2019: Year of Partnerships
As I sit here comfortably in my living room with a Twitch stream playing in the background via my Apple TV, I’m beginning to reflect on everything that 2018 brought me — including the good and the bad. It would be an understatement to say the past year was certainly exciting. I mean, who knew when going into 2018 that it would be the year of purchasing a new home that I can truly call my own? That is certainly something I didn’t expect to accomplish.
Purchasing my new home was, without a doubt, one of the most stressful things I have ever done. A process that seemed to start out pretty straightforward quickly turned into an experience that I will never forget. From sleepless nights to days when I wanted to give up and call it quits, I am truly grateful that everything worked out in the end. If it wasn’t for the support of my family and supporters on Patreon, this house would not be mine.
Needless to say, I am relieved for all the stress to be behind me. Now I can truly focus on the next 12 months and accomplish new goals that were once not possible in previous homes of mine. Let’s break it down and see what 2019 has in store.
Becoming Partner on Twitch
As a Twitch streamer who has been streaming consistently for about 15 months now, I cannot help but get antsy and wonder when I will become Partner. This especially became apparent when I was lucky enough to attend TwitchCon in San Jose this past October. Almost everyone around me seemed to be an affiliate, which made me realize something… I need to stand out. I want to become Partner and take the next big step in my streaming career.
Of course, becoming Partner is no easy task — and that’s why I intend to put the work in. When I purchased my new home, Twitch was honestly a top priority of mine when finding an ideal floor plan for streaming. I needed a large room with plenty of space to expand my setup. In other words, you can expect to see some significant changes to my streaming setup in the coming months.
Another significant factor in working towards Partner involves completely reworking my stream schedule. Rather than streaming late at night during the week, my new routine has me going live every weekday sometime in the afternoon. Not only does this allow me to get more work done in the morning and night, but it’s more convenient for viewers around the world. No matter the time zone you are located in, tuning in during my local afternoon hours should no longer be an issue.
Partnering with HostPapa
Continuing my partnership focused goals, I am excited to announce that I have come to an agreement to work closely with HostPapa — a web hosting company built with small businesses and individuals in mind. Moving forward, my partnership with HostPapa will primarily be used to promote WordPress hosting and the included Elementor WordPress page builder.
Whether you’ve been curious about building your first website, or you are simply adding another website to your portfolio, HostPapa makes it easy and affordable. I plan to talk about this in further detail as our partnership matures, but if you would like to get a head start in checking out what they have to offer, sign up for HostPapa using my referral link. Every signup tells them you are coming from me, so your support is much appreciated.
Exploring Facebook for Creators
Facebook for Creators is a program that Facebook has created specifically for video creators like myself. Having always wanted to up my Facebook game, it’s about time I take the step and explore what this program has to offer. However, there is one catch…
My current Facebook profile will no longer be used. In order for me to sign up for Facebook for Creators, Facebook requires that I have an actual Page — and not the current profile that I have been using for years. Is getting a fresh start going to be tough? Of course it is. But since when do I back down from a challenge? If anything, I’m excited to finally be creating an actual Facebook Page and market it in my videos.
This is a huge change in direction that will take some time to adjust to, but I feel like it is the right move to make. If you are interested in helping me grow my new Facebook Page, please check it out here. All likes and follows are greatly appreciated! Hopefully you will see in time how this new Page allows me to publish content that was previously not possible.
Reigniting Di Franco Media
Do you remember Di Franco Media? Chances are you don’t, and that’s perfectly understandable. While Di Franco Media is technically the name I brand myself under, I’ve never really taken the time to market it appropriately. That’s all about to change. Between my partnership with HostPapa and allowing more time for myself to get work done, I’m excited to finally give Di Franco Media the attention it deserves.
While I am not ready to talk about specifics just yet, my goal with Di Franco Media is to promote my creative services and offer helpful content at the same time. It will be a one-stop destination for discovering valuable resources that can be applied in a variety of scenarios. From graphic design to blogging, Di Franco Media will have it all. And to further extend its reach, the website will be closely tied in with my personal website — which will also be receiving a complete redesign.
And Everything Else…
As a content creator for 13+ years now, I’ve learned something very important. It’s impossible to predict what time will bring. On the Internet, anything can happen. And sometimes, that anything can come out of nowhere and surprise you. That’s what I enjoy most about being self employed. Not every day is the same.
With that said, I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who took the time to actually read this. Blogging may not be as apparent as it once was, but it’s important for me to publish this new year’s resolutions blog post every year. It’s nice to look back and see what I have accomplished, in addition to what I could improve on.
Tomorrow is never promised. Start creating now.
Happy New Year!