Who and what is Blurr Staticz?
My real name is Kieran McLean, but my ‘online’ alias is Blurr Staticz. The name comes from an online name I used when I played Xbox growing up and I decided to stick with it and use it for what I do now. I stream on Twitch and post videos onto YouTube, I typically post gaming content but I also like to react to particular content which I find interesting and that I can comment on. People seem to enjoy hearing my opinion on things.
A brief story about my kidney disease
In June 2012 I woke up on a school morning with swelling all over my body. I was rushed into hospital for tests and almost 12 hours later I was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome. Almost immediately I was put on to high doses of steroids to fight the disease but unfortunately, it proved to be steroid-resistant.
After a couple of years of Tacrolimus treatment my kidney function deteriorated, which is when I went on to have a kidney biopsy to determine a full diagnosis of FSGS (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis) which at this point became almost impossible to treat. By using medication to slow down the decrease in my kidney function, we managed to hold off until June 2017 when I had an operation to remove one of my native kidneys and insert a PD catheter (for Peritoneal Dialysis). I went on to have dialysis for just over 2 years before I got the call for a kidney on 19th August 2019, the following day I had a kidney transplant. Unfortunately the FSGS has recently returned in my transplanted kidney and I have plasma exchanges to hold it off but I am feeling the most healthy and motivated now than I have in the last 8 years or so.
I have more information about my story on my YouTube channel ‘Kieran McLean’.
What sort of content do I post?
I try to keep my content as family-friendly as I can but of course the odd curse word may slip out here and there, sorry, that’s just how I am! I also try to involve my audience in the games I play as much as I can but sometimes I do just enjoy playing solo and having my audience to talk to. At the moment I play Among Us, Minecraft and Pokemon but down the line I would love to be able to play bigger games, unfortunately at this time I can only play the games my laptop can handle, but everyone has to start somewhere, right?
As for my Kidney Disease/Lifestyle channel. I have posted several videos about Kidney Disease, mainly what I have found out through my experience with it. I am also about to start a series over there called ‘Transplant Recipient Tries’, where I will be trying an array of different sports and hobbies, hopefully encouraging other transplant recipients that we can also play all sorts of sports and do a lot of things!
What made me want to start streaming and posting videos online?
Growing up I spent a lot of time off school due to my kidney disease, I would usually spend my time watching my favourite YouTubers and Twitch streamers, I have been using these websites to watch content throughout my journey through dialysis and my transplant and still do to this day.
I always wanted to try it as a teenager but I never had the self-confidence to try it, I would always think that people wouldn’t find me interesting or entertaining. Plus I also never knew how to set any of it up!
Once the first COVID-19 lockdown happened in March last year, along with the inconsistent improvement of my health, I realised that I may actually still be stuck at home for a long time. I started by researching streaming and how it works behind the scenes, as well as how to set it all up. I started to save money as much as I could to put towards it. By September I did my first stream to no more than 2 people (one was probably my girlfriend too) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. From that point I have kept it going as consistently as I can whilst trying to balance my health with it.
When you think of YouTubers and Streamers you probably think of them having a £5000+ setup with 3 monitors, lighting that you would find on a film set and even 2 PCs, one to stream and one to play on. However, starting off and not having that money I have had to work with what I have, luckily for me I have a Macbook that I had for college work and it was good enough to start off with, as well as a monitor and headset I use to play on my Xbox.
With the money I saved I was able to buy myself a microphone which was enough to get me started! In February I could afford a dream monitor of mine thanks to a bit of Christmas money, but of course I still have a long way to go with my setup, if you are interested I will leave a picture of it below! (Please excuse the cable management!)
Where I would like to go with streaming?
Eventually I would like to be able to make a living from this, firstly because it’s something I enjoy, also it would be a bonus to earn a living doing something I love. I would also want to be able to do charity streams for the charities closest to me, this would enable me to support them and their work, but also support those in similar situations to me. Charities such as Kidney Care UK, Kidney Research UK and NHS Charities Together. I would also like to support charities such as the RSPCA or Manchester & Cheshire Dogs home. From having a dog of my own I didn’t realise how much having a pet helps with anxiety, stress relief and other mental and physical benefits. There are many more charities I would like to support with my platform.
I am doing a 12-hour charity live stream on the 20th of August 2021 in support of Kidney Care UK and Kidney Research. Where I have planned certain forfeits to take on as we hit certain milestones.
Where can you find me?
I try my best to use as many of the social media platforms as I can to interact and keep people updated to when I go live or when I post a video, I have made a single link to show all of my social handles in one place, I would love and appreciate it so much if people were able to follow me, subscribe to me or like my page! The larger I grow the more I can help inspire people and make this a reality!
Kieran can be found online on all major social media platforms. Please do support his 24-hour Twitch live-stream on August 20th 2021, where he will be raising money for Kidney Care UK and Kidney Research UK. However, we must admit we’re a tiny bit concerned by what a Surprise Smoothie might consist of…!?