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There's a reason I didn't use the above as the title of this blog, because that indeed would be classed as a moderate form of click bait.
In a recent post on my Instagram feed I finally spoke out about why I was a bit slower on the blog posts, and less active on Instagram stories. The reason wasn't entirely down to my new Twitch adventure at all, and was most definitely down to some "drama" which occurred recently with a very difficult brand situation.
My side of things with the brand was only exceptionally slight compared to the turmoil some of my fellow friends experienced from it all, however it really did make me rethink my aims and objectives online a little more.
"Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon.com."
As many of you know, I've worked in the computer game development industry as a career role for the last decade. I began exploring games since the ripe age of 6 when my mum and dad bought me my first ever computer (the Amiga 500+. Showing my age now), and my entire life since then has always incorporated games and tech. All of my best friends are gamers, and all of my viewing pleasures are also game related (around 85% I'd say!).
For quite a long time now I've used Twitch (or recaps on Youtube from Twitch) as a place to catch my favourite speedrunners doing their thang.
"A speedrun is a play-through of a video game performed with the intention of completing it as fast as possible. Speedruns may cover a whole game or a selected part, such as a single level."
One day though, as I was awe struck during Bawkbasoup's charity stream of Silent Hill 2 smashed in just over an hour, I decided "I...want to do this".
I love the gaming community. I can't imagine life without it. It's actually my life, no matter how much I share it with new clothes, makeup favourites, and travelling as much of the world as possible, I can't let it go. I wanted to see what streaming was like. I wanted to become a streamer too.
So on a completely free Sunday, no more than a few weeks ago, I decided to brand myself up as "Go Sally, GO!" on my own Twitch channel, and see if I could make some new friends whilst playing one of my first ever favourites: The Secret Of Monkey Island.
Twitch is home to millions and millions of streamers. IT'S HUGE! Very much like the "blogging scene", you need to make an effort to be unique and stand out in order to draw in an audience.
It's quite tricky really because not only do you have to be interesting on face value (so your channel art, profile layout, and so on), but you also need to emit a level of entertainment using your personality too. This is secretly the part I adore.
I love the fact that you are LITERALLY LIVE. You are being uniquely you, directly to your audience, unedited, and completely raw. People are connecting with you on the spot. They're taking time out of their precious days to sit down and WATCH YOU for entertainment, as you sit with them and talk TO them. It's brilliant.
My spin on things comes with the inclusion of art and illustration into my theme and projection.
I'm a huge fan of web comics, cartoons, animation. Love it all. I've always wanted to release my own web comic, but knowing how to incorporate one into my online presence has always been a tough one. I didn't really see where one might fit anywhere, and I didn't really have a story planned out, you know? But with Twitch in my life now, I have a vision.
Each new stream brings a new interactive experience which generates a tonne of fun and quirky memories. Translating these memories into a fun, short, hopefully humorous comic can feed back into my audience, and also potentially reach art fans on the outside!
Everything I turn into a little pane in my comic will have been heavily inspired by something which happened on stream. It writes itself, but with a cute, fantasy feel.
Finally, 'Go Sally, GO! [the comic]' is born. Website coming soon, but it's HERE.
Why not Youtube then? Because Youtube these days can literally seem to do no right for people who are trying to build themselves from scratch. There are algorythm choke holds, insane requirement levels for monetisation, and as far as I know their streaming service really still hasn't hit the functionality or popularity spot like Twitch always has.
Twitch is fantastic at supporting streamers with progression.
There are two primary pathways you can take on Twitch to develop yourself: "Path To Affiliate" and "Path To Partner". Affiliate and Partners all have very impressive perks with their accounts, ranging from the ability to gain paid subscribers in return for perks (you decide the perks! You can dish out special custom emotes for Twitch Chat, you can do special shout outs for people in place, and all sorts to express gratitude that someone wants to subscribe to your channel!
Twitch Partners go even further and are allowed to use monetised ads if they wish, have increased levels of perks to give out to subscribers, and a closer connection to Twitch on a whole.
To become an Affiliate and eventual Partner, you have very clearly labelled achievements to complete on your dashboard which you have to reach and comply with. The progression is ACTUALLY recorded right there for you, so you know exactly where you stand. You can clearly see how well your performing, what you need to improve on, and how long left you have to do it in. The achievements are not even that intense either (I'm looking at YOU, Youtube...).
Example of Partnership Achievements:
So it really depends on how much work you pop into your brand, how much you stream, and how much interaction you dish out when it comes to how quickly you advance the pathways. It can also completely depend on luck.
I like to think that I got off to a strong start by having my branding all figured out before I went live for the first time, but I must say that my experience of being "Raided" last weekend really did help me out a tonne.
So as you can see, SOMEHOW I have only got a couple of streams yet to do before I am eligible for Affiliate invite. All in just under 3 weeks.
And there's another thing. The support that streamers and viewers have for one another on Twitch is second to none I've ever seen.
Say you're enjoying someone's stream and they're about to head offline after an epic 6 hours. In that 6 hours, the streamer has gained themselves a number of viewers. The streamer can "Raid" another live streamer's stream along with their accumulated viewers once their stream ends, and land SPLAT in that streamer's channel, boosting their stream viewer number by adding yours on top of theirs, which in turn enhances their exposure.
Since I began streaming I have amazingly gained 68 loyal new followers to my channel, many of which I speak to on a daily basis off stream now too! They're utterly incredible, and I can't thank the whole experience enough for allowing me to meet them!
WHEN I finally hit affiliate after the month is out, I can't wait to reward my viewers with their own subscriber perks, should they wish to sign up for a subscription to my channel. They will most definitely include, but will not be limited at:
I honestly can't wait to get dishing these things out! So, so, so much fun!
There are so very many more things I could talk you through with my pull toward Twitch. This really is such a summary compared to what is really involved in the grand plan, but I'm so very hyped to be so far into the development and progress of things already, with everything being so nailed down and progressive.
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