As I write this, we’re beginning our second week of 2022, and it still doesn’t quite feel real to me. The past two years have just sort of blurred together to the point where I almost doubt that they’ve even happened, although they absolutely have. It doesn’t help that things have been fairly chaotic for everyone lately, either, namely due to a certain, ah, “panorama,” shall we say.
For my part, I’ve been a bit all over the place. Although I spent the last half of 2021 trying to turn my various creative projects into something that I could be happy with, it has only been recently that I realized I’ve been trying to do all of these things with no real actionable plan or measurable goals. Everything has mostly just been vague concepts.
This is not actually helpful for me or for anybody else. As I learned, it mostly just results in everything being a chaotic mess.
Not only that, but I realized I have multiple different platforms that I’ve been keeping aspects of myself hidden from. One doesn’t know I stream, another doesn’t know I create OCs, etc.. It’s not that I was trying to deny any of these aspects of who I am, but I separated them because I felt as though my audience on specific platforms wouldn’t like to hear about these other things.
I have since come to realize that this is foolish.
So in an attempt to re-center myself, I figured it was about time for a reintroduction, taking the time to lay out who I am and what exactly I’m planning to do with my various spaces.
Who I Am
Most of the internet knows me as Thyanel. Others know me as Beth, but either name suits me just fine. I consider myself to be something of a cozy adventurer who loves to tell and share stories with the people around me.
If “Hobbit” was a lifestyle choice, I would absolutely live in a hole in the ground somewhere in the countryside. As that’s not possible (yet), I make my home on the East Coast of the United States, although I will not state exactly where.
A lot of people know I’m a streamer and a gamer. Others know me as a roleplayer. Many don’t know where exactly both of these came from, though.
I’ve always loved a good story. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been writing stories in one form or another (although many of them probably weren’t that great). When I was introduced to the concept of roleplay and the idea of collaboratively telling a story with other people, I was sold on it immediately. I loved the idea that people could work together to create something new and beautiful.
I’ve been a roleplayer since my high school days (somewhere in the late 1990s), and this has extended to the various video games I play, too. I take time to mentally create backstories for the characters I play and customize in various games in an attempt to make them my own. I will act out the dialog my characters get to have if a voice is not provided for them. I create my own characters and play them in various fictional settings (D&D, LARP, etc.).
This has just become a part of what I do, and I have absolutely been ignoring that on some platforms. I need to stop doing that.
As for my streaming life, I began that in 2016, sharing my dungeon runs in The Secret World with the rest of the community as my friends and I were taught the mechanics. I’ve been streaming and gaming ever since.
Moving Forward in 2022
Generally, as I said, the various aspects of myself tend to be isolated on multiple different platforms. One platform gets more of one kind of content than another or I just outright don’t mention one form of content I engage in on one platform.
This year, I’d love to be able to do less of that. Certain platforms may still have more of one aspect of myself than another, but I do want to start sharing more of these other aspects of myself on platforms that I might not have shared them on originally. (As an example, more tarot, tea, and roleplaying content over here.)
So with the above, the main goal I have for 2022 is to just make more of the kinds of content that make me happy, be that gaming, tea, roleplay, or maybe even crafting tutorials.
Additionally, by March, I intend to open up tarot commissions over on Ko-fi (and if that’s something you have an interest in, please keep an eye out for that). This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, although I’ve never quite let myself do it before. I feel like now may just be the time.
With regards to streaming-specific goals for the year, I’d love to hit 500 followers on Twitch before the end of the year, although I will honestly settle for breaking 300 as I seem to be stuck juuuust underneath that.
I’m aiming for at least one new post a week over on Ko-fi. This may extend to other platforms, as well. We’ll see how things go.
And as we continue moving forward in this new year, I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who reads this regardless of the platform I post it on. The fact that you showed up to read it is impressive in my mind and is probably one of the best forms of support I could’ve imagined.
Whether you have financially supported me or not, I just want you all to know that however you can support me means the world to me. You all make me strive to do better for you (and for myself, too).
Thank you all for supporting me thus far over the years, and to our new folks… welcome. I’m excited to have you.
You’re all in for what may be a wild ride in 2022. Gear on up and get ready. I’m looking forward to being able to create more with you this year.