they interact with people? What’s makes them attractive to their followers/subscribers? When I say popular accounts, I don’t mean the ones that can just say “hi” and have that post spread like wildfire. I mean the ones that actually produce content in some form. You want to study people who are engaging.


      Twitter works best for me as it’s a very convenient tool to use for keeping tabs on friends and people and companies that interest me. I use it as a source of not only maintaining my personal relationships but also a resource for networking and keeping up with industry news. I enjoy interacting with people whether or not they know me. Whatever I reply to, I try to ensure that it contains a certain level of quality to it as I want to bring value to the conversation. Maybe I felt like complimenting someone on their food photo or recent career achievement, maybe I wanted to offer some insight or somehow uplift a person’s spirits because they needed it. Whatever my response would be, I always aim for my words having purpose. Understand that how you respond to a company account or someone you don’t know should differ from how you interact with friends and family. That is something you should never forget.


      When people say I don’t have the time to do all that. Make some. Find a balance in your calendar. One aspect of growing your community shouldn’t be your entire focus. Spread out. Example, you may be a pro at tweeting, but you cannot expect to build a following if you don’t want to invest in any others. Networking is hard and it takes time, but you will be surprised with what you learn not only about companies and industries you are interested in, but also things about yourself. If you go out into the unknown and interact with people, you will gain a lot of varied social interaction experience. You will make some mistakes, but you cannot let that hover over you for the rest of your life.


      A little secret from me, I never view people as numbers or objects even if they see me that way. Bottom line in this scenario is that you learn about which people/companies you would rather stay away from as opposed to invest time in. A lot of people take this perception personally. Why? If someone openly showed their hand and it’s not to your liking, they just did you a huge favor. Think about it as a personal relationship. If your significant other revealed that you were nothing more than an object to them, you wouldn’t stay, right? Move on and gravitate toward people who would support and encourage you. That’s what I do. I want to be around people who believe in me, not drag me down. But in order to find those people, you have to do some searching. So make time to find your community. Growing an audience is part doing what you love and people finding you and part you going out and telling them that you exist.

      One thing I’ve started doing is going through Twitch and finding streamers who are entertaining and interact with their chat. It’s how I would want to treat my Twitch channel, so those are the people I want to support whenever they go live. Turns out, a few of them stop by in my channel every now and then as well. Win-win.


      Be genuine. People can pick up when you are not being truthful or sincere. It may not be immediate, but your actions, your words and how you present yourself make an impact on a lot of people regardless if you are in the spotlight. People know people and people talk to those people. Your reputation starts as soon as you make that first post or say that first word.


      Branding. I asked people what reminded them of me and my friend, Don, said geeky fried rice. I rolled with it and it’s been my personal brand since then. My friend over at Ruby Glue Design developed the logo and I worked on how I wanted to present myself. Ultimately, I want to create a place where geeky and nerdy is accepted and required. In my younger years, my geeky hobbies were looked down upon and I was teased constantly for them, but as I’ve grown to accept myself and my passions, I decided that I want to create and provide sanctuary to those who just want to be themselves. It doesn’t matter if you love comic books or video games only or if you just love movies or cosplay…you have something in your life that you love, and I want to help you embrace and celebrate that.


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      Accept that you don’t know everything. There are tons of people out there who are more experienced and knowledgeable than you. Look up to them and learn from them, even more so if you don’t see eye to eye on everything (I am serious about that). You need people who can make you see outside YOUR box. Even if you have negative experiences with people in the same field, the most important thing is that you learn something from them. There are mentors everywhere, but that doesn’t mean they are all the same type of personality. Some are friendly, and some are tough and it’s good if you run into a variety of them. It’s the best way to grow. Keeping an open mind when you want to show that you are unwavering in what you do is great, but remember, there is a time and place to be confident and a time and a place to be humble.


      Support others who are in the same boat as you. This ties into the making time to network point. Empathy is your best friend here. On your journey to building your community, you will find many others who are on the same path as you. You may not necessarily be side by side on this adventure, but your overall destination is the same. You will go through the same struggles and obstacles and you will find what your strengths and weaknesses are. You will also surprisingly learn these things of your peers. Often times, you will bounce ideas off of each other, collaborate together and you may even be in a position of offering a second opinion or advice to a comrade. I have witnessed people unintentionally shoot their peers down before any constructive criticism can be mentioned and it’s pretty brutal to watch. Don’t agree with how someone is executing a project? There’s many different ways to express that and saying “why bother? That’s f***ing stupid” or “you might as well give up right now” is not the best approach. More than anything, I want to not only build my own community, but I want to help others do so with theirs. If I am not 100% on board with a friend’s idea, I will offer both constructive feedback and a different approach that they can consider in the future. Whether or not they take that advice doesn’t affect me, but the ways in which I offer my support matter a great deal to them.


