Hey! I’m LightningSFM. I started out making fanart in 2015ish, using the program Source Filmmaker. That’s where the “SFM” in my name comes from. I was so inspired by some of the fanart I saw online, I was absolutely determined to figure it out myself. I dusted off my old YouTube channel that I hadn’t updated since like….2009 and started posting my fanart showcases there. I didn’t really take off too much, but I didn’t mind. For me, art, YouTube, Twitch, all of it has just been for fun. Sure, gaining a bit of a following is a great bonus, not to mention absolutely rewarding, with how many awesome people I’ve met, but I don’t care if I make money off of those platforms or not. I don’t care if I never hit a million subs or anything like that. As long as it still remains a fun endeavor, that’s payoff enough for me.
I tried my hand at blogging on a website named Sitic. I even started another YouTube channel, to continue my blogs as vlogs there, but that never really took off, so I abandoned it. Later on, I started a Minecraft server with my best friend/big brother/partner in crime, Doc, and in order to make use of the old website, we just named the server Sitic Minecraft. So that’s a thing. There’s a page here that will lead you straight to Sitic’s website, if you are interested in checking out the server.
Over time, I decided to start playing more games for my channel. I started with playing Minecraft with my kids, then started playing other games like Five Nights at Freddy’s, Undertale and Bendy and the Ink Machine, but my main focus was the Minecraft server and making art. Computer trouble caused me to rest the art for awhile, and I found other hobbies. I started playing and making new friends in a game called Second Life, learned about Discord, Twitch, Patreon, all of that, so I started utilizing those platforms as well. There are also page links to all of my social media and entertainment platforms, and a widget on the side bar for my Discord server.
I picked up writing again, well, writing fanfics anyway, since I’ve always been a writer, and I ended up posting my first story to WattPad, but I later took it down. It was longer than most fanfics, so it didn’t really get the attention I was hoping for. I started working on a part 2, and like…a year and half later, maybe more, I’m still working on it. I’m just so busy!
I started streaming on Twitch. I still don’t do it as often as I would like to, but I do stream there. I bought a keyboard so I can play music and share it, though I haven’t really yet. I took a peek at my analytics on YouTube and saw people (duhh) really wanted to see more SFM stuff than gaming stuff from me. Shocker. Hehe. So I make SFM Animatic Music Videos, and when I make a poster, I record it and speed it up to make “SpeedSFMs”, since Speedpaints are super popular. People like those too.
I started making music in October of 2018. I have quite a few inspirations, and the genres I currently make are EDM music and variations of it, and piano/string type stuff. I usually make the piano/string versions of my own songs and brand them as “acoustics”. You can find a dropdown list of my music pages in the top menu. You’ll find SoundCloud, ReverbNation, Spotify and Amazon music there. I am on other platforms as well, but I don’t have all of the links. So if you want to hear my stuff on other platforms, just search for LightningSFM, and if my music is there, it’ll pop up. lol.
With all that has happened in the last few years, I am in a very comfortable place in my life. I love what I do, I love all of the friends I have made, I love spending time with my kiddos, and I honestly like being really busy. This website was made out of curiosity at first, because I’ve never had a .com domain, but I don’t regret it. This site will be the gateway for you to see everything I do, all nicely packaged together in one place. Music, Blogs, Fanfics, Poetry, Videos, Streams, my random radio station I decided to create, Discord, everything. It’s all here. I can’t thank everyone enough for such an amazing ride I’ve had so far. You are the reason I am here. You are the reason this page exists, and you are the reason I am who I am – LightningSFM. So thank you! <3