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Youtube Thy Name Is Aggravation

Y’know, I don’t think I expect too much of things & people.  Like for example, YouTube. I expect the site to work.  I expect to be able to watch videos without problems, to be able to write and respond to comments on those videos and to be able to upload my own videos with a minimum of hassle.

Since yesterday afternoon all I’ve gotten is hassle.

It started when I tried to upload episode 233 of my Minecraft adventure, “A Night In Skeleton Swamp”.  When the upload was about 25% done it stopped with an error.

In response to this I did what I always do for this (for me) rare situation.  I re-started the upload.  That attempt failed as well.

So I’ve spent the night trying again every hour or so, using different browsers and even tried moving it to my laptop to upload from there.  Nothing has helped at all.  It just failed for the 12th time a little while ago.

Now I’m re-rendering the whole thing just in case the file was somehow corrupted.

Combined with the fact that my jaw is hurting again for the first time in nearly six months, this has been one hell of a day.  The pain by itself is bad enough.  I really don’t need the added aggravation of continued YouTube failure to work right.

It’s Really Tired Out

I’m tired.  Not just physically tired and in need of sleep to restore the body to fully waking status.  I’m talking about being mentally and emotionally tired.

I’m talking about being exhausted from trying to come up with things to make my videos better and more engaging so that more people will watch them and share them with their friends and family.

I’m talking about how incredibly, awesomely weary I am of looking at things I have written and thinking “Damn, that sucks” in spite of how much effort I may have put into writing it at the time.

I’m tired of spending hour after hour after hour after hour writing in my blogs, doing keyword research and optimizing my posts for both human readers and for search engines all in an effort to squeeze a few more visitors out of them, hoping and praying that their precious clicks on adverts will increase enough so that I can actually earn a living wage that pays all of my bills and leaves a bit for me for the first time since 1997.

Basically, I’m tired of working my ass off and getting little to no return for it.

If you think that just because I don’t have a job working for somebody else that I’m just a lazy good for nothing sot leaching off of society you’ve got another think coming.

YOU try making two videos a day and keeping up with writing on six blogs while trying to be creative in both writing and video making!

I’ve been doing the daily video thing for almost two years now and ya’know what?  I’m TIRED!  Nearly burned out in fact.  The creativity that used to come so easily for making videos is all but gone.  Worn to a frazzle.

As for writing, I’ve been doing that since around 1998.  Then I started this blog in February 2006.  Since then I’ve had to expand to writing in five more blogs aside from this one.  In that time I have written a total of well over 2,500 blog posts.

At an average of 250 words each that comes out to me having written approximately 625,000 words in the last six years.  Can you blame me for feeling tired and like my creativity has been stretched so thin that it’s almost impossible to see anymore?

What’s almost scary is that lately I have been giving serious thought to starting to write actively in a seventh blog.

As you can see, my writing, while I honestly love doing it is yet another form of creativity that has been pushed and pushed and pushed until 99 percent of what I write is, in my personal opinion, total, absolute, shit.

I’m tired of scraping by most of the time, having the occasional financial blessing that lets me get caught up for a few months and then gradually start falling behind again.

Frankly I need a break, a vacation from all this responsibility to keep working my ass off to earn every stinking penny I can.  A vacation from having to rack my brains every single day trying desperately to come up with something, anything, that will draw more readers, more viewers, and more clicks.

Too bad I cannot afford to take such a vacation.  Not even for one day.  I dare not stop writing and I dare not stop making videos because I desperately need every cent those things generate, precious little though it may be.

So why am I writing this?  Because if I do not at the very least, vent, I’m gonna go totally fucking nuts, that’s why.

I mean, it would be a lot easier to deal with all this shit if I didn’t have to be doing it alone.  and I’m not referring to just having “someone to talk to” either.  That’s all well and good but I want more than that.

I’ve been alone entirely too long (as in literally most of my life) and I think that having somebody to not only talk to but curl up with when I’m not feeling good would do wonders.  Not that I’d want to stop there. Oh no.

However that’s another subject entirely

Why Watch Bad Videos?

After my last post mentioning My video review series “Watching Bad Videos (so you don’t have to)” It occurred to me that because I’ve had questions about the title of that series and why I chose it.

It’s really simple.  There are a zillion movies out there and even more youtube videos out there.  The problem is in finding the good ones.  It’s a problem because 99.99999% of them are absolute total irredeemable crap.  There is so much crap that it’s actually pretty hard to find the really good stuff.  Kinda like looking for a particular drop of water in the ocean.

Most of the good videos and movies are lost in the crowd of crap.  Oh sometimes word of mouth will help a movies but videos, unless you’re one of the very few fortunate people who get featured on the youtube front page or have the resources of triangle direct media working in your favor, then your videos are probably going to be lost in the ocean of youtube crapola.

My aim with WBV is to help make it easier to find the good stuff.  To do this I watch A LOT of videos, the overwhelming majority of which are total crap.  However when I find good ones I will do a review of them and provide links to them.  This helps lesser known (or totally unknown) video makers get some much needed and much deserved exposure.

I’ve done 18 episodes of WBV so far and starting this week I’ll be doing a LOT more of them.  My goal being as always to bring out the gems from that ocean of crap and share them with everyone.

You can suggest movies and videos for me to review easily.  Just mention it on twitter using the hashtag #watchingbadvideos.  I have a filter set up that looks for tweets using that hashtag and I will try to use as many of your sugestions as possible.

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A Reprieve From The Cold

Today it seems that I’ve gotten a reprieve from the onslaught of deep cold weather as the temps today have reached into the low 50’s.  Given the temps over the last few weeks this is practically a heat wave.

That, combined with the fact that I’ve gotten some fresh inspiration means that I’m feeling better overall and will very likely be actually getting a bunch of stuff done over the next several weeks.

Watch this space for announcements of upcoming episodes of “Watching Bad Videos (so you don’t have to)” and let me know of movies and youtube videos that you’d like to see me review.  Just tweet ’em using the hashtag #watchingbadvideos and I’ll use as many as I can.

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Ever notice how you can so easily get into habits regarding when you do things?

For example in the early days of my youtube video making career I had a habit of making my videos early in the morning, usually before 11:00am and it worked great.  It meant that once that video was uploaded I had no need to concern myself with “what am I going to talk about in this video” for the rest of the day.

Oh it’s true that I’d jot down notes about things that might be good talking points in the next days video but there was no pressure involved.  It was just causally recording a few thoughts that I could review the next morning and turn into a video.

Since then I fell behind.  One delaying circumstance after another had me getting things done later and later.  Before long I was making videos at 10:00pm or later, hurrying like mad to get it uploaded before midnight, always working against the pressure of that self imposed deadline of midnight for the day’s video.

It’s a long time since the last time I tried (unsuccessfully I might add) to change back to the morning schedule and now I’m thinking that it’s long past time to give it another shot.  I’m sick of having the pressure to come up with something good right away only minutes before the deadline, often not getting the video uploaded before 2:30am.

Time to get the schedule back on track and take the pressure off.  Maybe then I’ll have an easier time of coming up with better videos that people actually want to watch and subscribe to my channel because of.

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