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This is the personal account of DadGotGame, broadcaster of video games on the internet and builder of community, and family. Daily account of the journey into broadcasting, the trials and tribulations, thoughts on faith, family, love and life.



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Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Dec 17, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about branching out. It's been a minute since I've created a Dad Log, so apologies for that. When you find yourself getting comfortable in the group of creators you've made friends with, it can be easy to support them and consistently go to them to create content together. And if you're at that point, it's important to continue to support them in those ways. But it's also important to seek new creators to support. It's an opportunity in two ways, the first being an...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Dec 4, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to try something different, we did the Dad Log live on our morning cast. And we talked about motivation. As people, it can be really hard some days to get out of bed, to pull your bootstraps up, and to be motivated to do whatever you need to do during the day. This might be going to school, going to work, or creating content. Whatever it is, motivation is usually derived from a core attribute or purpose. My encouragement for you, especially if you're struggling with motivation,...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Nov 19, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today we're going to talk about the hot topic of the week, stream coaching. This has come up and been fought about on Twitter and even some of the biggest folks in streaming are weighing in on it. Current status? Remains to be seen. There are many variables that impact the success of a broadcaster, from game and platform selection, to personality, to technology expertise, and many other variables that are completely outside the control of streamers everywhere. My encouragement for you, is that...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Nov 16, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about dealing with chargebacks. As a streamer, you inevitably will end up at some point dealing with charged back tips. There are a few ways to combat those chargebacks though. The first is to make sure in Streamlabs that you don't allow anonymous tips. There is an option to require people who tip to login, which then puts a name with a tip. Another option is to not take tips at all. As a growing stream, you then have the power to ask people to share the stream in lieu of...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Nov 14, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about the hard work that no one sees when you become a content creator. The reality is that to succeed in content creation, you have to put in the time off screen. There are many things that go into being successful in content creation, like editing video, scheduling instagram posts, updating overlays, creating new ways to engage with your community. Many people think that streaming is just firing it up and playing video games all day. But you have to do the not fun things...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Nov 12, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about finding your purpose. I think as content creators we have a tendency to jump into creation almost like a pipe dream. We dream some day of being a huge star, and don't really realize how much work goes into it or that behind every creator there should be a purpose. We all got started creating content for a reason, whether it was for the love of sharing our video game experiences or to build community or to make money. My encouragement for you, if you are just getting...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Nov 9, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about utilizing good ideas, regardless of where they come from. The saying goes, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". And every tech company out there, imitates their competitors in one way or another. Often times, companies like Apple, Microsoft and Amazon aren't the first to market with an idea. But that doesn't mean they aren't successful. As content creators, we should be looking for every opportunity to learn and grow, and that includes figuring out...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Nov 7, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about being genuine. We were chatting last night about the differences between Mixer and Twitch, and one of my folks commented about how Twitch felt "fake" to them. How many folks put on an act for the sake of making money, instead of focusing on community. I think as a content creator, one of the most important (and often overlooked) traits that a great creator has is the ability to be genuine. My encouragement for you, is to really focus on making sure you're as...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Nov 5, 2018 DadGotGame
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Fortnite Save the World - Dad Log - Stardate 11052018 Today I want to do a State of the Game address on Fortnite Save the World. This side of the Fortnite franchise doesn't get a whole lot of press, and I think it's mainly because it's not a free game. But if you're a fan of the looter shooter genre of games, this is a solid entry into this category. The Save the World side of Fortnite has you diving into the development of heroes on a quest based story mode, and developing your heroes to save...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Nov 2, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to share my thoughts on Mixer Season 2. This includes the updates that dropped like Skills, Sparks Patronage, and the ideas yet to come like Embers and the loyalty system. With Season 2 dropping yesterday, we got a bunch of technical upgrades like automatic bitrate switching, video debugging tools, and site stability improvements. They also released skills, in which viewers can spend sparks to put stickers, gifs, animations and games in the chat. I provide my overview here of all...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 31, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about depth versus breadth in your community. As a content creator, one of the easiest metrics to measure is follower count. It's front and center everywhere, there are 25,000 different tools that track it, and it seems to be of maniacal focus for most creators. But something that doesn't get talked about often is the depth of your community. How deep are the relationships you've built with your followers. When gaining followers is slow, what do you focus on? My...