5 Fandom Friday DLC (Stewie Pack)

I found that I was in possession of a bunch of good ideas for 5 Fandom Friday posts, so I figured I’d post my list here (in no particular order) as the 5 Fandom Friday DLC (Downloadable content) Stewie Pack, for those who love doing 5 Fandom Fridays, but might not always want to do the scheduled one! Post your 5 Fandom Friday DLC in a comment or as your own blog post!

1. Top 5 Geek Loves from 5 Years Ago
2. Favorite Twitch Streamers
3. Favorite YouTubers
4. Favorite Twitter Accounts
5. Dream Fictional Pen Pals
6. Favorite Geek Slang or Catchphrases
7. Members in my Dream Fictional Family (Mom, dad, sister, brother, pet, or members of your choosing)
8. Favorite Geeky Cocktails or Beers
9. Characters I would like to strangle
10. Fandoms I’d love to LARP (Universes from fandoms you would want to play a live-action role-playing game in)
11. Favorite Ponyville Citizens (MLP Fandom)
12. Favorite Harry Potter Characters (Harry Potter Fandom)
13. Favorite Disney anything (Disney Fandom)
14. Favorite Time Periods in History
15. Characters I would love to have brunch with

If you need more information about how these blog posts works, check out The Nerdy Girlie’s original blog post about it here. Make sure to use #Fandom5 and #5FandomFriday on your posts so the geek blogger community can see them!

Thanks again to Megan and Kristin for such a fabulous and fun post idea which has helped me tremendouly in generating fresh content for my blog. Seriously, somedays I feel like that’s all I post! And that’s fine by me. Happy Friday one and all!

Remember to check out these other amazing geeky communities
The International Geek Girl Pen Pals ClubThe LarpettesGeek Girl Brunch

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Character’s I Would Name My Kids After

It’s 5 Fandom Friday again! Always fun, and never in order. The post I’m going with today is “Character’s I would name my kids after.” I’m tackling this in a way that represents characters I like, but mostly names I like. I absolutely adore these 5 names!

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Art by elphielein

1. Violet (American Horror Story)

Violet is a beautiful and earthy name – it is a flower after all! And Violet the character is so like a violet, delicate and fragile. This sweet girl has typical teenage problems – you know, going through the emotional anguish of trying to fit in among peers, falling in love with a ghost, and eventually becoming the ghost she was so terrified of. Tale as old as time among teens. And I know there’s a bit of angsty teen in all kids, for sure. Even us adults :3

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Art by Dreamsparkle

2. Edmund (Chronicles of Narnia)

This is such a great name. It’s so unique and old school… it strikes me as sort of Victorian and romantic. I’ve never met anyone with this name. Edmund as a character is of course, a Judas type character who succumbs to the temptation of the glory the White Witch promises him. We all mess up, and let our ego get in the way, but he is ultimately redeemed. And kids all make mistakes, right? And all for something as simple as Turkish Delight.

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Art by Carolina-Eade

3. Galadriel (Lord of the Rings)

What a name. Any Elven name can really be a #3 for me… Elvish is an elegant and gorgeous language in itself. Galadriel is a really epic character as well – she’s a beautiful, wise, and powerful rule in the Elven lands. I love to imagine my kids will loves elves, faeries, and all sorts of magical forest folk as I do.

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Art by marymacabre

4. Vincent (Tim Burton)

Oh Vincent. A refined and gothic name (I seem to love names that start with V), Vincent was a 7-year old kid with a creepy agenda. Instead of doing normal 7-year old things, he spent his days fantasizing about being horror movie icon, Vincent Price. He’s a role model to the goth kid in us all. I totally foresee my kids having all the spooky tendencies I do.

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Art by yourpsychotherapist

5. Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

While this is not my favorite Disney princess (Snow White is my favorite, but Snow is just too weird of a name), I absolutely love the name Aurora. It conjures up colorful images of the aurora borealis, or beautiful roses. While I don’t love that Aurora is pretty much the victim of everything throughout the story (poor thing), she’s an innocent and sweet princess, none-the-less. Just as my kids will be. Well, until they hit those awful teen years. 😛


Post a comment to let me know what character’s you’d name your kids after!

