If you’re a blogger or an aspiring streamer, networking is such a huge part of building your audience. That means Discord is too good to ignore, especially if you’re in the gaming scene.
You can join as many servers as you like, or even create your own server to communicate with your own budding community at no cost! I have used Discord to get video feeds for interviews, organise tournaments and so much more.
But here’s the thing: you can join and create these servers at will, but there is something even more important that you need to do, and it’s this step where I always come unstuck.
You have to actually interact with these servers, and more than once!
Typically, when I join a new server I’m pretty good (for me) and I make sure I introduce myself. I’ll participate in a few text conversations and then I’ll go about my business as usual.
The next time I return to Discord, I’m lost. The conversations I was a part of are now over and I need to try and pick up on new ones, which is more annoying than anything, but this isn’t where I get bad at Discord.
It’s when I look at my phone.
Servers are set to send notifications by default, and when you’re as infrequent at checking Discord as I am, these pile up pretty quickly. Every time someone types something in a text channel my phone vibrates.
Now imagine you’re in a super active server… yeah I bet you can see where this is going.
I do what any rational person would do, and I mute the server. ROOKIE MISTAKE. Once a server is muted, it’s soon forgotten about entirely. Rest in peace, awesome Discord community. I barely knew you.
There’s probably a billion easy fixes for this, so the real issue here isn’t so much my phone as it is me not prioritising Discord enough.
If I’ve got some spare time during my lunch break I’m much more likely to be trolling Twitter than I am to be on Discord, and if I’m home and on my computer I want to be playing something rather than talking about games. Same goes with talking in Twitch chat.
Don’t be like me!
Remove any servers that don’t spark joy and make sure you some time chatting with the ones you do care about! Not just for the networking benefits, do it because finding people who like the same stuff as you and who share the same passion is probably why you started blogging or streaming in the first place.
Plus Discord means you can keep that conversation going even when you’re on the go, and that’s pretty sweet too. Just make sure you customise your notifications first 😉