Making a Discord Server for my Streams

Many streamers and youtubers create discord servers for their fans. With discord servers, you can create as many channels as you'd like for different things. One could be just for chatting, another one for chat debates, or another for video games. You can control who can speak in which channel, so sometimes for a channel that might be for announcements, you'd only want the owner or admins to talk there. You can also add voice channels where people can use their microphones to talk with their voices. You can join with your voice at any time, whether there's only 2 other people there or 20 other people in it.

I created my own server for my viewers that can join from my stream by using a command in my chat. The command gives a link to the server, which sends an invite to join the server to their discord account. Anyone can join, unless they're banned by me or an admin or moderator. I have about 7 roles, and the main ones are the "mod" role, "VIP" role, and "subscriber" role. I have a channel for chatting, a voice chat for talking, another voice chat for minecraft chat, a rules channel where no one can talk in, but I have a lists of rules for the server in, and even a channel for alerting the members when I live stream.

My Finished Monitor Stands

In my previous blog post, I talked about buying new monitor stands. Yesterday, I finally finished building it! It didn't take long, but at one point I temp lost some of the pieces/screws, so that slowed me down. All of the pieces felt really nice and heavy duty, especially the main pole which is metal and heavy because of that. The stand clips onto my desk, and the stand is just 1 thick pole that has 2 arms attached, and each arm holds 1 monitor. The arms are strong enough to hold the monitors, which is surprising since my monitors are pretty large.

The arms can move back, forth, sideways, in, out, and pretty much every other direction. The part where the monitors attach can turn the monitors diagonally if I want them to. My dad sometimes uses my computer for his calls, but he always likes the monitor to be really close to his face so he can see the people on his call better, but I like it further back when gaming, editing, or just doing my school work. With the stands, I can now easily move the monitors back and forth.

I'm really impressed with this stand, and it only cost $40. I'd definitely recommend these!

Getting Monitor Stands

When I got my new desk I had to change my whole computer setup. The desk came with a shelf to attach, and I put one of my 2 monitors on it. I like to have my monitors raised high at eye level, so I'm not slouching to look at them. Unfortunately the shelf has enough space for just 1 monitor, which I keep as my secondary monitor. I use both a lot when editing, so I find myself craning my neck up and down when I look back and forth between the 2 monitors. I decided it was time to get a clamp on desk monitor stand, and I found a nice heavy duty one on Amazon that can hold 2 monitors at once!

The box came in 2 days ago, but I haven't gotten around to finish building it yet. The stand was only $40, but the box was pretty heavy, and almost all of the parts were heavy duty metal. I've got good hopes for it!

Twitch Reward Points

Twitch has a cool feature for streamers, where the longer a viewer watches a stream, the more "Stream Points" they get. This is a great way to get a channel's viewers to interact with the streamer, since that encourages viewers to talk more in the chat.

About every 5 minutes you get 250 points, and the streamer can add rewards costing however much they decide it costs. This could include something like dancing to a silly song for the viewers for maybe 10,000 points, giving the viewer a VIP badge for 20,000 points, or something small like a posture check, so the viewers make sure the streamer isn't slouching too much (full time streamers stream sitting in a chair for hours and hours strait). I'm currently working on adding my own fun channel points, and I'm even taking suggestions from friends and some of my viewers.

Raiding on Twitch

As I've mentioned a few times in other posts, I like to livestream on Twitch. I usually just stream videos games (Minecraft mostly), sometimes I stream myself editing, but it's been a while since I've done that. I stream once every 2 days, and I stream on average an hour and a half per stream. Usually after 90 minutes I'm tired of talking, and I don't want to stream if I can't talk. Although I only average around 7 viewers, I still have a decently active chat, where my viewers can talk to me live, and I can respond with my voice. Twitch has a system where when you end a stream, you can "raid" another live streamer, which means you send all of your viewers to his channel while he's live. If I end my stream and raid someone with 7 viewers, and they already have 10 viewers, then they get a total of 17 viewers. 
I always make sure to raid someone at the end of a stream, usually smaller than me, so they can break the barrier of the twitch algorithm. I've noticed twitch will push out your channel more once you get past 10 viewers. Unfortunately, those 10 viewers probably didn't find you on their Twitch recommended page, but are probably friends or people you've directly shared your channel to.