Things I learned as I started streaming

Over the last week or so, I’ve been reading up on how to Stream on twitch.tv. I was surprised at how much there was to know about it, and so I decided I wanted to share a little of what I’ve learned and some of my first impressions.

Building a brand

There’s so many little details in running a production, that no one ever notices unless something goes wrong. Some of these things might be, a background, what your profile looks like, and what’s in the description under your stream. Not only that, but you have to decide stuff like how you want to announce new followers and donors (if you do at all!), and get all that technology configured!

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Instead of bleeding on stream (from acne), I decided to wear a bandaid, hoping it was less distracting. Due to the low resolution of my web camera, I think it was successful.

Streaming is longform entertainment

You have to pay attention to even the things you do on stream too. Even if you go into a stream having planned what kinds of jokes or content you want to create, it’s really really easy to underestimate the amount of time that can go in between those things happening. Unlike edited content, where you can splice different clips around, you have to be engaging your audience non-stop! It can be pretty tough keeping all of these things in mind at first, but after a bit of practice, they all become second nature.

Do not disturb

I should probably swipe a “Do Not Disturb” sign from a hotel someday so that this can actually look decent.

One of the worst things that can happen during a stream is an interruption. Because of this, normal forms of hanging out with people, such as them walking into your room to say “hi” become problems. Sure, you can bring guests onto the stream, but it’s really not the same has just hanging out and playing games with people purely for fun.

I haven’t even mentioned moderation, getting art for the channel, or music! Guess I have a lot more to learn!

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