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5 things I’ve learned from running a popular online community

You can never tell where a project will go when you first begin it. And when I co-founded the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club in 2013 with my friend from the UK, Farquharson, I had no idea what uncharted waters I’d be traversing, and what new skill sets I’d be forced to develop as a result. The club is by far one of the best parts of my life now. I’ve learned so much from the staff, taking on challenging new projects, and tackling problems as a team. It’s been a real roller coaster, with ups and downs, and of course, crazy butt-clenching scream-your-head-off fun.

I can imagine how someone who is about to embark on a similar journey might be terrified, and I know I myself could have used a few pointers before running blindy, headfirst into this. Don’t get me wrong, the friendship adventures have been well worth it. But in case there is someone else who might need a few tips, here are some of the things I’ve learned from helping to run this magical friendship machine.

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Photo by @rqup

1. Work specifically with people’s talents and personality quirks.
When attemtping to give people work to help your community out, play to their talents. Make sure they are doing something they love, or are good at. I was stupidly surprised to learn that not everyone has the same skill sets that I do. Surprise, surprise, haha! Not everyone is proactive, or creative, or aggressive (like I tend to be). I mean seriously, sometimes I have energy of 1,000 rabid wombats. So make sure, if they are not a wombat type of person, that they have appropriate work loads that cater to their particular skill sets. If they are confused as to what they should be doing, outline work on a task list. You can tell a lot about a person by the little things they say, or what they post online, so find out their unique way, and make sure to give them work that helps to accentuate their talents and passions. Try to keep a balance of many different personality types in leadership roles, especially people who work well together. Additionally, I’m a fan of Myers Briggs tests for compatibility.

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Photo by @earthtogirl

2. Never stop trying new things with the community, because you never know what they will love next.
You might have a plan in mind for the things that the community will do, but always continue to try new things. You never know what new idea might be the next IGGPPCamp (our highly successful annual summer camp). Take tips and pointers from other online communities, or collaborate with them. It can get stagnant for long time members, so always give them something fresh and fun to do. Even if it flops, at least you tried. Consult the community often to see what kinds of new things they want to do, or what new things they want the staff to do. Make sure your staff is all on board, and excited, for new projects. Excitement is contagious, and has a trickle down effect if it comes from the top. Remember to actively take part in the community, and new things, the same way that your members do. This will help with bugs as well, if you can see the process for your users, and help to ensure the flow is flawless.

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Photo by @bettercallbecky

3. Shit will go wrong for no reason, or for reasons. Sometimes you will have no control over it.
We all make mistakes, even when we’re supposed to be flawlessly running something. We need to make sure we handle it. If you make a mistake, own it, don’t pretend it didn’t happen. If things start going wrong, due to the drama that tends to crop up online, manage it. Make sure to monitor potential problem makers, but give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and a second chance. If it comes to it, ban trolls or repeat offenders. But remember, we all have bad days, and deserve a chance to redeem ourselves after we’ve cooled off. Appoint level-headed and consistent community members as little baby sheriffs to keep an eye out for potential problems. They will appreciate being recognized for their dedication, and in turn will help to keep the community water clean, and free of tidal waves.

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Photo by @kuriouskatie

4. Cherish your members. Be real with them. Reward them. Without them, you are absolutely nothing.
Always cater to the reason the community exists – the community. They are really the ones running the show. Whatever they want, try to facilitate. Be honest with them. Be transparent. Reward them for being loyal and amazing members, either through a nice piece of snail mail or even just an e-pat on the back. Find out what they are doing in the community, and engage. Be present for them not just through the community, but through other social media. They are the real stars of the show, so make sure you’re working for them in as many ways as possible. Hug them. Pet them. Feed them cake.

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Photo by @cori.cee

5. Online communities are like little baby alien creatures that will grow random arms and legs.
The organism that is the online community will grow, change, sprout random limbs, and take on a complete life of its own. Things will go wrong for no reason and things will go right for no reason. Be flexible, understanding, but attentive. You have to keep watch at all times and be vigilant. That alien creature could wonder off into the street and get hit by a car, so take care of your baby. Nurture it, and let is become that freaky critter it can be. Be prepared for the extra and unexpected workload that comes from parenting a cute alien baby. This little creature might even take you out of your comfort zone and into new projects and priorities, but don’t be afraid to try out those new things. Dare to be the best mommy to that alien creature you can be. It might grow and change into something you did not plan, but let it happen. It’s its own thing, after all. Let it all hang out.

