The Future and Setting Expectations

A few years ago, I started streaming casually on Twitch. I had one goal in mind, and it was my driving force to continue to stream for days, weeks, and months on end. That goal? To make at least one persons day better as a result of coming into the channel. Whether that be the ability to open up about themselves, get away from the stresses of the world, or just hang out and share a laugh. That goal has been and always will be my driving force when it comes to streaming. And believe it or not? I am not saying I am stopping. That is not what this post is about. I am also not taking a break. Instead, I am taking a different approach to streaming, and I have some things to announce as to why this is happening.

First, the schedule for the stream is no more. I simply cannot commit to a set schedule due to life’s daily challenges and demands. I mean, come on, you had to have seen this coming already. I attempted a smaller schedule and couldn’t even stick to that. I am the type of person that needs to be able to tell myself that something isn’t working out before I am able to change it. This is how I went to therapy for the first time. I needed to tell myself and fully understand that something wasn’t going well before I was able to change it. I wanted more than anything to be able to stick to the schedule and be there for you all, keeping that goal in mind. There came a point in time where I knew that I just wouldn’t be able to stream consistently. Instead of a schedule, I will be streaming when I ultimately feel like it.

A few points of clarification though. The Wednesday’s with J&J stream isn’t going anywhere. In fact, Jordan and I are working on a way to stream together in the same place, on the same camera. This will give us an opportunity to play games that wouldn’t translate well when the two of us are in separate locations. You will see what we are talking about next Wednesday, September 26th. It is going to be… something… Also, don’t you dare think that the Natana Takeover stream isn’t happening because it is. Finally, the podcast isn’t going anywhere either. So if you are interested in competitive Halo, check HCS Pro Talk out! Not having a set stream schedule allows me to not over promise and under deliver. Instead, it allows me to meet expectations. It gives me time to spend with my wife. It gives me time to spend with close friends and family. It gives me time to be a better entertainer for the viewer. There is also one more major reason why I simply need more time…

I am officially going to be a dad. After years of trying, Natana is pregnant, a little over 11 weeks to be exact. I couldn’t be more excited and nervous at the same time. No, we do not know the gender at this time. No, we are not taking name suggestions. Yes, I am hoping my child loves video games but in the case they are not? I will obviously love and support them either way. Time is of the essence which is why expectations are being set for the stream. If it was up to Natana, I would be streaming every day. This was my decision plain and simple. Natana is my rock. She has supported me in anything and everything I decide to try out and she has been and always will be there for me no matter what. I cannot wait for the little one to arrive. Of course we will share any and all information (that is appropriate) with you all when it comes.

Before closing this post out, I want give some thanks.

Thank you to everyone who believed and continues to believe in not only me, but Natana, the channel, and most importantly, yourselves. Thank you to everyone who followed, subbed, donated (not only to myself but charity as well), and just hung out in the channel/chat. You all have made this journey worth it more than you know. Thank you Alex (Lexi) and Jason (Roll) for the channel art, logos, music, every single thing you two have contributed. Thank you to all of the moderators (yeah, there are a lot) for keeping the chat clean during the couple dark times. Thank you to all who watched and participated to keep me awake during the multiple 24 hour streams.

We laughed together, cried together, spent countless hours online together, and there is plenty more where that came from. I opened this post stating my goal when I started streaming and that goal still holds true. I want everyone to have a great day, each and every day. I hope I was able to bring a little happiness to you for watching. You all make it worth it to hit that ‘go live‘ button as you all bring me happiness as well.

This isn’t a goodbye but more of a see you soon.

Love,

Joshua aka JKFire