I’ve been wanting to write a post about my first year of being a Twitch streamer, because I love reading about other peoples experiences, and I would totally like to be able to go back to this post in a year, maybe even in 5 years, and be able to see if things has changed or if something new has happened.
THIS IS A LONG POST, JUST FYI!
When did I start streaming? September 27th 2016.
What did I play? Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
I had been wanting to stream for a long time, honestly, but I never had the courage to do so, because it seemed so stressful and it made me feel nervous about it.
I wanted to stream 3ds games, because that’s the console I used the most. So I saved up for quite a long time to be able to order a Katsukity capture card + a 3ds.
It arrived pretty fast, so I could start streaming a whole lot faster than I thought I would.
Mario helped me put together a “decent” looking layout, which was very nice of him.
I didn’t stream as much as I wanted to in 2016, but I started streaming more again in January 2017 and you guys were so supportive and caring and helpful, so it was easier to stream, I felt less nervous about being gone for a while.
During my earlier streams, there were several other streamers hosting me.
People I didn’t know at the time, so I was really surprised, because why would someone who doesn’t know me, host me all of a sudden?
I’m really happy they did though, because that got me several other streamers and viewers that I consider some of my better friends now.
It also made me look into other Animal Crossing streamers and start to host other people myself.
I didn’t host anyone at the start of my Twitch “career”, because I felt it would be weird having a total stranger, a totally new name and face host you all of a sudden.
Now I realise it’s one way of expanding your network, getting new friends, taking chances. It’s part of Twitch, basically.
The streamers who hosted me way back in September/October last year are people I still support, streamers I enjoy hanging out with every time they’re streaming and also chat with off stream(
although I’m trying to get better at that last part, because guuuuuurrlll, you need to work on being social!).
They also motivate me a lot, because seeing them stream regularly, doing fun stuff with their community(which I’m so lucky to be a part of!), and work hard on their stream, makes me want to work equally as hard with my own stream.
Earlier this year, I compared my numbers to their numbers a lot, which demotivated me at the time, because their numbers were higher than mine. It was pretty silly, honestly, because I didn’t work as hard, or had a proper schedule like they did.
Now I compare my stream stats to the goals I have for my stream. It’s less stressful, and it makes me think of how I can improve to get better stats and if I hit a stream goal of mine, I think of what I can add as a new goal.
I had big expectations and goals when I thought of starting to stream, but before I started, I decided to set “small” goals for myself. I’m using “‘s, because those goals were big for me.
I wanted to have 100 followers after a year of streaming, and 5 regular viewers.
Doesn’t sound like it would be so impossible, right? There’s several streamers who struggle to hit those goals after streaming for a whole lot longer than me.
I can proudly say I’ve definitely managed to have both goals happen.
There’s over 500 of you guys following my stream, and I have a lot of people come back and say hi from time to time, and a lot of people who stick in my channel every stream.
I feel really honored, lucky and loved because of you guys.
I was hoping I’d get to meet a lot of new people when I started streaming, but I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.
I didn’t know I’d feel loved by people all over the world, I didn’t know I’d meet people on Twitch that I, today, don’t think I could be without, because of the immense support you guys give me.
After a year, I’ve seen changes with myself;
I have a way better layout now than I did a year ago.
I taught myself how to use Photoshop to make a layout, because I figured the only one who will really, truly understand what I want as a layout, is me.
I’ve learned to play games the way I want to play them, and I know that sounds really silly, but stuff like a lot of other streamers do in ACNL, I don’t feel comfortable doing.
I’m not a big multiplayer person, I prefer doing things on my own, but I still enjoy doing some sort of multiplayer at times. For example visiting dream addresses, giving people things in ACNL etc, where I can go to YOUR town and drop things of, and then quit is great.
I’ve kind of gotten to know myself a little better after streaming for a year.
I’ve set goals for myself, I have dreams I want to achieve, I have something I really want to work for.
Twitch makes me incredibly happy, it also makes me feel humbled, because I can stream and have fantastic people hang out with me and enjoy my content.
Thank you all for sticking with me during my first year on Twitch.
Here’s to more years to come, where we can expand our Land of Noots, community and stream!