Where have I been?
Maybe you've noticed that in the past 2.5 months I've unlocked very few achievements and have been much less active on the site than I normally have been in the past few years. So, what have I been doing?
Well, on September 3rd, 2020, I moved states from Seattle, WA to Saint Louis, MO and started my new life at college. Ever since then, I've been spending all my free time studying chess and building my Twitch channel, ArcG3
. I've been a lifelong chess player, but two months ago I decided that I was really going to study the game hard and dedicate myself, rather than just play it casually. One way I've thought of it is that I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to a silly board game instead of silly video games,
. Since then, I've streamed for over 130 hours, gotten over 200 followers (and 5 subscribers!), gotten affiliated on Twitch, gotten partnered with a Discord channel
, and been featured in a "best Twitch chess clips" compilation
. Overall, I think that's pretty successful in only two and a half months, and I don't have any plans of stopping
. Additionally, if you're also a Twitch streamer, you may have seen me stop into your stream in the past couple months. I rarely ever used Twitch before I started streaming, so I'd never gotten a chance to catch some of the awesome streamers from TrueAchievements. But since I started using Twitch more often, it's given me a lot more chances to check out some of the streamers here from TA.
I'm really happy with my new hobby, but I still check this site every day because I still want to keep up with the community and do the community challenges and not lose touch with a lot of amazing people here. I don't think I've significantly improved my chess game since I started studying, but I think there have been many small improvements, and chess improvement is a long journey. I've been playing and/or studying at least a couple hours each day, compared to before when I may have only played a few games per month. That studying time is in addition to streaming chess for 3-5 hours, 3-5 days per week. So I know if I keep at it, I'll be able to see progress eventually.
And lastly, I'm incredibly happy with my new life and environment. College is awesome!
Anyway, this is just a quick update blog to let anybody who was curious know where I've been. I still check the forums often, and I'll be doing the 12 days of Xmas challenge this December, and I'll host a few more Human Fall Flat sessions this December too. I'm pretty sure TA is supposed to post a status to my feed every time I start streaming, but for some reason this only happens sometimes (and I'm not sure why). So if you want to catch me streaming, be sure to follow my Twitch channel, https://www.twitch.tv/arcg3
I hope you're all doing well