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One of the newer #goals I've set for myself is to play new games and challenge myself both on and offstream.
I've made a few attempts to try out a new game (as I've lamented on here already) Damn you, Fortnite!
I have kept most of my game play on stream though, probably out of a fear/belief that if I'm working on #videogames as a #videogamestreamer, I should always stream.
But, of course, I need to grow as a gamer regardless of the stream situation.
So, I plan to stream again tonight, but... I also want to play offline. At the very least I'll find out if I talk out loud when playing offline as I do with my viewers on stream 😂

Author Bree Weber Published 2/15/2018, 4:28:34 PM Permalink

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Now that I've had some sleep, it's time to reflect on the #24hourgamingmarathon
I have to admit, I completely doubted myself. I'm a person who loves to sleep, so the idea of staying up for 24+ hours made me want to vomit.
I didn't think I could even play for that amount of time, especially since I had never played #videogames for more than maybe 6 hours.
But... I did it!
As you can tell in that photo, I look zonked! I was ready to pass out, but I learned a lot about games, what I like, connecting with people online, and I think I actually improved tremendously in just a day.
After getting over the initial shock of completing this #challenge, I think there are a few lessons to be learned and insights I've walked away with. Here are the top 3:
  • Marketing is still a big deal 📣
  • Not everyone belongs on the stream 🙅
  • Believe in the impossible 🦄
Every time I had a surge of new viewers on my stream and had a chance to chat and connect with new folks, it was a result of posting to Reddit or Instagram or elsewhere on the interweb. Just like any other industry or platform, you can't just build it and expect people to come. You have to invite them!
I had my first interaction with a challenging viewer. I anticipated trolls and meanie-faces early on in this #pilotidea, but this was my first encounter with (what I thought was) a well-meaning kid who was simply interrupting the stream. I'd call myself someone who doesn't like letting people down, so it was really hard to say no and block the user from chat. Especially, when the user kept creating alternate accounts to rejoin. But I feel like I handled it well and stuck to my guns rather than indulging a user for more viewers. Goes to show that the community I want on my channel isn't for everyone.
It seems kind of ridiciulous in a venture about doing what seems impossible, taking big risks, and getting outside my comfort zone, that I would even need to remind myself, but hey, I'm a human, too. It's still hard to believe what others have claimed impossible or even what I've told myself is an impossibility. A week ago, I would have absolutely announced that a 24-hour stream was impossible, and yet, here I am, on the other side of that challenge.
The best news is I met another conditional, 🙌 more in the next post.

tl;dr I streamed and played video games for 24 hours straight. I learned that marketing is a big piece of the puzzle, not everyone is good fit for my streams, and it's still hard to believe in the impossible... even when you're in the middle of doing it.

Author Bree Weber Published 2/13/2018, 10:48:28 AM Permalink

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I've been playing more #videogames than I ever have, and I'm actually really enjoying it!
I'm pretty tired so #sleepygrammar all over this thing.
As I've learned more about streaming and the #videogamecommunity, I've realized that I set my conditionals a bit too arbitrarily. So, it's a bit late in the game, but this whole thing is about failing and trying new things, so I'm revising them.
  1. Reach 15 viewers (simultaneously)
  2. Reach 10 followers
  3. Receive $5 in donations/tips
I'm about half way to the first two, so I'm curious to see what will happen in the next few hours. If I don't achieve any of the conditionals, I'm on the to next #pilotidea
I'll #streaming until midnight on twitch

tl;dr I've changed my conditions, but there's only 3 hours left 😬

Author Bree Weber Published 2/6/2018, 9:19:06 PM Permalink

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#sleepygrammar all over this post:
Being a streamer is a form of entertainment.
You need to put your personality on front and center. Just zoning out and playing the game doesn't work. Think about it, if you're going to see someone perform, you want them to engage with you. Most streamers that do well interact with those watching and create a form of participation.
It's super easy to get tired from the interaction/performance element.
I thought playing the #videogames would be the hardest part. Nope! It's being both authentic as yourself while simultaneously being the most extroverted, outgoing version of yourself in a way that is interesting and accessible.
My head hurts just thinking about all the things #behindthescenes
I played a total of 6 hours of games today. I've never done that in my life.
If anything, #pigpilots is allowing/forcing me to do all those things I've never done before.
And I just saw that I got my first - absolute stranger – #follower on Twitch!!!

tl;dr Video games are easy. Performance is the tough/tiring/trying part.

Author Bree Weber Published 2/2/2018, 12:26:41 AM Permalink

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