And here I am: back after a long “hiatus.”
So, what have I been up to?
Nothin’. Yep, whole lotta nothin’. I’m still writing, but, as usual, something else always crops up: Family, drama, family-drama and the ever dreaded Writer’s Block. In my “downtime” I’ve tried to keep busy, but sometimes I feel like I have the attention span of a squirrel with ADD stuck in a peanut factory.
During this time, I became *gasp!* a Youtuber. Yep, decided one day that I too felt the urge to spew my opinions to the masses, since they would obviously want the hear them.
Now, I’m not going to put any links here, because it has nothing to do with writing and more about me just bitching. I’m one of those faceless types; using an avatar or disembodied voice, with a bunch of pictures and clips to show my points. While that’s as far as I’ll go about my channel, I will say that it is quite challenging.
When I first jumped into it, I was just learning as I went along. Had to learn video editing, recording proper audio, writing scripts, how to alter pictures (not make “fake news” pictures) and plenty more.
It was hard for me, because I chose the more difficult route of not just looking at a camera, but I can honestly say that, if you are able, make one of your own. Whether you show your face or not, it does help you get over some social awkwardness; talking to “crowds,” improving your vocabulary (you find yourself wanting to say more than the usual key phrases you already do) and so on.
I’ll even give ya a little hand. You can check amazon for cheap webcams. I found one for $12, couple years back. Webcams come with audio capabilities now, but in case it doesn’t, or you prefer to use just your voice, all you need is a mic and it doesn’t have to be something you find in a sound booth, just anything that’ll plug into your computer and record your voice. I use a PlayStation 3 headset with a mic.
On the matter of audio, there’s free audio software called Audacity. It’s easy to use and ther’re plenty of useful tips on YouTube.
To dabble with pictures, I use software called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). It’s basically the poor man’s Photoshop. Again, plenty of online tips and tricks.
For my channel, I use clips from other videos and pepper in some funny bits from movies or shows. I use keepvids to download a video and then VSDC Free Video Editor to get the clips or soundbites I want to use. Remember: tips are on youtube.
… Hmm. When did this turn into a “Make your own YouTube Channel” post?
As I was saying, I keep getting sidetracked and things get away from me. For the past 2 months, I’ve been engrossed with writing and it’s not even for a story (I’ll touch on that another time). So, if you wonder what the post’s title means, it’s simply that I could make another post tomorrow or another year or two down the road. I do work on my stories, but I only devote so much attention to then, until I have to get back to my other writing project and dear god it’s draining the life outta me, so who knows how much work on the stories I’ll get done or if I’ll be on here more often than the hibernation cycle of a cicada.
This has gotten a bit long and I’ve gotten a bit tired. So, with that, I thank you for your time and hope you have a good day.