Sorry Facebook peeps, you’re gonna get hit with another post full of links because of this. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
There will also be rambling. You’ve been warned, nerds.
I’ve been exceedingly quiet over here for a while, but that’s largely due to some things I’ve had going on in my personal life. A devastating back injury (my third one in about 5 years and this time it’s bad enough that we’re looking into disability) and, on much, much brighter note– the birth of my daughter.
The back injury came the day before my wife was set to be induced for labor, so it’s been a whirlwind of pain, love, excitement, and sleepless nights.
In the time that I’ve had where I haven’t been able to sleep for either reason, I’ve been making short videos and putting them up on YouTube. I’ve also moved over to VidMe. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting links later. As a small creator trying to actually create something special, YouTube’s latest policies haven’t exactly been…let’s say “diplomatic”. My videos over there are monetized, but that’s thanks to a really stupid video I made a few years ago that go over 10,000 views. That’s the catch nowadays, if your channel has less than 10k life time views, you can’t monetize your videos, and even when you do break into the 10k bracket, you basically have to put yourself, the videos you’ve invested your time, energy, and creativity into at their mercy. Aside from that, I feel like I’ve hit a ceiling on that particular platform that I can’t quite break through. Hence the jump to VidMe.
Where do I even start with VidMe? It’s actually creator-friendly. No ads. Kind of a “Wild West” feel to it like YouTube had back in its early days. I mean the good kind, not the kind where some kid in fuchsia denims and a Mexican rug comes in and causes a ruckus. It borrows things from other social-video platforms and makes it easier for creators to actually make some money doing what they love. Well, so long as they’re verified. Twitch’s Subscription feature? Yep, got something like that. Sub to a channel for $X to support your favorites. The cost is determined by the creator. Following, the free option functions exactly like Subscribing on YouTube or any other social platform. You can even tip creators on specific videos. Like something someone did? Toss a buck or five their way.
“But Vox, surely there’s a downside to all of this?” I hear you say. Well, only if you’re an unverified creator. You get one, and precisely ONE, gig per week in which to upload videos. I believe this includes videos you upload via linking. Oh, yea, you can easily upload videos from other sites if you link them. I’m not sure how flexible this feature is as I’ve only done it once with one of my own videos, so I don’t really know what happens if you try to steal a video and be a scumbag. Either way, I’m chomping at the bit for May 5th to roll around so I can post more videos over there and play with the scheduling features.
At the moment, I’m waiting and hoping to get verified so that I can really get to work on the ideas I have for videos. More reviews, getting in front of a camera, doing the odd music cover here and there, and so much more.
Right now, I’m trying to figure out exactly what I’d like to do. I hate leaving the blog in a semi-abandoned state. Especially when I actually do have a pretty good number of people who follow. Maybe I will go back to the idea of having video and text reviews to go alongside each other. Maybe a Nuzlocke video series. Improving the One Life To Live series, which I guess no one over here has even seen because I haven’t posted it over here due to being a lazy piece of crap. Pretty sure it’s almost time for my annual beatdown of RE4, too.
Anyway, there’s the rambling you were promised. I’ll be dropping some links below for all the other sites I’m a part of at this point.
Minds.com – A newer social media site that’s pretty incredible.