My feelings: The Top Clack vision, and moving it forward - by Quakemz
When we finally realized we had something potentially big on our hands, we really wanted to shape up, and evolve from the casual banter. It had to be more than just two or three people bullshitting about keyboards. While unpolished, we were, and are doing something nobody else was. Sure, there were enthusiasts making videos about keyboards, and some of them are honestly quite great, but what we offered was something rather different: raw and honest opinions and thoughts by real and experienced keyboard enthusiasts, live, as well as accumulated and laid out information, while displaying some of the community’s most incredible designers, vendors, and for lack of a better term, badasses. This has been what the Top Clack platform has been built upon, and though we have branched out to include other things, we surely want to keep this alive.
With Manofinterests’ recent departure from Top Clack, the workload has been slightly overwhelming for me, being alone. Seriously, you should see my “to-do” list, it’s quite impressive. I have a life, a job, a girlfriend, and of course, I have Top Clack. Anyways, it was only going to be so long before I brought on someone to help me with the studio. On the most recent episode of Top Clack, I announced our studio’s newest member, Jae, a UK-based keyboard streamer that offers up mature, casual. and positive content with a soothing British accent. His qualities are something I admired and I knew would be helpful to Top Clack and its future. He will be officially joining the Top Clack roster at the beginning of 2019.
With that said, I’d like to be a bit selfish for a second: I love Top Clack. I really do. If I didn’t, I certainly wouldn’t be doing any of this. I want it to succeed and I want you all to want it to succeed. I want to make this my full-time job, which is technically possible, but will require a ton of work, as well as a ton of support, but it goes without saying that, the more time I can afford to Top Clack, the better I can make it and the stronger its future becomes, and trust me, I have some fantastic plans that I know will go very well. Unlike a vendor that, you know…actually sells things, Top Clack doesn’t. We provide free streams, and other free content, both in video and written form. Suffice to say, it’s much harder to make this a “business”, as there is little to monetize. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, all of you that subscribe to our Twitch channel, make donations, or even the people that just consume our content, enjoy it, and share it, we’ve made it this far. Because of this, Top Clack does generate some revenue, which greatly helps us buy and upgrade equipment for better quality, do giveaways (more coming soon!), and better Top Clack in other ways. The amount of money we currently make is certainly not insignificant, but it’s far from enough to have Top Clack be a full-time content studio, even for just myself. For reference, we currently make about as much as a part-time, minimum-wage employee; some months more, some months less, depending on subscriptions and donations on Twitch.
Anyways, where I’m going with this is: Top Clack has an opportunity to do a lot and make a large impact on our community. We have several ideas in mind that will be absolutely monumental to the community, particularly as generations progress. Top Clack is only just beginning. There is so much to be done and I’m positive we can accomplish it. I guess what I’m getting at is: don’t give up on us. We are a community-fueled project that aims to benefit the community itself. When we have nothing left to offer, only then will Top Clack die, but I don’t ever see that happening. Our community may be niche, but we’re growing stronger and stronger each day.
Our goal is to make this community better through education, information, and entertainment, and there are MANY things we will be releasing in the coming months that will greatly reflect that, I assure you. We appreciate all of you that stick with us. I promise you it won’t be for naught.