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Want to start from the beginning?

I know, I know... I went MIA again.

The good news is that I met a #conditional this week, so I'm now tied with #videogamestreamer for longest running #pilotidea!
  • βœ… Monetary – 3,798 PigPoints
  • πŸ•‘ Engagement – 1,921 PigPoints
  • πŸ•‘ Popularity – 1,858 PigPoints
The week isn't over, but this is the first in several weeks that I haven't met Popularity or Engagement. And I already know the reason – I haven't published any of my own work for 2 weeks now. I've been preoccupied with client work, which is great, but it also reveals a potential problem.
The actions I take and activities I do that can earn money are different from those that bring popularity or engagement. This effectively means I am choosing between paid projects and personal projects based on what I think is the best route that week.
Obviously, that's a bad thing. A driving force of Pig Pilots is a system that removes emotional choices or gut feeling decisions. So, it's confirmed that I need to make changes to the system. To even out how conditionals are met and paths can earn points.

tl;dr This week I realized that every week I am choosing between money vs popularity and engagement, because the actions for paid projects are completely different from the latter. This needs a fix pronto, so things will be a'changin'.

Author Bree Weber Published 4/28/2018, 12:58:11 PM Permalink

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New week, new #conditionals. I've decided to maintain the current system for the remainder of April. That said, I'm still exploring adding in conditionals to track and measure #popularity and #engagement with private clients, as well as how best to structure a new #system.
But for this week, let's start with the increased conditionals:
  • Monetary – 3,798 PigPoints
  • Engagement – 1,921 PigPoints
  • Popularity – 1,858 PigPoints
A success this week means that #contentwriter will be tied for longest lasting #pilotidea thus far, essentially one week from beating out #videogamestreamer. Content writer is already more monetarily successful and has achieved greater popularity and engagement than any other pilot idea in the shortest period of time.

tl;dr If this week is a success, I'll be tied with video game streamer for longest pilot idea. Content writer is already the most successful for every conditional type. But I'm still considering changing the system.

Author Bree Weber Published 4/23/2018, 12:08:29 PM Permalink

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Looking back at my time as a #videogamestreamer, I can think of quite of few things that I did differently as a #streamer.
These are Twitch's 10 tips to grow your channel, and how I ignored them to get better results:
Know what you want to get out of streaming
I most definitely did not know what I wanted to get out of streaming. Obviously, the #goal of Pig Pilots is part of every single #pilotidea, but I didn't start with specific intentions for streaming. I allowed myself to learn and grow, and develop the channel and community along the way. In that sense, it was very organic, and my viewers played a huge role in determining my channel's style and goals.
Look at what makes other streamers successful
I very intentionally stayed away from other streamers, because I didn't want to emulate anyone else. I knew that I didn't know what I was doing, and it would be far too enticing to just copy what everyone else was trying. But if everyone is doing something, you're not going to stand out. So, I didn't even look at another stream until I nailed down my own channel's #brand and #community.
Look to maximize your audience reach from day one
Alright, this is a pretty vague tip to say the least. You can read in to it whatever you want. Market yourself! Use #socialmedia! Network with other streamers! Tell people about your stream!
I did use social media, but initially saw very little #engagement there. I was starting from a network of 0. I also was not part of any #gaming communities, since I was new to video games, so I didn't have an established network to help me out. Most of my viewers and followers came from a slow build up of Twitch's browse page and word of mouth, with a few trickling over from social media.
But don’t expect to be an overnight success
I 100% ignored this. I worked very hard to create immediate success – that's what Pig Pilots is all about. Of course, I tried to be realistic with the metrics of success and mini-goals along the way. But I was not willing to accept little to no viewers or engagement as as symptom of just starting out, which is probably why I made affiliate in month despite no previous gaming or streaming experience.
Observe the rules of supply and demand. Find your niche while also noting what your audience wants
This is one that I did follow, though, without realizing it. Initially, I spent my streams learning and playing different games just to see what I liked and how quickly I could improve. I streamed more then less, at different times, on different days. I continually changed it up to see what worked – both for me and my viewers. I asked for feedback regularly (maybe annoyingly often?) and immediately implemented what my viewers suggested. I quickly discovered what worked and what didn't.
Be prepared
Oh man, did I learn this the hard way! At the beginning of my #streamingcareer, I would hop online just a few minutes before I wanted to start streaming and scramble to get everything ready. I then started to give myself an extra few minutes each stream thereafter until I finally realized I needed at least half an hour to get myself squared away.
By the end, I had created a #streamersnackbox that I filled up every day with healthy (okay, mostly sugar) things to eat, in order to cut down on my stream breaks. I also switched from coffee to tea (which was a big deal!), so I could quickly caff up for long streams.
Consider your presentation style
After achieving affiliate status, I hit a plateau. I wasn't sure if it was because I was having an off week, spring break was taking people offline, my chat was broken, moving away from the noob vibe was turning people off, or something else altogether. I looked at some recent broadcasts and realized that I had been so tired I had hardly been talking – a big change from my earlier streams. So, I changed my presentation style... every hour... for 12 hours! – and I found what worked for me.
Be a reliable broadcaster
Everyone and their mom talks about how important it is for streamers to have a stream schedule. Why? I'm not a brick-and-mortar shop. If someone really cares about when I'm streaming, they can sign up for streaming notifications by following me.
In fact, I honestly believe that not having a schedule (but streaming regularly) encouraged more people to follow. I would even announce on stream that I stream regularly but don't have a schedule, so you can either follow for notifications or check back every 5 mins to see if I'm online. Worked like gangbusters!
Keep them coming back for more
Again, this is super vague and it's only meaning is what you read into it. This advice basically says have that undefinable, unique quality that will rocket you to success. Don't worry, I did that one! 😎

