Reflecting on 2017 and looking towards 2018

I’m not entirely sure what to make of 2017. It wasn’t exactly the worst year of my life, but at the same time it wasn’t the best year either. It was just meh on the scale of things. Hopefully by the end of this post I might feel better about it after putting all the things to paper (or… text).

Let’s start with the things I achieved.

  • Started the Twitch Adelaide community – This is more of an opportunity I pounced on, rather than an achievement. At the start of the year, I noticed a few meetup communities being launched here in Australia. Adelaide usually gets left out of most things, on the way to work I created the Twitter username and ran with it. Since then, we’ve grown our community 10-fold and our Discord is incredibly active. I’m super proud of what it’s become.
  • Became a Twitch Affiliate – Within a week and a half of having my NBN connected, I attained Affiliate status on Twitch. NBN didn’t make me an affiliate, but it allowed me to put out more consistent streams and maintain a schedule that pushed me over the line. Receiving the email to say I’d made it as an affiliate made my week.
  • Invited to join Down Under – This happened on the week of my birthday.
  • Hit several follower milestones on Twitch – I celebrate each follower milestone that I hit, because for me, seeing that number climb is a clear indication that I’m succeeding at what I’m doing, and that my dedication is paying off. It’s been a steep climb, and there’s still a long way to go, but I’m proud of what’s been achieved so far.
  • Hit 10 Subscribers on Twitch – This was a fun one.  I hit 10 subscribers one month this year, and as a thing for hitting it, I did a stream in drag. Awkward as hell doing it, but fun.

Now, for what I want to achieve in 2018.

  • Hit and exceed 1000 total followers on Twitch by July 17 – Focusing on the number isn’t necessarily a good thing, but as I mentioned before it’s a good indicator of growth and a measure of success. I think that 1000 is achievable by the date. Maybe?
  • Make my streams more fun and unique – I love to entertain people and bring a smile to their face. Life is depressing enough as it is, and we need something to keep our spirits high. But taking it that step further, and making my streams more unique will help me do that more.
  • Work less, stream more – Right now, I’ve not been at work for a week and a half and I’m not looking forward to going back. It’s a clear indication to me that I don’t really want to be there, but a guy has to eat right? So where possible, and it’s stable enough to, I’d like to do part time work, part time streaming to allow me to reach my next goal.
  • Become a Twitch Partner – This one hinges on achieving the above. It’s not something that I think is possible for me in the next year, but I’m going to give it a ruddy hot go. Being partnered is a dream for me, as it is for many aspiring streamers.

Wow, that took me a long time to write. Between writers block, and everything else. Anyway, that’s it. Off to play some games before tonight’s NY stream.