Hi there pridemates!
Just wanted to hear your thoughts on my livestreaming. I'm still trying to find the balance, and figure out what sort of content I should draw. I'm struggling a bit with finding content that's interesting to watch but doesn't spoil the comic. Also, taking time out of my schedule to do livestreams has proven tricky. So, here are the options, and let me know which one you'd be interested to see OR if you think any of them are a bad idea. 1: Stream spoiler-friendly content like concept art and ref sheets. Can be done any day, probably friday. (what I'm doing now)Pros:
Content doesn't spoil the comic, allows for more flexibility in my schedule.Cons:
Content isn't that interesting, livestreams would be more sporadic and variable in length and quality.2: Stream the making of the next comic page (each thursday). Patrons ONLY.Pros:
Really exciting, sneak-peek-content. I would just stream while I work normally, which means I wouldn't have to take any time out of my schedule. Patreons get to keep the exclusive early access to the pages. Cons:
Patreon-only means much smaller chat and less interactivity. Less viewers and I'd probably not have time to do another livestream for everyone. 3. Stream the making of the next comic page (each thursday) open for EVERYONE. Pros:
Really exciting, sneak-peek content - again I wouldn't have to take time out of my schedule to do livestreams. Everyone, including non-patrons get an exclusive sneak-peek, which could build hype and more patrons. Since I'm livestreaming the day I publish, I can use the publication of the previous week's page as a place to advertise the livestream, bringing up the viewcount.Cons:
I'm worried patrons might feel cheated as their exclusive early-access to the pages isn't AS exclusive as it would be. I could limit the spoilers by removing all dialogue from the page as I'm livestreaming.
And one overarching con with livestreaming the pages: My schedule looses a lot of flexibility. I wouldn't be able to make pages in advance, and I can't make it so that patrons are more than 1 page ahead of the rest -which is something I wanted to happen eventually. I could - but then the livestream would be 3-4 pages ahead of my non-patron-viewers, which would be very confusing. I feel like this could be solvable somehow but I have to think about it more!
#3 is the most tempting to me as it's just much more tempting to watch - but the cons really make me hesitate. I really don't want to compromise early access, but I feel like removing the dialogue would at least limit the "damage". Maybe I could add some other perk to make up for it?
Please leave your opinions in the comments! Also if you don't really have a strong opinion and don't mind either way, let me know too!
Also the whole issue with the microphone: I think I'll just skip the mic for now as it's such a hassle to set up. I think a lot of people watch streams with no audio anyways, so it's not a huge loss. I could rather have questions/topics roll across the screen, like little announcements, and I could have 5-min breaks now and then where I answer things in chat
I'll still read chat, but I feel like having a dedicated time for interacting would be more effective.