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 29, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about creating a schedule that works for you. There are two types of schedules for people, schedules that work and schedules that don't. Creating a schedule that works means creating a schedule that you can maintain day after day, after week, after month, after year. It means you can be consistent in that schedule every week and your viewers can expect you to be live every week at that time. Consistency is what breeds growth, and will always be good for your channel,...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 26, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about content creation and how it's a marathon, not a sprint. I've been doing consistent content creation for the last year, and as a "young" content creator, it can be easy to wonder when you'll see enough success to go full time. And the reality is, if you look at those that are doing full time content creation, the majority of them have been in the game for at least 3 years. It takes time to build a community that can support you as a full time creator. My...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 24, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about the differences between a green screen and a cambox. I chat about the pros and cons of both, the personal preference side of them, and how to execute the delivery of them. These two delivery methods for broadcasters with cameras can drastically change the interaction and dynamic of the content, but the nice thing is that both of them are attainable and can be interchanged as needed. My encouragement for you, is to try them both out if you have the ability to. Start...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 22, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about innovation, and innovation as a content creator. The top creators are always innovating, tweaking, coming up with new ideas and experiences for their audience to drive engagement. It's important that in the thick of things, you take a moment to step back and brainstorm. Whether it's streamlining your existing experience, or creating something brand new, you have to take the time to innovate. My encouragement for you, especially if you find yourself in a rut, is to...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 19, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about different types of agreements. There are many different ways to engage with companies, andy many different ways that engaging with those companies can be mutually beneficial to you and to them. Affiliate agreements are generally the "lowest tier", providing little benefit to the content creator and massive benefit to the company. Partnerships are usually a next step up, and often involve more than just discount codes. Sponsorships are the top of the...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 17, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I have a heart to heart with you content creators and future content creators out there. This is not to discourage you in your pursuits in content creation, but to lay it out there for you. What are you getting into when we're talking about content creation? The reality is that you're in for a LOT of work if you want to see success in the creation space. Expect to put in 2 to 3 times as many hours as you are streaming. You are your own IT guy, marketing guru, sales specialist and owner....
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 15, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about what appears to be a departure of droves of creator from Mixer back to Twitch. There are a lot of folks that are upset about the site's stability, about growth on the platform, and many other factors that play into those decisions. I can see where they're coming from. There are many items, technical and otherwise, that need to be addressed by Mixer as a platform. The beautiful thing is, they are addressing them! So my encouragement for you, if you are looking at...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 11, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about getting back on the horse. It can be really easy when we slip up and take an unscheduled day off, get sick, or stop doing something, to say it's not worth doing any more. This is especially true in content creation, but applies to things like working out, eating healthy, and any number of other activities we do in our daily lives. It can be really hard to get yourself back mentally to a state where you can perform, pick yourself up by your bootstraps, and start doing...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 3, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about shaking it off. It's one of the toughest things to do as content creators, but it's a vital part of what we do. There are going to be days and times of year that are naturally slower. School starts, holidays, work, it all digs into the time we have to be entertained. When it's slow, remind yourself that it's not because of you or your content. My encouragement for you, is to look past the bad week of casting. Look beyond the numbers, remind yourself it's ok to have...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Oct 1, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to talk about taking time off. Since I just got back from vacation, and feel recharged and ready to dive back in, it's a really relevant topic for me. After taking the last 12 months and really focusing on being consistent in my creation, I needed some time to recharge and refocus. I think it's an important consideration for every creator to make, and to consider taking time off when you start to see diminishing quality in your content. My encouragement for you, is to take some...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 20, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about quality over quantity in content creation. 2 or 3 years ago, the streaming mantra was "Always Be Streaming" if you wanted to succeed in the space. Interesting enough, and based on my personal experience, I feel like that isn't necessarily the case any more. I've made a lot of progress as a broadcaster only putting in around 9 - 12 hours a week, because I've focused on the quality of my broadcasts. My encouragement to you, especially if you aren't seeing the...