December 19, 2019

100 Followers and 2000+ unique Twitch viewers

Raz @razvanilin

A couple of weeks ago I started streaming the development of Chartbrew with the goal of keeping myself focused on working and remove any distractions that could lead to procrastination.

What I learned from this is that the community will be a vital part of Chartbrew's future. This might not be the case with all the products out there, but making the project open-source makes that a priority and I will make that a focus point.

During the streams, I was genuinely excited when people were dropping by showing interest in Chartbrew. I created a community on Discord and Slack, but now we're mostly hanging out discussing about the project on Discord so I will probably end up using just that one.

If you want to join the server you can do so here:

And if you want to drop by while I develop Chartbrew, you can follow me on Twitch here:

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    This is great to see. The non-gaming aspect of live streaming has a ton of potential left to unlock. For example, music on Twitch has been doing incredibly well and it's still just a small slice of the overall viewership. Our product is focused on live-stream discoverability, and we've met with several developers who consistently stream on Twitch and they've had a similar experience to yours. One of our devs streams his work on StreamKick on Twitch and he's even built a StreamKick channel that's only software development streams to cut through the mess of Twitch's discovery/search.

    Raz I dropped you a follow and I'll swing by some time when you're live. Awesome to see more people getting into live-streaming and having fun with it.

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    That's really cool that you had people tuning in for your live coding stream. I've thought about doing that in the past but I got the impression there wasn't that much audience for live coding on Twitch. Did random people just pop in or did you share that you were live streaming on a social media?

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      Hey :) I definitely had variations in the crowd numbers, but generally there are always a few people that stick with you and chat along during the stream which is nice. A lot of people drop by and ask questions about the project and you proudly demo the project haha.
      I have automated tweets that go as soon as the stream starts as well, but most of my viewers come organically from the Twitch's homepage (90%). I could potentially do more work and advertise the stream, but that's not really my goal at the moment.

      If you go in the Science & Technology section on Twitch you will see a lot of streamers and viewers actually. And now I also made a habit of watching and listening to streamers while I work which is nice since I work most of the time alone and that way it feels less lonely in a way.

      Check some streamers out if you'd like to stream and see how they do stuff. I will start a stream in a bit as well if you want to drop by, but my stream is definitely much smaller than the top ones haha.

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        Thanks for the response! Do you save your streams to youtube after the fact? I guess I'm just curious if you get any long term value out of the viewers who tune into Twitch. I would be most interested in using it as a funnel to get people to buy my book/subscribe to my email list/etc

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          Hey, sorry for the late reply. I'm not uploading the videos anywhere at the moment, but Twitch saves the streams for a limited period of time and you can see them on my channel:

          I'm still new to streaming so I can't judge to long term value of streaming yet. I only know that I enjoy it and sometimes it helps with keeping focus.

          Regarding using Twitch as a funnel, it's definitely possible, but I wouldn't count solely on it. Twitch is mostly a platform where people value community. That means you have to build that community first and then see if people will be interested to buy your book, subscribe, etc. All that said, the contents should be related to why those people chose to follow you in the first place.

          I would say it's best if you give streaming a try and see if you like it. Try and do more than 3 streams before deciding because from my experience the first stream can be quite tough. You'll be using new software, you have to prepare your stream layouts and all that, schedule a time for the stream, talk to people a few days before to hype your first stream a little, being live in front of the camera, etc. All these made me anxious in the beginning and I can't say I really enjoyed my first stream. But it gets easier with time and now it feels very casual when I stream.

          Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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    I wish live coding was a more popular thing. It think its a really cool. Although I wouldn't actually have time to sit and watch it any. In the future developers might have to share their work screens to managers.

    Nice app..whose the target for though...

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      I wouldn't say that in the future devs have to share their screens like that. It's completely different than streaming to others to nurture productivity and learning. Sharing screens to managers sounds more like managers having the need for control.

      I currently didn't niched my product to a certain audience other than general simple visualisation for companies that want simple time-series visualisation solutions.

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      As people seek to be kept busy more and more, niches like live coding streams will garner more audience. It may also become more popular among those seeking to learn how others practice the craft. I’m confident that the market for this will grow. Now might me the right time to jump into it.