Coding Streams Are Dead

It’s over for coding live on Twitch. There was a time an 8 hour coding stream would have outperformed an 8 hour gaming stream in live views by a ratio of 3:1. While they seldom generated returning regulars, they did generate a decent amount of follows. They got eyes on the channel from passersby like no other content I do.

That hasn’t been the case this year. The interest in coding streams was being generated by the work-from-home goldrush and the tech company hiring frenzy, both due to the pandemic, both over today.

I don’t know what this means for coding on the Observation Deck, but I do know I will be focusing less time and energy on Doing It Live than I used to.

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    1. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just another fork in the path along the journey.

  1. I think it’s difficult for developers to spend their day jobs coding and then watch a person do the same in their free time. At least I do.

  2. I never knew this was a thing. Did people watch to learn or just for enjoyment?

    1. Both! Three years ago there were a ton of people watching to learn (and help the streamer learn). There was a huge interesting into getting into tech jobs. That has cooled since the layoffs, but there are those who still watch to talk shop with other programmers.


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