I didn’t have much of an interest in astrology until Bella joined Zdiscord and asked about adding divination/astrology and occult channels. I thought, sure, and since then both channels have been cool spots to talk about topics that might otherwise not be explainable by science. Throughout my life, I’ve had many weird occurrences, so it’s not like I could say no to the opportunity to explore astrology at length in a livestream. It was insightful!
I didn’t sleep that well after getting my second COVID shot, so after watching one of my favorite livestreamers, I felt like jumping on the mic and rolling for a few hours. It was fun because this stream represented getting closer – perhaps over 50% – to getting done. People that are in the picture or aren’t are getting really excited about seeing the final product, too! It’s going to be cool seeing the final product finished… whenever…
Although I’ve been working on this art project for long enough to where I feel comfortable screwing around in it, it’s also become big enough that people want to be involved – and not just having their characters drawn or whatever. It’s fun being able to chat with people, bounce ideas off the audience, and see the people that stop by appreciating the art long after they’ve been drawn. There’s lasting value in respecting your community.
“Dude words can’t even describe how cool this is I can’t stop looking at it!” What’s been great about this drawing is that it’s so easy for me to casually add in people and it’s so rewarding. I even got a suggestion on how this could turn into something substantial for people that want it. It’s free for everyone, but if they want a print, then it’s something that we could figure out later on.
If there’s one thing I’ve been enjoying most about adding more and more people to this drawing, it’s that it becomes less about me and more about people that I add in. This is a way I can add back to the people, groups, and communities I’ve hung out in without financially giving to everyone. Sure, money is a nice thing for everyone, but there’s a level of respect in giving someone some fan art.
“Can we talk about the thumbnail for the new YT vid, here?” “If you think it’s fine art, then, sure.” “Is gud” What’s been fun about growing a community is having conversations with people like itterama about everything from thumbnails to deeper discussions. I would say I was closer to disliking Zelda 1 than liking it, and I realized two reasons for it: I was trying to be too serious, and I spent too long playing.
How much will doing drawings like this help me write fiction? Questions like these can be harmful, because then we get too much into the sort of idea of qualifying events, situations, or even people as better or worse than others. We might think “I can’t hang out with this person” because they won’t help me write fiction. When, really, the right approach it to let everyone in, somewhat, and if they’re combative, be polite.
I wasn’t really feeling like doing anything exciting or ambitious, so, when I did this livestream, I didn’t even advertise it. I figured I’d just stream and whoever showed up… showed up. Many people more than I expected showed up. It was fun to see that the fruits of my labors began to pay off. Same with my chiropractic care. I’m not feeling pre-spine-issue, and I doubt I ever will, but at least I’m better.
I last played Zelda 1 months ago, and now, I have a wider audience. My previous play session was popular, perhaps my most popular stream, and this was even more popular. It’s unfortunate that Twitch has such an anti-sobriety and anti-customer perspective because I might be interested in helping get them dollars by funneling my audience’s dimes toward me so I can get pennies. Instead, I ranted at length about how we should report bad ads.
If there’s been any sort of evolution of my livestreaming over the past six months since I first started livestreaming, I wouldn’t point to view counts or having a mic. It’s being more comfortable with the process. I knew going into this stream that I wanted to spend the whole time hanging out in FF7’s Cosmo Canyon, but what I didn’t realize is that I’d spend 4 hours on what most might roughly spend 10 minutes doing.