Geeks, gamers, friends, family, wholehearted GANG supporters.. It’s time for some #RealTalk. I have an urgent message: I need you (and I do not say that lightly)!
I am not one to ask for hand-outs or “sell out”. I try to avoid excessive monetization of content because it can detract from the message and overall experience… But I realize things do not happen unless you ask. Here I am asking humbly and wholeheartedly:
I need your help. Bloo needs your help. If you’re ready to donate right away to help a precious little life, here is the widget. You can also use the ImRaising donation page.
…This Is Bloo:
Bloo is the GANG mascot but that makes light of our relationship. She is one of my dearest friends and family members. Some may find this weird but I feel a strong bond towards this creature of God. Of course, I love my family but Bloo is a helpless creature.. And she is not doing well.
Bloo is one of the many animal rescues we have nursed back to health. She was left to fend for herself inside a mailbox in our community. Every month I encounter two or three stories like this. It angers me that people can be so careless, heartless, and just plain EVIL. Usually, we help abandoned pets recover and find them loving homes with responsible families. I have grown particularly attached to this lil gal. That is why it hurts me to know that the rough patch we have hit prevents me from taking her to the vet now that she could really use a good check-up, just to be safe.
What’s Wrong With Bloo?
Well, it seems like it is just a sprained leg or, at worst, a dislocated hip. The pet community has been reassuring but most pet lovers have told me what I already know: “Take her to a vet already!” It seems others have encountered similar symptoms with no complications but seeing Bloo hobble along and struggle with basic functions.. It hurts me deeply.
I am choking back tears as I write this. Those that know me on a very personal level know that, when I let someone in, I love you fully.. without hesitation.
I am not a proud person but I feel like such a scrub for not being able to provide for my family fully right now. Between unexpected car repairs, increases in utility costs, and other bills, money is being spent faster than I can make it right now. Many of you have donated in countless ways without my asking. I truly appreciate that.. but now I must ask for more.. Just a bit more.
Greater Purpose, Greater Urgency.
This is a purpose that truly stirs my soul. We all need that extra push every now and then. For me, this is my tipping point. Now I know I have to step things up. I am doing my best to nurse Bloo back to health. She is getting active again so that is very encouraging.. Yes, I know taking her to the vet is best but it’s not an option.. Yet. That’s where I need your help. Pardon me while I speak my heart and perhaps ramble on a bit…
If you missed my recent vlogs, I went deep and poured my heart out. It was hard to hold back my tears. Here we are making great strides as a network. I am seeing creatives hitting big milestones and it fills my heart with joy. We are not even a year old as a network and we have done so much good together.. It’s all thanks to your support and encouragement! Of course, whenever good comes, evil and adversity strike.. Well, I won’t let this stop our momentum. We’ll get through this together!
Twitch Fundraising Efforts
I’ve long needed a strong, perhaps unique, purpose to grind out Twitch since, let’s face it: it is a discouraging experience when you’re not partnered and have to dig yourself out of the ditches. I’m good about being a self-starter and seeking a greater purpose in all that I do… But now I have a purpose that makes me cry and truly fires me up. It’s important to be driven by a powerful WHY. Why are you doing what you do? Now that question has a very powerful answer with greater urgency than ever.
With that in mind, starting today, Wednesday, September 24th 2014, I will be committing to streaming as often as possible. Barring any setbacks and other scheduled events, I’ll be streaming at least four days a week, often twice a day and alongside the usual shows we do here on the GeekyAntics network. The goal will be to grow my audience and get more donations of any kind. It’s hard to stick to a firm schedule with family and clients being as demanding as they are but here are the time slots I am leaning towards:
Weekdays – 1pm to 6pm Eastern / 10am to 3pm Pacific / 6pm to 11pm in London / 8pm to 1am in Bucharest
Saturdays – 3pm to 6pm Eastern / 12pm to 3pm Pacific after Timey-Wimey Tea Time Show
Sundays – 3pm to 5pm Eastern / 12pm to 2pm Pacific (or DAY OFF) after TSD & AAO Shows
Late Nights (except Thursdays) – 11pm to 3am Eastern / 8pm to 12am Pacific
The idea will be to do a brief stream or long stream with lots of breaks during the day to accommodate the global audience, then following up with late-night streams to do my night owl thing. It’s easier for me to stream at nights but morning and afternoon streams are great fun too… And they provide whole different crowd to enjoy! Keep in mind that I will try to do as many shifts beyond and including the aforementioned but it is not a set schedule. You can follow my Twitter stream for notifications on actual streaming plans.
