So I'm gonna write here far less formally than I would in FMMB just so you guys are aware from the outset.
PART I: A Day in the Life of MadCast: The Prince
So the start of my day is usually the same.
Get my work clothes ready.
Pick out the fro.
Check the MadCast Website.
If earlier than Munsa and not immediately off to work, I'll make sure candidate threads are moved for votes.
Head to work.
Vote on candidates while on the bus to work
Respond to any important admin related threads, provided there is enough time and walls of text are not needed.
If walls of texts are needed, marking thread as one to respond to after work.
Head home and check the forums on the way for any GW2 officer related stuff and respond as needed.
Respond to any marked threads with needed walls of text.
Potentially chat with other admins about stuff with walls of text because vocal communication is easier, but harder to keep track of so we talk and then post about what we talked about.
If there is time I'll play video games.
PART II: Appreciation of the Position
By no means am I complaining about this. I very much enjoy and have enjoyed being an admin for this community. For the better part of the last 2 years I have been an SFM here and tbh a lot of things have changed for the good because of stuff that I have had a hand in and some stuff... not so much. Part of doing this job is knowing that sometimes I will get something wrong and to take the criticism from both my peers and you folks of the community to help me improve. Know that I am constantly working to do my best for MadCast. Also know that your voice matters here! I didn't walk into the door of this place as an admin. I started off just like one of you guys. I wanted to have more people to play games with and I wanted to play more games than WoW. I had just gotten into LoL and me and PoolOfInk were about the only people around these parts playing LoL. So we spread the word. More and more people started playing with us and I figured maybe I could help that part of our community grow. Check us out now! So many people playing LoL that I can't even keep up with it anymore. It's wonderful!
Knowing this, feel free to find your niche here. USE THE FORUMS! Just because I spend the vast majority of my time here these days playing GW2 doesn't mean that we shouldn't be able to communicate. The forums are the best way to reach out across the community. It also keeps us from feeling to clique-ish. It's fine to play something like LoL with the people you like playing with but don't limit yourself to just that. We have so much we can do together cross-games. Events like Werewolf, Mafia, Scrabble, Karaoke, and Civ V give us a chance to step out of our comfort zones and meet other people around here. Do try to attend these and take the initiative to do your own. When I got bored of just doing LoL events I took to making events for games like Magicka and Dungeon Defenders. Games that a lot of us have sitting around in our Steam libraries and just don't have anyone to play with. Guess what? YOU HAVE PEOPLE TO PLAY WITH!
One of the biggest boons of being in this position is spurring the growth of not only the community as a whole but the people in it. I love seeing RFM apps, even from people that I don't believe are ready to be one yet. That shows that you are wanting to do more for the community and that is a good thing. When you are ready to take that step come talk to me or any of the other SFM+. We want to develop you into being the future leaders of this community. Despite me being as SFM for around 2 years I know I won't be able to do this forever and I want those who take my spot to be even better than me. Pick my brain. Ask me questions. I enjoy answering them. I can't speak for all of the other admins here but I'm sure they do too!
I want you all to know that since we've grown a lot bigger and I have grown a bit older I don't have quite as much time to spend with everyone in the community like I used to. I figure these blogs are a good way for me to reach out to those that I can't interact with on a nightly basis. Hopefully these lil (or not so lil) blurbs from my head will give you all a better idea of who I am and my style of being an administrator here. I look forward to writing more of these and hopefully inspiring you all to do the same.
Peace and Love,
MadCast: The Prince