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ColoradoPlays in 2020; What is to Come?

Last Updated on January 1, 2020 by Michael Brockbank

It’s pretty awesome that this small blog had generated $71 for Extra Life in 2019. And we spent a lot of money with Geeks of Grandeur last Halloween. But I think we can do far better. So, here are my plans for ColoradoPlays in 2020 and how we’re going to grow.

And this time, I’m serious.

What to Expect from ColoradoPlays in 2020

There are a lot of things I would like ColoradoPlays to accomplish in 2020. And in the end, it all comes down to time management…something I’m not the best at doing.

But, I need to get off my rear and do something if I want ColoradoPlays to do more for charities. It’s not just going to happen on its own.

We have to make it happen.

More Blog Content

ColoradoPlays Blog

So, the content from ColoradoPlays in 2020 was somewhat paltry. After all, I only published 17 articles as opposed to the 88 that was published in 2018.

You can’t really build a blog without content.

Starting this year, we’re going to push out more content covering a variety of gaming information. For one thing, I would like to have more tutorials for streaming apps while updating the ones we have.

Yes, I know I still have quite a few images to replace since we lost our files back in August.

We’re also toying with more reviews, spotlights and more newsy-related pieces.

Hammering Out Regular Blog Posts

First of all, I am going to keep to a schedule I came up with back in August. That means this site will have at least two new blog posts every week.

In all likelihood, though, there might be more published. I am trying out a new writer this next week to see how well he does. If I can delegate some of my responsibilities, I can get far more done.

More YouTube Videos

ColoradoPlays YouTube

I began toying with the YouTube channel to start building an audience. Unfortunately, my lack of effort is holding back what could be some great potential.

I’m still on the fence about what kind of videos to produce. I mean, I don’t want to have a copycat channel. There is just so much gaming on YouTube that finding a unique niche is going to be difficult.

However, it’s still an avenue worth persuing to help us reach donation goals for charities. I want ColoradoPlays 2020 to be a banner year for helping those in need. And I feel getting the YouTube channel producing regular content is worthwhile for that goal.

Scheduling Game Play and Editing

The hardest part about maintaining a YouTube channel is finding time to edit the video. So, it might just be a once-per-week type of setup until we build some momentum.

But like writing content, it all boils down to maintaining a good workflow throughout the week. This means no more binge-watching random stuff on YouTube and start creating our own.

Maintaining the Twitch Stream

ColoradoPlays Twitch Stream

One problem we’ve had in the past is maintaining a regular streaming schedule for Twitch. That’s going to change for us this year. We find it a lot of fun to interact with the audience, and I’m hoping to meet more amazing people.

Some other things we’re toying with are IRL streams and perhaps live broadcasts of creating Neverwinter modules or using RPG Maker.

Since I’ve invited my sons to help stream, I would like to mention how it is definitely an adult-rated channel. They have mouths like drunken sailors most of the time. But, that’s what you get from having sarcastic 20-year-olds, I suppose.

Still, it’s been a lot of fun so far. And some of the conversations we’ve had were pretty amazing.

Keeping the Live Streams “Alive”

We already have a tentative schedule for going live on Twitch. We just need to maintain keeping it going.

And it’s not like we don’t have fun once hitting the “broadcast” button. Since we are already playing the games to begin with, we might as well share the experience.

So, a goal for ColoradoPlays in 2020 is to stream regularly for at least three months…just to see if we can keep it up.

Exploring Colorado

Denver Colorado

This is ColoradoPlays after all…we need to do more exploring of Colorado. In fact, there are a lot of really cool places in this state. I would like to see more of it on this website.

Don’t worry, though. We’re only showing you how to play in Colorado. From chain corporations like Dave & Busters to the more unique places like Historic Fraser Tubing Hill, there’s a lot to do here.

I’m not sure if we’ll do live streams from those locations. Some places require permission or have strict guidelines for live video. But, we’ll still write a blog post about them regardless.

Getting Out More

I need to get out of the house more often anyway. I am usually cooped up in my office throughout most of the day. It would be nice to get out and have some local fun.

These trips will probably be during the weekends and then blogged about on Monday or Wednesday.

Expanding the Merch Store

ColoradoPlays Merch Store

Right now, there is only one item on our merch store through Streamlabs. And at this moment, I am the only one who owns a ColoradoPlays coffee mug. Apparently, the coffee mug style was discontinued, so I have to design another.

But, it’s kind of cool to have something unique. 🙂

One of the things we’ll do for ColoradoPlays in 2020 is to expand the store. More designs, items and goodies ready for purchase. And a portion of the proceeds goes to supporting various charities such as Extra Life and Geeks of Grandeur.

Taking a Day to Brainstorm

I’m not 100% sure on how we’re going to expand the merch store. I am thinking about asking my dad to offer his graphic design expertise. But, he’s not much of a gamer.

Still, I think taking a day once per month and brainstorming some ideas with the team would help.

How to Succeed with ColoradoPlays in 2020

In reality, I view the success of any given year as long as it surpasses past records. For example, ColoradoPlays.com had 33,503 visitors in 2018. This last year, the site had 37,957 visitors.

So I call this a success on a minor scale. Especially when you consider that I only had 17 blog posts added last year.

In truth, it all boils down to effort. If I can keep myself and my team on task for ColoradoPlays in 2020, we should easily surpass a lot of numbers.

And it all starts with maintaining a good work schedule for myself.

Building ColoradoPlays through 2020

To be honest, I’m feeling pretty good about ColoradoPlays in 2020. We have a lot of fun with this blog and gaming content. It’s silly that we haven’t done more with the brand.

Perhaps the biggest reason why this blog and Twitch stream isn’t more popular is that we keep growing complacent. It’s too easy to say, “eh, not today.” But that’s not how you get a brand to develop and grow.

It’s time we put in the effort to drive success instead of waiting for it to land in our laps.

Michael Brockbank
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Michael Brockbank

Michael developed ColoradoPlays to help various charities through his favorite pastime. Since then, the blog and Twitch channels have donated several hundred dollars to Extra Life, Geeks of Grandeur and Operation Supply Drop to name a few.