Can I hit these?

On my professional work site, every year I share my targets for improvement for the following year. Don’t worry, they do not include the usual diet and gym comments but focus more on my academic achievements and research commitments. Since this site is getting re-invigorated I thought it would be a good idea to set and share my targets for my streaming, Youtube and radio exploits here so you can get some idea of where I am going with things. Of course, it also gives you the opportunity to come back in a year’s time and have a gloat at what I haven’t achieved! So the big question is….can I hit these targets!


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I’m going to split the targets into four areas, this website, streaming, Minecraft, Youtube and radio. Some of these targets are shared with my professional blog as well, e.g. radio while some are unique to my gaming exploits, e.g. streaming. If you don’t want to read all the details then I have summarised my targets first. So let’s get going…deep breathe….

  1. Post regular content to this website – Back of Beyond
  2. Interact with other bloggers and streamers
  3. Regularly publicisie content – whatever that might be
  4. Gain more than ten regular viewers on Twitch channel
  5. Further develop activities and participation on Minecraft Server
  6. Produce and share regular Youtube content
  7. Broadcast additional radio shows

“If you enjoy playing MechWarrior Online then check out Chugawuga’s Twitch Channel”

  • Back of Beyond Website – This site was created way before my professional site yet it gets less hits and content. I think this is mainly due to the content, since I fall somewhere between a blogger and a gamer. My gaming videos are not informative like some of the big Youtube streamers and my blog posts are not like the famous YouTuber Vloggers. I guess I am in my own little unique niche. But this shouldn’t be a problem, I just need to concentrate on attracting similar unique niche people. I want to achieve a regular posting schedule, a blog post on the Saturday, a gaming post/video and then the blast from the past post that keeps appearing in my to do list to complete but I never seem to do. Achieving some regularity and consistency with my posts will hopefully start to increase the hits on the site. Linked to this target is the advertising or publicity target. I am aware that I need to attract viewers so my plan is to interact and follow other bloggers, streamers as much as possible so that I get better ‘known’ within the ‘sphere’. If you can recommend anyone to follow or to read then please let me know in the comments below.

  • Streaming -I have tried to establish a schedule on Twitch, especially over the weekend which appears to be going well. It is often difficult with all the other commitments, mainly job related, to maintain this, but I know that a consistent schedule will hopefully bring in viewers and followers. I am working on a suitable giveaway for my stream as well as interacting with other streams in an attempt to publicise my own. I’ve also started to stream for the OfficialXBoxOne channel once a week to hopefully support them, but also show off my skills….I mean get myself known. Although many streams seek followers, for me I want to convert these to regular viewers. I think it would be foolish to set myself a target for regular viewers, but I am going to say, more than ten. That should be achievable.

  • Minecraft – Okay – I have this Minecraft server that hardly anyone plays on. Well really one person plays on it (not me) and I don’t have one server I actually have four! I’m not a great player of Minecraft, I think I am more of a provider…i.e. here is a server, come and play on it. I’ve uploaded some speed build videos and even advertised the servers but I think they lack purpose and content. I did once put a build topic on the site and this worked well so I am going to try and build the community over this year. The SkyBlock server is almost ready to go and I have a server that I want to run regular games on. There is a creative server for the build projects and even a competition area. Starting and running a server without any real knowledge of Minecraft has been and continues to be, difficult, but I am going to strive to make this work. I’ve got planned a range activities, builds and competitions planned so hopefully I will be able to encourage some regular players to attend – if you are interested then you can sign up for the server at the website.

  • Youtube – I actually have two Youtube channels – one for this site and one for my professional ‘stuff’. I’ve been using the channel associated with this site mainly to uploaded recorded coverage from my streaming exploits. I really enjoyed doing the Tomb Raider episodes and was keen to do a similar one for the Rise of the Tomb Raider which I stream for the OfficialXBoxoneUK channel. Not streaming this on my own channel has made it difficult to save the videos, especially when I forget to actually press the record button on OBS! I’m therefore going to leave this series and focus on another game recently recommended and bought for me…Shoppe Keeper! I might stream this or it might just be a Youtube series. I’ve set it up and it is ready to go, so stay tuned! I’ve always been good at being a shopkeeper in games! Coupled with this, I’m going to use the new Minecraft content to contribute to the channel as well as some Elder Scrolls Online content. I also want to work on some personal Vlogs as well, although the exact format of these escapes me at the moment. I want something different, since I know I can not compete with the famous and huge vloggers!

  • Radio – Some of you might be aware that I have a Tuesday night radio show on Radio YSJ (20:00 – 21:30 starting again on the 26th January!). I really enjoy this show and I am looking forward to starting it again. Because of the sheer enjoyment I get from presenting I am also going to try to do some additional shows during the week. These will be based on my usual cheesy pop music and then probably musicals. I’m in the process of getting everything together for this. Mixer – done, Radio software – done, hosting an licensing – being done. Once this is completed then I’ll be going live, so hopefully I will get a couple of listeners for the shows. I’m also trying to figure out how to record them so I can just play them as repeats in case you can’t listen to them live. Really do wish I was more technical minded!

  • I’m thinking that I might have set myself too many targets here, but my theory is that if I have plenty I might actually achieve one :). If you have any comments or supportive hints then please let me know my adding your thoughts in the comment section below.

    You can keep up to date with my content by following me on Twitch, Twitter and Facebook. If you are interested in joining or playing Minecraft, then you can join the server and website here. Of course any subscribers to my YouTube channel are always appreciated.

    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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