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 19, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about ups and downs. As people, and especially as content creators, we ride these ups and downs like a rollercoaster. It can be really tough to go from hundreds of people in our chat to five, and we all have those days where we wonder, "Am I good enough?". Why aren't people coming back? Questioning our abilities as content creators. When in reality, we have very little control over many of these things. You never know when someone is sick, or has something going...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 18, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about compromising your integrity. As a broadcaster, and as a person, integrity is crucial when building relationships. It sets the expectation that you are a good person to work with, that you'll fulfill your side of the deal, and that you're willing to stand for something. Recently, there was a massive uptick in viewership on Mixer, which I wrongly jumped to the conclusion was the result of viewbotting. However, the premise still stands, compromising your integrity for...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 17, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about having meaningful engagement on social media. A lot of times we go out on Twitter or Instagram, and we just like and follow and that's as far as the relationship goes. That's like shaking someone's hand, saying "Nice to meet you" and then walking away. Generally speaking, it's not usually socially acceptable to do that. So why then do we do that on social media? My encouragement for you today, is to take the next step with those that you've followed or liked...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 14, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to provide a life update for y'all. I've been a little slow to upload the podcast and Instagram posts, because it's been a very busy week for me. As "side hustle" content creators, it can be tough for us to maintain a stream schedule, let alone all the extra curricular content that we might post on a regular basis. My encouragement (and hope) for you as consumers of my content or anyone else's content, is to have a little grace when it comes to our creation schedule....
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 11, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about showing your weakness, which seems super backwards from what most people want to project. A lot of times, we as human beings, feel like we have to constantly show strength, be invincible or invulnerable. But something my pastor said that stuck out to me in one of these last few sermons, is that showing your weakness is a sign of humility. A little humble pie never hurt anyone and it gives those in your community an opportunity to get closer to you. My encouragement to...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 7, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about not taking unfollowers personally. It's really easy, as the industry puts heavy emphasis on follower counts, to get down about even one person unfollowing you on your channel, twitter, or whatever else. Whether it's intentional, unintentional, a bug, or whatever, it can feel personal. But at the end of the day, we have to do our best to put things in perspective. That person may have wiped their whole follow list. It could be a bug in the platform like on Mixer. It...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 6, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about setting expectations for yourself. As a Mixer Partner, I'm afforded and presented with many opportunities I've not had previously, and it's easy to set unrealistic expectations for myself and for my community. With the Destiny Forsaken launch, I think I had some "delusions of grandeur" if you will, and had set an expectation in my own mind that it would be a springboard for the channel and community. When it fell flat, I found myself in a little bit of a...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 5, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about taking shortcuts. As human beings, we're always looking for the shortest path between point A and point B. Whether it's traffic and driving, or trying to make our way to CEO of the company, we want the shortest, easiest, most convenient route. In content creation, there are definitely opportunities to accelerate growth. However, there really aren't any shortcuts. Only hard work, patience, and perseverance. I'm learning that right now as a partner. My encouragement for...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 4, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about harnessing your excitement for new releases. As a content creator, and as I've talked about before, we spend a lot of time on auxillary things outside of playing games. Editing video, creating social media posts, networking, creating stream assets, it all takes away from playing video games. When new releases come out, whether it's a new IP or a DLC, it generates excitement for us as gamers. It also presents us with an opportunity to relate to the greater game...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Sep 3, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about the grind. When people watch other people playing video games for a living, it's really easy to imagine that the only thing that person does is play video games and get paid. In reality, you see 90 percent of the video games, and 10 percent of the back end work. Last night I wanted to play video games, but instead I prioritized editing clips for Instagram. Because at the end of the day, that is what was going to pay more dividends for the channel and for executing on...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 31, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about something that I think takes practice and time, and that's finding your flow. As new content creators, it can be a struggle to weave in your every day life into the conversations we have with the people in our community. Everyone has passions outside of content creation, whether that's working out, cycling, reading, whatever. The challenge as creators, is how to fit that into our conversations that we're having when the stream is on. My encouragement for you today, is...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 30, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about bad decisions...I mean, making assumptions. Yesterday, amongst the massive increase in viewership on Mixer, I made some assumptions initially that I came to find out were all kinds of wrong. It's easy when you see others doing certain things, or in this case, other things happening to others, to make assumptions about how or why it's happening. So when I saw the massive boost in viewership on Mixer, I immediately assumed it had something to do with people using...