The lights are on
Veteran Member - Level 11
Community Member of the
2011 has been a great year
for Gi and for it's community. From the amazing 200th
issue of Gameinformer Magazine to the plethora of new users and great
Blogs this year. It has come to my notice that Gi does a "Best of
Year" every year (to my understanding) and does not commemorate the
years best Community Member (to my understanding). I don't mean this
in a bad way but it is true and I understand that it is a lot of work
doing that and making time in there busy schedule. So I took the
project of "Community Member of the Year" under consideration and
decided it had to be done. Normally people should vote on this kind
of thing but it is to much work on such short notice (maybe next
year). After various days of thinking of the perfect person to
receive this honor I finally made up my mind. Considering everyone is
a winner in my book but their was one person who really deserves it.
Once you find out who it is, you will no doubt agree with me. It's my
pleasure to present "My Personal Community Member of the Year" to
I asked some questions to
mojomonkey12 about all of this.
What was your reaction upon being the community member of the year?
I thought you must have the wrong guy!. As you know, I was very
resistant to this idea at first, but you convinced me to let you go
through with it. In part because you are such a great GIOer yourself,
and in part because I thought it would be a great opportunity to be
of service to our community in another way.
There is a
little tiny card on one of my bulletin boards in my work office, it
says something like "A great leader makes himself a part, not
apart, of the team" or something like that. Now, I am in no way
suggesting that I am the leader at GIO, but I do try to set a good
example, which is what that little saying has always meant to me. I
see this as another opportunity to share my thoughts on our wonderful
So to finally
answer the question, I was honored, humbled, and kind of weirded out
by the idea all at the same time. It is a true honor to be thought of
in this light by even one of my fellow community members, so thank
you Delancey, and the entire GIO community. That said, I absolutely
still feel there are literally dozens of GIOers who contribute to
this community in a greater fashion than myself.
I'm sure that I picked the right guy for this honor. You act of
generosity shall not be forgot that easily. True, other Gio members
contribute in a greater way than you like Saint, TogNick, Mray, etc..
but none of them had this great idea of involving the community,
games, and charity all into one. -Note that the Gio members that I
listed above have contribute to the Extra Life Event.
What made you do the charity event?
I assume you are referring to Extra Life and TEAM GIO! The truth is
that I help out as much as I can with a lot of charity events. I am
not a rich person, so I have learned to help by being active and
contributing in any way I can.
started out to do a blog one day about how charitable gamers can be.
This stemmed from the wonderful support we showed the people of Japan
and Haiti after their recent tragedies. Our own(at the time)Meagan
Marie was willing to give up her prized autographed Nintendo DS to
help out those folks. When researching different charities that
involve gaming, several came up. Extra Life was one of them.
participate in Extra Life last year as an individual and raised a
whopping $15! Though I didn't even know about the event until the
morning it was starting. Afterwords, I kind of forgot about it, until
BING reminded me of it that day I was researching for the blog. I
went to the Extra Life site and read as much as I could about it.
That day I decided to buy the platinum membership or whatever it was
and put together a team. I knew I wanted to involve GIO at first, but
I had no idea it would get the great support it did. The event was
still about 8 weeks away when I made the team, so I waited a bit and
then set out on a one man PR campaign to get people involved.
Fortunately it didn't take long to get support of so many others.
Notably, Saint, BlackHeartedWolf, and most impressively, Jack, The
wanted to help and knew I couldn't raise a significant amount of
money alone. We ended up with 26 participants and raised close to
$2400. Jack raised $500 all by himself! Several people eclipsed the
$100 mark, and EVERYBODY on the team had some money raised, which is
very impressive considering 60% of the people that signed up for the
event as a whole raised $0.00. We were, I think, the largest team
that had 100% participation of more than $10 per person. Overall the
event was a record smashing success, we raised well over $1.1 million
dollars for the Childrens Miracle Network.
Are you aware what community member TogNick is doing with charities
on his podcast? If so, are you planing to do the same?
I am, in fact I had the wonderful opportunity and privelage to be a
guest on The 4th Floor recently. Liz and Nick should be commended for
their work to bring different charity groups some recognition.
Indie and Mojo Show is not currently planning on doing the same
thing, but we will consider it, along with some other opportunities.
Me- Liz and
Nick does a great job with the podcast and charities. If you haven't
seen heard their work please check it out, I highly recommend it for
fans of games, music, and movies.
Is their someone who you like to mention and thank?
Pertaining to Extra Life and TEAM GIO, yes. Jack, Saint,
BlackHeartedWolf, and all 26 participants of TEAM GIO. Annette
Gonzalez for supporting our team in such a remarkable way.
importantly, Jeromy Adams and the crew at Sarcasticgamer.com and Jo
Ellen Enmon. Jeromy founded Extra Life after learning about Tori
Enmon's courageous fight with cancer. The young woman had a
remarkable outlook on life and fought until the very end, beating
back the disease four seperate times before finally succombing to the
illness. Her mother, Jo Ellen is brave enough to share her family's
story each year, knowing her daughter will never come back, but
hoping somebody else will not have to feel the same pain and sorrow
as she did.
far as you naming me your "community member of the year",
well I must say I greatly apprecaite it, but of course I still feel
there are many others much more deserving! I am honored, and am happy
to accept on the condition that this is a way to spread the
wonderment of gameinformer online to all those great gamers out there
that need a good place to call home. If you are a jerk or troll, move
along or prepare to be killed by kindness, because our great little
spot on the www is second to none! It is because of all of us make it
that way, not me or any one individual.
Me- A man is
no one without his friends. Gi is by far the best gameing website
that I've been to. The community oozes kindness.
Are you gonna make this a yearly event?
Good Lord I hope not! It's hard enough convincing myself to
participate in such a strange thing just one time! Oh, did you mean
Here's the deal, I want this to be an annual event for TEAM GIO, but
I don't want to be the annual Team Captain for a few reasons.
was a life changing experience in some ways, I mean I wouldn't be
doing this blog right now without it! I want other members of this
community to have the opportunity to work with and get to know their
fellow GIOers through this event. I have built real bonds and
friendships with people I only knew of by screename before this
isn't about ME, I kind of have mixed feelings when people refer to
Extra Life and TEAM GIO as "mojo's event". I am flattered,
and of course I like the recognition, I did work my butt off for
this thing after all, but it never was about me. It was about
helping sick kids, and bonding as a community. If I were to be the
annual captian, the idea of this being a mojomonkey12 thing would be
harder to combat.
was a megaton of work! I found myself extremely overwhelmed at
times, if it is to be anything like this year, there needs to be
somebody else in charge because I just don't have the organizational
skills to handle it all! There are others more fitted to doing this
task, and I COULD name them, in fact I have and as we get closer to
the event next year, I will openly support them becoming captain(s).
convincing yourself to participate in weird things? Remember that day
when you stuffed a... I say that it changed everyone who participated
on this event. Not just us gamers but the children on the receiving
I hope you
do this again next year because I did not have the time to
participate and I really wanna be part of it.
thought I had some meat to this Blog but you pretty much did
everything for me (lol).
says that there are other people more worthy of this award. I beg to
differ. Sure, other community members might have done great Blogs or
Podcasts but In my opinion giving to the community that way is better
than anything else.
Here is a small token of appreciation from me. This is your proof of "Community Member Of The Year 2011"
Keep on rocking Mojomonkey12!
Hey you reader! Do you have something to say about Mojomonnkey12? Then put your thoughts down below.
Side notes- Please tell me if I should do this next year and with a poll.