      Expectations. Stuff doesn’t happen overnight. You have to continually work to maintain your relationships, your connections, your brand, how you present yourself and of course, you have to just keep putting content out there. Keep moving forward. If you want this to happen, then don’t stop because you ran into a few obstacles. Of course you’re going to run into walls. Nothing worth having has ever been easy to acquire.


      I never thought I would be here posting blogs, creating YouTube videos, making Vines, livestreaming video games and building a community of my own. My past self would never believe it. But I’ve found my niche and I don’t plan on stopping.

    • Kriss' bucket list items

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Having an array of expression GIFs of myself is one of them. I made this one just for @LoZelda because she finds it hilarious whenever I say this.


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    • 3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager
    • Happy birthday Rooster Teeth

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      I was approached by BigBite recently to write a piece in their monthly RT community magazine. I was very humbled, especially since my segment would be debuting in the volume that lands on RT's birthday. Hopefully, I will do more in the future, but for now, I present to you Kriss' Korner. Check out the issue, follow their group, and you can also find them on Twitter at BIGBITEmedia.


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      Welcome to the very first segment of Kriss’ Korner! I’m Jackie and Kriss is my user name on the Rooster Teeth website. It’s very nice to meet you, and I am ecstatic to be in a position to help this community grow and become better than ever. As that is my vision for joining up with Big Bite, community is what I want to write about for this special volume.


      Rooster Teeth was created on April 1, 2003. That’s right, it’s RT’s birthday this month! Thirteen years of making fun and silly videos and bringing millions of people together from all over the world. As the years have gone by, the community has grown, mirroring the inevitable expansion of the company itself. From Achievement Hunter to Funhaus and now with the addition of Screw Attack, RT has brought so many people together, it is quite awe-inspiring. As SA has become part of RT very recently, I thought it would be beneficial to give you guys a rundown on them.

      You find these lovely people on the RT site/Twitter under the following profiles:


      Craig: RT - @CraigSkitz / Twitter – StutteringCraig

      Chad: RT - @ChadScrewAttack / Twitter – ScrewAttackChad

      Ben: RT – @Ben Singer / ScrewAttackBen

      Shaun (aka Bolen): RT –@GameAttackBolen / Twitter - ShaunBolen

      Nick: RT – @NickScrewAttack / Twitter – THENervousNick

      Sam: RT – @SamScrewAttack / ScrewAttackSam


      Just like RT, you can view their content at ScrewAttack.com or on the following platforms:

      YouTube: http://bit.ly/SubtoScrewAttack

      Facebook: http://bit.ly/ScrewAttackFacebook
      Twitter: http://bit.ly/ScrewAttackTwitter


      Now that introductions are sorted, I want to reiterate what I wrote in a previous journal when SA officially joined the RT site. Welcome them with open arms. These guys are very talented and creative and they have a lot of years under their belts. Did you know that they celebrated their 10th anniversary not too long ago? With all those years of producing content and making a name for themselves in their section of the internet, they have also created and built their own following called the g1 community. I implore you to welcome them as well. There is no us vs. them; we are all now part of the same community. That isn’t to say that one must shed themselves of one’s roots and history. Not at all. Embrace what made you become part of this community and take pride in it. Always cherish that. I also want to reassure you that we are all in this together and I am looking forward to the future to see what we can do as a community.


      We all have different origin stories. We come from different backgrounds and we all have different reasons for joining the communities we have. And now, here we are as one cohesive unit. There is something for everyone and best yet when you find something that resonates with you, there is someone not too far away who has the same interests and before you know it, you’ve made a new community friend. Other than watching content, you can always check out the forums, go to RTX/SGC, and attend community events and gatherings. Those are the best ways to get involved with the community. Thanks to friends on the site, I was a part of podcasts, made collaborative video projects, hosted and participated in charity streams, created my own community gatherings… there is so much you can do. Whether you are openly active on the site or if you tend to lurk, know that you are part of something that is wonderful and inspirational.