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 29, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I talk about a fear I have with playing one game too much on the channel. From what I've seen in the short time in this content creation space, it's really risky to be a channel on a single game. As we saw at the release of Destiny 2, many channels that built their following on Destiny only, had a hard time recovering from Destiny 2's sub-par launch. And with Destiny finally being in a place that I love, I find myself wanting to play only Destiny for the most part. My encouragement for...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 27, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about finding what works. As content creators, a lot of times we can get wrapped up in "always being on" that we can forget to take time and have consideration for what works for us. For instance, I finally decided to NOT record podcasts on Saturday. It was taking away already precious family time, and just wasn't working for me and my family. So I decided to only record 5 podcast episodes per week, and to focus on only the stream Saturday night. My encouragement...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 24, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I admit I was wrong. I let my jaded perspective get in the way of realizing that much of my following came from the Fortnite directory, and that I've been ignoring that part of my community for the last couple of months. As someone who is focused on building community and reaching people, I want the quality of my community to be the best it can be. And for awhile now, I've felt like the Fortnite directory has lead to "empty follows". But looking at people who have spent time in...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 23, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to chat about optimizing your day. I've been reflecting and projecting on what I imagine a normal day as a content creator would look like. What would my "routine" be, and then last night I had an epiphany. I realized that I should be, every day, executing all parts of that routine with work being my normal "stream" time. So in the morning, I should be posting to Twitter, uploading an Instagram post, going through the previous night's clips, and getting ready to...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 22, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to breakdown the Gamescom 2018 Nvidia reveal of the new 20 series graphics chipset that they revealed. We'll start off with the absolute stellar: the Turing chipset has no rival to date based on the date that they released as part of the reveal. The sheer number of teraflops of data compute is dumbfounding, and the advanced render, shader and light capabilities are incredible. Watching the live renders of some of the video they revealed showed true cinema quality in gaming...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 21, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about understanding, and the encouragement of said understanding. For most of us, this is a hobby or a part time side hustle. We don't do this for a living, and so we are setting expectations and motivating ourselves out of pure love for creating content. But some days, it's hard to do that. It's hard to get motivated, or to get the creative juices flowing to step up and deliver the best content we can. My encouragement for you today, is to consider the position your...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 17, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about something I've missed since I've started creating content. It's called playing video games with my friends. As someone who has limited free time throughout the week, my ability to just sit down and play games is few and far between. When you start getting into content creation, you also give up focusing on playing games for focus on making better content. Updating graphics, interacting with your community, programming bots, fixing technical issues, learning new...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 16, 2018 DadGotGame
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We've reached the end of our discussion on the "4 Cs" of relationship building, what a series! Today we talk about consideration, and what it means to be considerate of others in your relationships. As you work with other people, it's worth taking a moment to put yourself in their shoes. Consider what they're going through, get some perspective from them so you can better communicate your intent, and compromise where you need to. As you can see, the other "3 Cs" are tied in...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 15, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today we're on the third of four talking about the "4 Cs" of relationships. In this episode I want to talk about compromise, from two perspectives. The first in about compromising your core values and how that reflects negatively on your character. Never compromise for the sake of follows or money, people will see through it. The second way is in compromising in relationships, or meeting in the middle. It's important to find a balance in any relationship, as swinging too far one way...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 14, 2018 DadGotGame
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Here is the second part of our series on building relationships and networking. As my mom talks about, one of the "4 C's" is commitment, which can consist of two different types of commitment. The first is when you make a short term, or event based commitment. If you tell someone you're going to be at this place, at this time, you should commit to being there. This seems like an obvious concept, but the term "flaky" didn't just come to be without purpose. The second, is long...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 10, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today starts my 4 day series on networking, specifically on building relationships. My mom taught me from a young age, the key to making relationships work is the 4 C's, communication, commitment, consideration and compromise. I've carried this throughout my life, and it directs the way I build and maintain relationships. Today I dive into communication, especially as it pertains to being a creator. When it comes to interacting with other casters in their channel, it's important to be concise....
