yo TJ my man I wanna congratulate you on nour and also ask: how did you get your brand started on tumbo and twitter? im working on a game myself but I'm not sure how to get the word out and I feel like a mostly empty twitter or blog looks sketch
Interesting question! My notoriety built so gradually that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how everything happened, but;
I started out on Twitter, when I discovered just how many game developers were on the site (there’s a lot of em!!!). In the early days of Twitter, literally all I did was follow people making cool stuff, share their stuff, and tweet stuff that I made. Sometimes those cool people would see stuff that I made and share it, because they thought it was cool too. There’s kinda not more to it. Put stuff you make out there, and share stuff that aligns with your tastes/interests. It’s real easy to make friends over twitter like that too.
“oh hey, you’re also into cool weird absurdist 3d art!!!!”
If you upload a really cool gif that blows up on Twitter, all the more promo for you and your game!
Tumblr took a REALLY long time to gain traction. While I had ~1200 followers on Twitter, I had around 150 followers on Tumblr. I just think it’s because tumblr’s default discovery algorithm isn’t reliable for getting your work in front of new faces, people have to kinda already know who you are, or an already popular blog has to reblog something of yours (that’s been my experience anyways).
It really wasn’t until Polygon covered my game that my tumblr blew up, and actually surpassed my Twitter in terms of followers, (5.8K vs 6.8K), so getting notoriety on this site has been strange and difficult (in my experiences haha).
But all in all, my advice is:
1) just put your work out there, you never know who’s gonna see it.
2) interact with people doing similar stuff. tell them how rad their work is!
3) ask folks questions. “hey does anyone know how coroutines work?” or “how did you achieve that cool effect if you dont mind sharing?” Don’t be too pushy though, some folks might get asked the same question over and over, so definitely do research before you ask!
thanks i hope that helps!