This month I am starting with numbers first. A month ago, I sat at 44 followers and 768 views with 256 hours of streaming. I am still enjoying it. I have found a special part in that tiny heart of mine for Minecraft. Now, I have increased that 44 followers to 86, the 768 views to 919 and the 256 hours to 379. I really does seem there is not definite formula for gaining followers.
I have still been streaming mainly Minecraft. I would say that some titles I give my streams get more views. It could be coincidence. I have met a lot of good people through the chats but also get the occasional trolls. Annoying as they can be, I don’t get into arguments with them. Occasionally I will time them out in the chat if they get too out of hand. Mostly I just welcome them in. I thank them for joining my chat and let them know it is my way of helping the rest of the twitch community by keeping them off their chat.
My schedule has been a bit erratic the last couple weeks. From having friends come into town, my job being crazy busy, needs of our business as well as family things that have come up, it has been a crazy couple weeks. I thank all of you that read this and follow my stream for your patience with that. I wish this could be a job that could support me but as it is not, the things that do pay have to take priority.
As in prior streaming posts, here are things that I have learned in the past month.
1. Playing Minecraft has taught me that you really need to be careful who you can trust. I had to ban a couple folks that had been in ‘Dartopia’ for some time because they were caught griefing and stealing.
2. Don’t go exploring without a map and compass – Thanks Master and Optic
3. Politely tell squeakers not to take offense if you leave the party and start and ‘adult’ party. Yes, I do have the DartNtheHead ‘kiddie’ table just like Christmas’s at grandmas.
4. Monitor your stream. XBONE Kinnect has been doing random ZOOM shots. Only once was it my crotch. Luckily I did not have any viewers at that time. I do constantly have to readjust when it zooms in on my chin or forehead.
What does this summer mean to me? The addition of guest stars Ice Tea and Otter Pops to my streams.
Reviewing my last post on streaming, I noticed that was right about a month ago. Thought I would do a monthly update. I am at 256 hours streaming. Summer is a busy time for us so I think I kicked back my hours some. I also decided to try to cut back one day of not streaming. I don’t think this affected my follows. I almost doubled my followers from 22 to 44…trying to inch my way to 50. I think the reduction of streaming hours has affected my total views, however. My views jumped from just over 500 views to 768. I started playing Minecraft and streaming it. Seemed it was getting harder to find matches in BF4 and COD. Cant wait until the next game. If anyone has something they would like to see me stream, let me know.
In the interest to keep things consistent, here are a few notes of things I may have learned from my post.
Make games invite only – Had a grief-er in Minecraft that tore shit up. He was a friend of a friend.
Lock parties to invite only
I have my stream marked adult do to language and alcohol
I limit squeakers to party chat. I am starting a rule that party chat is limited to adults as best as possible. If I do let them join, I make sure it is ok with others in the party.
I learned that squeaker is a young’n
Some nights you get no views, some night you only average about 5-7, some nights you can have up to 10-15. There is no consistency when first starting out. More often than none, you still have no one to talk to.
Not having the best equipment to stream and make it appear more professional
What games to play. There is a lull in good XBONE games right now.
Balance between Family, Job, Business and streaming. Remember gaming and streaming are my hobby.
Well, that is about it for now. Looking forward to my Month 3 update.
Anyone that has viewed Twitch.tv and participated in chats on your favorite streamers channel have probably at one time sat jealous of the barrage of emotes passing in the chat. For the Twitch partners, those are custom by the streamer and approved for use on Twitch. These are perks for the partners to provide to subscribers (SUBS) to their channel.
Little did I know but there is a list out there of emotes available for average dudes like us that can be used on anyone’s stream chat. Just type the shortcut in (case sensitive) exactly as shown and the emote will appear in the chat. Have fun and emote responsibly.
Well, I have been streaming for bout a month now. My personal attitude has changed since our first post. I have clocked over 160 hours of streaming and acquired over 500 views and 22 followers. I do not know if this is an average start but I am excited about it all. Our initial post pointed out a lot about personality. I have come to realize that we all have personality. You just have to radiate yours out to your audience. As I said before, talking is probably the biggest part of it. When you see a viewer on your channel, make them feel welcome. It took a couple weeks before I got anyone to type in my chat. I was pretty stoked. Finally, someone else to talk to but myself. I have met quite a few interesting folks. I have folks that come back regularly. I have met other streamers. It really is about creating a community. I do believe folks want to be part of something.