I originally joined this group as an admin, but eventually I (somehow) ended up with the title of group "founder".
Truth be told, I'm probably the last person who should be this group's founder.
When we did OC critiques regularly, (for the first few weeks/months of starting this group) I was always the person who chimed in at the last minute with my own two cents before we finished sending out our critiques, so it's not like I ever had any good advice to give. It was more like I was an opinionated editor than anything else.
It's not that I was lazy, (well okay, maybe a little lazy) or that I didn't care about making good region-tan OC's. On the contrary, I think if you have to personify an entire region, it should be thought out and done with some ounce of dignity to its inhabitants. You're representing entire nations after all!
My main struggle came from a lack of knowledge. I flunked Geography and History when I was in high school, and while I deeply admire my friends for being more history-inclined and/or book-smart, I personally was just never any good at it. A part of me was always bored by it, but another part of me just had trouble making any factual stuff "stick" in my mind, and every time I tried to view something in a historical context, I always wound up interpreting it the wrong way. (Or I just couldn't make heads or tails of how any historical figure felt about any given situation at any given time or place)
It's also daunting to do last-minute research about countries I barely know anything about. I can't critique an OC if I don't know much about their country of origin, and I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if all I did was read a wikipedia article about said region and hope that I at least somewhat have an idea of what I'm talking about. (which I never do)
As for why we didn't accept new members into the group: I believe the plan was, originally- that we would critique OC's, and then, when people received said critiques and wanted to submit their newly improved OC's into the gallery, then we would let them join the group. In hindsight, that was probably a bad idea. I think the group would have been more vibrant and active if we had just let anyone who was mildly interested in the group, join it. Even if their OC's were bad, we could have just designated a folder for like "old OC's" or something. Then we could have written our own critiques in the comments section of any given OC, instead of waiting around for eachother's approval.
But the past is the past, and we honestly thought our process had more pro's than cons since a lot of the critiquing would have remained behind the scenes.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I just don't think I'm worthy of this group! But I still want someone who's passionate about these types of subjects to take over. So if you're interested, please comment down below.
I'll stay founder for about a week, (so from now until next Sunday) but then I'll be demoting myself to just a regular old member. (if I can figure out a way to do that).
Thank you for taking the time to read this! I wish this group and every member in it nothing but the best!