“I pity the fool that don’t wanna read these lists!”
Lists, Bullets, Dot & Jot.
These are the things that make me the maniacal planner that I am. My organizational skills is essentially what makes this HMIC both in life and in game sane and composed.
“Ali…. Y U STARTIN OUT YOUR POST THIS WAY?! Y U NO TALK ABOUT GAMES?!”
No no— this IS about games! I just needed a proper backstory for lead up. Pinkie promise.
Very rarely do my two worlds collide, but in this instance I wanted to share with regards to streaming and gaming. In the first few weeks of streaming on Twitch a lot of what I did was… impulsive and sporadic. When I felt like streaming and my Internet connection wasn’t medieval? I’d just hop on, tweet it out, and get to playing. With no rhyme or reason I’d just play whatever I wanted, and if people tuned in? Awesome.
As the weeks progressed and I found myself loving streaming I began to take it more seriously. I started thinking and talking with other fellow streamers, like minded peers, family / friends / SO about their thoughts and impressions on it, and took all that feedback and constructive criticism to try and build a foundation for streaming. Am I a partnered Twitch / YouTube streamer? Oh hell naw; I’m still at the bottom of the totem pole. Still this is a learning process and I wanted to give you my “organizational” list of tips and tricks if you’re a beginner much like myself and want to start streaming and building a community within your channel.
Ali’s Dot & Jot List to Streaming Games
- Develop a schedule / regimen and STICK TO IT. I know for a bulk of the games that I stream (i.e. FFXIV, Diablo III, etc.) the prime times to stream are either in the middle of the night or early, early in the morning. As much as I would LOVE to be able to do that? Reality bites. With a full time work schedule I just can’t do it, so I compensate by streaming at the times that I CAN stream and give my undivided attention the game I’m playing, and the folks tuning in and spending time with me consistently week after week. It may not build your community as fast as other Twitch partnered streamers, but that’s okay. Building up your community with quality viewers is the biggest reward in the long run.
- Know who you want to stream for. I’m super glad that I get to stream XIV and Diablo III and in turn that brings in a lot of European viewers. It gives me the opportunity to learn more about other cultures in different parts in the world and build bonds with people whose paths I never expected to cross. It makes me well rounded as an individual and very objective in my mindset. I can say from experience that if I didn’t consistently stream 2-3 games total on my channel I don’t think that opportunity would’ve presented itself. So in your humble beginnings? Keep it simple; keep it playful. Focus on streaming 2-3 games MAX when starting out. That familiarity of what you play and how you play will in turn help start bringing in regulars of your own and really help you know what is working for you, and what needs to be improved on with time and practice.
- When they say stardom doesn’t happen overnight? THEY ARE NOT KIDDING. If you’re looking to consider the streaming business long term accept and understand now that regardless of race, gender, or orientation? You will NOT be a superstar streamer overnight. Is that to say that it hasn’t happened for some individuals? By all means no. But realistically, in just the few months I’ve started streaming I’ve built a solid base of 3-4 viewers in chat at once. Just 3-4 individuals. Am I upset by this? OMG ABSOLUTELY NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SWEETEST VIEWERS EVER. In a typical 5-6 hour stream they tell me how their work week was, I get to vent to them how my work week was, we laugh and cheer over the power of #KPOPSaves in games when playing, and together we cry when Kadala never gives me the armor piece I need for end game. It’s these people that keep coming back and sharing their lives with me that encourages me to keep streaming and giving my all when doing so. Perhaps a year to two later on down the line the numbers will change and more will come into the fold, but I’ll always have those regulars and for them I’ll always be humbled and grateful.
- Don’t stray from who you are, but be larger than life. I suppose this is a funny way of phrasing it, but I hope I can properly convey what I mean with this. When I stream I don’t hide or mask who I am as a person in real life. Typically? I’m a super optimistic individual and happy-go-lucky. When streaming though? I’ve learned to personify that to a higher degree. I wish I could explain why I do that. I suppose more than anything it’s because I just know what attracts my attention when watching people on other streams and on TV. Laughs, smiles, interaction between the streamer to the viewer. I try to do the same, and emphasize heavily on that. I think that this is something that helps the viewer stick around, and inquire more.
- What’s in a name? EVERYTHING. When you build your identity / alter ego / persona on a medium much like streaming coupled with social media it’s a critical building block for long term investment. I learned this recently when seeing my viewership increase slightly. Folks found themselves wondering if they should refer to me as Alisha Rue? Rue? Pizza Maid? Waifu-Bot? I had to sit and think on it until a friend gave me the all clear that the URL for Pizzamaid was available on Twitch. I’ll be honest at first I was surprised that the name was available and also apprehensive because I knew I was going to be building again from block 1 on a new channel. I’m glad that I went through with it and made the change as I’m Pizzamaid across the board. Even as silly as the name is? It’s a pretty accurate reflection of who I am as a person. It’s original, wasn’t influenced by an anime character much like Rue is (which if this actually winds up becoming something I’m preventing trademark infringes) and above all else? It’s fun. Mission accomplished.