Stream Explorer

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko on (I’ve never seen a horseback archery stream, but there probably is one!)

A few years ago, my youngest introduced me to DND Beyond. He wanted me to buy a subscription so he could create characters and play. So I did and he did.

He’s also the one who introduced me to Critical Role and got me back into gaming on a regular basis. I used to play regularly when my kids were little, but life happened and I eventually stopped. We played in person for a while, and then the pandemic hit, so we moved online.

During all of this, I was introduced to Twitch – something I’d never heard of before. I had to get a Twitch account to get a DND Beyond account, but I never used Twitch. Fast forward a few years to now, and Twitch has become a regular viewing habit for me.

A few months ago my youngest informed me that Twitch had all kinds of streams. I assumed they were all gamers who streamed there, and indeed I watched many of them, like Critical Role, Roll20 Presents, and others.

Imagine my surprise when I found a whole community of crafters and makers on Twitch, including fellow diamond painters! I’ve watched people knit, crochet, cross-stitch, spin yarn, blacksmith, paint miniatures, tool leather, and more.

It’s been amazing to watch people – you know, just regular people like you and me, who enjoy the same type of hobbies. Or to be introduced to new hobbies I’ve never even heard of before. I have a couple of streamers that I watch on a regular basis and it’s been great to interact with people who are as obsessed with diamond painting as I am. 😀

I don’t think I’m interested in streaming, though I often think it would be nice to not have to stop what I’m making to type in chat. I’m usually diamond painting myself when I watch, and it’s fun to interact with people who are new to the hobby like me, as well as people who have been doing it for years.

I also watch a lot of miniature painting streams, and I’ve learned some tips and tricks I want to try out in my own painting – when I finally get around to finishing up that last batch of minis. 😛 It’s been a blast wandering around Twitch and seeing what new amazing thing I can find to watch. I wonder what I’ll find next?

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