Tonight I wasn’t home until sometime just before 7PM. Work ran late – I had some system testing to run through on the back of a proposed change to a system at work. Once I’d finished up in the office, I handed in my temporary pass (first time in a long time I’d left my ID at home) and stepped out into night time.
I caught the 6:13PM train from Brisbane central home. Still early enough to be amongst commuters, but late enough to comfortably secure a seat for myself and hit up Shadowverse on my phone. It’s a Hearthstone-esque digital card game with more emphasis on aggression and combos. It’s also unashamedly anime in its design.
After doing the weekly grocery shop (which came in under $40 this week) I set about cooking dinner. It’s taken me a few years to master cooking for one, but I’ve settled on a usual stir fry with sausages, an assortment of vegetables and Korean cooking sauce. It’s cheap, tasty and relatively healthy (I think). Along with cooking, I also fit in making my lunch for the next day and eating fruit – that second activity doesn’t sound like much, but it is to me. I used to get sick quite often until I had a doctor order me to eat more fruit. I make a point of eating an apple any time I am cooking and just like that I haven’t had anything worse than the sniffles ever since.
Dinner cooked, I sit down to watch a Livestream. Lately I have been tuning into JoshOG because I am obsessed with the game he is playing which is obnoxiously titled ‘PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS‘. A donation flashed across the stream which asked Josh what tips he might have for a would-be streamer and the very first thought he shared was that it’s important to keep to a schedule – let your viewers know when you would next be online and stick to that plan.
I recounted that long story because its a large part of why I stream very irregularly. I work full-time and I don’t spend my weekends at home. That leaves me with very few hours in the week during which I could stream and I tend to spend those opportunities relaxing in front of my PC, playing whichever game I feel like (often League of Legends) and chatting to my friends on Discord which itself can be a therapeutic activity.
Thinking about what Josh said in his stream about keeping to a schedule got me thinking – could I just shake that mindset and start streaming more regularly? Several times a week? I think I could, if it was what I really wanted to do and if I was willing to make some sacrifices. I also know and value my downtime though – the worst thing I could do for myself and for my work is to burn myself out working 9 to 5 and then coming home to stream from 7 to 12.
I thought about this some more – if streaming is something I can’t do as regularly as I’d like, is there something else I can do? Then I remembered that I have this blog for this reason (amongst others). Blogging is something that I can do on a schedule and something I can do when it suits me (then release on that schedule).
As much as I like streaming and making videos, I can do neither of these things as consistently as writing and so as I’m writing, I’ve decided I should keep on doing this, and hopefully consistently as well. Even if it is just a weekly blog.
Consistency is something I think about a lot in Pokémon Cards as well. Any trading card game will feature some means of consistency, be it through running multiple copies of cards to utilising cards which can search for others. Consistency in Pokémon is important because you want to be able to execute your strategy successfully every single time, or at least enough to win most of your matches during Swiss.
Never count out the value in consistency. Jerry Seinfeld’s key to success was never breaking the chain and look where that got him. I will do my best to take a leaf out of his book and if anything else, keep writing.