      If you’ve only watched RT content, I encourage you to browse through SA’s videos and vice versa. My personal favorites are the Death Battle videos. Absolutely phenomenal work. The bottom line is change can be scary, but if you approach it with an open mind and focus on the positive things, you can really see the beauty of such a transition.


      Happy birthday, Rooster Teeth and community.


      Craig, Chad, Ben, Shaun, Nick and Sam… welcome to the family. Now get to work. <3

    • Teeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaase It.

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Hey guys! As you know, Sidequest is officially on for RTX this year, and I know some of you are familiar with these community events and some of you are not. I was blessed to be asked to host the charity auction event last year and I am SO glad that @Alec captured most of those memories because that night was total blur to me. Sidequest is the perfect way to start convention hype and say farewell until next year. You get to mingle with RTX attendees, community members and Guardians alike and you create lasting memories together.


      Tickets are still on sale too! http://rtsidequest.org/tickets I believe there are less than 70 tickets left, so if you are able to snag one, please do so and come hang out with us! As I am a Guardian again, I may not be able to attend each function in its entirety, but I am always thrilled to see you guys. You guys definitely make this convention for me and I love you for it.


      Special shout out to @matt @kzuelch @Chris @Miles @RevDrMarquis @Axialmatt @Laurin Thanks for being such good sports during the auction last year <3


      Enjoy the teaser, guys! More to come!




    • SIDEQUEST IS ON

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      Guys! GUYS! RTX SIDEQUEST IS HERE! YAAAAAAAY!


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      Amber Conrad (@superduperyay) has stepped in as leading lady, so please give her a big welcome. Guys, I am so excited for Sidequest. If you are unfamiliar with these community driven events, they coincide with RTX's schedule, so if you would like a chance to meet community members outside of the convention, this is your go-to event.


      Here's the breakdown:


      Thursday, June 30: The charity auction! Easily a favorite event among the community. Dress up, look fancy, bid an auction items (pieces that are made BY the community) and help out charity. It truly is a wonderful experience and it is a great way to kick off RTX.


      Where: Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown (Ballroom)

      111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

      When: 8pm CST - midnight CST

      SPECIAL NOTE: All ages welcome


      Saturday, July 2: Barlympics! Hang out, play pool, throw darts, etc... unwind after the biggest day of the convention. And drinks. Drink are definitely a thing. (Speaking of.. drink responsibly).


      Where: Buffalo Billiands

      201 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

      When: 10pm CST - 2am CST

      SPECIAL NOTE: Event is 18+ older


      Sunday, July 3: Sidequest Lounge! The convention has come to a close, so take the opportunity to decompress and talk about your favorite moments of RTX. Sidequest has reserved Buffalo Billiards for this event, so take a load off and relax!


      Where: 201 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

      When: 9pm CST - midnight CST

      SPECIAL NOTE: Event is 18+ older


      Those of us who are used to attending the goodbye luncheon will notice that Salt Lick was not listed. Unfortunately, because of the timing of 4th of July this year, Salt Lick will be closed that Monday. =[ I don't even like BBQ and I'm sad about that! But Amber has worked hard to get the Sunday evening plans in order to make up for the goodbye luncheon and that in turn decreases the overall ticket price for Sidequest.


      If you would like to see footage of these events, check out RTSidequest videos here!

      BUY TICKETS HERE

      Please read the FAQS


      I will be attending this year. I hope to see you!

      <3

    • RT Vegas New Hotness!

      3 years ago

      kriss Community Manager

      With all this community talk, I was inspired to update the RT Vegas logo. I was getting tired of seeing the black and red colors for the last three years, so naturally, I went for blue.


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      If you want to stay up to date on our shenanigans, check us out here! http://roosterteeth.com/group/rt-vegas

    • DLGR asked kriss a question

      how does it feel to be the loveliest and most caring and amazing woman in the world? *___*~

      Answered: Mar 24, 2016

      Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Me? Clearly, you don't know me very well ;)


      <3

    • CarlosFavela asked kriss a question

      Hi is there anything I can do to help the RT Vegas community

      Answered: Mar 24, 2016

      I didn't even see this question! But I was very happy to meet you! Hope to see you at future events! =D

    • KumaPichu asked kriss a question

      What's your favorite color?

      Answered: Mar 24, 2016

      TEAM PURPLE ALL THE WAY.

