Happy New Year + Announcements

The new year is already upon us, and god damn it's been a hell of a year. This coming year we'll be changing up and improving the stream and the discord server in all manner of ways.

Here are just a few examples::

  • More regular updates on this website/blog. From here on out most major announcements will now be made through this website and simply be linked to in our Discord server and on social media.
  • A monthly (possibly weekly) game night. This will be games like Cards Against Humanity...Quiplash and other Jackbox games. We are also looking into the logistics of playing other games such as bingo.
  • Table Top Games in the Discord Server!
    Nearer the time Lootah will add a channel to the Discord server to register your interest in playing.... get on that list early to show you're interested as places will be limited. These tabletop games will be longer and as a result, take a lot more effort for me and our tabletop volunteers to run. As a result, we'll be running these less often and treating them more as events.
  • Giveaways and events involving our stream currency(tears).
  • And of course...110% more Yaz!
    Seriously she's gonna be in way more streams keep an eye out for her floofy hair that likes to chroma-key itself into a parallel universe where green is not used for chroma-keying.
    HAIL THE CULT MOTHER!

Seeya in about a week...

Alright gang. I'll be away for about 5 - 7 days starting today (Friday 22nd of December) as I'll be staying with family over Christmas.

That being said I got a few notes and announcements to make.

Firstly just a bit of an FYI call while I'm away Nuffle and the High Priests are in charge. Let them know if you have any issues or concerns. If you need to get hold of me for some reason and im not around shadowking is your best bet. 

I'll still be popping in and out of Discord but I won't be that active.  

Now onto the thrust of this post. 

After Christmas we'll be making a number of cool changes and redesigning the general structure of the stream.

We are also looking into the possibility of defining a multiplayer day where one stream a week is purely multiplayer games with viewers. Let me know if you like this idea here.

Building on that idea we are looking into running some tabletop games through Discord in the very near future and I'm currently taking to one of Yasmins friends about the logistics of that. 

We have other things in the works too! It's quite exciting. I can't wait to tell you all about our other plans for the near future once I'm back at the end of the week.

 

Cult Love

-Lootah

6 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

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  1. Despite not being a huge fan of TV my favourite show is "The Big Bang Theory".
  2. My favourite Author is Andrew Mayne.
  3. When I want some space I enjoy going to the beach to relax.
  4. I mostly listen to music that tells some kind of a story. A good example of this would be Aurelio Voltaire - The Beast of Pirates Bay.
  5. I collect curiosities and oddities such as taxidermy and wet specimens.
  6. Spyro the Dragon is probably my favorite video game of all time Bonus One:
  7. I'm really bad at writing about myself. 

What are some things most people probably don't know about you? Let me know in the comments below. :)

Twitter for Streamers

Note from Lootah: I consider this a living document that I am currently adding to and revising.

I see so many great streamers trying to grow using Twitter and simply not getting the results they deserve. So the question is, why not?

Well from what I can gather it all stems from a fundamentally flawed understanding of how social growth within Twitter works. One example is that people seem to think they should follow everyone who follows them. No. If you do this stop right now. You are missing the point of Twitter all together.

On Twitter ideally you should follow people you are genuinely interested in (or who Tweet content you are genuinely interested in).  It's not Facebook. You are not "friending people", you are following their content. Of course that doesn't mean that you can't follow someone who follows you, just don't follow everyone back because you feel like it's polite or because you are afraid they might unfollow. If they are a worthwhile follower it shouldn't matter to them if you are following or not.

Don't Spam:

The number of streamers Twitter feeds that look something like this is crazy...

Going Live in five minutes! - LINK I'll be streaming some Minecraft in a minute... - LINK Get hyped folks! I'll be live in just a few minutes! - LINK

I'm gunna break something do you dude, hardly anyone cares. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying don't self promote, just don't make that 90% of your content.

 

Let' us see some personality.

This kinda ties into the section above

Use Hashtags

Hashtags are a useful categorization tool that will help potential fans and collaborators find you. Many people new to Twitter simply don't understand how powerful hashtags used well can be. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

#Twitch #TwitchStreamers #SupportSmallStreamers

Don't Buy Followers

Why? Why would you do this? Is it to fill your ego? Or because you naively believe that a high number of followers will get more people to follow you?

Make Friends:

Seriously if you ignore everything else I say please take my advice on this one. It's called SOCIAL media for a reason.

Be There Because You Want to be there, not because you have to be there.

7 Suggestions for New Twitch Streamers

Am often on Twitch even while I'm not streaming myself and I see so many streams with terrible quality audio and even worse content. I completely understand why this happens but I wish people would make a little more of an effort if they are going to stream.

Now don't get me wrong there are some FANTASTIC smaller channels out there a prime example being InsomniaInbound.

So without further ado here are a few things you can do to make you stream more watchable.


1. Insure you actually have a good enough internet connection and computer to stream with all the right settings. This goes without saying, but I've seen numerous streamers on Twitch who simply don't have the processing power to stream anything without it looking like a stop motion cartoon.

2. Consider investing in decent audio equipment. I'm not saying go all out and buy pro gear like I use, I had the money to spare. Not everyone does. Just a decent headset will do. You want to get something that at least doesn't distort your voice if you get a bit loud at times.

If you do have some extra cash and you want to go all out I recommend getting an MXL 990* along with a basic USB Mixer such as the Behringer 302USB Xenyx 5 Input Mixer* you will want to invest in an XLR cable, pop filter and a boom arm but theses are relatively expensive. You'll also want to grab some 3.5mm jack to 6.35mm jack cables.

3. Get a face cam. Really. People want to connect with you as the streamer. If you have a laptop whatever is built in is probably fine. If you do need to invest in one from what I hear the Logitech C920* will do the trick nicely.

You could also grab a green screen to help increase your production value but thats completely optional.

4. Interact with veiwers. Seriously if you don't want to talk to people why are you on Twitch? Twitch is a social platform. Even when you have no viewers keep talking, comment on the game you are playing as the Twitch viewer count only updates about once every two minutes. That means if someone clicks on your stream and nothing is happening they will have left before you even knew they where there. If your finding it hard to be interactive due to a low veiwer count consider finding somebody to stream with.

5. Building on my previous point, remember people. I don't expect you to be able to remember everyone that ever joins your stream but please make an effort to remember everyone that stops in often.

6. Have Fun - This is my most important point.  If your not having fun your veiwers wont either.

7. Give something back to the community, and support other streamers. As they say what goes around comes around.

Do you have any questions or have something else to add? Let me know in the comments box below.

*Please note these are NOT affiliate links and I don't get a commission if you choose to buy these products.