Small Creators – Hear Me Out!
I was randomly talking through a large amount of drama between music promotion sites. I was on twitter, as you do – during twitch blackout. Seeking out how to promote and support Small Creators. What would you think about this: A small section of this website, until a better idea comes along – promoting you? A directory, a collection of carrd co (maybe?) styled profiles that promote you. We’re not talking anything huge, we’re talking about something small.
You’d be able to donate to your creators, fellow friends via their links.
Small Creators – Would this work?
It isn’t a matter of if it would work, we know twitter is a much larger and easier platform. Just hold my beer on this one! (I’m not drunk, i’m sober shut your face lol). It would work on a small level, it would be giving us a format away from the large platforms. It won’t make you extra money, and it won’t be a super organized thing at first. So yea, it could work. If you want to make it work.
Not promising anything but i’m looking at the Carrd.co type layout which looks a little like this (screenshot of my recent carrd co site for my books):
I can’t promise anything, because if i’m going to work on this project inside the space of a WordPress installation, it MAY NOT BE AS CLEAN as this. I am not a programmer. I unfortunately don’t know a ton of CSS anymore, and don’t naturally build things by hand anymore. If you look around this site as it is, that’s around the idea I have. Carrd Co meets whatever theme and branding i’ve got running.
Small Creators : Cost?
To you? Time, maybe some effort and patience. To me? Whatever my website costs me at the moment. I’m not interested at the current moment in actually providing it off site unless another site uses this idea and flourishes onto another site. Downside to larger sites is, they’ll cost. Small Creators who aren’t able to promote on all platforms, may actually benefit from a no cost option. It’s against twitch and many other platforms terms of service to pay for a boost (Follow for follow, lurk for lurk etc) – so it’s a good idea we start looking for other avenues.
Why Not Twitter?
Let’s be real, not everyone is having an easy time promoting on social media. The cost of advertising on ANY platform and playing ball with advertising rules is extremely stupid. Nobody’s gonna quit using Twitter or Social media, but Small Creators are STRUGGLING on any platform. With the current Twitch Blackout, we’re trying to put our voice out in any way possible. News outlets, blogs – we want to have our content shown to different people in different ways. Not just every hoss and hate raid bot on the planet because twitch is hocking our viewership to the likes of the top 5 on every game list there.
How Will It Work?
You’ll probably be amongst the many that don’t want another site to log into. So you’ll send me a package of content between your socials, and your images you’d like to use. Because twitch streams are extremely difficult to embed, it’s best if you have a youtube to send me some sample content like clips or otherwise. Twitch tends to auto play content, so having a stream or something like that isn’t easy or helpful on a wordpress install. If you need help with designing some themed graphics, there may be a ‘donation’ service – because I have a graphic design degree, it would be nice not to have to do whole packages of twitch related graphics for free. That being said, basic framing, resizing aren’t difficult tasks.
You’ve seen my posts on #TwitchBlackout Supporting Your Fellow Creators, Security On Twitch: How to Protect your Community as a Streamer as well as Raids on Twitch: A few bots to watch out for – well these are subjects that have inspired me to talk about this. I know that we are currently under a twitch blackout for many people. There are smaller platforms we could move to, but as the discussion goes: with Mixer and so many other platforms that tried to compete with the big boys – why should we? If you do, it’s a valid understandable move. So no hatred from me.
If this is interesting to you either leave a comment below or make a request in the contact form that’s attached! Also don’t forget to pay attention to your smaller creators when you’re out there in the wild!