Twitch is essentially a site that lets gamers connect with others while playing their favorite games. Anyone can stream live to the service, but many do so in the hopes of making money or developing some kind of celebrity status. For me, I do it for both. I enjoy meeting new people, but I hope to make a few dollars in the process. Unfortunately, I haven’t made a dime in the past three months. But, it’s not like I’ve put a great deal of effort into the experience.
If you go into using Twitch for the sole purpose of making money, you will be quickly disappointed. It takes a great deal of time to develop a base of viewers and then finding those that are willing to donate for watching you stream. While some people can do this in a matter of months, some gamers have been streaming for more than a year with no donations in sight. Perhaps they are going into the experience with the wrong frame of mind.
Personally, I work from home and live in a very rural community. I have no job prospects that can pay me enough to keep my house and feed my family. I went into streaming with the idea of making as much money as some of these popular gamers. That was my undoing. Since October of 2014, I haven’t made a cent from streaming and was recently getting disappointed. Then it hit me…like a BFG waffling a demon…I was sacrificing my fun with worries about income.
Maintaining My Workload
I don’t have the time to put in an eight-hour stream like some of these other gamers. I have two girls under the age of 11 and too many bills to risk making money on Twitch. Since I am a successful ghostwriter, I decided last weekend that I will keep my work schedule and make money during the day while trying to stream at night. So far, it has been a bit hectic and chaotic in my house – which prevents me from streaming when I want to.
As long as I can maximize my effort as a ghostwriter, I can afford to buy the extra bells-and-whistles to spruce up my stream. I can make quite a bit of money throughout the day writing and wind up pissing away too much of my time. I need to stay focused on maintain my efficiency in order to afford taking longer breaks to stream. In this instance, the ends justify the means.
What I Want Out of Twitch
Although I haven’t received a single donation, I am still enjoying my time on Twitch. I have a few followers, and some are avid fans that watch almost every stream. I enjoy meeting new people and talking about the games I play. I would love to make as much money as some of these more popular streamers, but some people are just more entertaining than others. That doesn’t mean I have to give up. I just need to change how I approach gaming for viewership.
As I explore Twitch and what it means to be a watched gamer, I will continue this section of the blog. It’s more for me than it is for anyone else, but I would be pleased if my rantings and discoveries help out others. For the mean time, I need to prepare what I am doing for Throwback Thursday. I still haven’t found my Genesis or Saturn equipment, so it’ll either be a Dreamcast game or something older on a PC.