tl;dr Twitch shares their top 10 tips on how to be a successful streamer. Here's why I got better results by ignoring them.

Author Bree Weber Published 3/17/2018, 11:00:43 AM Permalink

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This past week, I did not hit a conditional.
That means, the #videogamestreamer #pilotidea is done, and it's on to the next.
I've taken the last two days catch up on #sleep and start putting together facts, lessons learned, and #insights from my 6 weeks as a video game streamer for Pig Pilots.
Specifically, as a video game streamer, here are the facts:
The Good
  • I was averaging 23% #growth
  • I #monetized in the first two weeks
  • I made affiliate status in 1 month
The Bad
  • Every time I took a day off, I lost momentum
  • As a result, I only took off 3-5 days each month
  • I streamed an average of 33 hours every week
  • I worked an average of 41 hours every week
  • Some weeks I worked 60+ hours
Some of my insights are less fact...
The Opinionated
  • Streaming changed my sleep schedule, which left me feeling exhausted
  • When I was tired I was less talkative, which negatively affected my engagement
  • Because of my streaming schedule, I spent less time on my social life
  • I ran 3 contests, but each had very little interest or engagement
  • People seemed to really hate my #conditionals
I'm going to continue to share facts and insights, including further thoughts on what I've shared above. I'll be re-rolling to determine my next #pilotidea Monday (3/19/18) morning.

tl;dr A run down of my life as a video game streamer. I worked hard and saw great results, but the rest of my life was impacted as a result.

Author Bree Weber Published 3/16/2018, 1:58:22 PM Permalink

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Here we go! This week is do or die
I need to meet one of my three conditionals in order to continue as a #videogamestreamer, but I'm going to change up my approach a bit. This isn't about what my viewers are doing or not doing. This is only about me.
"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."
So... I'm going to let my hair down πŸ’β€β™€οΈ(even more) and let it all hang out. If building my channel is first and foremost about my personality, than that is all I'm focusing on this week. I want to know that I put in 100% effort regardless of the result.
Okay, #flightcrew, we're moving out of the casual acquaintance stage and into the #friendzone πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ

tl;dr Personality is the key to streaming success, and since this week is do or die, my channel is about to get weird πŸ€“

