Weekly Interview Series #2 – Alycium

Hey guys! Our second interview is finally here. As you may already know, we originally planned to interview Hissae2, but we have now decided to push that interview back until next week. Instead, we are interviewing Chris, who goes by Alycium on the forum. He has only been a member of Forum Promotion for about six months, but don’t hold that against him. He is an experienced webmaster.


Hey Alycium! Please start things off by introducing yourself.

Hello, most of you may know me as ‘Alycium,’ but my real name is Chris. I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I’m 28 years old and have been glued to the computer more then I’d like to admit (since I was 11 years old).

I enjoy sports such as baseball (Go Royals!) and football (Go Chiefs!). I enjoy bowling, movies and TV series. I spend a good amount of my free time with friends, family, and my beautiful girlfriend, Amanda.

As far as my occupation, I am an environmental specialist. In other words, I work around nasty chemicals. We repair, clean, and maintain containers that are used to transport product over sea.

A lot of members of the community (myself included) have been paying attention to the hiring topic you recently created. It’s unique because you used an image to explain your forum’s open staff positions. What prompted you to do this?

What prompted me to do this? Graphic design has always been my passion! I personally love seeing unique ads, and other promotional banners, it really catches my attention and I wanted to have a little fun and do something a bit different. I think it’s a wonderful way to stand out.

I also noticed that you recently celebrated the grand opening of your webmaster forum, Webmaster Lounge. Feel free to tell us a little about it. Are you excited about the opening of the forum? What other members of the Forum Promotion community do you have involved in this venture?

Webmaster-Lounge has been in the works for roughly six months, and yes, I was very excited to finally announce the grand opening! A good amount of time went to researching, designing, brainstorming, staring at code, and more. The list could go on.

Webmaster-Lounge aims to be the next big webmaster community that will give you in depth tips and techniques, so don’t expect a quick one liner when you ask for help. We want all of our members to walk away satisfied. Some of the topics we cover are SEO, marketing, blogging, coding, graphic design, web design and forum management.

You may recognize some names from Forum Promotion that have done a great deal to bring Webmaster-Lounge to life, such as ddoesmc and Cierra. Both ddoesmc and Cierra are just as excited about Webmaster-Lounge’s success as I am and I hope to work by their side for many years to come.

In recent years, the webmaster genre has been a very touch niche to start a forum in. Do you have any unique ideas planned to make your webmaster forum stand above the ones that have already been established? Why did you decide to create a webmaster forum?

Indeed, the webmaster genre is a tough niche to get involved with. Still, we are very confident knowing that Webmaster-Lounge will develop into a wonderful community. If you’ve noticed, there are many big webmaster forums that have been around for many many years, such as v7n and Digital Point. However, they lack two things:

  1.  In depth replies to questions in the “Webmasters Post” board.
  2. FREE promotional opportunities and fun contests to have a chance to win cool prizes and lots of cash!

Compared to most of the active members around this community, you’re pretty new. You’ve only been a member for about six months. How did you end up on Forum Promotion? What is keeping you logging in each day?

I landed on Forum Promotion when I was curious if any active forums existed that offered promotional opportunities and low and behold, Forum Promotion was at the top, so I visited the forums and spent a good amount of time reading various threads and getting to know what the community was all about and how it worked. Soon after, I registered and started posting and getting to know some of the members.

Now, I’m still here and I still enjoy offering graphics work to the community, along with exchanging favors with the fellow Forum Promotion members. At this point, I guess I consider Forum Promotion my forum ‘home.’ It’s the place I check daily and stay active on. I don’t feel like the rules are too strict and I feel comfortable here. I plan on being here for many years to come.

You seem to have a knack for winning the lottery lately. You’ve won two of the last four, and it looks like you may be on the verge of winning another one as well. What’s your secret to success? Do you participate in the lottery every week? Do you always max out the amount of tickets that you can buy (250)?

Oh, don’t you worry, I’ve lost a lot of FP$ along the way. My ‘secret’ isn’t exactly a secret. I just try to purchase anywhere from 150-250 tickets, which simply betters my odds, and I guess I’ve gotten lucky a few times. The bigger the pot, the harder to win (even when you max out), so dump as much as you’re willing to into the pot and cross your fingers!

What are some changes you would like to see made at Forum Promotion? Is there anything that you think could be improved? Are you ecstatic about Forum Promotion’s new theme, and our upgrade to phpBB 3.1?

What are some changes I would like to see with Forum Promotion? Well, big changes are obviously around the corner. I think the new design will be amazing and the upgrade to phpBB 3.1 was a good decision. I cannot wait to see the new look and features!

Do you have any tips for the members of Forum Promotion who are struggling to get their forums off the ground? What is something important that they should always keep in mind?

Do I have any tips for the members of Forum Promotion? Absolutely!

Tip #1 – Don’t give up. DON’T GIVE UP!
Tip #2 – Pick a niche that you’re PASSIONATE about.
Tip #3 – Don’t expect success over night or within a week or a month or 6 months… You get the drift. It will take TIME and lots of it! It will take HARD WORK and lots of it!
Tip #4 – If you’re just in it for the money, you’re doing it wrong.

Continuing our new found tradition, finish us off with something hilarious. A lot of us could use a laugh, so don’t hold back on us.

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.”

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

“What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!”

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream parlor.

“Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”

The boy licked his cone and replied:

“Because the day I take the dollar the game is over!”

– Vinaya Patil.


 

That concludes our second interview. Thanks to Alycium for spending a little bit of time with me and answering my questions. Remember to check the blog on June 24th to read the third interview in our series. Once again, I would like to give a special thanks to the members of the community who continue to read our blog.

Thanks for your support!

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