  • Comments (1225)

    • daprophet02

      10 years ago

      My dogs are the same way. We have three different beds for them around the house, and yet, I have to share my bed with them too. smiley8.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

    • OroborosNZ Projector

      10 years ago

      Prolly be a good idea if we became RT Friends smile.png

    • daprophet02

      10 years ago

      Hello. Just wanted to say hi and how cute I think your dog is. smiley8.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

    • Yaini

      10 years ago

      then when why did I ge------ oh right!

      Well welcome to LFTO? does that work? yeah that works...

      so how did you get to be part of LFTO? the introduce yourself part wasn't that clear....

    • Yaini

      10 years ago

      Well hey there. So just wanted to get to know the new member of LFTO. Actually I greet all the new members.... since no-one else can be bothered... lazy jerks

    • malkin71

      10 years ago

      haha yea i love the rt shorts those always help me pass sometime at work. i wonder if people around me are wondering why im just sitting in my cube laughing for some reason. oh well back to fighting the urge to sleep which can be quite the problem. luckily its only been my friends who caught me asleep at my desk so far so im not in trouble yet lol. my cube is in a great place hardly nobody walks by.

    • reaper86

      10 years ago

      Hello newest RT friend!

      *Epic blue team highfive*

      How's you?

    • kaori6 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      You do?!! YAY!! Thanks!!! smiley12.gif

    • kriss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Manager

      10 years ago

      YAY! I'll send you a message. I'm excited!!! You are my new guinea pig! >=)

    • MissZahrah

      10 years ago

      Oh sure thing, ask away. smiley0.gif

      (feels quite flattered)

    • MissZahrah

      10 years ago

      I appreciate the invite, but it'll just become one more group I never manage to get around to. I'm already thinking I need to cut out some of the ones I'm already in because I never go there...

    • muzeek

      10 years ago

      Lol yeah about that time right?...

      I had to think the answers really well so it would be something worth reading... I hope you like it and thanks again for inviting me to your project :]

    • muzeek

      10 years ago

      I sent you the answered interview :)

    • runelady

      10 years ago

      Oh, I don't draw anymore. Gave up that dream when I couldn't go to fashion school.

    • MissZahrah

      10 years ago

      LOL


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      Yah, I'm just a little bit crazy.

    • MissZahrah

      10 years ago

      Ok, I put up a photo for the grifball contest. It's on page 4.


      I almost wish there was a way to have submitted that anonymously...

    • Fonix

      10 years ago

      I've found that River is pretty simple as well. If you get two boom shields and put them in the opening of the buildings it's pretty well impossible to get in there. Ammunition might be the only problem. We actually just all goofed on wave 26 or 27, but it was 1:30 in the morning and the three of us all had to work in the morning so we left. We could have easily finished it if we had decided, or if we had 2 others in the game. We got killed because we came out from the cover :P

    • malkin71

      10 years ago

      hey i don't mean to random friend request you i just get really bored at work sometimes when it gets slow like this. For the past few months ive been sitting in my cube pretending to be busy lol. but i all ive really been doing is just reading stuff on wikipedia, pennyarcade, chainsawsuit, vgcats, etc.. ive been surfing the net so long i clicked next and it said the end. lol so i was just looking to talk to somebody.

    • MissZahrah

      10 years ago

      I was gonna do the grif-ball thing.. but then I realized that like.. 7 other people had done the idea I was gonna do. So it became a bit moot.

      However...

      I'm a girl. Maybe if I pose in scanty clothing, I'll win on the principle that it's guys judging. LOL!

    • malkin71

      10 years ago

      hey im good how are you?

    • kansaspickup

      10 years ago

      ah thats why, one game i have yet to play. been too busy with some other ones.

    • kansaspickup

      10 years ago

      Lancer? i think i might be confused. only Lancer i know is from the show Firefly

    • kansaspickup

      10 years ago

      hi Jackie, my name is Sean.

      i have been thinking about building a plasma sword myself, along with alot of the other weapons. i have some blueprint sketchs of most of the weapons and vehicles.

      i love meeting new people. feel free to spy on me, and if you want drop a FR

    • kansaspickup

      10 years ago

      hey i saw your pic on the grifball group. so i had to check you had. from your pics it looks like you had a blast with it. i really do like your enthusiasm.

      wish you luck

    • kriss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Manager

      10 years ago

      If I do get the job I want down there, I'll have to scout some areas to live. Any places you suggest I take a look at/void? I'll have to do research on cost of living as well. Kinda excited and scared. It'll be my first time away from home since I was born in Vegas.

