Facebook, Youtube, and Twitch, oh my!
Hey there! Welcome back!
As you can see this isn't part III. Instead this is an update to my gaming.
I took a 3-month break from blogging as I tried to re-assess what was important to me for the present.
Of course, I love gaming so that continued for those three months and we've made some progress. On our Youtube channel we now are about 25% of the way to monetization with 270 subscribers and over 1000 hours of viewtime. On our Twitch channel this past weekend we decided to apply for affiliate status and was approved on Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Tuesday night one of our most active moderators donated 50 bits (about $.50). It was a pleasant surprise as I know he is a student and $.50 to him would be alot. Plus, it shows any future viewers that someone has donated bits and the only way to do that is if the channel can accept donations and paid subscribers because it is either affiliated or partnered with Twitch.
Last night (Wednesday, 31 July 2019) while playing Go on Twitch (let me know if you'd like to know more about that game and I can make a post specific to it) we got two more surprises!
1) Our first paid subscriber! The subscription price is $5.00 per month and they have to manually re-subscribe each month so if you want to keep their subscription you need to stay active and continue to deliver the content that made them subscribe to begin with. Well, Go is my favorite game so that part won't be an issue.
2) We got a 500 bit (aobut $5.00) donation, also totally unexpected.
We had been holding off on becoming an affiliate on Twitch because without it we were able to stream to Twitch and YouTube at the same time and we were trying to monopolize on pushing Twitch viewers to our YouTube channel as YouTube's monetization requirements are much higher than Twitch. One of the reasons I recommended that we apply for affiliate on Twitch was because getting subscribers and small donations helps to push me to do more with the channel. I also get the feeling that we are doing the right thing when we are rewarded for our work on stream.
So, in two days we earned as much as I've made in my highest earning month on my website.
To be fair, though, I could go the next 29 days and not get any subscriptions or donations. Also my website needs more content to bring more traffic so it isn't a completely fair comparison. Plus, if I spent the time writing articles that I spent streaming and making videos I'm sure the numbers would be turned around.
So, what are you waiting for? Get to work as you cannot obtain the fruits of your labor unless you put the time and effort in.
We'll see you the beginning of September for an update on our Twitch streaming or when you want to kick off your shoes and see what we're up to come on over to our Twitch or YouTube channel and say hello in chat and see what all the fuss is about.
Have a great day!