It's always fun, even if the game isn't really all that great.
This year has been good for me, when it comes to gaming. After not live streaming for months on end, I began again and very quickly, somehow, managed to reach Twitch's affiliate level. This, in just a couple of months, I had not managed to do in the four years prior. It was nice.
It also means that I have some passive income. Every time my affiliate activities (ad revenue, viewer subscriptions etc) reach $100.00, I get a nice little payout from Twitch. Granted, the likelihood of reaching that threshold more than once in a year, if that, is not high, but still, that's a nice little boost for something I'm doing that I would be doing regardless.
If it happens that I gain a large following for my stupidity (seriously, I'm not very good at gaming), then that would not be an insignificant source of income. I have no plans for it to be my main income at all. The market is quite saturated, and very few people know I'm alive. I also don't do a lot of gaming with other folks, so discoverability is quite low.
Still, it's fun, and I love it, and I plan on continuing and expanding on it.
There are ways to generate even more of an income if you're gaming. Once more, Patreon comes to mind. For this, like for my writing, there really isn't an awful lot I can think of to offer any Patrons I would get. Also, I am nowhere near popular enough to make Patreon worth it for me to start and upkeep. It's not looking like something I would do for my gaming things. It's there as a possibility, but it's not a probability.
Like both writing and art, though, YouTube looks like something I can both do and would like to do with my gaming. In fact, my original YouTube channel housed all of my gaming stuff. I decided that since "people who follow me for my gaming idiocy" is an audience that is distinct from anyone interested in my writing or art, I would create a separate channel for my gaming stuff.
That channel is here in case you want to check it out and subscribe.
For now, I'm simply porting over my old live stream library, and the silly highlight reels I made for each stream. These activities will continue to be the mainstay of my channel, but I am also toying with the idea of doing video reviews of each game as I finish it. I already do written ones for Chalgyr's, and so I kinda have a template for how I would do video ones.
And I wouldn't even have to appear on video reviews, so the hives I get just thinking of being on camera aren't really an issue.
That's it - the three things I'm hoping to develop and grow to help me reach my goal of having my creative efforts support me financially, so I can live my life on my terms more than I am now. So I can ride the waves, instead of being thrown by them.
It may never happen, but it's a goal, and as long as I'm working towards it, I'll be feeling less directionless and lost.
I've got a lot to do, and these posts have been exceedingly long, so I should go and get things done.