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Content Creation should NOT be a Grind

“Grind out hours”
“Can’t wait to grind out the stream”
“Let’s Grind it out”

These are all things that you see across twitter all of the time or any part of streaming. There is some part of streaming, whether you have been streaming for years or you are just streaming new that somewhere and some how people will refer to streaming as being a “Grind”.

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To be completely transparent, I also was one of those people who would refer to streaming as being a “grind”. I thought I had to put everything I had into streaming and any waking moment when I was not working or doing something I had to be live no matter the time of day. I would stream sometimes multiple times a day. I would stream before I had to work. I would stream after I got home from work. I would stream for hours and hours and hours on end to the point I just was live all of the time. Or in the very least it was nearly a second full time job in many aspects. That was not including trying to grow on Twitter at the same time. I was in the mindset that if I was not live, I was not able to grow. I had to be live and I had to be active in order to see any followers and things.

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Let me start by saying this, Nothing in life should be a grind. Whether your job, streaming, life, or whatever goals or dreams you have, Nothing should be a grind. Implying that something is a grind is basically saying that if you dont spend your every waking moment doing that you are wasting your time. Regardless about whether or not you are into any of these things nothing should be a grind. This is not good for a person mentally to be putting every single bit of effort into trying to be successful. Streaming is no exception. You know what they say “Work smarter not harder”. Being live or producing content does not mean spending every waking moment putting it out.

For example. I started blogging in 2020 before my son was born. I primarily started to write about streaming. I know, small niche however I also had like nothing in terms of knowledge. I had no idea about tags and I certainly did not know about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). What I am going to be doing here in the new year for 2021 is almost revamping these blogs, adding proper tags and trying to re-use content that I dont think is bad, but it just is not at a point of helping me to reach potential people. Sure it is recycling content, but it doesn’t have to be about making something new every single day.



Starting in 2022 I am also trying to change up my streams for another example. Currently I have been playing a lot of Dead by Daylight or even Stardew Valley. I dont think I am going to go very far in many games because I just do not have the time to be live all of the time. I barely have time to even sit back and game when you think about it either. I am looking at probably cutting back on how many days I stream per week to just Monday’s and Fridays and hopefully will be switching to some art streams and crafting and creating. Which is completely different than what I was used to streaming however I would like to grow a real business and I think this could be a great way to hopefully get the ball rolling while killing two birds with one stone so to speak.

Creating content should not be a grind. If you find that it is a grind you need to ask yourself if it is even worth it. Are you spending hours and hours per day streaming or doing whatever else to be live for no viewers or no views? Are you managing your time to stand out and try to in the very least grow other socials? There is so much more in the way of creating content that you need to be pulling people in from many avenues and not just clicking the publish, or going live button. If you are spending hours and hours streaming it would probably a lot more helpful to even cut your hours in half and try to grow socials or network and figure out plans. The hardest part is they since Covid has hit everyone seems to think that content creation is the next big thing and super easy to do. It’s not.

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I always said, When you look at the type of content creation success rates look at Hollywood. How many people do you think go there in hopes to be the next big movie star only to find themselves being rejected by agents all over town and going back empty handed. This is the same with any type of creation. You need to manage your time and set yourself apart from the hundreds of thousands of people who are trying to do the exact same things that you are trying to do. If you are not doing anything to make yourself stand out and hoping that success falls in your lap, chances are, and I hate to say it, you will not be going anywhere.

I think as a collective community we needs to stop calling content creation a grind. We need to start looking at dedication and looking outside of the box. Taking care of our mental health is also important and whether you are grinding out exams for college or you are grinding out your job and overtime to get that promotion, nothing is work a grind. You need to also take care of yourself and you also need to take time away from the dedication. Im not saying ditch it, but separating time and even planning so that way you are finding yourself not feeling the burnout. After all, once you hit the burnout phase, you are already too far into the “grind” that it is no where near the healthy aspect of creating.

Are you guilty of calling it a “grind”?
Do you still call it a Grind?

Let me know what you think and view about content creation, I am sure others are also struggling in a way just as I used to also!

Overlays, Good or bad?

