Success on Twitch.tv / “Greed”
It’s far too easy my friends to get caught up in this life in what we don’t have, what we aren’t, what didn’t happen to us, etc. There are so many things in this world that aren’t going to happen for you and if you dwell on them all, you’re gonna have a life where you miss all the wonderful little things that you do have. Life is far too short to not enjoy every minute of it.
I’m gonna focus this idea on Twitch and some lessons I’ve learned over the years.
There is always gonna be a streamer or group of streamers who is perceived by others and yourself as “more successful” than you. You will focus on the big follower, view counts, influx of donations and grow jealous. Sometimes this jealousy will turn into hate towards the caster or pity upon yourself for not being “equal” to them. I’ve seen far too many casters go down the road of either hate or Pity.
The problem is the definition of what success is, what being a great caster means to you. Success cannot be judged in terms of viewer counts, follower counts, or donations. These are meaningless numbers that get too much attention. Imagine for a minute if all streams had all numbers (follower, viewer, etc.) removed and the streams were arranged in random order. How then would you define success?
I tell you there are many casters on the later pages with low view counts that have far more success than anyone at the top. Success is not a number but the feeling you get when you share moments with other people around the globe. Success is turning on the cast and knowing that a friend will be there to talk to you and enjoy the game with you. You have an instant connect with a person who you’d probably never know in real life joined together by a mutual love for video games through twitch.
Having fun and building relationships while enjoying video games is what twitch should and always will be about to those who are truly successful. I am successful only because of my relationship with the people who come to my channel and nothing more. I don’t care if i have 1 viewer or 1,000, enjoying great games with other people is what streaming is all about for me.
I am secure enough with myself and my definition of success to not care if ManvsGame, Hot Blooded Gaming, Towliee, etc. have higher viewer counts than me. I don’t look at the viewer count because when you get obsessed with the viewer count you focus on the people who are not in your channel instead of focus and paying attention to those who ARE in your channel. Cover up the viewer count, it’s a meaningless number that is only gonna hurt your ability to be a great caster if you focus on it.
You should be judging your success based on the fun your having with both the game and the people or person who is enjoying it with you, not a number.