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Aug 9, 2018 DadGotGame
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It's really easy as people and as content creators to focus on numbers as measures of success. They are the easiest to measure, they indicate trends, and they are useful tools to find the general direction a channel or content is headed. However, numbers aren't the ONLY way you can measure success. In fact, it can be one of the most detrimental ways that people measure success, especially when they are first getting started in content creation. My encouragement to you, is to consider what...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 8, 2018 DadGotGame
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We all have those days. The days where we aren't feeling ourselves, or are in a negative headspace because we're tired, or sick, or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It's really important on those days to make sure that you're aware of those feelings, and to disengage with conversations that may end up hurting you in the long run. There was a situation on Twitter recently regarding another streamer, and I saw a lot of hate getting flung by people who generally are positive folks. My...
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Aug 7, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to cover a state of the game for Warframe. We've been streaming and playing it a ton, and I've really been enjoying the switch to PC. So here are the thoughts on the game in it's current state. Given that this is a FREE to play game, it really is stellar. Digital Extremes continues to invest not only in the game and it's content, but into the community and the creators that surround the game. They have a 3 pronged content delivery strategy (core function updates like melee 3.0,...
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Aug 6, 2018 DadGotGame
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I bet you thought based on the title that this was going to be a lecture about how you have to have it all together all the time. It's not. I wanted to take a moment and be a little vulnerable with you. Contrary to what some people have literally told me, I don't always have it together. I have struggles that I deal with, and I don't always agree with people all the time. It takes work, communication, compromise, commitment. And even then, it can still be tough. My encouragement for you today,...
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Aug 4, 2018 DadGotGame
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We all have challenges we need to overcome. For instance, I have a baby on my chest in this episode. It was literally the only time I had during the day to record my podcast, so I got it done with a baby hanging off of me. Sometimes, we face overwhelming challenges, sometimes they're small, seemingly insignificant challenges. The important thing is to face them, and overcome them. They are an opportunity to grow, whether as a content creator, or as a person. My encouragement for you, is to take...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Aug 1, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to cover how I use the various social media sites that are available today. I'll cover Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, with a focus on how I use each of them as a tool to become a better content creator and grow the community. At the end of the day, these are just tools, same as the software you use to broadcast or the computer you broadcast from. This is my perspective on using each one effectively. My encouragement for you today, is to get setup on each and to start...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 31, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I'm going to talk about my opinion on partner pushes and roads to numbers. I've seen a lot of folks put in their stream titles and going live tweets that they are on a "partner push" or on the "road to x followers". My personal opinion on this is one of optics, a PR notice if you will. Instead of putting something meaningful in your tweet or title, you're telling everyone that they are a number, whether you mean to or not. My encouragement for you, is to consider the...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 30, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about setting milestones and next steps for your channel. This is SUPER important, especially for those of you that want to do this for a living. When you "make it" to partner status on a platform, it's easy to say you've "made it". And there's nothing wrong with celebrating that milestone, because it's HUGE! But, when the partner hype dies down, and the "real" grind begins, that's when you need to make sure you have another set of goals to...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 25, 2018 DadGotGame
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I was talking with a few other casters at GuardianCon about things. And we came to the determination that as casters, we're often times overwhelmed with a lot of stuff, which means we often forget things. Which is why it's super important to write it down. Figure out where your list is most accessible and easiest to add to, and write down your ideas as soon as they come to you. It's super important that you find the best way to keep track of ideas. My encouragement for you, is to make sure you...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 24, 2018 DadGotGame
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Mixer released updated partner program requirements and it's causing a frenzy with folks wanting to get in on it. I wanted to address the updates to the program and make some recommendations for those of you considering applying for partner. Mixer has bumped the follower requirements from 750 to 2000, but removed the "across the board" concurrent requirements. They also added a 12 unique casts a month and 25 hours cast per month threshold, and some subjective requirements around...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 23, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about giving yourself grace. This is not meant to be an excuse for not getting started creating content, or to take weeks off without purpose. But it's meant to encourage you to know it's ok to miss a day here or there of content, especially if you're working on backend things. Most of us don't do this for a living, but many of us want to. Which means we should be executing like a business. This means creating content every day. However, sometimes things come up that...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 20, 2018 DadGotGame
