When Do You Stream?
The most common things you will see as advice on Reddit about getting viewers:
- talk to yourself a lot
- be involved in other communities
- have a schedule
I do the first naturally, and the second as a form of procrastinating from streaming myself.
I think about the third a lot. I know I do not stream enough, because I want the time spent to matter before I put more time in.
What Are Your Limits?
I go to the gym three times per week. I am still at the novice level with my lifts, and can see progress lifting this often, so I am doing it.
I am eager to be strong enough that I need more recovery days, and can just lift twice per week. That is at least six months away, and not worth planning for at present.
I prefer to lift in the morning when there are fewer people in the gym. I leave home no later than 07:00.
I would love to have a sleep schedule, but I just submit to sleep when it occurs to me.
I do not take any pride in loading up on stimulant drinks and proclaiming I will sleep when I am dead. I would much rather be harassing people when I am dead, if it is an option.
I am rarely able to sleep as long as I probably should. Once asleep I will wake up on my own anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours later, without explanation. If I sleep longer it is usually a sign that I am going to be sick.
It rarely happens at the same time every day, both falling asleep and later waking. I am trying to track it to find some semblance of a pattern.
- Long streams: over 8 hours.
- Short streams: 4 hours or less.
- Medium streams: anything in-between.
I like long streams because I am trying to lose weight, and having a big part of my day distracted from wanting to eat is hugely convenient.
It just is not sustainable daily. I can maybe get a short stream in earlier in the week.
The reason I like the late-night/early-morning slot is because there are so few english-speaking streams on at that time.
Much of my Hearthstone Arena competition is ending after I have been streaming for an hour or so. The big morning people usually are starting by the time I am leaving for the gym.
Additionally, drunks are leaving the bars at this time.
I work 12 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. While I can usually make myself stream on these days anyway, my play quality is abysmal. These should definitely not be Hearthstone Arena streams. If I were to stream during the nights before my shifts, those streams would have to end by 06:00.
Deadlines are for Paperwork
Common advice likes to compare your stream to back when people had to watch TV on a schedule. What a moronic comparison. How about using comparisons for things still in our lives?
Appointments are a professional consideration to ensure people are there for when you are doing something. If you are a doctor you agree to a time you will treat a patient. If you are a theatre you tell people when the play begins. Streaming is a performance that is occurring live, it makes more sense to compare it to other live performances.
But I only have a stop time: 06:00.
So to work backward from that I need to know how long I will be streaming for.
I want to compare high frequency with low volume to my current low frequency, high volume streaming pattern.
Last 4 Weeks
- July 10: 14 hours
- July 17: 23 hours (second stream on Tuesday)
- July 24: 13 hours
- July 31: 7 hours (I was ill)
So I can say 14.25 hours is my established average weekly commitment, I will round both up and down to whole hours, which ever makes my day-math easier.
Same Time, Every Day?
The main problem with having the same time every day is that if I am going to stream on my work days, I have to either stream right after work in the evening, or be able to fall asleep immediately when I get home so I can wake up in the middle of the night.
I suppose if I am consistent 5 days a week, having 2 days of idkmybffjill start times is probably going to be acceptable.
It just feels icky from a stats perspective. Probably not as icky as trying to sleep on a schedule, though.
If I just skip the weekends entirely then I will want to make the weekday streams longer.
- With Weekends: 02:00-04:00
- No Weekends: 02:00-05:00