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draemn

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Yeah my biggest regret too was not sticking with YouTube either when I was doing so well with WoWP. Oh well, better late than never. I guess may need to get a Patreon account to help fund my hobby and content creating.

Anywho, I subbed to your channel. SwTOR was not my game really, but I will watch and support just the same since I'm new and starting out myself. Looking forward to seeing what you have.

-ST
Thanks! Every sub counts a lot right now as I'm still below the 1k sub count required for monetization.
 

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I'll give you a little advice that will hopefully help CM.
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Don't look at how many viewers or lack thereof at the beginning. That is not important. You need to be comfortable first, so make sure whatever game, or such you are interested in streaming is something you have a passion for. Get someone to help critique you as well.


You need to 'tweet' and use all other forms of social media constantly in order to help build your presence.
Keep a rigid schedule at first too, make sure people know when and where they can watch you (Twitch makes this easy as it has a built in calendar).
Also make sure you have your channel manager open on a separate screen from your game so you can interact with your watchers and chat as required.
How important do you think schedule is? Based on what I've read, it sounds like it's the #1 issue for a new streamer is to have a schedule so that people will know when to find you. I really don't think this is true. I think it's more like #3 or #4 issue.

The other thing is streamlabs. Streamlabs offers a TON of great tools to make a more professional stream and many of them are free.
 

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How important do you think schedule is? Based on what I've read, it sounds like it's the #1 issue for a new streamer is to have a schedule so that people will know when to find you. I really don't think this is true. I think it's more like #3 or #4 issue.

The other thing is streamlabs. Streamlabs offers a TON of great tools to make a more professional stream and many of them are free.

I actually think a schedule is very important. If not #1, it will be #2.
#1 would be Audio and video quality and clarity. Which is why a light, and the a Streamlabs setup is on my list to purchase, once I have money.

I've talked to some prominent streamers, and scheduling, when you are young is vital. People need to know when they can find you online.
Once you have an established base, then it goes the other way where people are more likely to follow a flexible schedule vs. fixed.

If you have twitch, feel free to follow me.

Regards,
ST
 

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I actually think a schedule is very important. If not #1, it will be #2.
#1 would be Audio and video quality and clarity. Which is why a light, and the a Streamlabs setup is on my list to purchase, once I have money.

I've talked to some prominent streamers, and scheduling, when you are young is vital. People need to know when they can find you online.
Once you have an established base, then it goes the other way where people are more likely to follow a flexible schedule vs. fixed.

If you have twitch, feel free to follow me.

Regards,
ST
I got some great LED light bars from costco that work very well for creating lighting DIY for streaming/video recording. The first one was around $30 for a "shop style" large light and the 2nd was also around $30 for a dasiy chain set of 3x panel "under cabinet" lights. You can always use the trick of putting lights in a cardboard box and a cheap thrift shop white sheet/pillow case to create your own diffusers if the light is too harsh. Screw the expensive ring lights and other "video oriented" over priced BC they sell at stores.

I just kind of think, what's importance of schedule if a) your content sucks b) your quality sucks and c) you're just relying on people finding you "organically" on twitch by browsing live streamers.
 

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I got some great LED light bars from costco that work very well for creating lighting DIY for streaming/video recording. The first one was around $30 for a "shop style" large light and the 2nd was also around $30 for a dasiy chain set of 3x panel "under cabinet" lights. You can always use the trick of putting lights in a cardboard box and a cheap thrift shop white sheet/pillow case to create your own diffusers if the light is too harsh. Screw the expensive ring lights and other "video oriented" over priced BC they sell at stores.

I just kind of think, what's importance of schedule if a) your content sucks b) your quality sucks and c) you're just relying on people finding you "organically" on twitch by browsing live streamers.

I can't speak for the content part, because well, you can do whatever then, and prioritize whatever, and you won't get anywhere, so that's it's own thing.

You can't just do it organically, you have to be active. I tweet everytime I stream, I drop a line on FB as well and all the gaming FB accounts when possible.
I post in the forums (Reddit, Enlisted, etc).
But in order to help build that success, people need schedule. You can just say "Oh I'm live" people until you are a known 'quantity' are 90% unlike to drop doing something else if you just spring it on them.
So you generate a schedule so they know when to expect you, and what to expect you to be doing.

I'm not pretending this is the answer, but from talking to a few online personalities whom are very successful at it, it seems to be a consensus among them. Which is why I built a schedule on Twitch.
Of course, if you don't have the persona, or the content, its a non-contender, but my post assumes you do.

Thanks for the advice on the lights. I'll have to check them out.


-ST
 

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Thoughts on different streaming/recording stetups, custom animations, widgets, scenes etc? Right now all I've got is a twitch chat widget to show the last 3-4 messages but I haven't looked into some of the other more "interactive" elements that show up on screen for donations/bits, etc.

I see streamlabs offers so many rich features, especially if you use streamlabs OBS instead of regular OBS but I've just been resisting the unknown change. I kind of want to swap over, but at the same time I'm just like "eh OBS still works for me."
 

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Man, looking up this info on the internet is so conflicting. A lot of people like the convenience of streamlabs obs letting you one click set up interactive elements/etc and a lot of people say "it's a bloatware program that keeps asking for money, burn it to the ground!"

I know that OBS can do most or all of the features streamlabs can by creating the items on the streamlabs website and then adding them to OBS as a website link, just takes a bit more knowledge
 

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So anyone here actually consider themselves a regular viewer of popular twitch streamers? Like you're following and watching people who get over 1k views every time they stream?
 

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So anyone here actually consider themselves a regular viewer of popular twitch streamers? Like you're following and watching people who get over 1k views every time they stream?

Yes. I follow a few streamers. Expel for warzone, very entertaining. Jays2cents for hardware and gaming, he's also a bit of a clown but entertaining none-the-less. I follow a few others for gun info/meta builds.

My son wants to steam content. He's perfect for it because he never shuts up lol.
 
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