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!
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….
Post regular content to this website – Back of Beyond
Interact with other bloggers and streamers
Regularly publicisie content – whatever that might be
Gain more than ten regular viewers on Twitch channel
Further develop activities and participation on Minecraft Server
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.