For those who are thinking about becoming a streamer or have already started streaming, you’re going to need to hear this. You think that setting up a camera, playing some video games, and chatting with the viewers sounds like the life, right? But you need to ask yourself why do you want to stream? Do you believe that you want to become the next greatest streamer? You have to remember that the well-known streamers started out with 0 viewers too. And their thousands and millions of followers didn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of dedication, time, and effort to get to where they are now.
What I am about to tell you may be harsh, but it needs to be heard. While there are so many other factors, I want to point out just 5 reasons why you SHOULDN’T become a streamer.
#1 You shouldn’t become a Twitch streamer because you don’t have the right mindset
What I mean by this is that you need to mentally prepare yourself for what is to come as a streamer. You have to realize that streaming is a lot of work. Streaming can be just a hobby, but if you want to make this into a career as in getting paid for it, then you may not realize that you’re going to have to start thinking like it’s a job. If you’re thinking this will be your main source of income, don’t just quit your day job yet. You need a plan and find out if you can financially support yourself through this way, otherwise, you need to gradually work your way into it.
Starting means you need to dedicate a lot of your free time to streaming, which means not a lot of free time. Then after you start you have too keep it up as much as possible to keep your viewers in check
Don’t do it because it’s cool, do it because you think it’s fun not because someone told you to
#2 You shouldn’t become a Twitch streamer because you don’t make the time
While you’re also changing your mindset about streaming, you have to think of it as a job, you need to dedicate time for it. That’s why setting up a schedule is important and making extra time needs to be considered. Create a schedule and stick to it. You’re basically clocking in and clocking out of your day for streaming. When you have something that is consistent, your followers will be able to follow and adjust their own schedule to come and visit to the stream.
Also, what happens when there is a delay in your stream? Or one of your alerts isn’t working? It just looks a bit awkward trying to fix those things while you’re live. Make time to figure it out! Your time to set up shouldn’t be during your streaming time. Take an hour or two before your stream to make sure everything is ready. Then sometimes after your stream you need to recollect and think about what you can do for the next stream.
Being a streamer is a tiring hobby/job, a streamer is an entertainer before anything else. If we put you in a room with 10 strangers would you be able to entertain them for four hours? If the answer is no then streaming isn’t for you. Loving video games and playing often doesn’t automatically give you credentials to become a good streamer.
#3 You shouldn’t become a Twitch streamer because you don’t network enough
You hear the word ‘network’ a lot but yet you have no idea how to do it. What I mean by networking is not just joining groups and then leaving your link to your stream when you go live. You need to also start supporting other fellow streamers by viewing their streams, answering their questions, and interacting with them offline.
I don’t mean by trolling them. Genuinely asking other streamers their thoughts about your channel or showing some support by donating a dollar or your time when they are streaming live. You need to build relationships with your peers and form a support system. Relationships is key to any type of career and streaming is part of the journey. You build relationships with people who can help you with your images, or become your mods, or even just some technical support. You never know who will actually become a loyal viewer or even a real life friend.
Being active in the group hasn’t directly helped us find viewers but found us other people to watch. We didn’t know anyone that streamed and we would only watch the popular people all the time. After starting streaming and finding the group we realised how many amazing new streamers there are out there who are just starting up trying to make something going of themselves. With content that easily on par with full time streamers if not better. We make ourselves well known with the small streamers we like watching and often raid them after a stream. That not only gives them a whole bunch of potential viewers and followers, it gets there viewers exposed to us.
I think that kind of summarises how the group works for us. We don’t look for viewers. We look for other streamers who share the same mindset abd passion as us. And share our viewers between us
#4 You shouldn’t become a Twitch streamer because you don’t take criticism well
Part of the networking and chatting with your viewers are receiving criticism. Trolls are part of the streaming journey, but you have to learn the difference between someone trying to give you a hard time and someone trying to give you genuine feedback. Their feedback are basically your guidelines on how you can improve your channel and they are the ones that want to see you succeed.
If you don’t have it, you’re in for a rough time ahead. The internet is full of trolls that are DYING for attention. Don’t give in. Choose mods from your followers/friends that you trust (preferably ones that aren’t ingame with you while streaming) so they can ban/timeout as needed.
#5 You shouldn’t become a Twitch streamer because you worry about the numbers
If all you do is worry about the number of followers and views you’re not getting, then you’re going to burn yourself out. Start with a small and realistic goal such as, gaining 5 new followers per week. You can’t expect yourself to have a flood of new followers from every stream.
Obtaining an Affiliate status is great goal to start because the qualifications are quite obtainable if you can follow it. However, don’t stress yourself if you don’t reach that Affiliate status in a month. Just keep at it and everything will fall into place.
Stop worrying. It just causes stress for no reason what so ever. I was really stressed all the time and there was really no reason for it. Turn it off so you can’t see the viewers and just have fun and growth will come.
But keep on streaming!
Now I know after reading all this, this may have dishearten you to continue to stream or just completely ignored all of these factors. But in order to succeed, you need to do the following:
- Change your mindset
- Make time for preparation and promotion
- Network with other streamers, big and small
- Know the difference between trolls and criticism
- Don’t worry about the numbers
However, I must remind you that these are just 5 of many other reasons that I haven’t included. If the ones I’ve mentioned here, relate to you to you in some way, then go out and make those changes! These are all coming from other fellow streamers from months of experience and they all started out just like you, with zero viewers and just grinding to the top.
Thanks for reading this post!
If you’re still up for it and you’re completely brand new to Twitch streaming, I have a created a checklist to cover the basics for your Twitch Channel. Just sign up for your FREE pdf and you can download it to save it for later. You can also check out this post I wrote for StreamElements on how stream with your console.
But if you’ve been streaming for 3+ months, what other reasons do you think it takes for someone to become a streamer? Leave a comment below!