Thanks for stopping by. I would like to take this moment to tell you a little bit about what I’m about.
I created Graham’s Games in the latter part of August 2020 with a few intentions, which include
- Giving myself a schedule to ensure I make the time to play my games.
- See if I am able to grow on Twitch.
- Create YouTube content about starting Sim Racing in 2020 and beyond.
- Having fun
The primary of these is the schedule to play. I’ve recently turned 30, I live in a shared house, I work full time and I have a dog. Finding time to play was difficult, especially as I often felt bad about playing with such a noisy rig in a shared living room. Having a schedule works for me and my house, as we all know when I will be noisy 🙂
Importantly, this has actually allowed me to play a lot more over the past couple of months, which has been great, and given me the opportunity to improve my racing. I am obviously very grateful to my housemates for their support.
As for Twitch, I knew extremely little before I decided to dive in. I bought a pack of overlays (not necessary) and just got started. My family as well as my house mates have been very supportive. They have often watched and given very constructive feedback.
I was able to grow to an Affiliate in a little over 2 months. My original target was the end of this year. I’m really happy that I was able to acheive this so quickly.
What I’ve learned so far
Streaming is tough. I was extremely lucky to already have the majority of equipment that I needed. I’m playing Games on a PS4 (it’s actually my housemates), and streaming with a PC (work provided laptop), I’m playing on my TV which I’ve had for many years. The G29 Racing wheel and pedals, as well as the Playseat Evolution, I bought a couple of years ago, largely because I had wanted a wheel for a long time to enjoy the more serious racing games but also, because my older brother was getting one. I wanted to be competitive with him.
I still find it very difficult to talk whilst I’m racing, it’s a lot to focus on, and doesn’t come naturally to me. I have definitely improved, but it’s very tough if you’re having a bad day, or even a bad race during a stream. Forcing yourself to remain possitive is a challenge.
There have been a couple of occasions where I’ve not felt up for streaming, but I want to keep to the schedule I’ve laid out. After these session I have been glad that I did stick to it. So it’s worth setting a realistic schedule, and just getting on with it.
I’ve not managed to create an YouTube videos yet. I have several ideas, many of which I’ve written down. What I lack is the confidence and delivery. This is something I will either need to get over, or continue to develope by being on camera during streams, and perhaps a bit more on my social media platforms.
This brings me nicely onto my next point. Being a strong presence on social media will help you grow on twitch. I’m sure you’ve seen many people say the same things, or people saying you need to start a YouTube Channel. The truth is, that it depends on who you are and what you want. If you’re happy just being on twitch and taking your time. That’s perfect. If you want to grow quickly and try to make streaming/content creation a full time gig. Then YouTube is probably the way to go.
I’m confortable with Instagram, so that’s where I started. It took my a few weeks to really start posting things, but I was able to grow quite quickly. I’ve recently reached 1000 followers. My channel isn’t special, it’s just gaming content, so you can do the same. I do spend a bit of time messaging people and sincerly chatting with them. I think it’s important to be genuine.
A significant portion on my Twitch followers have come from Instagram. As of right now, I have 1050 IG followers and 65 Twitch followers. This is obviously a huge difference but if it wasn’t for IG, I don’t think I would be an affiliate yet, or have decent, genuine interactions in my streams.
I’ve already rambled a lot more than I intend to. I will end things here. Thank you for reading.
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