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My Journey In Live Broadcasting

Hello friends! This article is about my journey in Live Broadcasting, or Streaming as most people know it as. My journey began way back in 2011 when I first found out about Twitch through a cosplayer I followed on Facebook, Pokket. When I first caught one of her streams, I thought that what she was doing was amazing and that I would like to try my hand at streaming one day, but life at those times was a little rough, so I made the mistake of not creating an account with Twitch at that time and forgot about the whole thing for years.

We now jump to 2017 with me  watching a very popular YouTube star for a few years, Markiplier, and I had some upcoming major time off of work due to a surgery I had to have on my cervical spine. I decided that I wanted to finally take a shot at making YouTube videos. I had a spark of clarity and remembered about Twitch from all those years before, so I decided to do some research on live streaming instead. I watched tons of YouTube videos on streaming and all the different tips and tricks of how to grow a successful brand and Twitch channel.

After months of research, and my neck surgery allowing it, I had my very first stream on November 11 2017, playing Subnautica. I had poor internet ,very little equipment, and a 5 year old computer, but I had a great time even though my quality was bad. I started off strong and had some viewers in the beginning, but I was soon having to go back to work as my time off was coming to an end. My stream schedule then became very erratic and I could only stream once or twice a week and I started to see the numbers begin to fall. Which brings me to my first tip of Live Broadcasting

  • Make a schedule and try to stick to it.

One of the major things I heard during my research was to make a schedule and try to stick to it. They would say the you are like a person favorite TV show and if people are expecting to watch you on X day at X time, then you will grow and keep your audience. This hurt me quit a bit as I work in a retail environment with a random schedule week to week.

I would continue to stream here and there over the next few months, starting to build some momentum with my numbers beginning to rise again. That’s when life took a turn for the better and my son was born. I then had to take an extended break from streaming, and when I was able to finally come back, I had to start completely over as my momentum was halted. Moving further over the next few years, with times I would build momentum, then had to take more extended breaks, brining me to my next tip:

  • Consistency is key

This has been my biggest channel killer, as taking extended breaks, will completely kill your channel when you are a small streamer.

Finally we are at today, December of 2021, I have been out of work on a medical leave since April, giving me much more time to stream and try to build back my channel.  The biggest hurdle I have been faced with now is the over-saturation of content creators on Twitch. I have taken some time to think, strategize, and do more research to decide what I want to do for the future. I have been on Gamactica for roughly about two months now and having listened to other peoples stories and advice I have decided that my future will be with YouTube Gaming. My road has been a long path, with many ups and downs, having learned a lot I finally feel hopeful for my future as a content creator.

I have many more stories to tell, but I will leave those for another time, so stay tuned to Gamactica and Portals!

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