Hey, it’s 2016 – Happy New Year, friends, family, and furry forest dwellers!
Today we have a simple message of hope that we hope will inspire our GANG collaborators, friends, and anyone who may happen to come across this article. We’ll try to keep it short since we know, by the time this goes out, everyone will be drunk, sleeping, and/or hungover.
Now to get a little serious…
Bad Things Turned Good. In 2015, many bad things overshadowed otherwise good, productive, and fun times. Some of us dealt with deaths of close family members, battles with cancer, financial struggle, loneliness, and overall loss of hope. Many of you may not know this but I lost my aunt this year and she was like a second mother to me. It really knocked the wind out of my sails along with other bad news but having The GANG, our community here at GeekyAntics, really helped me out.
I learned a lot of things about myself, our audience, and what GeekyAntics can and should become. Mainly, everything positive that happened reinforced my beliefs that…
- People are fundamentally good.
- Small victories can lead to big things.
- The storm always comes before major break-throughs.
- This network truly is about collaboration and support.
The GeekyAntics Network is exactly where we need it to be right now and where we expected to be right now. Heck, we’ve done so much more than we expected considering I’m bootstrapping everything and we’ve encountered so much adversity. We could not have done it without YOU!
Unlimited Possibilities. One thing thing that has helped us all out is having an abundance mindset. There truly is a world of unlimited possibilities out there and, really, the only thing that limits our growth personally and as brands is our attitudes. So many folks give up right when they are on the verge of a major break-through and we’ve been working hard to help those types of folks stay strong and focused.
While we are still very much committed to individual brands (mainly streamers, writers, game devs, and podcasters), it is absolutely necessary to partner up with bigger brands. We’ve teamed up with tons of people in 2015 but two brands stand out the most: Martin Septic Services, based out of Middle Georgia (not Middle Earth), and Unified Combat League, based out of Seattle and sometimes Canada.
Martin Septic Tank Services (also known as Martin’s Septic Service) has been an awesome sponsor. Vince Martin is a pleasure to work with and one of the coolest guys I know in Georgia. Teaming up with a local company in such a niche may seem silly to some but our goal is to align ourselves with brands that are people and people that are brands. That is, we want to work with brands that are authentic, transparent, and approachable.
On the Martin Septic Services Facebook page, you’ll see exactly what I mean when I talk about being social with social media. Vince Martin and I work together to bring updates that are as fun as they are useful. Content covers a wide range of goodies from home improvement to funny pet memes to hot deals. The fine balance of curating content and providing original content is key and you’ll notice Vince Martin hardly spams about himself or his business so, when he does self-promote, it counts!