    • DSchneider

      10 years ago

      Yeah, and those guys are already under watch for being a nuisance.

      Austin is a fantastic city. :)

    • DSchneider

      10 years ago

      Yeah, I saw that too. That was a bit crazy.

    • DSchneider

      10 years ago

      Nice to meet you, Jackie. I'm Larry.

      I only recently started participating in that thread. I was called in there to get rid of some troublemakers, so I had the thread on watch for a little bit, and I just sorta stayed, I guess. :P

    • spastic_jedi

      10 years ago

      =) totally cool

    • spastic_jedi

      10 years ago

      Netflix = does not exist in canadaland =( makes me sad

    • calvinestler

      10 years ago

      yeah. hell, its 3 am where i am

    • calvinestler

      10 years ago

      meh. not too much. still in chat

    • spastic_jedi

      10 years ago

      hey doll sorry the q&a is taking a while.. lol been a little busy lately :) might take a few days if thats okay?

    • Freeblade

      10 years ago

      Cool beans, i'll have to try and make one some time =D

    • CRrider831

      10 years ago

      haha you're not gonna get accused of anything, thats a legit excuse, ill let you get away with that ;) but seriously, i only play halo 3 for grifball now haha, otherwise, its Call of Duty 4, at least untill Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2 comes out!!!!

    • Rev_Pleb

      10 years ago

      Well the pics came out well.
      My pics took ten minutes. And pain.
      That boy can hit!

      Maybe you are the only gamer girl brave enough to try?

    • Rev_Pleb

      10 years ago

      Yes, a good way!

      I was trying to walk that fine line in between complimentary and innappropriate.
      FAIL

    • Rev_Pleb

      10 years ago

      Thanks - he really is a sweety when he's not trying to concuss me.

      Yours are pretty cool too, but in a whole different way.

    • CRrider831

      10 years ago

      all he can do is stiff arm people, but he has overshield, and 3 other guys to help protect him, but also there are many tricks to being a runner, and im still learning em, thats why i just tank :) add me on XBL, we'll play sometime with my team or sumthin or next DXP

    • fluffnight

      10 years ago

      Whoa! Those are quite the suggestions! I really appreciate you taking your time to reply!!! :)

      Ha ha, I've got the grammar and spelling down. (I hate reading things that are horribly phrased and have spelling mistakes everywhere.) Although, I have to admit that my last few fanfics (from 5 years go) have loads of typos and mistakes but I'm too lazy to correct them... D:

      Oh! The "carry pen & paper" thing is a good idea. I sort of do that, but I always forget to write things down. Another thing I notice is I tend to think about plot lines a lot RIGHT before I sleep when I'm already in bed....(which is stupid because when I wake up I forget the details).

      I haven't read fanfics in a long time, would it be okay if I asked to read some of your recent original works. (Each time I read fanfictions now, I tend to get embarrassed because they all make me think of those stereotypical over-the-top cheesy fanfics...)

      Nice to meet you, Jackie.
      I'm Tammy.

    • Ram7824

      10 years ago

      Oh I know, whatever amount of effort that has gone into a pic, its still an effort. At least they've tried. Its harsh to negatively mod someone for actually attempting something. If its offensive or deragatory then sure its OK to negatively mod, but for entering a competition. Too mean people. Too mean.

    • Ram7824

      10 years ago

      I think you've probably gone to the most trouble for yours. That deserves at least a T-Shirt : )

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      Game Art and Design.
      It's an art school, and my class tomorrow is Character Modeling.

      Besides I'm watching Eureka, and sleep is a good price to pay for that.

      Post edited 8/18/09 3:01AM

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      I could use some more sleep. I got class tomorrow at 8 am.
      laaaaame.

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      That's pretty cool.
      I imagine you live far enough away that day and night don't intermingle?

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      Likewise. smiley0.gif

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      Pretty much.
      I see you've got quite a thing for Spartans. smiley8.gif


      Dammit all.
      Well, as long as I'm double posting. Where're you from, besides Neon Central?

      Post edited 8/18/09 2:40AM

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      Pretty much.
      I see you've got quite a thing for Spartans. smiley8.gif

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      Those people are annoying, but they remind me of the days when I started out.
      By the way, I like your pics as well. Funny, in the quirky real-life Halo kinda way. smiley6.gifsmiley8.gif

    • reesekindle

      10 years ago

      Thank you. I appreciate it.

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