So I told myself I would make a vlog about this subject long ago then I realized life was happening and there was no way it was going to oblige me that time. So I sat down to try and write everything out instead over a few days, and detail my first official foray into the realm of the Twitch streamers.
First off my apologies for the seemingly endless silence on this blog, I swear I’m not giving you an epic cold shoulder or fade out. I’m still here, and I’ll still be blogging. The problem is that time and I are having a terrible falling out, and it seems to only see me for work, Twitch, and school. I still love you, wait for me blog.
Anyway, let’s jump right ahead to the actual story before any more diversions. I went with a friend and possible new twitch streamer to San Francisco this past September for my first Twitch adventure. This being only my second time flying and third time out of my home state I was dutifully terrified, and tried to plan everything in advance to forgo a possible Final Destination scenario. Thankfully all log trucks were bypassed, and I didn’t take a nap taking care of any premonitions so our flight safely departed and landed without a hitch.
We arrived the day before the con and began by exploring the city. Holed up in our hotel room we discussed destinations in the area we needed to visit, and most importantly where food was located. We were both starving so we began by trekking out to find the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. At the risk of turning this into a food blog, the AGCK was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Located a few blocks from our hotel, this small restaurant gave us a huge grilled cheese sandwich with mac and cheese stuffed inside and fresh strawberries placed beside it. A true art piece, but one that actually fills you up. Exhausted from eating and our flight, we stayed in our hotel and discussed our plans for panels the next few days and also our Sunday sightseeing.
The first official day at TwitchCon kicked off for me like any other day….late. I decided to pass on the keynote speech in order to catch a few more z’s and while I’ve heard it was epic, regret nothing. We got dressed and walked over to the gorgeous Moscone Center to grab our badges and begin the day in style. After a long line, we found our friend and fellow streamer King_Ding_Ah_Ling. Assembled as a team we began by going to various panels, and checking out the main shopping room.
The panels were incredible, filled with insight from some of today’s best talent on Twitch they gave unique perspectives on how to deal with everything from branding to community. They also introduced me to some great new strimmers that I’m now subbed to like Brotatoe ( blog here). The unfortunate aspect of this being a first year event, and Twitch being a small streaming thing was that the panels tended to blend together. Questions were left unasked, and it generally felt like we were in a groundhog day situation by the fifth panel so we split to go peruse items in the shops. The highlight of that excursion being the Glados dress that I bought.
The second day was more fraught with troubles for me, I have terrible anxiety and depression at times and unfortunately it flared in large fashion during this day. I was feeling rather sickly and tired and having noticed that it was difficult to network, having difficulties with people, and having difficulties with my own uncertainties I was in a funk. The day dragged on endlessly, and I was ready to go home. Thankfully King_Ding_Ah_Ling saved us by securing a couple of tickets for the then sold out afterparty and I forced myself to get a small amount of hype for the event. I’m glad I did because the afterparty brought about a moment of clarity for me that I hadn’t experienced in years.
I realized through this event and hanging out with everyone how truly amazing Twitch is for its ability to bring people from all walks of life together. Everyone says when you’re starting that you’ll find your niche, but to visually see how this is possible was a breakthrough that has really motivated me from then to now. I still look back on this trip with the fondest of memories for what it taught me and what it has made me want to do now.
Our final day in san francisco we did nothing but sightsee. This brought me closer to the city, but also expanded my idea of my own city. You really never realize how small or different where you live is until you go and compare it with something that is as grandious as San Fran. We walked the Golden Gate, visited the Palace of Fine arts, and then realized our plane awaited so we left. My first con sadness settled and I decided I was going to PAX the following year. I did just that and am now planning trip to both East, TwitchCon 2016, and hopefully PAX Prime.
This isn’t the whole trip laid out to bare, more happened but this is what I feel comfortable with sharing at the moment. It was a big trip for me, and it brought with it a lot of hope and even more questions for the future. We’ll just have to see how it goes.
This isn’t going to be the last Kapparilous Adventure. I intend to actually vlog from the PAX events and also try to re-cap them here. I’m also intending to do pieces on some of the things that I love and hate about live streaming, as well as things that I’m learning as I go. Join me on the adventure, there’s gonna be a lot of trolls we have to fight so it sounds pretty epic already.