What I Learned From My First Twitch Stream
I thought about streaming for a while; though the amount of time between me deciding to stream on Twitch and actually doing it was embarrassing, and it was all because of self-doubt. What’s unique about me and why would someone follow me? Would my computer even be able to handle streaming a game?
Because I doubted I could do it, I did everything but actually stream that ended up helping in the end. I set up a YouTube channel, Twitch account, created social media accounts, everything that you would do if you were streaming except I couldn’t bring myself to hit the button to go live.
But I wouldn’t be here writing this if I didn’t eventually hit that button and if you’re also twitch-curious like I was, here’s what my first experience was like.
I had audio issues
It wouldn’t be a first stream if there wasn’t some kind of technical difficulty that happened, now would it?
I did everything I could to make sure I was prepared but still loaded up the stream and realized that game and discord audio was not going through to the stream. In my efforts to minimize any noise from Windows, I ended up turning down everything in my volume mixer that I assumed would display Windows notification noises and that ended up being everything muted but my mic.
So after sounding like I was just speaking to myself for a few minutes, I was alerted to the issue by chat and to my surprise- everyone in the chat attempted to help!
No one trolled
There were people I expected to come in to watch my first stream but there were also a lot of new faces. With each newcomer, I did have a quick moment where I wondered if I would eventually encounter what everyone encounters on the internet — trolls.
But over two hours later, no trolls and most of the people that came in were just excited to see a full group of people hunting ghosts in Phasmophobia! People asked questions, chatted with each other, and in general were really wholesome in chat.
Keep in mind, this experience might not be the same for everyone who starts streaming as I had worked to cultivate a community first. Some quick tips of things I did before I started streaming that might have attributed to a non troll environment were:
- I started an Instagram account and followed other small streamers
- Interacted and followed streamers when they went live
- Joined the discords of other streamers
- Played games with streamers as they streamed
People were so nice
You can already get from the previous points that people were super nice to me but I still felt it needed its own section because people were way nicer than I thought they’d be.
Before I even went live, several small streamers that I had followed and interacted with had boosted my account so when I went live, I already had about 15 viewers.
And when I finally switched from my “Starting Soon” scene to the “Gaming” one, I quickly was told that my audio wasn’t catching anything but my mic. Instead of complaining about what ended up being live troubleshooting, most people were helpful, offering tips of what to check and what I may have accidentally muted. What would have sent me into a panic attempting to fix something when I wasn’t sure what it could be, everyone was patient and once it was fixed, I thankfully got communication that everything was good to go!
And the amount of wholesomeness didn’t stop there. There were people who were hyping up my teammates in Phasmophobia and talking about how much they love the game and their experiences with the ghosts. It was not at all like what I anticipated and it was definitely because the community of small streamers is just so awesome!
Streamers support streamers
If there’s any advice I have for anyone who wants to get into Twitch streaming, reach out to the community.
I consider myself lucky that I managed to get acquainted with other streamers before going live because without the support of them, I would have been streaming to 0 viewers on top of not realizing I wasn’t streaming the game audio.
And one of the major reasons I wanted to get into streaming in the first place was to find more people who liked horror games as much as I did and by supporting other streamers and being in those communities, I’ve found people that I love playing games with!
What my anxiety had assumed my first stream would be versus what it ended up being were vastly different. I had a great time and it gave me the confidence to think about streaming more often!
I’ve never done anything like this and I’m not someone who has an amazing computer so if you’re considering taking up streaming, I’d say give it a shot! Once you do, you’ll realize it’s actually a lot of fun, especially being able to interact with a community that loves supporting each other.
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