Hello, friends! This week, I made a Discord server and added Discord integration to my Patreon! Some of you probably have no idea what Discord is, so I’m going to tell you. I’m very excited about the possibilities and I’d really love for you to join me there!
So Discord is a communications utility that was originally designed to help people communicate while they’re playing games. There are voice channels and text channels. My impression of the text channels is that they’re something like Reddit combined with ICQ, for those of you old school enough to know what I’m talking about. You sign in and can talk to a small group of people (or a big one, if you decide to go public) about pretty much anything the server owner decides is an option. There’s always a general channel, so you can just be friendly and chatty if you want, too. It’s both live and later communication, a bit like Twitter, but only those you’ve invited to the server can see!
This appeals deeply to my introvertedness. It’s a social platform designed to keep it all as personal and small-scale as you like. I get overwhelmed by the very public nature of most social media, and I’d rather focus on a *conversation.* If you really want to connect with me, not just keep track of the stuff I’m doing, this is the way to do it. You can install it as a utility on your computer, log in online, even use it on your phone.
It also has an option to stream directly to it. I don’t know how to do that yet, but I’m going to figure it out. I think this might be a way to make live video classes directly available to my Patrons at some of the mid-level tiers, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.
This is, as of a few days ago, a standard feature of joining my Patreon! Even $1 gets you access to it! Higher level tiers give you a few more features and access to some restricted channels; the Officer-level tiers even give you some moderator’s rights and accesses.
Some of the channels that I’m going to make available to anyone on the server include a #critique channel, where we writers can ask for help in making each other’s work better, maybe even arrange some editing swaps; a #bookclub channel, where we can talk about what we’re reading and make recommendations (or warnings); and a #pagan channel where we can talk about Pagan spirituality, personal practice, or what have you.
If you’re doing National Novel Writing Month, I’ve also created both a voice and a text channel specifically for this, and for the month of November, I’ll be opening up the server to anyone who wants to come do NaNo who is FOLLOWING (just following; you don’t have to join!) my Patreon at that time!
I’m always a slow adopter of new social technology (because I am an introvert) but I’m really excited about this, and it’s so simple! If you’re already communicating on a social media platform, you can figure this out, I promise.
Join my Patreon today to get access to this awesome thing, and help me build a beautiful, supportive community where everyone is included and welcome!