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We all have challenges in our life, some are huge and some are small. But no matter what, we have challenges to deal with. As with anything in life, how you overcome those challenges will dictate how much success or failure you see in your life. The biggest thing is to make sure you're taking on those challenges with everything you've got, and to be self aware enough to ask for help when you need it. My encouragement for you is to focus on your challenges, and to break through them to see the...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 20, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to chat about soliciting feedback from others. I think it's an important part of content creation, and a very useful tool in progressing and improving as a content creator. We all have trusted advisors that help us make decisions, whether we call them that or not. For me, I make sure to debrief after every stream with my mods, who are the people responsible for helping me curate the experience we create each and every stream. My encouragement for you, is seek out your trusted...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 17, 2018 DadGotGame
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I've been back from GuardianCon for a couple days now, and I'm seeing the Twitter talking about the "con flu", the inevitable sickness that people bring back from conventions. It's important, especially post-con, to take care of yourselves. Drink fluids, get rest, and take a day or two to recuperate if you need to, because if you aren't taking care of yourself now, you will be forced to in the future. My encouragement for you today, is to listen to your body. You know yourself the...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 16, 2018 DadGotGame
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I'm back from GuardianCon 2018, and all I think is wow. What a conference, and what an amazing experience. Convention attendance is an important opportunity to solidify relationships you've built with other creators, with industry professionals, and is an opportunity to meet new people across the spectrum. It can be challenging financially to get to a convention, so I understand the apprehension. But the potential relationships you can bolster and the opportunity to meet new people is well...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 13, 2018 DadGotGame
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Day one of GuardianCon and I can see people aren't comfortable introducing themselves to others. The anxiety is flaring up, and it can be a little uncomfortable, even for an extrovert like me. But you will regret not introducing yourself to the person you are fangirling over, I promise you that. I had the opportunity to meet the drummer of Fall Out Boy outside of a Noodles & Co at one point, someone whom I very much admired. To this day it's still one of my biggest regrets. My encouragement...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 11, 2018 DadGotGame
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Watching the GuardianCon stream reminds of me of the fact that, as content creators, you have social influence. Whether you're big or small, you have social influence. It's up to you what you use that social influence for. There are a lot of folks out there that use their social influence for nefarious things, toxic things. We have an opportunity to use that influence to make the world a better place. I use what little influence I have to give people a place to belong. My encouragement for you...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 10, 2018 DadGotGame
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It's really hard sometimes to admit to needing help and then asking for it. But as people, and especially as content creators, it's vital to being successful. We are often times one-man armies, we have to wear every hat in our production and outside of our production to grow. It's absolutely OK to admit when you're in over your head, and to ask people for help! My encouragement for you, is to reach out to someone who has the expertise you need to get something done, or to get you the help you...
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Jul 9, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about taking chances and calculating risks. As content creators (and people), we always have opportunities to evaluate, both big and small. Usually, small opportunities represent the smallest risks, and big opportunities represent the biggest risks. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but generally ends up being the case. Regardless of the opportunity, it's up to you to decide what opportunities have the lowest risk and the biggest payoff. My encouragement for you today, is to...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 7, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about saying 'No'. It's important, especially as content creators, to be able to say no. As you grow, more and more people will ask you for things. Collaborations, information and time. As much as I do my best to help everyone who asks me for things, sometimes you just have to say no. It's always a balance between helping others, and growing your brand / channel or whatever you're working on. My encouragement for you is to identify when it makes sense to say 'No', and to...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 6, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I want to talk about diversifying your network. As you begin broadcasting, you always hear from experienced folks that networking is CRUCIAL to your growth and success. I echo that sentiment. But I feel like many people start off strong by networking with 2 or 3 other broadcasters and then spend ALL their time in those channels. I would encourage you to think a little more broadly. Instead of spending 10 hours a week in 3 channels, explore and spend 10 hours in 10 different channels. My...
