Hey all you rookies out there! Today I'm gonna teach ya all about groups on FanNation. We'll start off with making your own groups. Here are things to avoid doing when you make up groups:
1. Try to avoid making groups based on one team. In whatever the sport that that team is in's offseason, the group is likely to become pretty unactive. The Steeler Nation Fan Club is an example of this.
2. If you are making your first group ever, you should avoid basing them on one sport as well. Though this is easier to keep active then for one team, it is still pretty hard to keep active during the off-season. An example of this is the NFL Nation (No offense to Cheezhead).
3. Please don't make groups solely for tournaments, we already have enough groups like this and most normal groups have tourneys anyway.
Here are some things that you should do when making groups:
1. As soon as you make a group, make a blog in it explaining what the group will do and the group's purposes. Also try to make the blog as colorful as possible and with pictures so that it will attract newcomers,
2. Try to make groups be based on not one sport but several of them. Good examples of these are Poll Dancers, Lighter Side of Sports, Sports 24/7, and SIFS. None of these groups are based on one sport so they are very active year round.
3. Try to have as many things as possible in your group. Don't only do blogging but try to have tourneys, chats in the message board, and other things that make the group members feel welcome.
4. Finally, try to get as many active group members as possible, people that will help you run the group if you are away or just can't get online.
Now we will move onto joining groups. Here is a neumonic that will help you know what to do when joining groups:
Yes, I know it's not very good but oh well. The M for members means that you should always check how many members there are in a group. If there are alot then it is likely a good group. The A for active means how active the group is. You never want to join inactive groups. To see if a group is active check how long its been since the last blog was posted. If it has been recentely posted than the group is likely active. The S for sports is simple. It means only join groups that have sports that you like. Don't join a group on soccer and start talking about Baseball and Derek Jeter. Finally, the other S for stuff means that you should check what the group does. If it does numerous things like tourneys, blogs, chats, and other stuff then it is probably member-friendly and good to join.
Well thats all the advice that I have. Oh, one final thing though, never join a group if you won't be active in it! I hope this helps you the next time you join or make a group. C'ya around the site!