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JoeR247 Interviews... QuirkyDuckling

1. What is the story behind your channel name?

Xbox Randomizer. I scrolled through a lot of suggested names before falling in love with that one. I had grown out of my old username The Pie Dork. I'm quirky and I like ducks (I even waddle like one) so it works well.

2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?

First got a PlayStation thanks to my Uncle letting me play Crash Bandicoot on his in USA on a 5ft projector TV screen! The Crash Bandicoot series has always stayed close to my heart. My sister and I, along with some neighbours, would pass the controller around and play all sorts of games. I ended up getting a Gameboy Colour with Pokemon Yellow as well. We couldn't afford any more consoles and I was happy with those two.

My console and video game knowledge and collection would grow when I met my future husband. I love too many game series to list them all here. Let's just say when we were looking to buy a house, we weren't looking for a spare room for guests, but a spare room for video games!

3. What/Who inspired you to start creating content on the internet?

Glove & Boots. If you haven't checked out their YouTube page, you should stop reading and in the words of Johnny T, "you gotta do it!"

4. When did you start creating content on the internet?

October 2017 for Twitch, On and off with Youtube over the years though nothing ever stuck.

Twitch is the one thing that I seem to be ok at and feel good doing!

5. How did you find the first few weeks/months of content creation? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)

I was lucky. My husband is a tech whiz so did the majority of the set up for me. My first week of streaming was a week after I had a hip operation so I was stuck at home. I streamed Dragon Age as I was told it was "a great game you will love". I didn't. The resolution was all squished, the audio was maxing out and I didn't have chat loaded so if anyone was watching, I couldn't interact. I didn't get on with the game play at all and was becoming very frustrated with everything. It came across and wasn't great viewing. I have saved the two DragonAge videos I did to remind me of how far I have come.

We don't mention the Doctor Who stream.

6. How did you grow your channel? How did you network?

I joined Team Sup Streamers to begin with after seeing some stuff about it on Twitter. I met quite a few streamers I am still connected with through it. I used the community mainly to get feedback about my streams, watch others and get a sense of what the Twitch marlarky was about.

I stayed there for a few months before leaving and joining certain channel communities. To be honest, I could probably have done better at networking in the beginning, but I was focused on getting the content right and never thought many people would be watching anyway!

I eventually settled into Non Toxic Gaming and WeareHive, two wonderful communities I can't recommend enough.

7. What has been your proudest moment so far?

It sounds silly but to still be streaming a year later and having a solid group of people who watch my content.

8. How did you find the technical side of content creation? Setting up your channel, etc?

As I have said, I am very lucky to have a husband who is very tech savvy! Also a fellow streamer Cubbie who gave me some advice on the Twitch side of things. I felt very overwhelmed with everything about it.

I still don't understand everything and my channel is deliberately simple for that reason. I will only implement stuff if I know roughly how to fix it, though the gremlins come out usually once per stream!

9. What do you enjoy most about your content creation hobby/career? 

I love how it links into several of my passions. I gave up my voice acting business a few years ago to focus on my health and house move. Twitch allows me to engage with that and is slowly giving me the confidence to start that up again. I also am a volunteer radio broadcaster and the skills I learn on twitch and on the radio tie in very well together.

Another thing is allowing me to play games with other people. Not in the sense of collabing (though I am up for that), but if I wasn't streaming, I would be playing on my own chuntering to myself. Now I have a platform to chunter to other too.

10. What don't you enjoy so much about your content creation hobby/career?

There is an unspoken pressure to keep things fresh, up to date and always be available. The work life balance for a content creator can be appalling, particularly if you want to really push in making it a career. It doesn't have to be that way but the assumption is there. It can be hard when you have a day job to go alongside it.

11. What are you short term and long term goals for your channel/s?

Short Term - Try to find a rhythm to my streams. Finally finish Ratchet & Clank trilogy!

Long Term - Still be streaming in the future and having fun also meet some more streamers.

12. What advice would you give anyone looking to get into content creation? 

Make sure your focus is on playing games you want to and have fun with, not to gain viewers. If you aren't happy playing, people won't tune in (unless you are Angry Video Game Nerd but he has a monopoly on being angry at video games). Also, use it as a chance to meet new people.

13. Finally, what other content creators do you enjoy watching and recommend people check out? 

WoofieIsMe - a retro streamer.

AskAlice - a point and click streamer.

Xabi0 - a variety streamer.

CookeryNation - a cooking streamer.

QuirkyDuckling is a variety twitch streamer and volunteer radio broadcaster. A member of Non Toxic Gaming and WeareHive.

Find their stream at www.twitch.tv/quirkyduckling and on twitter at www.twitter.com/quirkyduckling

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