An overlay is a great way to display to your community different things that you want to achieve ie: A sub goal, Tip goal, Follower goal, Top tippers and anything of that nature as well. You can even display most recent followers if you wish too. As simple as it sounds there can be a right way and a very wrong way to do this as well. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when you decide to add an overlay to your stream.

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Should I get an overlay?
This should be the 1st question you ask because there are certain circumstances where you will not be able to use an overlay. IE: if you stream from console and DO NOT use a capture card then it will be harder/not possible to use an overlay. I have been told that if you use a console and stream directly from there to Twitch or whatever platform, that if you use the remote play feature or do it through a computer then you should be able to use an overlay. Personally, I have no idea how to use that as I never needed to but apparently it is possible. I used to have an overlay when I did use a capture card though. This is because it runs through OBS and you are able to add the file/image to your scenes. If you stream through a computer then you will have no problem adding an overlay to your streams to make them a bit more personal as well too! I personally never got one until I was on a PC/Capture card. If you are in a position where you are unable to have an overlay, that is totally okay too! You will be able to add one eventually as you continue to progress in your journey!

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What is an Overlay?
An overlay is any type of information or design that you want to display on your stream. In order to do so you need to either be using a capture card or streaming from a PC. Some streamers have different scenes where their overlay displays chat, or the top donators or subscribers and things as well. It really depends on what you are looking to show to your community in your stream as far as how you would like this to be shown. If you wanted you could also display certain types of goals you might have for your channel as well too. It really depends on what you are looking for as a streamer! For myself, I sometimes show the subscriber goals that I have when trying to save for certain things, I also try to show things like followers sometimes. I also have a chat overlay as well sometimes depending on the scene that I am using too.

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How can I get an overlay?
There are places where you can get a pre-designed overlay. This would be the quickest and one of the easiest ways to get one. Another more expensive way would be to commission a graphic designer and ask them to do a one of a kind overlay for you. Keep in mind if you want all the “Bells and whistles” then it will cost some money to get done. I always say when looking for ANY type of graphics it can be extremely helpful for the artists if you have somewhat of an idea. Even knowing which colors you would like on there is a huge help! And if not, that is also okay since your artist should be able to articulate your idea’s for you if you have trouble.

My Overlay
When I decided I wanted to do a little revamp, an overlay was something that I wanted. I knew I wanted it to be simple and I knew I wanted it to be timeless. I asked for my name “StaySeeJ” to be on there and I dropped the 08. Why? Because eventually if I got to the point I wanted a name change I would be dropping the 08 if it was possible. Spoiler alert: Fast forward to now, and I have actually dropped the 08 from my name which is great I thought ahead and am able to continue to use the same overlay! And I felt this was going to be cleaner without the number too. My colors that I liked was blues and white/black. The whole point was to have it slick and clean looking. I wanted it to be very minimal at the top of my screen and that’s how mine was done! Its simple, customizable and easy to add to any streaming software. I have also added through Streamlabs the different information that I wanted at the top. ie: Sub count, Sub Goal, Top Bits, Recent follower, Recent sub. The best part is that if I want to change out the displays I just need to add text and find the different spot in Streamlabs to get it done!

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DON’Ts of Overlays
– Don’t make your overlay too cluttered. People are either watching your stream for yourself or game play. Nothing is more annoying when you click a stream and 75% of their screen is filled with different alerts, text, logos and many other things. Its cool to display things but making your overlay look like a collage board from school is not the way to do it. It also can be very distracting to what you maybe trying to portray. If you are a great Apex player and all everyone see’s is your logos and things flashing on the screen it will make it incredibly hard for anyone to really focus on what it is you want to people to focus on.

– Don’t make donation goals the center of your overlays. Though I think it can be important to showcase a tip goal for your community I don’t think making it the most important thing is going to do a lot of good for people wanting to help out. If you do have one on your overlay make sure you STRESS the importance of your viewers simply being there instead of making them seem like your only goal is to get their money. When streamers talk about money as their goal it can really put a damper on things especially if people in the chat are unable to financially support your stream.

