This month is *aughters and #WriteRoom
1) First off *aughters, can you tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hi, I've been lurking on deviantART for around 3 years. I'm a pretentious 17 year old pseudo-artist who doesn't do much except for the occasional web design, and I write plenty (hence #WriteRoom).
2) When did you first discover dAmn, and can you remember the first room you ever chatted in?
About a week after joining dA I found dAmn. The first room I joined was #devart, but there were too many people and I knew none of them, so it didn't feel like the right place to be. It wasn't a very exciting first time.
3) What prompted you to create #WriteRoom? Did you feel dAmn was missing a room on a specific topic? Did you think other rooms weren't catering to a user's needs? Tell us all!
On my third or fourth time idling in dAmn I found a room called #QuillCafe headed by !cinnamon-quill which was full of people who I identified with: intelligent, well-spoken writers who have a pretty weird sense of humor, some of them. Eventually for some personal reasons that nobody is really sure of, cinnamon-quill shut down #QuillCafe, which had become my favorite dAmn hangout. So I created a room to replace it.
4) When you created #WriteRoom, did you promote it, and if so how?
After creating it, I commented on cinnamon-quill's journal entry (don't think it's available anymore) about shutting down QC and told people to come to the new room if they were interested. Apparently they were, and I guess the word just got spread via those users.
5) Have you ever held any contests or events in #WriteRoom in order to generate more exposure and more traffic? If no, why not? If yes, what sort of events / contests?
I haven't personally, but some of the regulars hold contests and events and promote them in there. Can't remember any off the top of my head, but if you pop in to #WriteRoom every now and then you'll probably find something of that nature going on.
6) Do you have any advice for new room owners? Should they collaborate with existing rooms? Should they pester their friends to help promote?
My experience was unique because I didn't have to build my userbase; I had a bunch of people I already knew who already intended to use the room. The only advice I can give to new room owners is don't expect a bunch of regular chatters to fall into your lap, even if it happens sometimes.
7) Has the Groups platform aided you in managing your chatroom; if so, how?
To be perfectly honest, I don't know much about the Groups platform and have never used it heavily; I'm an honorary administrator of our group, #WriteRoomies, but =Neiot is mostly in charge of it and I usually just approve art submissions. The chatroom mostly takes care of itself.
8) Anything else to add?
Go to #WriteRoom. All the cool kids do.
Thank you *aughters and everyone be sure to check out #WriteRoom on dAmn!
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