Two of my friends have started streaming on twitch fairly frequently. While their content is wildly different from one another’s, they are each gaining a following. One thing that I was told is that there is an interesting effect where putting yourself on camera forces you to be productive when accomplishing your required tasks.
I tried this out on a small scale, streaming some of the more interesting things I was learning in class to one of my discord servers, where a common interest was found in spaceflight. And true to that advice, it was so much easier to stay focused and avoid distractions! Also, when learning something for the first time, I was forced to really gain an understanding of the concepts, because then if/when an audience member asked about it, I would be able to answer.
Now that winter break is here, and I am no longer exclusively doing work that falls under my school’s and professors’ copyright claims, I am able to start streaming my own projects on Twitch. Sitting down with a single, achievable goal for a 2-3 hour stream, and then achieving that goal within the allocated time, is so rewarding. Especially when providing a little humor to those watching, it makes for an enjoyable time.
I suppose I will have to create a sort of “brand” on Twitch. This makes it easier for people to follow, because they know they will be getting a consistent form of content. I think a good model comes in the form of Micheal Reeves, a youtuber and streamer known equally for his colorful language and his technical expertiese. Splitting my time between projects in the field of engineering, as well as occasional light gaming to relax sounds like a good way to be productive, educational, and interesting. I enjoy watching that content, and so producing it will be similar in my enjoyment.
Winter break won’t last forever, so it will be a challenge to see how this evolves going into the spring semester. Hopefully I will be able to keep up some sort of regular streaming.