So 2020 was a bust. I know I had a lot I wanted to do this year regarding streams and gaming, but the massive disruption caused by the pandemic threw everything into chaos. Like many Dads I became work and school from home tech and moral support for the whole family. There’s a constant level of stress ringing in my head, which has meant that despite being home all the time, I haven’t been able to stream the way that I want to. Some nights I get done with school and meals and the constant noise of a full house all the time, and all I can do is just sit in a quiet room in the dark, recovering.
At the same time, I know we’re insanely lucky. Neither my day job nor my wife’s have been severely impacted by the pandemic so far. We’ve managed not to get sick. There’s some money set aside for emergencies, honestly haven’t had that since having kids. We also *had* an emergency where we had to use some of it (roof) but that would’ve destroyed us for years so I consider that an absolute win.
Where does that leave me for 2021? Well, I’d like to take streaming to the next level. I’ve done it mostly for fun so far, and I’d like to continue having fun, just with a bit of growth. :D To that end, I’m going to set some goals for my stream. In the first six months of the year:
- Set a schedule for two days a week (leaving it open for bonus streams)
- Get continuously above 5 average viewers (unlocks more opportunities)
That’s not much, but considering we have no idea what this year is going to look like, I’ll take it! Stretch goals for the rest of the year:
- Get continuously above 15 average viewers
- Unlock the rest of the affiliate emote slots
- Earn more consistent Twitch payouts
Can I do it? I sure hope so! On a personal level, I’d like to be better at getting folks to join me on stream for games. I’m always too nervous to ask, and I tend to let my brain tell me people aren’t really my friends, even with a lot of evidence to the contrary. So I guess what I’m saying, wanna play Apex? Maybe you want to get your farm on in Stardew co-op? Let’s make something happen, and get that rising tide going!