Hi friends and visitors! Having reworked this page once, I find I, once again, need to re-write it. Life can be like that sometimes. I do a lot of different things under the FJ banner: gaming blogs and guides, writing Fan-Fiction, trying to add to my YouTube channel and keeping up appearances on Twitter and periodically on my Facebook page too. In that mix comes my SWTOR and LOTRO Twitch streams. But, being a gamer/blogger/streamer with Fibromyalgia has become an increasing challenge – especially since 2019 kicked in. (see: Fibromyalgia and Streaming). So here’s the thing.
Sudden, but Sustained Higher Pain
Since Christmas 2018 and into 2019 I have had a substantial increase in the level of Fibromyalgia pain I’m experiencing. I am not inactive at my desk/computer all day; I deal with our family’s laundry and housework. And I fight pain. But the pain leads to ‘pain voice’, increased “Fibro Fog” and it can make socialising, even in a stream much harder work.
False Guilt of Cancellation
So a couple of friends suggested that, instead of feeling guilty for cancelling, that I not have set days and times. Having a day I “should” be streaming just makes me feel bad if I can’t. Not setting those things in stone:
- frees me from the false guilt of cancelling
- means I can focus on other things that don’t require as much emotional energy
- should result in better streams for me as I’ll only stream if I feel up to it.
Out Goes Saturday but an Evening LOTRO Stream Remains!
Having discussed my 2019 Stream Schedule, my wife didn’t want me to lose two possible audiences if it was avoidable. However, I want to take the weekend at the weekend for the first time, pretty much ever!
LOTROstream – Midweek MeanderingsMy show on the official LOTROstream channel, which is usually a random choice of character, will still have a set day/time.
- Day & Time: Thursdays, 2pm UK Time (9am /servertime)
FJ’s LOTRO and SWTOR StreamsAs and when I feel up to it I will still stream LOTRO and SWTOR. But Fibromyalgia is unpredictable and therefore now so does my stream schedule. It’s a kind of #SorryNotSorry moment, I guess.
What Will Be Happening?
If I want to be able to, ultimately, contribute to my family’s finances I will still be:
- Growing my Blog: I need to double website traffic to earn more than $3-$5 a month from my blog.
- Writing more Fiction: Both LOTRO/SWTOR fiction and I’ve also started my own thing now.
- Occasionally adding to YouTube channel
Thank You to my Twitch Followers and Supporters
Streaming has been a nerve-wracking but hugely positive thing. In theory, I would like to stream more, but running a blog and being the person in our family that does the housework and laundry, I have to not overburden myself. That could make my pain worse.
An option might be to try to extend my current FJ slots by a little, which would be easier than attempting to stream on more days. But I’m not rushing on that decision. If you follow my LOTRO or SWTOR Streams, I’m massively grateful to you. Whether you chat or lurk, thank you for coming along! And thanks for your understanding.
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