This is what it looks like when you decide to use Twitch.

This is what it looks like when you decide to use Twitch.

I thought I’d write about something a tad different today since I’m in a group about it on Facebook. I wanted to talk about Twitch.

For those of you who don’t know, Twitch is a streaming service for gamers and it’s a great source of visibility for your gaming skills.

It can also be used as a social media platform for gamers since that’s what it’s geared toward. (That is, if you don’t count Discord but that’s a post for another day.)

Being able to reach fellow gamers is a huge deal these days since most of us want to be seen by sponsors in the easiest way possible.

What’s an easy way to be seen by sponsors, you ask? Why, by streaming your gameplay for all the world to see, of course!

I know this is a scary thought for a lot of us, me especially. I am definitely an introverted person by nature and this is something I have to live with every day of my life.

I love talking to people and have always loved helping others. I suppose that’s why this blog was created in the first place – I wanted to be ablet o answer your questions and further your gaming activities in any way I can.

So let’s get started on this journey into learning more about Twitch and what it can do for you.

using twitch

Fact #1: Increasing visibility

One of the main things streaming on Twitch can do for you is to increase your visibility. As a professional gamer, we want to be as visible as we can so we can gain new sponsors.

In order to do that, we need to be out there on social media as much as possible. One of the best things you can do for yourself in this area, is to choose the social media channel that your ideal sponsor spends most of their time on.

That can be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Twitch. Using Twitch to get yourself out there is always a good idea since people can help you with problem areas in the games you play.

The more people who watch your streams, the more likely you are to be seen by possible sponsors. You can see where I’m going with this idea, right?

In case you don’t know where I’m going with this thought process, the sponsors who see your streams might like what they see and will reach out to you.

They won’t find you if they don’t know you exist, right? Increasing your visibility upon your peers can also help you meet fellow gamers, which helps you get more friends.

I’m sure you’d like more friends, right? I’ve never seen fellow gamers or bloggers as competition since we can always find a way to help each other.

I’ve even reached out to bloggers with ideas of how I can help them. I am a helper and always have been but that’s just me.

Fact #2: Connecting with other gamers

Twitch has a chat function during live-streams so you can talk with the people watching the stream. This can give you a chance to get to know your fellow gamer.

Nine times out of ten, you wouldn’t be able to meet this gamer otherwise. This gives you a new chance to raise up a great community of gamers who believe in the same things you do.

It makes things a ton of fun, right? Of course, you’ll get the haters but there isn’t anything you can do in this world that won’t produce at least one hater.

Ignoring the hater(s) is the best thing you can do since they will leave you alone in time. With Twitch, you can stream your gameplay without the bias we women go through.

There are people out there who ask female gamers like us to do insane things for their fetish desires. Twitch won’t allow these things to happen, which will cause us to be able to relax while playing.

I’ve come across so many female gamers streaming on Twitch, which has caused me to make so many new friends. You can create new friendships as well on Twitch as you explore the many games being streamed live every day.

Fact #3: You can get some money.

The more often you stream on Twitch, the more likely you are to gain the attention of sponsors.

These sponsors will pay you to play their games and give them feedback on what you played.

They will also pay you to stream on Twitch from time to time. When you are using Twitch Prime, you will also get some money for any subscribers you receive.

These people aren’t just following you, they will subscribe to your streams so they can get emojis to use in the chat area.

These emojis are incredibly fun to use and it made me smile to see Final Fantasy and Super Mario emojis.

I’ve also seen Legend of Zelda emojis while a gamer was playing Ocarina of Time. Seeing these emojis in the chat area is quite amusing and can cause smiles all around.

Make sure to make the most out of what you can do on Twitch, as I’m sure you can get some good money after some time. It might take quite some time to get income from Twitch subscribers but don’t get discouraged when it doesn’t happen immediately.

Refer to step number one since you’ll need more visibility to get more subscribers. There are Facebook groups for female Twitch streamers where you can let people know about when you’ll be streaming.

Make sure to join those groups so you can get the word out! Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that ability?

In Conclusion

So those are three reasons you should check out Twitch. You can make new friends, you can increase your visibility, and you can create an income while doing what you love.

Using Twitch to get your name out there can be one of the easiest things you can do for yourself as a gamer. Make sure to check out my other blog posts and subscribe to my newsletter!