The games on rotation will include the newly-released Gauntlet and my usual staples: FTL, Hearthstone, SolForge, Rogue Legacy, Risk Of Rain, Choice Chamber, Cards Against Humanity, and more! Fire With Fire COMING SOON!
There have been many folks who have kept me going strong on Twitch. There’s too many to mention you all but I want to thank a few people in particular right now:
- Fracion / Goose
- Stan Faryna
- Andy Fewtrell a.k.a. Spathizilla
- Ana a.k.a. Obezianka
- FearTheJeff & TheKittyKate
Whether you donate your time, money, or services, I appreciate everything you have done. Goose and others always said I should do more video. Ever since I took the plunge, I’ve wondered why I didn’t start sooner. I love producing videos and doing live video streams!
Stan, you’re in a tough financial spot too with all your responsibilities but you continue to donate and commit your time to GANG initiatives. You also saw that I needed a brief respite from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life and you made an awesome business-pleasure trip happen. Sadly, some people flaked out on us (yes YOU, Dino Dogan) but we still love them and we accomplished SO much. I feel much more refreshed and focused now. If you weren’t so persistent, who knows where I’d be right now!
ZombieVoer, I haven’t gotten the chance to really get to know you on a personal level but I see all the joy and love you bring to other Twitch streamers. You spread your generosity far and wide. Not sure how you do it but it is appreciated. Even when you simply lurk in our channels, it’s nice to have you around.
Let the chuletas flow! Luis, Mr. Knottpanda, we will catch up on the gaming fun soon. It’s been crunch time for me so, when I do game, I usually have a schedule and specific goals in mind. I still love every last minute of it.. But we definitely need to catch up and hang out more, bro!
Mooooooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaaaa – yes, mNalicious, one of the sweetest gals out there. You don’t miss a beat when your fellow Twitch streamers get on the grind. I know I can always count on you.. Just remember: no pressure! I know you can’t possibly be everywhere at once. Stay on the grind, hun, and keep smiling!
Now for one of my favorite Twitch crazies – Ana! Obezianka is loud, insane, and sometimes obnoxious.. But she cares about people and has more heart than most people in social media. I appreciate you. You’re authentic and dedicated. I know we don’t get to support each other’s channels as much as we’d like but your efforts do not go unnoticed!
How Can *You* Help?
Spread the word. If you can spare even a dollar, that will help. Imagine if 100 people each told 10 people to donate $1 after doing so themselves… If everyone did it, that’d be over 10K. Now, that is not completely realistic.. But I believe we can make it happen and I will pay things forward, as I always have.
I will keep streaming, tweeting, blogging, vlogging, and reaching out until we can bounce back from this rut. Share the following links along with the story I am sharing here. Most of all, share this page. This will be an ongoing marathon, not a stream.. Help me stay focused and HYPED, friends!
Even a dollar will go a long way and I will greatly appreciate it!
Rest assured: whatever I receive in excess of vet visit, medical bills, and TLC for Bloo will go towards the network and my streaming setup. I will pay you back with content that will give you joy, wisdom, hope, laughter, and other goodness. I hope that will suffice.
As I write this, Bloo is being the cutest thing possible.. This keeps me strong. We all need purpose and, call me crazy, this one makes me determined!
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UPDATE: I’ve added the donation tracker live bar to the front page. You will receive a shout-out for your donations in real time. I’ll be sure to help you promote your own efforts or at least provide free consultation/advice in my areas of expertise in return.