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Make Extra Money On The Side

It has been a long time since I have update this page so I thought I would let you in on what I have been doing lately.  I have really cut back on some of my gaming time to work on more productive endeavors.  I am hoping that I can be a little more useful with my online presence.  Here are a few things I have been working on.

Retail Arbitrage and selling online.

I had a pretty successful beginning with this.  I started out with my initial investment of $40 and had over $300 in sales my first month.  You can learn about my journey and lessons I learned here.

Thrifting and selling on eBay.

Thought this has been a little slower to get going, I am still turning some profit.  You can learn about what I have learned through this process here.

More blogging

I started out a site dedicated to the side hustle.  Creating extra income on the side is my new hobby I guess you could say.  On the blog, you can see what I have tried, what I have researched and what seem to be worth your time as a side hustle.  My motto is to Win By Doing.  Taking that first step to success is the toughest yet most important.  Stop by and check it out at www.WinByDoing.com.

Well, as you can see, I have been busy.  Still drop in from time to time on either blog.  We will try to post more here.  If you would like to present content that would fit this site, please drop us a line.  Would love our content readers to grow.  We really don’t want to stop but with our busy lives, our priorities change.

Thanks

Dart

Twitch Streaming Month 3

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.

 

DartNtheHead – BF4 sniping at its best

OK. Yes, I am going to show off.  I have played sniper class in many games.  I have sucked at times and yes, I have played well at others.  The other night while I was streaming on Twitch, I was playing BF4 with SaltyBunny17965.  First shot, I was really impressed.  I hit a parachuter in the head with my bold action sniper rifle.  If that wasn’t good enough, moments later, I spawned in a chopper piloted by none other than SaltyBunny.  He fell under attack and as a result, I was offered the ability to use the rifle again.  Quick on the scope, I aimed and fired.  Check out the video as proof off awesomeness.

 

Child of Light Review

FREE…..must……DOWNLOAD!!!!!

CHILD of LIGHT.  I had no expectations.  My favorite game type is FPS(first person shooter).  I like military games but hey, if it is free; I have to try it.  Fungamungalo, a good friend of mine who really enjoys RPG’s and all related…..a WOW fan (we wont hold that against him) was over tonight as I played it for the first time.  He decided against downloading and playing it after first watching someone play it on Twitch.  He didn’t see any value in the game after watching someone just walking his character through dark landscape, wondering through what seems to be a cartoon dream sequence.  As he sat watching me play the game (real life version of Twitch), he couldn’t wait to get home to start his download.  It seems the game is more than just another where you march your character through an artful world, slashing or kicking your way through a barrage of enemies.  This one involves puzzle solving and exploration mixed in with RPG style battles with multiple opponents in traditional turn-based games.  You also have the ability to select which opponent you want to slow based on a speed meter that appears at the bottom of the screen.  The amount of time you can slow your opponent is determined by the amount of light your firefly holds.  Throughout the game, you decide where you want to add ‘skill’ points.  Focus on defense, offense or balance between.  Along the way, you will be meet friends that will join you in your battles against the enemy.  These ‘friends’ you will assign the skill points and gems as they rank up.  From DartNtheHeads perspective, this is a bulls-eye, well worth the cost and even more worth the time to play.  I give it a thumbs up for fun!!  Download now.

What was old is new again

John: Playing some games this weekend, we tossed around Halo MCC. Halo 3 and 4, looked good but then we moved to a Halo 1 game in big team battle and it was jarring at how the graphics looked.   My memories of Halo include having 4 people sitting on my couch and playing against one another.  Christmas one year, I was able to convince my mom to allow family to bring over TVs and Xboxes.   As people came over they jumped in and out of games of Halo.

Rainbox Six 3 was the same way, I picked it up on steam a couple of months ago. When it first came out the game looked beautiful, and the planning of some of the operations was wonderful, and I spent more time planning, re-planning and executing. Now when I start it up the graphics are dated, but the game play is still what I remember. If Ding dies I still restart the map, and revisit the planning stages.

It seems that anymore most of the games that are coming out, are simply remakes or expansions of existing titles. A new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and talk of remaking Gears of War for the Xbox One. Kotaku has a great post about how originality in video games is overrated, and I can’t disagree with them completely.  I have been enjoying Battlefield 4, and Rainbow Six is something I am excited about later this year.  I don’t know if Rainbow is going to be the game that I am looking for or if it will be a let down like BF:Hardline.

Rod: My favorite FPS game series of all time on consoles was the Rainbow Six series.  I don’t even want to think about going back and playing it again and let it tarnish my memories.  I too remember those old days playing Halo.  Playing it again on the Master Chief Collection, I found myself swearing they had done something to the graphics.  That they couldn’t possibly have been that bad.  I remember being in awe of the changes and improvements that each new release revealed.  Standing in line with each of those midnight releases so I could rush home and throw it in to pull an all-nighter.  It has been quite some time since anything has been released that would cause that same excitement.  I did go to the midnight release of Destiny.  Got there and there was about 20 people in line.  Nothing like the HALO 3 release where hundreds showed up in my rather small city.   Recent years of game manufacturers botching releases with buggy, incomplete, non-working games has made me very skeptical about pre-ordering anything.  I now usually wait until the younger generation hashes out all the bugs.  My dollars are more suited for beer and food than throwing in the toilet for a game that I can’t enjoy with my friends.  Don’t get me wrong, I do still enjoy gaming.  I just wish that they would come out with something that really excites me or lower the price of digital downloads so I would be tempted to try new releases.

Travis….This past weekend was a ton fun. It was the first time John Rod and eventually Fung played games on xbox live in quite a few weeks. Like John said we played Halo MCC. I never really played Halo CE or Halo 2 online in competitive multiplayer. Halo 4 just for reference is my favorite online multiplayer game. After this weekend I can confirm to myself that maybe several years ago they were great, but they have not aged well at all. Oh and I’m actually typing this on my phone while waiting for Halo 4 in the MCC to find a multiplayer game on live. I’ve been waiting for about 20 minutes so maybe Halo hasn’t while really hasn’t aged well…

Actually with this generation so far I don’t think gaming as whole has aged very well. With a bunch of major triple A games being released broken, and developers having the attitude of release it now and fix it later, it just kinda makes me sad. I’ve also gotten to the point that I no longer pre-order games. I just don’t feel like paying for things that don’t work and I’m a firm believer in voting with my wallet. MCC didn’t work for four months, and that for me was the final straw. But in all fairness to Microsoft, they did offer refunds to all people who bought it digitally and they are giving away ODST to help make amends. Oh by the way it’s been about 30 minutes and MCC still hasn’t found a game.

The two games I’m most excited for this year are Star Wars Battle Front and Rainbow Six. I’m cautiously optimistic about Battle Front. EA can’t really afford to release another broken game, and Hardline, despite being not quite as good as other Battlefield games did actually work day one. Rainbow Six holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first shooter that I ever decided to play online. I actually purchased xbox live for R6 and Fight Night Round 3. In a total random happenstance, the universe put me in a terrorist hunt match with total strangers who over course of several years have become two of my best pals. How they put up with me over Xbox live, I’ll never know.