My Life, My Blog, My Career: How This Blog’s Background Info Helped Me Succeed

My Life, My Blog, My Career: How This Blog’s Background Info Helped Me Succeed

You are a female gamer that is looking for a kick-ass community of fellow female gamers. You have been looking for a community for quite some time but have not been successful yet.

It is beginning to feel a little infuriating to you since you’ve been looking for so long without success.

You don’t know where else to do at this point when all of a sudden you see a new group on Facebook where a few of your gamer friends are spending their time.

You check out the rules of the group and find that you could easily follow them while interacting with fellow gamers.

You are delighted to find that it is a group just for females. You feel like you’ve finally found the group you’re meant to be in.

There are so many women in this group that you haven’t met – you figure there has to be someone in the group that plays the same games you do.

What is the chance that you won’t meet a new gaming bestie?! Yeah – pretty small, right? The thought makes you smile as you decide to send a request to join the group.

You figure you don’t have any risks right now: you could always leave the group if you find that it’s not to your liking.

Well, guess what? That’s my group you’re entering, my new friend. You have decided to enter The Gaming Goddesses and decided to check out The Fearless Female Gamer blog.

I couldn’t be happier about that and I hope you enjoy your time here! I thought I’d do a different kind of blog post today since I haven’t discussed my inspiration for this blog yet.

I wanted to take a few moments to go over the inspiration of this blog and what you can expect from it (and me).

Background Info

Chaoko: The Fearless Female Gamer’s inspo sesh

There is a young woman named Chaoko in Spain that I gather my inspiration from. I found her originally on Facebook in a video PlayGround did with her as a collaboration.

You’d think she is a cosplayer if you look at what she wears on a daily basis. The thing is, she doesn’t consider herself to be a cosplayer – it’s just who she is.

I totally respect that as a fellow female gamer: we are misunderstood in the gaming industry.

She talks about how she was told to game nude at one point toward the end of the video. The thing that makes me the angriest is the idea that this is the norm for us these days.

This isn’t okay and we shouldn’t be degraded by people asking us to do this! We are people just like the male gamers are – what if the men got asked to do this on a normal basis?

To be fair, I’m sure men are asked to do this on occasion. We just don’t hear about it often; in fact, I’ve never heard of it happening.

I’m not going to say it never happens, though, because I’m sure it does somewhere.

Anyway, I wanted to create a safe place for female gamers like me who want to discuss the games they’re playing.

We need a safe place to ask our questions without the fear of someone making fun of us. There are some things that are hard for me to get past that aren’t hard for other gamers.

I’m sure Chaoko doesn’t have much of the community aspect in Spain so I wanted to create a safe place for people like her…and me.

I live in a small town in South Carolina (the southeastern United States, for those who were wondering) and there aren’t many female gamers over here either.

We need more both in Spain and the southeastern United States!

What you can expect from the blog – and me

There are a few things you can expect from both me and the blog itself. Like I said just above, I wanted to create a community as a safe place for my fellow female gamers.

I’m a huge feminist who believes in the equality of everyone who lives on planet Earth. (If there are extraterrestrials living in the universe, this applies to them too!)

You can go ahead and expect that safe community as you enter the group and read the blog posts here.

I am here to help gamers who have questions and create a safe place to ask questions. You can ask the questions you believe are dumb – I don’t believe there are dumb questions.

I had a teacher in college that said the only dumb questions are the ones left unsaid. I still take that quote to heart half a decade later.

The Game Goddesses is a Facebook group that caters to answering your questions and making sure everyone has a f***ing blast playing the games they love.

If you have a question about a place you’re stuck in, I *dare* you not to ask it! I want you to ask any question you have without having to look over your shoulder every time.

Frankly, I’ve felt that way before and I’ve decided that this group will abolish that for us women.

We are stronger than anything men throw at us and we need to get that out there more often – so here’s to creating our own world of badassery!

In Conclusion

I am constantly inspired by my fellow cosplayers and women gamers. Chaoko has my respect and I’m sure she’d have yours too.

She is living a life of badassery in her own way and that’s what I want to see more of these days.

We shouldn’t be afraid and looking over our shoulders as women so I created a community that is all about empowerment.

Who’s ready to be a part of the badass empowerment that we can offer each other? Make sure to join the group and join my newsletter – ya won’t regret it!

