- You’ve got new merch for Comic-Con.
- Some asshole is trolling you.
- Someone is stalking you on twitters.
- Someone sees you in the wild and makes fun of the way you look.
- Someone doesn’t like how you portray a character on your strip.
Hmmm… how about the one where you start shit for no apparent reason? Like this recent gem from the challenge judge:
So long as we’re all bitching: Two years running @fleenguy is on the committee to nominate and two years running his friends get nominated.
— Scott Kurtz (@pvponline) March 26, 2013
It’s interesting to hear Kurtz admit that he usually responds poorly to attacks and that he kind of uses his knee jerk reaction as a measure for what not to do.
I like that Lexxy stood up for her personal style and argues the point with Kurtz. She doesn’t have to deal with tweets like this because she’s been successful in cultivating an online persona that doesn’t attract this kind of trolling. Telling her she’s doing it wrong is clearly false. But I guess that’s not the point of the game.
How the hell do you judge this one? Maybe part of your personal brand is engaging trolls. Maybe it’s ignoring them. Maybe it’s starting giant flame wars.
Personal branding is about honesty. Being yourself is the best way to cultivate a personal brand. Because tweets are usually raw ideas fired out in 140 characters or less, Twitter turns out to be a decent reflection of a personal brand. But focusing on tweeting kind of misses the point. YOU are the brand. How you choose to respond to a troll is part of your personal brand.
How do you want to be perceived? What are the steps you can take to ensure that when people read your tweets, blog posts, facebook updates, smoke signals that they’re getting you that you want to represent? How do you make that version of you a reality?
Like so many others thus far in this show, I feel like this episode was a missed opportunity. It’s entirely possible that this sort of personal branding discussion happened off camera between edits. But we hear none of that. The focus is on the game which I suppose is the way it’s supposed to be. But there’s a lot about personal branding that we all could learn and it would have been interesting to hear Kurtz engage the Strippers in some of that discussion.
Lexxy and Tavis are headed to the arena of doom so we’ll see how they match up next time.