I’m BlazeHedgehog, and I’ve technically been livestreaming since 2008, way back when all we had was livestream.com. As the rest of the world evolved and streaming became a big deal, I was still stuck on a sub-1mbps upload rate and my stream frequency dropped summarily. My major claim to streaming fame was a Sonic 2006 Endurance Race for Charity. We raised $1000, which was considerably more than I expected given the buzz we had. As of about a month ago, my upstream was finally boosted to a more respectable 5mbps, allowing me to broadcast reliably at 720p, and I’ve been streaming considerably more often as a result. As for what I stream, I tend to like platformers, racing games, and shooters, though I’m down for a lot more than that.
I mainly stream from my twitch channel, twitch.tv/blazehedgehog. I also have a Hitbox account, and I’ve wondered if I should re-investigate Youtube’s livestreaming, but Twitch seems to be treating me alright for now. We’re a long way from the latency problems they were having a few years ago.
I do not currently have a stream schedule. At best, I try to stick to weekends, but really, seeing others stream basically whenever the hell they want to, I’ve been trying to break myself of the mentality that people would only be willing to watch a stream on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (it’s an old habit from the Livestream.com days, if you can believe it).
If I put in enough effort for a stream to qualify, it will be archived on my Youtube channel. That being said, given I run a Youtube channel that is not entirely Let’s-Play-focused (I like producing edited content), I’ve recently started keeping some of my stream archives unlisted and dumping them in this playlist. This prevents them from flooding my subscribers’ feeds, but since the playlist itself is public, my viewers can still find the archives if they really want to watch them. As of this writing, more than half that playlist is from the pre-720p days, so be warned.
Any feedback on how to improve the quality of my streams is welcome. Despite doing this in some form for 9 years, I still basically have no idea what I’m doing. Part of that is because I only started doing commentary over my streams somewhat recently, and I know I’m not the best at commentary (on top of the fact some people have told me I have a weird voice…)