Author Bree Weber Published 3/7/2018, 11:38:40 AM Permalink

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Since this week is going slower than I'm used to, I'm going to use this post to #reflect on how this #videogamestreamer #pilotidea is going. I can get some serious tunnel vision with #goals, but I've already made some pretty incredible headway.
Let's start with the #milestones πŸ’Ž
  • February 02 – first stream
  • February 04 – first follower
  • February 04 – 5 viewers
  • February 06 – 10 followers
  • February 10 – 25 followers
  • February 11 – first donation
  • February 17 – 10 viewers
  • February 25 – 50 followers
  • February 28 – Affiliate status
  • March 1 – First cheer in chat
Yup, that's just 30 days...
So, while it's not unheard of to get these milestones in one month, it's simultaneously totally freaking #awesome. Being new to Twitch (and, really, to gaming, still) these are tremendous accomplishments already!
Now that I'm part of the 'middle class' of Twitch, this is where it is supposed to get hard. I'm transitioning my #channel from new kid on the block -> to -> hey, I'm staying for the long haul. If that part was super easy, everybody would be a #twitchillionaire.
This is the time to work harder and try newer, more different things. Let's do this!

tl;dr It's been 30 days since I started streaming, and holy cow, I've made some amazing progress!

Author Bree Weber Published 3/3/2018, 2:51:49 PM Permalink

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It seems that I may have hit a plateau as a #videogamestreamer
After progressing each week, I upped the anti to meeting two (instead of one) conditionals this week. And as luck would have it, this seems to be the week that everything slows down.
Progress as of this post:
  • Reach 20 viewers (simultaneously) –> max viewership has been 13 this week
  • Attain 17 new followers –> have 14 new followers so far
  • Receive a sum of $7 donation/tips –> have not received any
I'm getting nervous because I've really begun to love streaming on #twitch and I actually don't want to roll the dice on a new #pilotidea. But, if #pigpilots has taught me anything it's that what feels impossible is, more often than not, absolutely possible.
So, I'm definitely not giving up. I've got about 2 more days to hit these two conditionals and I'm going to stream my heart out. See you there.

tl;dr It's getting down to the wire to hit these two conditionals and stay a video game streamer. I'm not giving up because the impossible is possible.

Author Bree Weber Published 2/25/2018, 1:34:39 AM Permalink

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Every week I set new conditionals I think there's no way I can make it, and then I do! In fact, this week isn't even over yet and I've hit two #conditionals.
  1. Reach 15 viewers (simultaneously) πŸ‘
  2. Attain 13 new followers πŸ‘
  3. Receive a sum of $7 donation/tips
So, in the spirit of continued #growth, it's time to up the anti. I'll be extending #videogamestreamer for another week, and from now on, I need to meet at least two conditionals.
Since I now have another extension, I need to revise the conditionals. Sticking with the formula already in place, I'm increasing the met conditionals by 1.3, with fractions rounding up.
  1. Reach 20 viewers (simultaneously)
  2. Attain 17 new followers
  3. Receive a sum of $7 donation/tips
Let's see what happens!

tl;dr I met 2 conditionals, so now I'm changing success requirements to a minimum of 2 every week.

Author Bree Weber Published 2/18/2018, 2:51:06 PM Permalink

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Flight Crew Recruitment is now open
Every week, I'm working to meet new conditionals, which means I need to be constantly growing my #twitch channel as a #videogamestreamer. This week I'm working to increase engagement and followers. In order to do that, I'm streaming more, and making my streams more interactive. And what better way to do that than with a fun contest. Hence, this #flightcrew recruitment competition.
The winner gets to choose my next Diablo III seasonal character build and with a score of over 15+ points, choose my character's name.
How do you win? Invite friends, family and your dentist to check out the stream, follow my channel, and join in the chat.
Here's how to enter:
  1. Existing follower says hi +1
  2. New viewer becomes follower +2
  3. Existing follower invites new viewer + 1 (must be tagged in chat by new viewer)
  4. New viewer invited in rule 3 becomes follower +2 to inviter
The leaderboard will be regularly updated, and I'll be announcing the winner live (on stream of course) on 2/18/18 at 2am ET.
Head on over to twitch to catch the stream and get your name on the #leaderboard.

tl;dr Contest winner gets to choose my next Diablo III seasonal character

Author Bree Weber Published 2/17/2018, 12:00:00 AM Permalink

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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 πŸ˜‚

