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One of My Weaknesses: Building a Virtual Community

marching penguins creating a new experience

I’m not any good at building a virtual community. I’m not sure why. My Twitter account hovers around 230 followers, usually fewer. My YouTube page is at about 250 subscribers. My Patreon has five dedicated and amazing Penguinators (Thank you!). The only reason I have over 1,000 Facebook friends is because I played a game called Castle Age for four years and I needed friends to get prizes (DfA!).

However, a virtual community is what I need to build to survive as a writer. I need a group of individuals who will interact with my webpage and social media. People who will share penguin posts and buy books and penguins. A core group of active fans, who can help get the word out and keep my TV series on the air for another season (figuratively speaking), would be amazing.

Taylor Swift has her Swifties. Haley Reinhart has her Haliens. Firefly has its Browncoats. Justin Bieber has his Beliebers. What’s the name of J.K. Rowling’s fans? These fans are there to support and protect their chosen artists, and just such a fan base is what every creator needs.

I’ve seen examples of fan-building, but I don’t know how to use my personality to do it. All I know is that I need to figure it out and quickly. Change is coming, and when it does, I’m going to need a lot of support and a lot of change.

How would you build a virtual community?

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Speakers’ Club, Nov. 10, 2018

Speakers’ Club Rules?
Win, Lose or Draw: https://youtu.be/DkanMBGiaxc?t=145
Three of these things: https://youtu.be/GC3AIV7CmVk

Baby, It’s Cold Outside:
Written in 1944 by Frank Loesser to perform with his wife at parties.
Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams: https://youtu.be/DO8vD0ClzbE

I really can’t stay – Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away – Baby it’s cold outside
This evening has been – Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice – I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice

My mother will start to worry – Beautiful, what’s your hurry?
Father will be pacing the floor – Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry – Beautiful, please don’t hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more – Put some records on while I pour

The neighbors might think – Baby, it’s bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink? – No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how – Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell – I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell

I ought to say no, no, no – Mind if I move in closer?
At least I’m gonna say that I tried – What’s the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can’t stay – Baby don’t hold out
Ah, but it’s cold outside

I’ve got to get home – Oh, baby, you’ll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat – It’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand – Thrill when you touch my hand
Why don’t you see – How can you do this thing to me?

There’s bound to be talk tomorrow – Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied – If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can’t stay – Get over that hold out
Ah, but it’s cold outside
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside

Blurred Lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU

The wolf and the mouse

She and Him: https://youtu.be/ZVz6TCT5Bjs
Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the Muppets: https://youtu.be/ZtoW4aV-CIc
Baby, It’s Cold Outside with Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban, Betty Garrat and Red Skelton original: https://youtu.be/7MFJ7ie_yGU
With consent: https://youtu.be/amK4U4pCTB8
Consensual: https://youtu.be/jppIA4eRLuY
With kids: https://youtu.be/6bbuBubZ1yE
Baby, It’s Cold Outside with Lyrics: https://youtu.be/hnH_RGyzbSU