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Di Franco Media is LIVE

You know, it’s funny — Di Franco Media is a name you have probably heard quite often throughout the past few months, but it has never received the recognition it truly deserves. I mean, it sort of existed for a short time with this pathetic execution of an idea. Seriously, what was I thinking? It’s about time I shift my focus and concentrate on what really matters.

Today, I am excited to unveil the greatest iteration of Di Franco Media. It’s an all-in-one resource aimed to promote a range of creative services I provide, in addition to a vast amount of knowledge created to help expand your brand. Whether you’re an individual looking to make a name for yourself or you run a small business that is in need of proper branding, Di Franco Media is sure to assist in some way. And the best part? The entire experience is affordable.

Are you looking to build a website, but you don’t feel comfortable about setting up web hosting? Not a problem. I’ll take care of that for you. Utilizing the Express Website feature on Di Franco Media, I handle the tedious process of finding a web host that is appropriate for your project, installing any necessary plugins, and anything else that is associated with the initial setup process. Simply fill out the Service Request Form and I will get right to work.

Express Website aside, Di Franco Media also offers a variety of creative services available. Ranging from simple logo design to professional photo edits, it’s my goal to offer something for everyone. And if you don’t see something that may interest you, not a problem. Just reach out to me and we’ll talk.

Rather than talking about Di Franco Media, it’s best if you go to the website yourself to explore and see everything it offers. This is a project I have put a lot of time and effort into, so I truly hope you enjoy it. I plan on rolling out updates to the website in the coming weeks, so be sure to pay a visit often.

If you are wondering where to begin, I recommend the Getting Started page. Thank you for your support!

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!

A YouTube Holiday 2018

Happy December, everyone! It is once again that time of the year to come together as a community and express our thanks in the annual holiday collaboration video that I put together — made possible by you! Last year’s holiday collab video was just over 30 minutes long. Let’s see if we can make this year’s video even bigger!

Participating is simple. All you need to do is record a video of yourself (preferably at the length of 60 seconds or less) talking about one of the following topics:

  • Something you proudly accomplished in 2018

  • One thing you are giving this holiday season

  • What the holidays mean to you

As always, consistency is important. When recording your video, please keep the following in mind:

  • Videos recorded in portrait orientation will not be accepted

  • No background music is allowed, as I will be providing the soundtrack

  • Try to record in a quiet, distraction-free environment

  • 720p video is the minimum resolution, but 1080p is recommended

  • Do not include titles, lower-thirds or text of any kind

Once your clip is recorded, upload it to Dropbox (sign up for free here) and provide your download URL in the form below. If you need help with this, please feel free to ask.

Good luck and have fun, everyone! I can’t wait to see the final result when it releases the night of Christmas Eve.

IMPORTANT: All videos must be submitted by Thursday, December 20.

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A YouTube Holiday 2017

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you know what that means. It's time to go all in for the Christmas season! Like previous years, I would love to have the community come together and create yet another collaboration video. This is our annual chance to make something to be proud of and look back on for years to come. After all, isn't that what the holidays are about? It's important to preserve memories.

Getting featured in the collaboration is easy! All you need to do is record a short video of yourself (preferably less than 60 seconds in length) talking about one of the following:

  • A favorite holiday memory that's important to you

  • Something you would like to accomplish in 2018

  • One gift you are hoping for this holiday

As always, consistency is important. When recording your video, please keep the following in mind:

  • Videos recorded in portrait orientation will not be accepted

  • No background music is allowed, as I will be providing the soundtrack

  • Try to record in a quiet, distraction-free environment

  • 720p video is the minimum resolution, but 1080p is recommended

  • Do not include titles, lower-thirds or text of any kind

Once your clip is recorded, upload it to Dropbox (sign up for free here) and provide your download URL in the form below. If you need help with this, please feel free to ask. You can also last year's video to get an idea to expect from the final video.

Best of luck, everyone! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

IMPORTANT: All videos must be submitted by Wednesday, December 20.

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Experimental Project: Nintendo Switch Today

Not too long ago in a vlog, I mentioned that I had purchased an existing website with the hopes of turning it into my own. While the process took a little longer than I originally anticipated, I'm excited to unveil what I have been working on. It's called Nintendo Switch Today.

Nintendo Switch Today is a website all about the Nintendo Switch and the community of gamers behind it. The website has a very simple media-rich approach that is currently broken down into four categories:

Games  |  Blog  |  Setups  |  Screenshots

When I purchased Nintendo Switch Today from its original owner, the website only featured a blog. I knew I wanted to do something more unique — something that stood out from other Switch fansites. But at the same time, I knew the blog needed to stay. After all, having some form of dynamic content tends to help a new website grow and mature.

And then it hit me. What if Nintendo Switch Today had a heavy emphasis on displaying interesting images submitted by the community? The Switch console just happens to have a dedicated screenshot button, so why not? And thus the website was born.

Getting into details, let's break down Nintendo Switch Today and see what's going on.

GAMES

If you're ever curious about all the physical games that are currently available for the Switch, this is the page to visit. All games are displayed in a nice grid-like fashion, each title linked to its respective page on Amazon. See something you like? Simply click the box art, buy it on Amazon, and you're done.

Of course, it's worth noting that Nintendo Switch Today is participating in the Amazon Associates program. In other words, any sales that are generated via the website, I receive a small commission in return. These websites of mine can't be run for free, so this is my way of supporting myself. And besides, it's better than displaying annoying ads that can ruin the experience.

BLOG

The blog is easily the most important aspect of Nintendo Switch Today. Much like TekSocial back in the day, this blog is completely powered by the community. Writers are free to submit content of any kind, just as long as it relates to the Switch. From game news to reviews, this blog features it all.

If you're interested in writing for Nintendo Switch Today, click here to submit your writer application. In an effort to preserve the quality of the blog's content, not all writers can be accepted. Please keep grammar and composition in mind when applying.

SETUPS

Do you by chance remember an old website of mine called TekSetups? Let me know in the comments. I'm curious as to how many of you have been around for the long haul. It's about time I bring that idea back.

Setups is a gallery dedicated to displaying photos of Switch setups sent in by the community. Currently, the gallery is featuring only six, all of which were brought over from the WordPress version of the website. Now that Nintendo Switch Today is officially live, the gallery should grow in no time.

Submit your Switch setup photo here.

SCREENSHOTS

Saving screenshots seems to be quite popular amongst Switch players, and for good reason. It's just so easy to do. If you have a neat screenshot that you would like to share with the world, you can do so here.

Screenshots are currently displayed on a single page. However, if Nintendo Switch Today grows fast enough, screenshots will eventually be divided per game title. But for now, players have the option of at least having their name listed with each screenshot.

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There you have it — Nintendo Switch Today is real. However, there is one very important thing that I have to make clear... This new website is purely an experiment and has nothing to do with any other projects of mine. It's a website that I will closely watch and see how it performs.

It's worth noting that I did purchase one year of hosting upfront, so that alone is kind of my safety net. The website is guaranteed to be live for at least the next 12 months. If by then I decide it's worth keeping, then so be it. But until then, it's up to you to make that happen.

So, let's get the party started. Submit a few Switch screenshots, get inspiration from setup photos, and consider applying for the community blog. Nintendo Switch Today is all about you, the Switch gamer.