start time: 2015-08-28 23:13:00 -0500
stop time: 2015-08-29 01:27:00 -0500
duration: 2+ hours

peak twitch viewers: 11
time to reach 10+ viewers: 35 minutes
number of followers at end of stream: 143 (+3)

So, since I have a flexible-enough schedule, one of the things I'm trying to determine is if some nights are more worthwhile to stream than others. So far, I haven't had a really "compelling" Friday. Fridays are often slower than any other night where I've streamed. And this was no exception.

It was still a good night and I had fun, but the basic issue is that, if I have X hours of energy to devote to streaming per week, I'd rather save those hours for when I have the best chance of picking up a decent viewerbase.

I could give you all sorts of theories on why Fridays seem to door poorly. Things like:

  • people are going out on Fridays and not home watching twitch
  • or the flip of that, which is that more people are available to watch on Fridays since it's the start of the weekend, but....
  • more people are also available to stream, thus making every game directory much more competitive just due to the mass of people streaming

In this case though, competition wasn't necessarily a problem, as I think I was basically in the top 3 in the Far Cry 4 directory throughout the stream. So I think, at least in this instance, the viewers just weren't there in general.

I had actually originally planned to do Outlast, but two things changed my mind. First, I need to take Far Cry back soon (it's a rental basically). Second, every time I'd look at the Outlast stream directory, it looked super competitive, whereas FC4's directory looked less intimidating. In general, I'm basically aiming for that whole concept of being a big fish in a small pond (so like in top 3 for a game without as many viewers), than a little fish in a ginormous pond (like if I had tried to stream Until Dawn tonight or something).

I'd still like to run some Friday experiments in general, but so far it's seeming like it's better to just save the energy for another night.

And hype for the new mixer. Eventually, I'll officially talk about what I bought, but I basically got an upgraded model from what I had bought recently (the upgraded one is used though, so it actually wasn't that big of a price difference from the one I just bought (which will be returned)).

This upgraded mixer has proper mute buttons on it. Before, I was muting by basically temporarily disabling the mic from being sent to the ps4. The problem? I could still hear the mic on what was being sent to my headphones, so I basically had no idea that I was "muted". I figured it was only a matter of time before I forgot to "unmute" myself and ended up missing a bunch of commentary. That was frankly the huge reason for upgrading. And now I no longer need to worry about it. Yay.