Have You Played Pokémon Go?

Have You Played Pokémon Go?

So I signed up for Pokémon Go on July 7, 2016 and couldn’t have been more excited about it.

There were quite a few glitches on the app when it first came out since there were so many people who jumped on the app.

I got access to it within 24 hours of its release onto Apps Store. Yes, I’m an iPhone user.

I’m even writing this blog post on an iMac computer. It’s an awesome computer if anyone is curious about it.

I can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since I started walking around my hometown like a crazy lady.

I looked like I had a few issues, which is a thought that makes me laugh these days. I don’t play nearly as much as I used to back in the beginning.

I used to drive around the local university just to collect Poké balls since there is such a large grouping of Pokéstops there.

I used to be so excited to go on trips just because I would be able to catch Pokémon there that I wouldn’t be able to get in my hometown.

Yeah, I don’t get out much since I’m such a hermit crabs these days. I wanted to take a further look into Pokémon Go since I know so many of you have played it before.

For those of you who haven’t played it before, here are some reasons why you SHOULD get into it!

Pokémon Go

Reason #1: It’s addictive.

I know this shouldn’t be a proper reason anyone should try something new. You end up becoming addicted to it and spending all your time doing it.

This is what happened to me in a sense over the summer of 2016 and well into 2017 as well. I don’t mind admitting that I spent too much time playing it instead of doing other things.

I couldn’t wait to leave work because that meant I could spend time on Pokémon Go. I am now past this point, though I do play the game from time to time.

I still enjoy it but I don’t play it as much.

Reason #2: It’s a great way to distract yourself.

If you’re an introvert like me, your phone turns into your lifeline pretty soon. You depend on your phone, especially in social situations.

That is, if you even appear in social functions. Nine times out of ten, I’m at home with a book in my hands or in front of my computer.

I hate the idea of going through small talk with someone and try to avoid it at all costs.

I don’t mind small talk if I know the person well but I won’t do it other than that. So the idea of catching Pokémon instead of talking to people is a very appealing thought for me.

How could it not be when I don’t have anything else going for me? I am one of those people who gets nervous when talking to people.

Yeah, even if it’s just one person. I still get nervous when doing it and even shake from time to time if I get nervous enough.

Reason #3: It gives you a chance to slack off.

This also shouldn’t be a good habit to have but I’m listing it anyway. I don’t normally slack off, especially when it comes to this blog.

I’ve been getting better about making sure that all my work gets done in a timely manner.

I get most, if not all, my client work done on Monday so I won’t have to worry about it later in the week when it’s closer to being due.

That’s just my personal habit and I don’t like the thought of breaking it. But if I need a break, I do like to leave the house and break out Pokémon Go for a few moments to play.

I’m sure you’ve done the same with your own phone from time to time.

Reason #4: There’s always an update or two.

They regularly update the app with new Pokémon to catch, which makes the app fresh periodically.

I get bored with games really quickly so this is a good habit for these guys. It brings me back to the game whenever I see new Pokémon are out to be caught.

Right now, I have just over 150 of them caught and that number might go up from time to time.

That is, when I remember the app is still on my phone. I like to have the app running in the background when I’m exercising in the park.

I can grab some supplies from the gyms and Pokéstops while walking to give myself something to look forward to.

It does help me to remember to open the app. That’s a good thing for them, right?

Reason #5: The incentives are pretty good.

The good thing is, the app is free to use. Of course, there are things you can purchase but the purchase is not necessary to play the game.

It does help occasionally if you’re in a crunch for supplies. But it’s not integral to progressing in the game.

That is always a good incentive for me to keep playing. I’m not the type of person to use an app if you have to either purchase it outright or purchase parts of it just to use the app fully.

I suppose that’s how the app developer gets ya, though, right? It makes sense to a marketer like me but it’s still sleazy on a level or two.

Anyway, the rewards for playing the game are pretty good. You can level up your avatar with each new Pokémon you catch and with each Pokéstop you visit on your “journey”.

You can now have a buddy that walks with you and earns “candy” for that Pokémon after a certain distance.

I did like that update and I’m not afraid to admit it. What incentive is your favorite?

In Conclusion

All in all, I do enjoy taking part in the game whenever I get the chance. Since I’m a stay-at-home business owner, that time isn’t much from time to time.

