On Side Hustles

You might have noticed a certain silence around these parts in recent days. Recent days, in this case, are quite a few months. I'm sorry about that. I promised I would blog more and then I went and blogged less, but I'm back and with news.

News about why I've been so quiet.

The short answer is that I've been working on other things. Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about what that is, but it's going to take some explaining, because I think if it's something you haven't heard about, it might sound a little foreign.

Before you panic, if you feel the need to panic, rest assured that I haven't stopped writing. Daniel and I (of DAM Good Comics fame) are working on something special right now and it's shaping up to be one of the best things I've ever made.

Anyway, back on track.

The best way I can pitch this, I think, is to compare it to something widespread and relatable. So, you ever heard of sports? I'm guessing you have. Somehow, almost anywhere I've ever gone, people know about sports. People follow sports. People watch sports. I'm up to something similar.

Instead of sports though, it's video games. If you haven't heard of it, there's a site called Twitch where people stream things like video games or talk shows or workout coaching or just them living their lives for audiences who can follow, donate, and even subscribe. A lot of people make their living from just streaming video games. It's pretty cool.

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For the past 5 months or so, I've been streaming myself playing video games on this site. As of this writing, I'm nearing 400 followers. I've actually made money from people who've enjoyed watching me and wanted to support by donating bits (a currency used only on Twitch that can be purchased or earned through watching ads) or by subscribing.

I haven't talked about it in real life much because I don't know if people would get it. It feels ripe for someone shouting "NERD!" and dismissing it immediately, but there's something sort of magical about it. It's creativity. It's entertainment. It's communication and networking and it's exciting and scary like any good project should be.

So what does this mean for you? Well, nothing, probably. You know something else about me and you can go on about your day. I just thought it was important to tell you where I've been.

If you want, though, there is something some of you could do. I'm not going to post the link to my Twitch channel here because that still feels big and open-ended, but those of you with Amazon Prime are in a unique position to support me.

Those subscriptions I mentioned before? Everyone who pays for Amazon Prime gets a free subscription to a Twitch channel of their choosing every month. If you have it, and you don't use it, I'd love to talk to you about how you can set it up to support my stream.

If you feel like checking it out, let me know and I’ll send you the link.