It’s been a while since I posted anything here, so I figures I’d keep you all up to date with what’s been going on
Christmas and New Year were great, I got to spend a lot of time with my family, which is always amazing, I’m now back to work, which is approaching an extremely busy period at least up until April. With this in mind, my content is likely to be even more sporadic than it usually is.
With YouTube being the way it is about monetized videos, I’ve completely de-monetized my channel, which has made little difference to any income I was making, since it was getting pennies per video. Pretty much the only content that will be uploaded is going to be Vlogs, and the occasional retro gameplay video. I’m considering returning to some music video’s too, since hopefully, now I’m de-monetized, I won’t get hit with copyright claims. I’m going to be dipping my toes in the water with some Rocksmith 2014 Remastered Edition, trying out some new material and some old favourites that I already know quite well. I’m also hoping to create some family friendly content with the Bromigos sometime this year – if the stars all align and we can find time to get together all at once!
I’ve decided to concentrate on my Twitch channel. This is NOT family friendly, and is not going to be associated with the Bromigos in ANY way whatsoever. I’ve teamed up with a few new and old friends who are all available at different times, giving me a far better variety of co-op stream opportunities. Not all of them have their own channels, but we all hang out in a new discord channel, which Ill provide details of later in this blog. I’m pushing to gain Twitch Affiliate status, which requires me to have more than 50 followers, stream a minimum 7 times a month with a total of 8 hours stream time, AND have an average of 3 viewers per stream. In December I missed out on 1 average viewer per stream, so I’m going to be pushing for this throughout January. I’m still going to be streaming the obvious favourites such as PUBG, but I’m also going to start streaming some 7 Days to Die and Ark: Survival Evolved, as well as adding in some other games that are being released later in the year (FarCry 5 for example). I’m going to try to stream 3 times a week if possible –
- Monday 8pm to 10pm UK Time (2pm to 4pm Central)
- Thursday 8pm to 10pm UK Time (2pm to 4pm Central)
- Friday/Saturday 3am to 5am UK Time (9pm to 11pm Central)
I never really advertised my discord to anyone, as it was pretty much just a place to hang with some close friends. However, toward the end of last year, I started streaming more and more with Red Charpie, a few of her friends, Hyde2020, Jendestroy and a couple of collegues from work, PleasedPanda and TomNomSatnav. Charpie and I decided to merge our discord channels and create a joint channel, Shads & Charpie. Frankly, this was one of the best decisions I ever made. We have a small, but thriving community which includes many content creators (such as Ferg, Crystal Craze, Dawgeth, Craig, UR_No1Nemesis), and generally awesome people, and I’m proud to be a part of this group. If you want to join us, you can do so here: https://discord.gg/ZPv8erS
As many of you already know, I have a few different game servers. Most of these are private servers for me to stream/record from. However, both myself and Charpie are working on providing an Ark server for our community members. We’re ironing out some teething problems at the moment while we try and get a stable build with a decent host, so please bear with us on this – we pay for the server, so we only have limited resources, since we don’t have much spare cash for this. As time goes on, we are hoping to either change the game out, or get an additional server for Conan Exiles, or any other popular game.
Additionally I have an Aim2Game 7 Days to Die server that I’ll be streaming from with friends – this will not be open to the general community for the forseeable future
I also have a couple of Minecraft servers, which are sponsored by Aim2Game. One of these will eventually be the long awaited Rising Shadows server, the other was originally going to be a re-creation of the old DobbyCraft server – however, this has become problematic, as many of the plugins no longer work with the newer versions of Minecraft, and I’m struggling to get it to a point where it’s going to be usable without the risk of it crashing, or not offering the same experience as the old server. With that in mind, I’m considering swapping it out for another minecraft modpack. I haven’t reached a decision yet, but I’m open to all suggestions, so please feel free to let me know on Discord, or DM/Tweet me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ia7xshadows
That’s all for now – catch you on the flip side!