Anyone can stream… it’s so easy; just turn on your webcam and play a video game. Easy peasy, right? NO! Streaming is so much more than just playing video games on a daily basis for several hours. Most people don’t think about the time it takes to set up your lighting, test out your OBS settings, make sure all your scenes are working, prestart up the game of the day, test out the audio, and then all the cleanup after the stream, etc… whew I'm exhausted just thinking about that.
Anyone who has streamed can tell you there is so much involved with the set up, actual stream, take down, clean up, aftermath and networking of streaming. I can honestly say I spend more time not streaming than I do streaming for my channel.
I usually get to my computer about 30 to 45 minutes before my stream typically starts. At this point I start opening up all of my programs (OBS Studio, Beam, Beam chat Scottybot, Ubiquitous 2, Tweetdeck, Discord, and finally the game I'm going to be playing). If I do a dual stream with somebody else I typically have their chat open along side mine as well. At this point in the setup I’m starting to decide where all of my programs are going to go on my dual monitors. I will also start setting up my lights and testing them to make sure my green screen is lit properly in OBS. If you need help with green screens or proper lighting check out this past blog. I stream by a window so I need to adjust my lighting on a daily basis depending on the weather and the position of the sun. About 15 minutes before the stream starts I jump into my Discord voice chat and talk to my mods about any last minute changes or go over what we should expect for the night. Then at 10 minutes to the hour I start up my ‘going live in a minute’ screen so people know that will be on soon and that gives them a chance to get into the stream and get settled in.
During my stream most of my mods are in a voice chat room within my Discord communicating what jobs need to be done and they work together to keep the stream flowing smoothly. If people want to join my Discord and communicate with my mods they are always welcome to and it's always a fun time. I'm kind of jealous that I can't be part of those conversations, I hear they're a blast! If something needs to be changed on the fly or if my mods need to tell me something important they will tag me in a private message and I usually see a notification pop up with that message and I'm able to adjust my stream accordingly without much interruption.
Then after my stream after we do our Kitty_haz_Claws Crusade Raid and we go hang out in their stream for a little bit. I then excuse myself so I am able to jump into the quick after stream meeting with my mod's. This only lasts about 5 to 10 minutes, typically going over our statistics and numbers, and what I did wrong vs. what I did right and then how I can fix things for the next stream. During this conversation with my mod's I'm typically closing out of all of my programs turning off my lights, closing down my stream, and sending out my closing tweets of the day thanking my viewers for any tips, raids, or subs and giving an overview of how the night went.
After our short five to ten minute mod meeting is over we then jump into a public chat room and we hang out with our viewers and possibly start up a multiplayer game with all of our viewers or just hang around and talk about whatever is on their minds. This time with my viewers in my Discord can last 10 minutes or it can last up to an hour just depends on how the conversation is going. This time is also very important to me as I get to connect with my crusaders and knights in a more personable fashion
The rest of the time I'm typically networking and helping promote other streamers to help them get their foot in the door and get noticed. I also write a blog and it's amazing! If you haven't read it you really should. ;) This weekly blog actually takes up a lot of my free time, but I know a lot of people count on it and look to me for advice, which in my mind is completely worth it. In addition to all of this, I am the head of our stream group called The Crusade and this stream group is unlike most of the stream groups out there. This group is very much hands-on hard work and dedication, it is not a social group. Members of The Crusade work very close to each other and we pinpoint where each of our struggles are (including my own). We then help each other fix those struggles and encourage each other with our strong points to help build each other up into better streamers.
I understand that not every streamer out there is as ambitious as I am or as dedicated to a cause or idea, but I like to think it’s because of these things that I am so successful.
Until next time…