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Jul 5, 2018 DadGotGame
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In a previous Dad Log, I talked about being patient. Which still applies to this topic, but was a little more broad and high level. Today I wanted to chat about being patient with other people. As broadcasters, we have a tendency to need things from others. Advice, commissioned art, responses from support in various capacities, collaboration responses, etc... the list goes on and on. The key here, is to balance persistence with patience. My encouragement for you (and myself) today, is to be...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 3, 2018 DadGotGame
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It's really easy as a creator to blame our hardware for the lack of quality we produce. I've done it far more often than I care to admit. "Oh, if I just had 'X' then my content would be so much better." It's something I learned the hard way, and this time around, I'm pretty proud to say that I've spent the time maximizing the potential of my gear before upgrading. It's a balance of identifying, once you've maximized the potential of an asset, to determine if an upgrade will provide...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jul 2, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to talk about minimizing distractions. When you're creating live content, you're already taking in so much information. Playing your game, people following, chat interaction, multimedia information, etc.... I've had multiple people tell me that they also watch shows / anime, or are browsing the web, or interacting in other people's chat. This is taking away from the focus you are putting on your own chat. I know some of you might think, "but there isn't anyone in chat to...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jun 30, 2018 DadGotGame
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Today I wanted to talk just a little about time management. We all wish we had more time in the day, to get done what we want to get done. But unfortunately, we all have 24 hours in a day, so let's talk about opportunity to maximize those hours. When you look at your day, you have choices, every minute of every hour. We all also have times when we're not as busy as others, 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. It's how you use those small chunks of time that can benefit you the most. My...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jun 29, 2018 DadGotGame
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The most successful people on the planet aren't immune to having apprehensions and insecurities. It's how you move past them that matters. Even the most confident people deal with doubt, fear, uncertaintly, myself included. As we apply for the second time to become a Mixer partner, I still have my doubts and fears. The support and love that I've gotten from the fam, from my friends on the platform, from my wife and immediate family, have been humbling. I'm encouraged for the future! My...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jun 28, 2018 DadGotGame
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We all have frustrations. Days when nothing goes right, everything breaks down from a technical or other standpoint. But don't let technical or other isues discourage you from creating content. It's important every day, to be creating content, even if it's just a thoughtful Twitter post or a quick Instragram photo showing your frustration. All of that is content, whether it's your primary form of content or not. My encouragement, outside of taking care of yourself for mental or physical...
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Jun 27, 2018 DadGotGame
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I want to talk about something that is a bit of a tough subject for me, but I've noticed an increase in the occurrence and wanted to address it. When you're streaming, you should be focused on creating the best content you possibly can. It's ok if you have another broadcasters stream up and are lurking for them, that's called support. But if you're active in there chat, WHILE YOU ARE STREAMING, then you're not putting your all into your own content. It also doesn't look good if you queue up to...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jun 25, 2018 DadGotGame
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I want to talk a little bit about misplaced ownership. A few weeks back Skyan covered a topic like this, and I've noticed recently a bunch of posts about this on Twitter as well, so I figured I'd address it from my perspective. Misplaced ownership can take a few different forms, but most often I find it taking place when financial contributions are made. It seems SOME viewers get a sense that they can have certain controls when they tip or sub. This is NOT every viewer. But what usually happens...
Dad Logs - A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Broadcaster
Jun 24, 2018 DadGotGame
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I've noticed an increase on Twitter in the use of irrelevant hashtags and the mass mentioning of large broadcasters as a tactic to gain exposure for smaller broadcasters. I wanted to address this head on, and to encourage you as content creators to look past the numbers for a second and see what's actually resulting from the use of hashtags such as "#supportsmallstreamers". It's not helping your cause, and may actually be hurting your brand. My encouragement for you, is to change...