When I started streaming I was working from home. I could watch streams and lurk while working, and then I’d end my work shift and immediately jump into streaming. I rarely left my house except for the occasional grocery run. It was great, except I was getting paid minimally and was spending more on bills than I was earning on a monthly basis. Things had to change.
So I started a new job doing internet marketing work for a great company. I love the people there, I love the office culture. From regular potlucks and games to themed parties, this place has it all. It is one of the best companies I have worked for in a long time, and it pays well.
Unfortunately, it’s also an hour drive away from home. And after being a shut-in for so long, my immune system revolted. I took 2 months off streaming when I first got the job because I simply did not have the energy any more. During that time, I was out sick several times, including a hospital visit or two. I missed the community and gaming and eventually went back to streaming for a bit. I wasn’t streaming nearly as often as I used to, but I was around. At this time we also started up CRL and that purpose kept me going strong.
But ultimately I was constantly stressed, exhausted, and sick. I tried taking time off streaming again and disappeared for another 2 months before PAX Prime. This was a test. Was it streaming that was affecting my health? Was it CRL? Turns out, it was not. I ended up working, going home and immediately going to sleep. Waking up 12 hours later to go to work again and still never feeling rested.
Finally, I went to PAX Prime and had the time of my life. Despite averaging 4 hours of sleep a night, I’ve never felt more alive. Then I got back, complete with PAX Pox and Post-PAX depression and ended up taking an extra week off work. This just added onto my already building stress. Stress from lack of money due to missing more work, stress due to falling back on my assignments at work, and stress that I couldn’t work on building CRL up to be the community it’s members deserve.
My boss noticed my decline and we agreed I should reduce my hours to preserve my mental and physical health. And starting Oct 1, this change goes into effect.
- I’ll be working from home. This will save me a ton of money on gas, as well as food ’cause I didn’t have the energy to make food to bring with me to work.
- I will have more time to stream and focus on what I love: gaming.
- I will still be attending PAX South, as I have already paid for lodging. (I’ll be rooming with a bunch of minecraft streamers! Whee!)
- This comes with a pay reduction and no guaranteed hours. I will be contracted as needed to complete tasks.
- I will probably have to pick up some hours at a part time job (possibly Endgame, if all goes well) to make ends meet.
- I will not be able to purchase ANY new games anytime soon.
- I have canceled Twitch Turbo, and all but two of my subs.
- I will not be able to attend PAX East unless something drastically changes by then.
While I will probably end up whining about my finances at some point on my stream, this is just because I like to be fairly transparent with my viewers. We are friends, we are a family, I will be nothing but honest with you all. However, this does not in any way mean that I am soliciting donations from you all. I do not expect to go full time streamer anytime soon, and will never ask you to give me money.
I will, however, probably set up a Patreon and other incentives for those of you generous enough to help me out in this time of need. I may start taking commissions for Cross Stitching, Glass Etching, and anything else I can think of.
Side note: If you happen to live in the phoenix metro area, I will soon be looking for a roommate. Just sayin’
Regardless of what happens in the coming months, I love you all. Thank you for being a friend and watching, chatting, or lurking in my channel. You are the ones that have kept me sane this last year or so I have been streaming, and I appreciate each and every one of you.