Patreon – Fund me… If you wanna?

Patreon is something I have known of for a very long time now. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s a website that allows content creators (of any kind) to be funded by their audience if they want to, having them pay a certain amount to them each month to help fund their creative living and goals.

To me this idea has always seem half amazing and half stingy… I didn’t know if I was ‘good enough’ or ‘working hard enough’ to earn the right to ask people outright for money. I would think of the idea for a fleeting moment and then shrug it off by reminding myself that I don’t create things for money; I do it for my own creative outlet and the payment of others happiness from viewing and experiencing my content is enough.

Now, this is still very much the case. However I have recently been trying to set a more scheduled ‘work flow’ for my YouTube videos, gameplay live streaming and other things relating my YagmanX community as I often seem to be hoarded with so many ideas surrounding it but can never find the time to make it happen. However, I’ve noticed that I’m finding it hard to prioritise this as much as I so desperately want to. There are many reasons why this is (University being an obvious major point) but one main one is simply money. However much I insist I don’t care about it, I need it. If I find a job offer or get an email about a business meeting that could lead to a potential job then, even though I may not fully want to, I have to drop what I’m doing and go for it! I have to research for that certain job instead of work on a cool idea for a next video, I have to travel to the workplace instead of travel to events that could benefit YagmanX.

This might be coming off as moany. I hope it’s not. I’m so grateful that I have what I have and I’ve worked so hard for it so it’s so refreshing to see my reach growing, to read lovely comments and to receive such positive motivation from the online community. But I want to do more, I want to have more time to put more effort into what I love and giving you all the best that I can! To get more time it would be nice for me to not have to worry about money as much to fund my university studies and living, it would be nice for me to finally stop hoarding my ideas to myself and have them become rusty in a forgotten part of my memory.

I guess I just need to put my hands up and say: Yes, a little help would be lovely thank you.

So maybe Patreon wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all? It could make all the difference! It could mean more videos, better quality, being able to comply with the content you ask to see more of, more interactive creations, more time to spend communicating with you all. Or it might just make no difference at all. But I guess that’s all up to you. I’ve had so many lovely emails asking for a way to show their gratitude, which still baffles me! So perhaps this way it would be beneficial for all of us πŸ™‚

Anyway, I’ve set one up. Yup, my own Patreon account.

If you have as little as $1 a month to give then it would mean the world to me and you would help me towards my dream for making more content, more frequently and at even better quality! There are even some perks for those who do want to make a donation πŸ˜‰

However, if you can’t afford to or simply don’t want to then honestly, it’s perfectly fine and I totally understand. Just being involved withΒ my content is enough to make me happy so thank you!

https://www.patreon.com/yagmanx?ty=h

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Birthday Live Stream and Twitter Wall

Birthday Live Stream

May the 15th is a very special day. My birthday, and like most people I wanted to do something pretty awesome for it! But, I rejected the normal traditions of booze, parties and even cake to try something totally new on my YouTube channel and integrate it with my new role as a Raspberry Pi Creative Technologist.

I wanted to spend my birthday with the Internet! (Yes, I know how lame that sounds but no, I have no regrets)

The Idea

I came up with this idea a couple of days before my actual birthday during one of my ‘creative naps’ (trust me, napping is extremely useful for helping creative juices flow, it’s not just laziness, I swear). I realised that the closest people to me were scattered all around the world, from different parts of the UK all the way to the USA, and wished there was a way to share my birthday with them all. But of course there is, this is the digital age after all!

So I set forth investigating all about setting up a live stream through YouTube. My idea seemed simple, live stream for as long as I could, giving my friends and viewers alike from around the world a chance to take part in the online event in their own time zones. The only problem was, THE LAG! It was horrendous, I would say there was about a 10 second delay at the best of times. Granted, this probably had a lot to do with the fact that I live in a house with 3 other equally Internet-obsessed individuals, but still, there was no way that I could interact with people this way. That’s where the Raspberry Pi comes in! I could set up a live twitter feed, pulling tweets with #YagmanXBDay and see them in real-time, using these tweets as a way to interact with my viewers more efficiently as well as having them to fill gaps in my very long stream so that I could have small breaks. Perfect!

The Tech

Twitter feedThe Twitter Feed was coded based on a BitPi.co tutorial which uses NodeJS and ttezel’s twit Node Twitter API to pull tweets with certain keywords into the terminal in realtime.

I then made my own tweaks to the code by using the node module colors.js to decorate the terminal, making the tweets appear in a more presentable way. I randomised the colour of each tweet, keeping the twitter handles the same to emphasise who the tweets were sent from and added break points in between each tweet to make them easy to differentiate from each other. The code can be found on my GitHub in the Twitter-Feed git repo.

By running this on the Raspberry Pi I was then able to SSH into it from my mac and connect an external screen just for the terminal window that was hosting the twitter feed. This way, when using Google Hangouts to live stream the event I could simply use the screen share option to switch to the open terminal window to show viewers their tweets.

The Outcome

The response and engagement that I received from the live stream itself far exceeded my expectations!

The twitter feed stayed active throughout the full 6+ hours of my live stream, even those who couldn’t watch the video stream were getting involved by tweeting with the hashtag #YagmanXBDay. Some simply wishing me a happy birthday, others helping to spread the live stream further, commending my achievement of what is possibly the ‘Nerdiest Birthday Ever’.

Viewers of the stream used the twitter feed to interact more directly with me while I entertained them through singing, attempting to rap, answering questions and even reading them a bed time story before finally ending the stream.

This birthday I came away with a wider knowledge of technology and how much the Raspberry Pi can handle, greatly improved improvisation skills by coming up with creative ideas on the spot to keep my viewers engaged for over 6 hours and ultimately proved to myself that even with limited time, if I put my mind to something I really can make it happen. (Anyone can!)

CHEESE ALERT

Thank you to everyone who got involved in my Birthday Live Stream, either by watching, tweeting or even showing interest in it now! I’m no fool and I know that without the kind and awesome people who show interest in my content and projects, they simply wouldn’t amount to anything. It’s with engagement and interaction that spontaneous ideas such as this one become a reality and I couldn’t do it without the wonderful online community that I am so grateful to be a part of.

The full stream is on my YouTube for all to enjoy!

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