I could have saved it

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Yesterday I realized that I had not written a blog post. It was around 9:00 PM or so. I knew that I could have written a bullshit post and saved my streak, but I chose not to. Because streaks are overrated. Who cares about quantity if there is no quality?

I sure as hell don’t.

And to be honest with myself I have noticed that some of these days I really have not had anything of quality to really write. And yet I have posted anyways. But it shows in my stats. I can tell when I write something that is good, and I can tell when I write something that is total fluff.

You know, just something that is there.

But I will admit that I was a little disappointed in losing my streak. I was stoked that I had written every day for about 66 days. And so in a way that was good that I had a streak going. I think the main reason why I didn’t save my streak was because of how I was going to do it.

I was going to just type something to keep it going and upload it right away. At least my last posts had some sort of content that I had deliberated on and further I usually wrote them at the same time in the mornings. My blog streak was basically a testament to a successful routine of mine.

But this post would be nothing like that. So I opted out of writing it.

Hopefully this next streak I get on will go on further and that I can keep writing at a good time every day as well as have something of content to write on. And if I don’t, well then I will just let the streak die.

And then go for another one.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan

W H O A R S E

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Recently I have been streaming like an absolute monster. Four hours every night from 6:30 to 10:30, and often the stream goes over, and then for almost two hours every morning. You mix that in with my day job, my phone calls while I am driving in my car, my normal talking, and then some singing practice, and that is a total recipe to kill my voice.

I have been hoarse for a week straight.

I really need to do something different. I need some more voice rest or I am just going to kill it. So I have been thinking about changing up my night stream. Giving up one hour at night seems to be the only real time I can easily do it as the morning streams are proving to be very successful. I don’t want to take away any time from those, and the night stream is already much longer so that seems to be the only logical time slot where I can cut out some of my talking.

I can’t not talk at work, and I can’t really cut out the phone calls I am making every day, and the singing practice is something that if I can stick to will really pay dividends later on. The more entertaining aspects I can pick up the better for my show, especially since I also play some guitar. Singing goes hand in hand.

If I talk so much that I ruin my voice constantly, I don’t think that is a win. Additionally I no longer even sound like myself, I just sound sick. Arcane came in the stream yesterday for the first time in a few days and that was his first comment.

I seriously need to rest my voice.

I can easily start doing this by just streaming less, but I also need to talk less too. Thats going to be harder part. You all know me, I love to talk. Literally its my individual pastime. And I do it automatically too! That’s the hardest part, it’s not that I consciously am trying to talk a lot, I just do.

I really don’t know any other way.

I guess that makes it a both a blessing and a curse. And I feel blessed that I have fans to talk to, but cursed that talking to them so much is killing my voice. Anyway, I’m droning at this point, but I know that I need to put more rest into my daily schedule.

And honestly I really hate rest.

I just hate the idea of it. I want to go. I want to do. I want be doing something, anything, other than rest. But I don’t get to make the rules of this game (life), so I will just have to deal and play along. So here we go all, starting today I am going to end the stream at 9:30 PM so that I have more time to rest my vocal chords, but I am going to keep working on singing so that while I have less hours live every night, the ones that I do have will be more entertaining.

We are going for quality over quantity.

As we should be. After all, we all that a ten hour stream is not necessarily a good thing in itself. It may just be 10 hours straight of someone being really boring. That makes it a very bad thing actually. Instead of being boring for one or two hours, someone is boring for 10.

I’m working to avoid that by streaming a little bit less. Because I will be real, content gets used up quickly. Once you are out interesting or topical things to say then the show gets stale and in the worst case scenario it ends on a bad note.

I want to end my streams on a high note.

I would much rather have lots of fans wanting more at the end of my show begging me to stay streaming than for do my show for so long that they have already left because they have had their fill and got bored.

I want you to want me more.

 

And with that, Keep Smiling,

Nolan