I do try to get out for a break every now and again, though. What did y’all think of the game? Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and sign up for my newsletter as well!

3 Reasons Why You Should Check Out the Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel

3 Reasons Why You Should Check Out the Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel

I’ve been a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments series since about 2012. I didn’t want to be a fan at first and skirted around the books for a few months.

I couldn’t help it since I got bored with the first one by the second page. I decided to give it a second try in 2012 and made it through the first book and the second book before going on a second hiatus.

I then managed to finish the series in late 2015 and even watched the film with Lily Collins. I prefer the film to the TV show, to be completely honest.

Lily did a fantastic job as Clary and I couldn’t have been more excited since I like her as an actress and as a person.

When I saw that the public library had a copy of The Mortal Instruments graphic novel, I freaked out.

I snatched it right off the display it was featured on before stopping myself. I have to say, I read it in 24 hours.

I believe it was about 22 hours, if I’m honest with myself. I’ve been a fan of graphic novels since high school in 2007 when I read Fruits Basket.

I had a friend in orchestra class who fueled the interest with the series in doses of 4/5 novels at a time.

Of course, I flew through them at a rapid speed along with Naruto and Fullmetal Alchemist. Classics, right?

Anyway, I wanted to post a review of the graphic novelization of the series in case you were interested in reading the novel yourself.

Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel review

Number One: The Artwork

Wow, can Cassandra Jean kick ass! I’ve not encountered her artwork before now and I’m kicking myself for that.

I mean, this girl has some major skills as an artist! I can’t believe I didn’t see her work on Tumblr before now.

I’m rolling my eyes over here. Anyway, Cassandra Clare talks about how she first saw Cassandra Jean’s fanart of the Shadowhunters on Tumblr several years ago.

It blew me away to think that authors of books like The Mortal Instruments or even The Hunger Games would see their fans’ artwork.

I didn’t put much stock into the idea until I read this foreward and my thoughts have now shifted, which I suppose is a good thing. We need more authors like Ms. Clare out there, right?

I couldn’t help thinking that as I was reading through this graphic novel like I was starving for food.

I had to really pace myself so I could stop and really take mental note of the artwork on each page.

The runes are really impressive and put images in my own head of what each character looks like.

Both artist and author put so much work into this graphic novel that I can’t help but feel impressed. I definitely want to know when the next installment is coming out.

Number Two: Strong Heroine

Clary Fray is one of those young women I love in books these days. I love the strong female characters who know their faults and work through them anyway.

They don’t let their faults stop them from accomplishing their goals. They want to save their family and friends in spite of things that might stop them from saving lives.

They see the innocent people that could be impacted by their decisions and have a desire to save them as well.

They can’t stand the thought that people are killed because of them so they go out in search of a way to prevent that.

They won’t sit in a corner to cry about their lives; they go in search of ways to fix things. I want to see more of that in a day and age that has things to cater to people just like us.

I want to see more women finding ways to change their lives and the lives of others. I wanted to see more of Clary after finishing the graphic novel in record time.

I hungered for more of this book just because it was so easy to read. Who doesn’t like an easy book?

Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel review

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Number Three: Cliff-Hanger

Yes, this novel does have a major cliffhanger at the end of it. Don’t most books these days?

A lot of books are published with the idea of a sequel coming out after it and films are done the same way nine times out of ten.

You have films like in the Marvel/DC fandoms that never seem to end. The producers and screen-writers always come up with new villains just as the hero’s world seems to be at its peak.

I will never understand this idea myself, though I’m a writer as well. I happen to love cliffhangers, on the other hand, because it gives me a chance to look forward to the sequel.

I will admit that I have trouble waiting at times, though, especially if the prequel novel was any good like this graphic novel.

I know I’ll be picking up the next installment of the series when it comes out, that’s for sure! I haven’t read a book so voraciously in a while.

I haven’t done anything like that since I beat Super Mario Odyssey in 2 and a half days. Yes, I literally beat the game in one weekend. That’s something I don’t believe I’ll be able to do again.

In Conclusion

My concluding thought is that you should definitely give this graphic novel a read or two. I know I’ll be reading it again when the sequel comes out.

It was easily one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in a while with some of the best artwork I’ve seen. I can’t wait for the other installments to come out – I hope they come out soon!

What is your best graphic novel? Make sure to put your answer in the comments below and sign up for my newsletter!