But this is no time to rest.
It’s been only two weeks since I set my schedule and starting really streaming regularly, and I’ve already hit Twitch Affiliate. Now I’m able to monetize my content. This means that I can start on my way to making this a career and not just a hobby. Ashnichrist’s advice has been invaluable. Harris Heller’s knowledge on how to appeal to an audience and the technical know-how of the Alpha Gaming discord server have also been a massive help in starting my journey. At my fingertips there is a legion of experienced streamers who can objectively look at my VODs (Videos-on-Demand) and tell me what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to change.
“Don’t be a follower. Be a student.” - Jim Rohn
This is powerful advice. While I have been getting good feedback, there are some things that I’m unwilling to change. Having the name of the most recent follower on my page seems to do well. But there is certainly the possibility that lurkers don’t like having their names blasted out like that either. I should consider this.
There’s still much to be done. Now that I’ve hit Twitch Affiliate, I need to get emotes for my subscribers so that they can having something that makes them feel special for subscribing. I’m still working on having engaging content, but now is the time for me to start taking the creation of YouTube videos more seriously. I still haven’t uploaded a single one, and now I’m going to need to since my Twitch streams cannot be on any other platform for 24 hours after they first premiere.
But from where do I begin that area of content creation? I have many ideas floating around in my head and all of them seem viable. It seems counter-intuitive to just throw a few things at the wall and see what sticks, but that may be what I have to do. I can’t figure out which content is the most engaging to my audience if I don’t actually make any content to begin with. I have a vacation coming up that will really allow me to get into the swing of things. There’s a whole lot that can be done, for sure.