Popchix Interview

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posted 10/9/2009 by Charles Husemann
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The wonderful ladies behind the GamerchiX have recently launched Popchix,  new website and I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to get an interview with one of the founders of the group about the new site.

Can you introduce yourself and talk about your role with PopChix? How did you get into gaming?
Intros are always so awkward - "Who is your daddy and what does he do?" Anyway, my name is Sara Nicholson aka DirtyDiva and I'm a PopChiX founder along with Christa Charter (TriXie360), Chloe Brown (PMS Kitty) and Andrea Avellan (Ichigo Sage). I'm also the designer/coder/general mistress of PopChiX.com. I've been gaming since I was seven years old when my step dad let me use his Sinclair ZX-81 to program a cheesy PONG clone. I've gamed on Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Sega Mastersystem, Sega Genesis, Sega Gamegear, Super Nintendo, Gameboy, N64, PS2, Xbox and now Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS. I was also previously a Community Manager for Xbox, too. So yeah, kind of a gaming ho. I <3 games.

Before we get started can you give us an update on how GamerChix is doing? What's the history behind the group and what are you trying to accomplish with it?
GamerchiX is doing amazingly well. We now have over 10,000 members - for just having 3 forums on Xbox.com, I think it's pretty incredible. It was all started because Christa Charter, Chloe Brown and I all felt like Xbox LIVE was turning into an intimidating place to game. I realize it's not just that way for women but I am a woman and I know how I feel when it happens. It's best to try and deal with what you know, right? So, the three of us started a group for girls to join where they could find others to game with and have a good time on the service because it truly is a great thing aside from the few jerks. What it has turned into is a group where the girls not only find others to game with but they now share everything from shopping tips, to advice on relationships and have started their own clubs like the book club, the movie club, etc.

What was the inspiration behind Pop Chix? Is this an offshoot of the Gamerchix or something completely new? How long did it take to get the site up?
PopChiX is a natural progression from GamerchiX as it gives the girls a place to not only express themselves with each other privately on forums but to exercise their writing skills for a larger audience. It is associated with GamerchiX in that it was created for the girls in the group but it will stand on it's own to a certain extent. We will support everything GamerchiX, of course.

We've been thinking about the site for a while but we weren't entirely sure what it should be or how much interaction we wanted it to have with GamerchiX. We also went through about 4 designs before this last one. It's like when you find that perfect wedding dress. The one you put on and everyone ends up crying because it's just perfect (Yeah, I realize you probably don't get that but trust me on this). When this design was done, I shed a tear haha. After that, it took a couple of months to go live. I'm used to the pressure of launching sites but it's so different when it's your own. You just want everything to be perfect. Of course, we will still grow and adapt to the changing needs and wants of the members but for now, I at least, am pretty damn proud!

What kind of content can we expect to see on the site? Is it all gaming related or are you going to be covering other things? How often are you planning on updating the site?
There will be a mixture of content on the site. From watching the forums for 3 years, we've picked those things that we saw the girls chatting about the most. Obviously gaming is probably going to be the busiest section but we also offer up articles on fashion, lifestyle, music, tv and movies, books and comics and general community stuff. The site will be updated as much as we possibly can. Nothing worse than a stale, boring site, right? H. The more ChiX that submit work, the more content will be served up! :: Nudge nudge, wink, wink, ladies ::
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