If you’re reading this it means you are planning to do a 24 hour stream and are seeking advice on how to prepare and perform during the stream. You’ve come to the right place because today we are going to talk in depth about 24 hour streams in general; What to plan for, what you need, who to target, etc.
The most important thing to remember before tackling a 24 hour stream is to plan it out to a certain degree. Staying in control of the event will make it run that much smoother throughout. It’s also important to know what you’ll be playing. There is no point starting the stream then wondering for a few hours what do. It’s also good to note that you don’t have to be tied to one game the whole time. Only one game is not recommended because 24 hours of one game can be quite draining, not only on the streamer but for the viewers as well. It’s good to change it up every now and then. You should also plan some backup games – time and time again I see streamers plan about 2 games but then they get bored or finish them early and go into a rut about what to play next, this is not fun to watch. Not to mention that in the early hours of the morning you’ll be tired and any excuse to end early will be tempting. Below I am going to post some tips to get you started.
- Get a lot of sleep beforehand. Seriously, the day before go to bed early get some extra hours in so your body is prepared to stay awake longer. It’s also important to note that doing this too many times in advance will confuse your body and ruin your sleeping pattern. It’s recommended just to do this the night before.
- Avoid sugar and caffeine where possible till near end of stream. You don’t want to crash during the stream so avoid sugar and caffeine like the plague. Go grab some foods rich in carbs to keep you going. Some great things you can snack on are nuts and chips as they’ll help you stay awake. The problem with sugar and caffeine is that it will spike and drop you more than anything else, especially sugary sodas, energy drinks and coffee. This can get you into a vicious cycle of you nodding off and jolting awake as you take more sugar to combat the last crash. Opt for sugar-free if possible or low in sugar drinks, for example water, juices, green tea, milk etc. When you begin to approach the end of the stream some sugar or caffeine can help to keep you going, so then you can feel free to drink and eat anything you like but I’ve seen a lot of streamers crash due to sugary foods on stream so be aware of the time you have left.
- Have regular hourly breaks where possible. Keeping your body active will help keep you awake so it’s good to just get up every now and then to walk around and stretch. Sitting in a chair for long periods of time will make your body want to relax leading to a heavy body which will make you want to sleep which you want to avoid. This also allows your viewers to do the same as if they are staying up for long periods of time to watch your stream they will also need to stay active to stay awake.
- Limit your games. I know above I mentioned about having backup games so you have something to do but don’t go too far the other way and have too many games otherwise you will be switching too often. Picking one to maybe about five that you know each will take multiple hours to beat, or slot in a party game a every few hours to keep things fresh. You don’t have to beat all the games you picked as backup games they are there to keep things fresh if you beat the games you’re playing early or get bored of the game you’re playing.
- Don’t look at the clock. It’s good to have a clock showing how much time has passed for your viewers to see but seriously don’t watch the clock yourself or at least not for the whole time you’re streaming, this will make time feel like its move slower and make you question how long you have left to last. A good idea might be to set alarms at certain points during the stream like 50%, 75% and 100% marks just so you can keep up to date on your progress.
- Have a support network! Having friends or family around you when you’re doing a 24 hour stream is great for helping you stay awake maybe even do a co-op or group stream if necessary. If you are solo and are alone try get in contact with some online mates who are in a different time zone if possible. Let them know you’re doing a 24 hour stream and ask them to check up on you every so often via chat programs. Just remember to have sound notifications on.
- Plan to have another day after the stream to recover. You are not going to want to go into work after staying up 24 hours. Your body will be missing a day of sleep so you need to recover. Get extra sleep even if it means booking a day off work or not streaming for a day.
- Always plan your streams out there is no such thing as a good unplanned 24 hour stream, these will be chaotic and confusing. You will most likely not survive the 24 hours in this case. You’ll have no supplies, no games planned anything. It could even damage your brand if you perform badly due to not planning.
- Don’t make 24 hour streams a common habit. Once you’ve do one, you’ll be reminded for a few days why it was a bad idea… but it’s easy to forget, a month later. They should be every now and then not every week etc.
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