Over time, I noticed the existence of stream teams on Twitch and I thought that they are rather cool. It’s a great way of learning new things and supporting each other or being there for a certain idea and hence, I was looking forward to someday being able to create my own (if I ever plan to reach Partner) or to join one myself (if I find one that I wanna join).
As of now, I’ve applied to one stream team so far and it’s one that I’m generally excited about that a lot of streamers that I enjoy watching… and I love their communities and stuff, so I hope that I get accepted and if not, I’ll just apply another time haha.
Earlier in March, I was still part of an unofficial stream team, though, and alas I wanted to talk about it and tell others about my experience.
So, essentially, I ended up in an unofficial stream team for a while that required me to have a certain logo on the screen, have the founder’s banners in my channel-description, auto host other people from the community, be active in her community and have a hashtag in my stream-tweets and the title.
I thought it was a great way of helping each other grow and get some collabs with other streamers and learn new things but over time I noticed that I probably was streaming the most out of everyone there and that nobody was as excited about possible collabs as me. There were also moments where I’d notice that others wouldn’t be as consistent with the rules. Some streamers would end up not using the hashtag at all while others would essentially never host me. And while I personally didn’t care all that much about the growth, I was feeling like I’m getting taken advantage of and hence I left.
The inconsistencies between streamers could have been fixed but nobody enforced the rules. Nobody got a penalty for not doing it and hence, I could have just enjoyed the hosts that I received while not caring about others… but I’d feel bad about it. Hence, I just decided to message the founder of that team and leave the team as I wasn’t bound by a contract or whatever. It was an unofficial team, to begin with, and I asked them beforehand if I was allowed to leave the team at any point if I don’t like the experience.
I didn’t learn much from my time in that “team” and I didn’t grow all that much either. The only collabs that happened were collabs I initiated and essentially, I can get those collabs with other streamers either way if I just ask them. I don’t need to be a member of some team to work with others and I don’t want to be part of a team that only funnels viewers into one stream while taking advantage of others with the founder essentially doing nothing.
So, I left eventually and made this post to essentially tell people to be warry of certain conditions that may take advantage of them and stuff…
I mean, Blaugust and Blapril are communities or teams of sorts, too, where people are supporting each other and posting new posts together. Hence, Blaugust/Blapril is a great example of a great community/team. There are no drawbacks for being in there and nobody profits from it more than anyone else. There are no requirements apart from blogging and you don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to (apart from signing up and maybe using the hashtag to link to the other bloggers). Overall, it’s a great way of showing others that you’re blogging and it helps everyone and not just one person. And if you’ve got questions, you can ask others for advice and they usually answer super-fast!
So, Blaugust is lovely and I’ll stick around for sure and aim for the stars while at it! :D
And as for the streamer who created that team, I’m still friends with her (kind of) and this post is not meant to be a rant of sorts or some kind of shit-talking-post or whatever. It’s just meant to be informational and I didn’t mention her name or stream because of me not wanting that people go over there and hate her (not that I think that I have that kind of power but safe is safe, eh?).
And either way, that’s it for today’s evening-post.
I hope you enjoyed this little rambling-post.
Have a nice night/evening/day/morning! Stay safe! Stay healthy! Luv ya!
This post is part of a challenge called BLAPRIL. The goal is to post as much as possible during the 30 days of April. There are different themes during some of the weeks and a lot of mentors, newbies and participants participating. Feel free to check this hub-post out and check out the other participants!
As someone who’s more recently gotten into streaming from what I can tell most of these small streamer communities seem to be a little bit scummy. Most of the time it seems to be for the benefit of the owner, not really for the members. I’m even more sad that I can’t create a stream team without being a partner because I’d love to have a little homepage for my guild because we have a lot of streamers we have like eight. I just think it be pretty cool to have everyone listed in one place. Anyway I’m doing the streaming thing more as a recruitment tool than anything else. The income that I get from streaming is nice but when I get new members to raid with new friends to play with that’s the real benefit for me.
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I personally just do streaming as a hobby and as just another way of getting through my backlog. It’s fun and I enjoy doing it and when I earn money through streaming, I put it directly back into the stream so that I essentially end up creating good content for people out there.
And yeah, I’d agree with ya on that front. There are a lot of scammers and whatnot out there or people that “help you grow” using artificial lurkers, etc. but that won’t help you at all, so uh… Yeah, better watch out and think about stuff twice before committing to anything. Luckily, I asked beforehand if I’d be able to leave the stream team at any point without losing a friend and that streamer said that that’d be alright, so the decision of leaving wasn’t that hard.
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