Contributors: CMDR Mitchcraft, DizzyDizaster, Mxiety, Negaoryx, RekItRaven, StreamerSquare, teonawrites

What to expect in this course:

As a content creator, you wear many different hats- entertainer, director, producer, manager, publicist, editor, and more.

If you have a group of regulars watching your stream and engaging with you, you are cultivating a community, and believe it or not, that makes you a leader too.

Being a community leader is an important role that carries tremendous responsibility. You are in charge of shaping your community and how your community behaves reflects back on you. The bigger your community, the more critical this role becomes.

Start early to develop a solid footing with leading your community and you’ll be building a space that you enjoy and attracting more like-minded followers.

Negaoryx

She/Her

Emme "Negaoryx" Montgomery is a voice actor, TTRPG player and streamer from Los Angeles. With 5+ years experience as a full-time content creator, she and her community put an emphasis on charity fundraising, LGBTQIA2+ advocacy, and aim to leave the internet better than they found it in all their online endeavors.

“It’s hard to summarize what being a community leader means, but I think two major aspects of it are knowing what you want your space to be like, and actively enforcing the rules you establish to cultivate that kind of space. I set the example for my viewers of what kind of behavior is or isn’t allowed in our community. Sometimes that means making hard decisions.”

Course Goals
  1. Discuss what community leadership looks like and how we can be effective leaders in our spaces
  2. Learn how to use your leadership space for activism and mutual aid to make a difference around you

Leading the Way for Your Community

Regardless of the games you play or the content you stream, one of the best parts of streaming is the community that you spend time with. Whether you realize it or not, having a community also means that you are a community leader – and with that comes a lot of responsibility. Having a community and being a community leader is about using the influence you have for good.  Everyone wants to be surrounded by people who share values and love similar things, whether it’s as specific as a particular game genre or as general as a mentality and approach to life. Having a community means allowing people who are just as passionate about those things as you are to share those experiences with you. What Community Leadership Looks Like Let’s talk about what being a community leader actually means. Responsibility A community leader is responsible for the community they lead. Some streamers don’t realize the influence they have over people and may end up accidentally (or maliciously) initiating their community to a call to arms and causing trouble. As a streamer – even a small one – it’s up to you to keep your community in check. If you allow your community to be toxic, negative, and disparaging in chat, that will carry over whenever you try to network with other creators. Boundaries As a streamer, you have to set the boundaries you want to keep for your community. For most people, setting boundaries means they can have fun and interact with their audience, but still maintain a sense of privacy. A lack of boundaries can create dangerous situations where viewers feel overfamiliar with you and your life and entitled to more personal information about you. RekItRavenThey/SheRaven is a chaotic good content creator and activist on Twitch. She speaks...

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