Twitch: Streaming basics

Updated: Aug 24, 2019

So you want to be a streamer??

When you're first starting to stream on Twitch it can be quite a scary concept putting yourself out there in front of thousands of people. There are so many decisions to make, what games should I play, should I have a camera or no camera, what do I say to fill in the time between talking and interacting with people.

The Rewards of Streaming

I don't stream for profit, I never started this journey into Twitch with the hopes that it would make me millions, for me it was something that I see as a fun thing to do and that it would help me to overcome my self confidence issues.

When I first started streaming I was terrified of making a mistake in front of people it made me question whether I should stream at all but now I am excited to log in and start my streams. I love chatting with all the people that turn up to my streams, talking about games, music and just having a laugh. My reward is being able to interact with so many amazing people from all over the world and getting to play and share cool video games with them.

The Negatives

There is always going to be those few people who just want to ruin things for people, don't let this get you down. I have had a few problems since starting but nothing major, sure I thought "should I end the stream here" to avoid any more trouble but ending the stream due to others trying to ruin your fun will only lead to more people jumping on the bandwagon and trying to ruin things for you.

Instead of cutting your stream short when running into trolls, spammers, negative viewers, people who just want to argue, don't waste your time on them just timeout or ban them. Letting people like this stay in your stream will only affect your stream and viewers negatively and you don't need or want that.

It can be hard to stream and enforce your channels policies at the same time especially when you have a particularly busy stream or day so think about taking on some extra help and getting some mods. Be sure to only give mod permissions to people you trust though as these people will be able to use all your commands and be a force of authority in your chat.

Things to know

  • If you set a schedule try to stick to it.

  • Talk to your viewers, don't stay quiet too long.

  • Don't let trolls, spammers, negative viewers put you off your game, ban them.

  • Be original, be yourself, people come to see you not someone else.

  • Only mod people you really trust.

  • Understand that not everyone will like your content, but that's ok.

  • You won't get a million followers in a week, be patient.

  • You don't have to be the best at a game to stream it.

  • Don't play games you don't enjoy or you will make streaming less enjoyable for yourself.

  • Save your broadcasts, not everyone can make your times but still want to watch what your streams.

Streaming is meant to be enjoyable for both the viewers and the broadcaster so if you don't enjoy yourself while streaming it will show in the stream thus making the experience less enjoyable for your viewers. So have fun, be yourself and stream your own way.

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