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Photo by @dezpresso

Thanks to everyone for your patience and help throughout this entire project. The club has changed a lot, but grown and matured in so many ways. And I want to thank all my new friends, especially my staff members, for being amazing contributors to the success of this community. We’re pretty awesome, iggles. xoxo

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Twitch 101: Song Request using Nightbot

Please follow my husband and I on Twitch – our newest project is called Defeat the Huns!

This post was inspired by several posts I saw on my pal Lori‘s blog as well as time spent in Anna‘s stream last night!

Greetings, fearless readers! I come bearing posts, since I’ve been sorely neglecting the blog for my new boyfriend, Twitch. I was introduced to my new drug of choice by my evil husband, Ryskill, who has severely underestimated just how addictive this new social network is. Yes, I have bumped it above Twitter (just by a little bit) as my favorite place to be. Now, I turn there for social interaction before anywhere else, and have absolutely LOVED the people I’ve met and the adventures I’ve had. I’ve met amazing people, including BergerBytes (Follow him!!) as well as a few other amazing streamers, far too numerous too name.

To encourage other fellow iggles and geek girl bloggers to join in on the Twitch phenomenon, I figured I could make a few Twitch 101 posts detailing some of the finer points of streaming. Today I’ll go through step by step how you can set up song requests for your viewers, using Nightbot. You can use Nightbot for a lot of cool things, including custom emotes, custom commands, timed alerts, giveaways and the ever wonky spam protection. I can go into these in later posts, but today I’ll be talking specifically about song request.

One reason Twitch is so great is because it’s in real time, and it’s interactive. Not only do the streamers (the good ones anyway) interact with their chat room, but they find other fun ways to include their viewers. One fantastic way to include your viewers in your show is through song request. It’s a great way for the streamer to learn about awesome new music, and for the audience to have a part in the broadcast. Let’s get going, shall we?

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Logging in. Pretty important. Nightbot.tv uses OAuth to log you in, so make sure you’re logged into Twitch and you should be able to login with 1 click. If not, just enter your Twitch credentials.

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You’ll need your new pal Nightbot to join your channel, and you’ll need to set him to mod status. You can do this by typing “/mod nightbot” in your chat. You’ll be able to check if Nightbot is in your channel by refreshing your Twitch page and checking your viewer list to see who is in your chat room.

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Next, make sure you enable your song request to work. Do this by finding Song Requests in the left column, then clicking Manage Song Requests. Make sure to click Songs On to enable song request to work.

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Make sure to open the AutoDJ panel in a new window, and keep it open while you stream. You can use this as a kind of command center for your music. You can change the volume, pause songs, or even skip crappy ones (though that might irk the viewer who requested it.) Your viewers will now have complete control over any music they want to request, be it a YouTube video or a SoundCloud song.

If necessary, you can restrict the type of user who can request songs. For example, if you only want your mods to be able to request songs, you can do so by using the commands found on this page. Using Nightbot, you’re actually able to create lists of “regulars” (as in regular viewers) in your channel. So theoretically, so you could go so far as to create a list of viewers that you trust, and restrict song request access to only those viewers. It all depends on how your channel functions, or how many misbehaving viewers you tend to have.

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Now the fun begins! Make sure your viewers, regular and new, know how to use song request, and what sort of restrictions you have on it. List the commands for them. This way they can join in on the fun. It’s up to you to try to set up your guidelines for music (if you have any), but if you would prefer people to submit only clean versions of songs, for example, make sure to outline this in your panels.

Just a heads up, Twitch has a music algorithm type of thing that will mute parts of past broadcasts if it detects copyrighted music. So if you play music and Twitch picks up on it, they may mute part of the broadcast – not DURING your stream, but afterwards in your past broadcasts. This means it will be silent, which would be bad if you want to use it for a highlight. However with Song Request, you can play the music quietly enough (in the background) that it may not be able to pick up on it over the sounds of the game and you talking.

You can have a lot of fun with song request, so get to it! Last night in my friend Anna‘s stream, I spent a good hour requesting only Disney songs. So pick a theme, or a band, or music related to the game you’re playing, and let your viewers have fun on the jukebox!!

And if you’re not already, please follow my husband and I on Twitch. I would greatly appreciate it!

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