#SupportSmallStreamers is a motto I use to live by.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to get a stream off the ground. You have good days and you have bad days. The bad days always outweigh the good days. So finding like-minded people to help you get through the bad days is a good thing. When I was on Twitch I found a team that focused on just that, supporting smaller streamers. From that team, I learned a lot and I hope to pass what I learned on to you. Let’s get started!
The key to streaming does not fit every lock. What worked for me may not work for you.
What is your end goal with streaming?
See goals are set to excel, improve and grow your stream. The streamer I was on Twitch is not the streamer you see today on Mixer. Have I changed? No. To me, #SupportSmallStreamers puts to much focus on what you are now. Why focus on what you are now and not focus on where you want to be.
How big is your Network?
The purpose of networking is so people get to know you. Note that I said people and not streamer. As a streamer we build relationships everywhere we go. It’s those relationships that start to build your community. It’s that community that gets you partnered. With that partnership the possibilities are endless.
When I was on that team I had a small network. I did all I could to support other #SupportSmallStreamers. Some would show the same back to me but it was few and far between. I found that branching out to streamers of all sizes worked the best for me.
So the question I get a lot when it comes to networking is, how? Chat, Chat and chat. Don’t have to announce that you even stream. People will get to know who you are and when they are looking for someone to watch they will remember your name.
When do you not qualify for #SupportSmallStreamers?
I support streamers of all sizes. When you start limiting yourself you are also limiting your potential. So why label your self something you don’t want to be. Yes, I understand it’s to bring awareness but at the end of the day, people are going to watch who they enjoy. No hashtag is going to change that.
This wasn’t written to look down on smaller streamer but bring some awareness that you are limiting yourself. In streaming, I found that there is a lot of finger-pointing. Rather its #SupportSmallStreamers or Partners hosting Partners we need to focus on ourselves. No one can control the future of your channel but you. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. The same goes for streaming. You can lead a viewer to a stream, but you can’t make them follow.