This week I did something monumental. I started live streaming on a new platform YouNow.com. For almost three years I have live streamed on twitch.tv and I never imagined that I would try streaming elsewhere. Over these years I made many new friends and I gathered thousands of followers on my channel. Moving to a new platform would mean that most of them would not follow me and that I would lose out on interaction with friends of mine, and even worse possibly have to start all over.
Because of these reasons I stayed on twitch, even when the channel was not going well and even when I had lost my desire to play video games. Recently I had been attempting to do an inspirational based talk show stream on twitch under both the “IRL” and “Talk Shows” categories. Streaming in both of these categories failed to work out for me.
First I will discuss the IRL section. Originally twitch only allowed streamers to play video games and would ban or flag channels for “non-gaming content” if they did not. While Video games are fun, they do not make up all of life and streamers often would want to stream but not stream games. Finally twitch allowed for streamers to stream whatever they wanted and thus the “IRL” or “In Real Life” category was born.
At first IRL was the area where anyone could stream anything and it was relatively random, but over time it developed its own culture and the types of content that were streamed on it became similar. Often girls would flock to IRL and wear sexy outifts and would stream them doing squats and the like as twitch’s audience is overly male represented and younger as well. The Male side of IRL often is guys doing embarassing things, getting in trouble, or just making a fool out of themselves. While these routines for content gathered views for streamers, over time it made a culture in the IRL section about it.
I noticed this when I started regularly streaming in IRL. I would come in and read entire books and then do talks about them and give my opinions on the contents of them. My stream was all about learning and self-improvement: in other words, wholesome content. I was not and am not interested in doing self-deprecating behavior. Not only do I have respect for myself to not routinely make a fool of myself, I also do not want to contribute to the culture that has emerged on IRL. Too often when streaming did I have people come into my stream and ask me to do dumb things. Every day I was trolled at some point or another, and while I had my fans watch my streams, I rarely gathered a new follower.
Finally I was so tired of dealing with all the trolls and banning them everyday that I decided to stream under the “Talk Shows” section. At first I thought this was better because I was not dealing with as many trolls as before, but I had a new problem of lacking any internet traffic. I would stream for hours and no one new would come into my channel, let alone follow.
Finally I realized that people on twitch come to it to watch video games. And if you are in IRL, they come to watch people make fools of themselves or look attractive. People on twitch do not come to it for motivational content, or for knowledge. That is just how it is. While twitch as a channel attempted to diversify its content, twitch as a community did not follow suit. Certain websites have their own communities that form and since I did not stream video games as my main streaming content any longer, my content was no longer suited for twitch.
I have to thank twitch.tv/Moczy, a long time friend and fellow streamer, for pressuring me to try streaming on a new platform. He really does have my best interest as a streamer at heart and I am thankful that he gave me real advice instead of just being another person telling me “to keep at it!” or “it will work out!”
Sometimes things are not working, and change is needed. Thus I went over to YouNow.com. I had heard about the website because my good friend John had told me that he live streamed on it in the past a few times. I thought why not give it a shot.
The first thing that I noticed about the site was that it was talking based. While on twitch the community is centered on video games, on YouNow the community is centered on talking. Streamers on YouNow talk to their chat and even can guest stream with other streamers on the site and people in their chatroom. I instantly could see that my talking-based content was going to do much better on YouNow than it was on twitch.
And this is exactly what has happened. Within the first three to four days I have gathered 109 fans. It took me three to four weeks to gain the same amount of followers when I started on twitch. While I have come a long way as a streamer since I started out, the growth does speak for itself. And the next amazing thing about YouNow is that I still have yet to be trolled. While I know that the trolling will happen eventually, it has not happened yet, after being on YouNow for a few days. On Twitch, trolling is a regular occurrence, and not having to deal with it has been a fresh experience.
We will see how YouNow works out for me as I have only been doing it for a few days, and it will take a few months of streaming on it to now if it is going to go somewhere, but as it stands now it is going very well.
I would like to thank all my new fans on YouNow for coming to my channel as well as all my followers from twitch that have followed me to the new streaming platform. I promise to keep up the quality content and let us see what we can do in 2018.
Please stop by my channel at Younow.com/thenolanisin
Thank you for reading,