And lastly, As I have mentioned with lots of other posts. Be careful who you get to commission your work! Make sure you do your research before putting your trust into another person. Word of mouth when it comes to designers is a huge way to see how they are and if they are worth your time and money. If someone is known for copying other artists or not getting back in a timely fashion then they may not be worth you giving your ideas to. If you aren’t sure with what you want and are not in a rush post on your twitter, discord, ask in streams, or even check reviews if a person has an online portfolio in order to make sure you choose the right person for you! Go with your gut too, If you have a feeling that the person may not deliver what you expect then don’t go with them! This is something for YOU to showcase your brand and you shouldn’t take anything but the best for that!

Choosing an Org or Stream Team

Why join an org/team?
Thinking about joining an Org or Stream team can be a daunting task. You hear of MAJOR teams such as G2, TSM, FaZe and plenty of other ones but there are some smaller Orgs/Teams out there that are more the willing to give people their 1st shot as well as help them grow as a content creator. It goes without saying though, not all teams, especially the smaller ones will have your best interest at heart. Most are simply trying to make it bigger, and bring as many people along the way to help them promote the team for free.

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How to pick one?
My first stream team that I was on was pretty young in the progression process. I was part of a support for support community and they branched out into E-sports, Well they wanted to. The reason why I left this team was because there was a lot of empty promises as well as negativity coming from the owners. Putting blame on the stream team when their viewer numbers were low. I decided to leave somewhere else and find the current one what I was with named Vanquish. They are established, They have some Pro teams currently and a lot of content creators. They did a lot of charity work at the time as well as helped the streamers. However when some of the bigger admins and leaders changed the team lost a bit of sight from that.

When picking a stream team you need to look at where the team is and what you want to be doing. For example, The first team I was on, obviously wouldn’t be as established as they were since they were just in the beginning stages of growth. Barely having a twitter, talking about a website, clips for YouTube and whatever else. They were just starting with not a lot of experience in the field. I felt like I was being held back since you cant really promote another team while on one (See more on this in the next paragraph). I wrote out a quick thank you for the opportunity and applied to Vanquish. I choose Vanquish (And they also accepted me of course!) because I knew a few people who were also on the team. I haven’t heard anything bad about the team and they seem to be doing things. They put their streamers on front page for charity events. They are around for the competitive scene with certain games like Fortnite, Apex, and games I had no idea about due to never hearing them before. They help one another and even have a sponsor through GamerSupps drinks. They have merch and have been established as well. I felt what better way team to be a part of though than this.

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When picking a team, pick a team that will suit YOUR needs. If you want to be part of a professional/competitive scene, choose one that is known for that. If you want to join one with similar lifestyles then choose another one like that. If you want to join one with more of content creation side choose that one!
There are many teams out there however remember that they also probably have requirements to join ie: Stream x number of hours per week, Have to be affiliate, use a webcam, above a certain age, stream x number of hours on their verified (or not) channel, and other ones as well too.

Respecting the Team?
When joining a stream team or org it is important to learn about the team and respect the team too. Number one would be respect the other members. There most likely will be different streamers for all walks of life, playing many different games from the most popular to indie ones. No one person is better then another and you should respect everyone on there, regardless of what games they are playing.
Another thing is focus on ONE team and not multiple ones. Nothing looks more unprofessional then when you are representing a team but you have multiple others in your panels or bio’s across social medias.
Also, If your team you are representing has a sponsor ie: Say you are being represented by GamerSupps on your team. And you have a panel there, Do not start drinking a competitor on streams. When you do this it looks extremely wonky as well too. If you are personally sponsored by a company talk to your team about it being a conflict of interest. Show that you are fully dedicated to the team instead of sending mixed messages of conflicting sponsors. Not to mention from a sponsor standpoint, They may be less inclined to extent the sponsorship status to the team if they see these types of things happening as well too.

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Leaving an Org?
This also ties into the previous paragraph as well too. Be respectful! If you feel like an Org isn’t going the way you want it or that it is holding it back, leave. But do so respectfully. I have seen in certain situations where a person would write this huge story and publically post it in hopes they go down in a blaze of glory. Don’t do this. Not to mention if another org you are trying to get in happens to look at your socials and sees you being rude like this towards a previous org it doesn’t make you look like an appealing member they would want to bring on to the team. Keep it classy when trying to leave somewhere as well. If you need to say something and a reason for leaving then direct messaging someone would be a great way to start instead of doing it in public!

