Welcome to the beginning of Twitch Streaming: World 1-1. Every week is a new reflection of my first year into Twitch streaming. From when I first decided to go live the first time to my 1 year celebration. My journey may not be the same as yours, but I hope that you can all relate.
Okay, but seriously. There are a number of factors of why I wanted to get into Twitch streaming. Gaming. Being an entertainer. To educate. And I thought of making this a full-time career.
But it wasn’t a spur of the moment, “Hell yeah, I wanna make money by playing video games online” kinda thing.
I genuinely had put some thought into this and I knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy ride to make this work. I didn’t have a great plan on how I was going to do it, but I didn’t want to wait any longer since it was always something I’ve been meaning to do.
So let’s get to a few reasons why I think streaming Twitch is the best place for me to grow.
I looove to play video games
As a kid, I was very much into video games as much I was into sports. I loved playing volleyball, softball, but during the off-season, I was excited to pull out my Gameboy Color for some Pokemon.
Growing up, I only knew Nintendo games but I had small library since I wasn’t the type to beg and I knew my parents didn’t like spending a lot of money. I remember playing Zelda: Link’s Awakening, a lot of Pokemon Pinball, and Mario Golf (yeah… freakin’ Mario Golf).
I freaking looove to play games. As a kid, whenever my parents and I went shopping to Target or a Walmart, they would always find me at the video game section playing demos of whatever game they had displayed.
At the time, there wasn’t a way for me to record or stream my gameplay with video games at the time. I did my research and I knew I needed a capture card, but it was super expensive for me. I felt that I wasn’t really capable of doing walkthroughs, so that was pushed aside.
With the beauty of technology has advanced so much, everything is accessible now. It’s so easy to record. So easy to stream games. New and better tools to edit. I’m so overwhelmed by the amount of programs that are now available.
But now it just means that I should get started. No more excuses. It’s time to dive into this world of streaming.
I had some experience on YouTube in 2008
Back when YouTube was still very new to the internet, I used that opportunity to vlog a little bit of my life. I just recorded myself with my old Canon Powershot, uploaded it to my PC, used Windows Media Maker to edit and then added music to my videos.
Voila! I was just a plain old YouTube vlogger. (MY GOD, I’M SO OLD.)
I don’t remember how many followers I had, but I did remember making a few friends online. One of my frequent viewers was this brother and sister that always commented on my videos. I remember he mentioned that his little sister got excited whenever I had a new video and they would watch together, so that warmed my little heart.
I liked those moments. The moments of when people could just relate and enjoy videos of me being myself. And I wanted to relive those moments again through streaming games. Even though I didn’t play a lot of games, I was super passionate about it and it just made sense to me.
I know how to handle trolls since blog.tv
But around this time, if you wanted to go live, you had to either sign up for justin.tv or blog.tv, I used blog.tv. That was my taste of live streaming to a random audience. At one point while I was live, someone shared my link to 4chan, and I had a FLOOOOOOOOD of trolls coming in.
“Do a barrel roll”
“Put Shoe On Head”
If you guys have no idea what these mean. Look it up on knowyourmeme.com.
I seriously was so confused and I had no idea what was going on but luckily I was able to quickly make my frequent viewers as my mods, and helped ban all these trolls.
So now I know to have a good team of people that I trust to assist when these things happen.
I just want to entertain and inspire others by being myself
But I genuinely feel that people can be entertained by my reactions or my random comments that I can make when I’m playing games. My reactions are 100% real and even though it seems a bit extra… trust me, it’s not. You can even ask my IRL friends.
I used to be this wild and crazy gal that loved to party every weekend. But now I’m the type to be loud and obnoxious in the comfort of my home.
Another thing is that I honestly believe I can bring a lot of value to my audience because I try to make things as simple as possible for them to understand. Whether it be being a good friend, some relationship advice, or just changing your perspective on life.
Especially when it comes to streaming.
I’m no expert, but I was able to correlant that being a streamer = influencer/brand. No other way to describe it.
So if you want to be a streamer, you gotta realize that you’re representing yourself as a brand, and you gotta make sure it’s something that other people can relate to.
Because I wish I had more drive back then instead of now
In the end, I really do hope I can do streaming full-time, but I know that creating a personal brand from the ground up is going to be super hard. So to be able to make this happen, I understand that it won’t happen overnight and you gotta grind for it.
I’m aware that may take me years until something will make sense. All the people that I used to follow back in day are now living their dream and living successfully and I wish that I had their drive back then.
The whole world is so much different 10 years ago. And regret not riding the wave and growing along with it.
But now’s the time to get started since I know I have the potential for it. I learned a lot from some mistakes, I’m more mature (in some ways), and I’m willing to put in the work this time. No more fears. No more procrastinating. This is the time.
Thanks for reading my post!
What got YOU into streaming? Did you want to entertain people? Make new friends through games? Or just simply you thought it’ll be a cool way to build a community? Tell me in the comments below!
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