The Noname Nerd Promise

As a Noname Nerd, I promise:

  • To contribute to a world that makes people feel welcome and accepted
  • To be my authentic self and to follow my dreams and passions
  • To use my mind and heart in a way that benefits others while taking care of myself
  • To keep an open mind to people who are different
  • To recognize that we are all a family that may not always agree, but still deserves respect and support

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Of Discord, Community, and COVID-19

And I would get messages or read reviews and again and again I would see the compliments and kind words regarding the community that is the Noname Nerd. As Valhalla famously noted "I came for the jerseys, but stayed for the community." That's a pretty huge compliment because real community is hard to come by. Especially in a world that is fragmented in so many ways, I look forward to browsing conversations each day. Sometimes I participate and sometimes I don't, but it always comforts me to know that so many people are getting together and helping each other to grow and support shared interests. This community wasn't here before COVID-19, but it's here now and I am confident that it will be here for a long time afterwards. Thanks to all of you that made that possible.

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New Noname Nerd Brand Ambassadors

It is with distinct pleasure that I welcome Joe #TeamBIGBITE, N3-FluffyJrFBTV also Twitch, and Phazer0nest as new Noname Nerd Brand Ambassadors.  This is an invitation-only status and really requires some explanation into the start of the company itself.  During some of the early iterations of the company, I realized that I needed to find people who really represented the community that I wanted to build around the company. I'd been investing in marketing, but felt like in many cases dollars were flowing out with few returns. I decided that, rather than reaching out broadly, I would go looking for people who seemed to have the characteristics that represented the brand. I focused at first on Instagram and reached out directly to people who I would be proud to support and, I hoped, would be proud to support the company as well. The first brand ambassadors were the small group of people who really picked up the mantel and helped me out with everything from feedback on product development to promotional ideas to just chatting on some evenings. They were, to me, the cultural heart of the company and really helped shape the brand identity of the Noname Nerd. You will still see some of them on Discord and they still chat on Instagram.

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Our First Valorant Tournament!

The Noname Nerd is excited to be hosting the first of weekly esports tournaments for members of our online community. It will be a Valorant tournament for no more than 16 teams to register today!  Please be patient with us as we work through the logistics of offering these to you on a weekly basis. Format and games will change on a regular basis and you can always go to https://discord.gg/nonamenerd for updates. While we will be charging a small entry fee for future tournaments, we are excited to offer this first tournament to you for FREE!

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Virtual Happy Hour

The Noname Nerd is pleased to be offering weekly Happy Hours. These will be virtual opportunities for the Noname Nerd community to get together, support each other, engage in humorous Nerd banter, and throw back a few beverages of your choice. Each week the Noname Nerd Discord Admin team will pick a member of the community to host the Happy Hour with particular attention paid to active members of our growing community. If you are interested, stop by about join us! There will even be coupon codes for free merch given away at each Happy Hour!

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Why you should be a part of the Noname Nerd community

Here's what I have learned from the Nerds that have been a part of our communities.  They are creative and interested in making society a better place.  Whether it is sharing information on how to make a better stream, or showing off their latest cosplay, the Noname Nerd community is full of talented individuals with a wealth of knowledge that they are more than happy to share.  Our Nerds are also supportive.  From sharing their thoughts on the best new games that are coming out or providing input on logo or jersey designs, these Nerds want to make a positive impact on those around them in big and small ways. Be it a sympathetic ear or a fundraising stream, these are a great group of people.

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Do I need to wear pants? The questions that everyone has about working from home, but is afraid to ask

Thanks to COVID-19 a whole lot of us have had to make an adjustment to working from home this year. Sure, it allows us to skip a commute and sleep in a little longer. Still, it's strange to roll out of bed and roll directly into the office.  I know that I'm not the only one who has found the transition awkward at times. I'm not complaining, because at least I still have a job. Here are my Noname Nerd answers to the questions about working at home that you have, but are afraid to ask.

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Amazing product photos thanks to Chinling Photography

Luckily, I had an easy option.  I just asked Chinling of www.chinlingphotography.com to help me out.  She's primarily a wedding photographer, but to say that she has an artistic eye really understates the talent that she brings even to product photography.  When we were setting up for one of her photoshoots she asked me what props I was going to bring. "Props?" I said...  Of course, it never occurred to me that some simple props really help people understand really important things, like the size of a product, but also provide cues on how they are supposed to use it and, most importantly, how they are supposed to feel about the product and even what type of people should be considering the product (for example check out the buffs that she photographed below with the PS4 and Xbox game controllers).

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Donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund

I am offering cotton masks for sale at the Noname Nerd with 100% of the sales going to the COVID-19 Response FundLet me be clear, I don't make any money from importing and selling these masks. These are meant to help raise money for the COVID-19 Response Fund only. My goal is to raise $10,000 for this fund. Hopefully, the masks will also put at least a few more masks out there to make a dent in the shortage that the US faces. They aren't the medical-grade masks, but they can help reduce virus spread. I would encourage you to buy one and give it away to someone in a vulnerable population or a healthcare worker. Or keep it for yourself and use it to help reduce the spread of the virus.

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How to Find Better Teammates for Competitive Games

If you’re looking to improve your gameplay and lift your ELO rating to a whole new level, finding a few outstanding players to play with is of crucial importance… unless, of course, you’re playing 1vs1 titles such as Starcraft II, Hearthstone, Smash Bros, or FIFA.

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