How to make the most out of an Org/Stream team
The major misconception that people make when joining a team is they EXPECT support. That doesn’t happen. Remember that teams can be extremely helpful, but you will only get what you put into them. If you don’t visit streams or support other members then don’t expect them to visit you. Though teams are a great tool to be a part of meeting a lot of different individuals who might have the same ideas for streaming as well too. If there are events happening mention you would like to take part in them, If they have an official channel to stream on, stream there, You will only get what you put into it!

The Importance of Discord

Discord can have many uses. Primarily people think discord they think text channels and voice channels and communication for people who may be playing the same game together. Though getting the hang of discord can be daunting when you just started using it. It can be one of the best tools around when it comes to streaming or even meeting a new group of people who share a common interest. Whether it be for a community you follow, your own personal server, or even a game that you play a lot, there are many reasons why you would create or join a discord server.

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Communities
A great way to get involved with discord is to join a few communities. There are a few different types. If you like a streamer, Chances are they have a discord server. Join it! Make friends and chat with the community. Some even have subscriber only spots where if you subscribe to a streamer they have certain sections only for that type of support. Look at it like a benefit for people who financially support the streamer. For example maybe the streamer does a sub movie night or a special text chat channel for you to have some space away from the regular viewers. You can really build connections for others and talk about anything from food to movies to whatever. The best thing to remember though is this is not your community. Respect the text channels and don’t promote yourself OR other streamers OR even other discords. As mentioned in other blogs do not be “That guy” Who joins a server to look for a self promotion channel only to be there just to use that. It is super obvious and cringe as well too. If you want to see more of the tips I mention before and this one read this blog here.

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Some people create communities which are people focused so that others have a place to network and meet like minded creators. They grow it and can run different events there as well. Similar to stream teams as well as gaming ORGs too. You could say one side of my personal discord is like that. Though there is a minor focus on myself there is also a side of it that I try to grow in hopes that others can use it as a tool to bounce ideas somewhere and meet some new people as well too. I have promotional channels people can use to post their links to various content, though it does have a timer to post in order to prevent spam. Also know this, unless you are actively trying to grow and post in a server, chances are very little if any people will want to check out your content if you don’t try to build connections with them.

Central Hub
Now if you are a streamer a discord server of your own can be a great way to connect with your community when you are off stream. The other side of my server is for myself. I announce giveaways, post clips, announce events as well too. Not to mention a general channel to be able to keep in touch with viewers as well as chat with my mods about upcoming things or issues that have happened (These channels can be private just like subscriber only channels as well too). Its basically a great way to keep in touch with people when you need to the most. I love using mine off stream by just chatting about whatever as well too. If I have an announcement or something this is the way to do it basically! Especially since you can “@” everyone in the server to be notified as well too. That being said don’t abuse this or people will leave or mute the channels with announcements and miss a lot of other things as well too.

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Am I too small for it?
The number one thing I ALWAYS hear from people when they are on twitter talking about discord is if they have discord is they do not think they are big enough for discord. For the record, There is no limit to having a discord. Truth is whether you have 5 people in there or 500 people or 5000 you will ALWAYS be changing channels or bots and different things as well too. When I first started my server there was legit 5 people in there. Including myself and my boyfriend as well too. I grew the server as I grew my channel. Getting viewers and friends to join in the process. And even though Ive had it for a long time I did think the same thing, ” Why would I want to have a discord I’m not nearly big enough to have that”. I revamped things before but now I’m even thinking about changing some things yet again!

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Regardless about how long you have been streaming for, Make a discord! It can grow with you. And don’t feel bad if you feel like you are constantly changing things, adding some new bots as well too or removing channels and adding more voice ones. You can add endless roles as well to best describe people in the server that join. Ive even been thinking about changing the colors myself of my own server. Discords can be tricky to get the hang of but you will never know unless you give it a shot! It is a learning experience that even to this day I still continue to try and learn different things. Discords can be a vital part whether you are a starting streamer, established one or even mega popular one. Don’t let it intimidate you and if all else fails check out some YouTube videos on how to set things up effectively too. When I have done permissions to certain channels I would get a mod or friend of mine to be the person I would demote to see if they could get into certain channels and things and worked out great if you need it!