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

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Each week that I test a pilot idea, I'm analyzing my results to see if I'm meeting pre-determined #conditionals. For this past week, I was trying to meet:
  1. Reach 15 viewers (simultaneously)
  2. Attain 13 new followers
  3. Receive a sum of $5 donation/tip
I'm so stoked to have achieved a conditional again! This time I received tips and donations surpassing my $5 requirement. So, I'm extending this #pilotidea for another week and changing up the conditionals by multiplying met conditionals by 1.3:
  1. Reach 15 viewers (simultaneously)
  2. Attain 13 new followers
  3. Receive a sum of $7 donation/tips
When I started this #videogamestreamer pilot idea, I felt like a #gaming newbie who was testing the waters. But I've learned a ton about gaming and about streaming. Now, I need to focus on building my channel, engaging with viewers, and connecting with the larger #gamingcommunity.

tl;dr I met a conditional making this pilot idea the first to be profitable. So, I'm extending another week as a video game streamer and updating my conditionals.

Author Bree Weber Published 2/13/2018, 2:29:03 PM Permalink

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In an effort to make this as quantitative a process as possible (as opposed to qualitative), I'm throwing some math into this #turtlerace mix.
For every conditional met, I'm extending the #pilotidea 1 week.
For every conditional met, I increase the conditional by 1.3.
So, that means for the next week of #videogamestreamer, I need to meet one of the following #conditionals:
  1. Reach 15 viewers (simultaneously)
  2. Attain 13 more followers
  3. Receive $5 donation/tip
In the case of fractions, I'll be rounding up. Let's see what I can do in the next 7 days!

tl;dr I have new conditionals based on math

Author Bree Weber Published 2/7/2018, 9:57:05 AM Permalink

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I stayed on my twitch stream for about an extra hour because...
  1. it was a lot of fun
  2. I met a conditional!
I had a lot of great engagement aka people were chatting both with me and other people which was awesome. Someone in the chat mentioned how the community for Diablo (the game I was playing) is small, but super friendly and chill – I definitely agree.
At the height, I had 9 viewers on my stream and ended the night with 11 total followers! So hooray! #conditional met 🎊
I'm going to extend this #pilotidea until the end of this week. I'll be back tomorrow to post a new update about the revsied conditionals I'll need to meet to keep this #turtlerace going.
All I know is I'm still a #videogamestreamer.

tl;dr I set conditionals to determine if I should extend the video game streamer pilot idea, and it succeeded.

Author Bree Weber Published 2/7/2018, 12:58:25 AM Permalink

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Remember the tortoise and the hare story? [spoiler ahead] The hare speeds through, gets tired, and takes a nap thinking there is plenty of time to finish, while the tortoise takes it slow and steady and ultimately wins the race.
Well, I think there's another version of that story, more modern. The bunny spends ages researching routes, building his endurance, and planning out the best strategy, while the turtle jumps right in, adjusting when needed, failing and correcting, and again ultimately wins the race.
I need that. I need my own turtle race.
From an analysis perspective, I think my turtle race is to add in a few more conditionals when determining if a #pilotidea is successful.
Let's start with the current one: #videogamestreamer:
  1. Since a big aspect of streaming is other people watching your stream, the first conditional is to reach 15 people on my stream at once.
  2. The next element is followers since that definitely has an impact on how many viewers, so the second conditional is 50 followers
  3. And finally, since I'm testing this as a business idea/career path, the third conditional is receive a donation/tip or sum of tips totaling $5.00
If any of these three conditionals are successful before 11:59pm local time on Tuesday the 6th, then I extend this pilot idea. Otherwise, it will be on to the next.
So to get started, I'm hoping over to live stream on twitch right now.

tl;dr I've got conditionals to success which makes this a turtle race

Author Bree Weber Published 2/3/2018, 11:44:14 PM Permalink

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There is a whole lotta stuff that goes on behind the scenes just to get ready to live stream a video game nowadays. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.
I'm still working towards a debut #livestreaming session this afternoon/tonight as a #videogamestreamer since that seems to be a pretty essential part of the process.
So, everything won't be completely set up or perfect, but action is my top priority and I feel like I haven't done anything real with this yet.
Find me on twitch

Author Bree Weber Published 2/1/2018, 2:37:49 PM Permalink

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I have a new job. I'm a #videogamestreamer
I guess I need to figure out Twitch as well as YouTube Live
And learn how to play video games without dying constantly

Author Bree Weber Published 2/1/2018, 12:53:41 PM Permalink

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