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Rebranding My YouTube Channel

Don’t let the name on my YouTube channel fool you, I have renamed it. Well, it’s still going to be under my name, but it’s now called Jay Dee’s Journeys. Why? Well, I wanted to give it a name other than my name. I still could fully rename the channel, and I might.

So, the meaning of my channel is quite simple. What do books, Star Trek, and Japan have in common? Journeys! In books, you journey to another world or place. In Star Trek, you journey to the stars. In Japan, well, you journey to Japan. That’s what links them together. However, the channel is going to focus on books, and I love a good fantasy novel with maps and travel.

I’ve also made a channel trailer to introduce it to newcomers. Here it is:

I have ideas for a better trailer, but that requires me to be better at making videos. I’ll learn, though. I will make better videos with better editing. But this trailer reflects what my channel is like at the moment. It gives you everything you need to know about the channel.

Let me know what you think.

A Month on Booktube!

Well, my big experiment is going pretty well. I think I’m getting better at speaking in front of a camera. I’ve found it surprisingly easy to make and edit a video within half an hour or so. Sometimes, the biggest wait is just the video compiling on my computer.

I made a video about my first month on Booktube. It’s been an adventure, one that I see going on for a long time. So, check out my reflection on my first month on Booktube!

Some things I hope to improve are my editing, thumbnails, and adding end cards when the new end card annotation feature is public. I can’t wait to use that!

Anyway, let me know what you thought of the video. Thanks!

100 Subscribers on YouTube!

Wow. That was pretty quick. Three weeks ago, I started doing Booktube on my YouTube channel. I had around 50 subscribers at that time. I just hit 100! I know, that’s kind of small compared to a couple other things. This blog has 1,371 followers and I have 3,486 followers on Twitter. However, doubling my subscribers in such a short time is pretty nice, even though it’s only 100.

So, for my 100 subscriber celebration, I want questions! Ask me anything! You can go to this blog post and ask me there. I want a lot of questions, so please ask! Or you can ask me on this post. That’s fine, too.

Making a YouTube Channel More Attractive

I’ve just started doing the Get Discovered course on YouTube’s Creator Academy. And one thing stood out: it’s incredibly easy to verify your account! Now that I have a verified account, a lot more things are available to me. One of the most important things is custom thumbnails.

You see, I’m trying to make my channel and videos more attractive to people. This includes things like using appropriate tags, making straight-to-the-point video descriptions, attractive titles, and custom thumbnails. There’s one thing I’ve already added, and that’s a watermark. You’ll notice it on the lower right-hand corner of my videos, and if you hover over it, you can go to or subscribe to my channel.

I still have a lot more to go through in the course, but another thing I have planned is to get all of my videos sorted into playlists, and have them available on my channel, so the latest videos in each series are easily found.

Studying about improving my channel and videos has been very interesting. I’m going to do a lot more to maximize the potential of my channel. Of course, I’ll keep making videos. But don’t worry, I’ll be spending more time on writing than on videos. Writing is my number one priority.

If you have a YouTube channel, why not share it in the comments below?

Big Plans for My YouTube Channel

After a lot of thought while washing dishes, I’ve finally come up with an idea for my YouTube channel’s focus and name.

The new name? Jay Dee’s Journeys. I might change it a bit, but that’s basically about what I want to call it.

Why Journeys? My main focuses are on travel and books. Travel is obvious, of course. But as far as books go, they are a kind of journey to another world or place. And since I read and write mainly science fiction and fantasy, those often have an aspect of travel.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

And before I forget, I made a video yesterday, but haven’t edited it yet. I’ll also have another video today. Expect them sometime later today.

My YouTube Channel

It has come to my attention that the link I provided to my YouTube channel was wrong. In fact, it was an old link that used to work. I’ve now fixed it in the original post from earlier. Please read that post.

But I’ll be nice. Here’s the correct link to my YouTube channel. Please subscribe! And also read the previous post that I link to above. It has a lot of information you may want to know about.

Thank you, Shameful Narcissist, for pointing it out!

The Future of My YouTube Channel

I’ve been struggling to figure out what to do with my YouTube channel after we’ve moved to Canada. At the moment, I’m using it to do Japan videos (I know, I know, I need to actually upload some). However, after we’ve moved to Canada, I won’t be able to take more Japan videos until we go on holiday in Japan.

Here’s what I do have planned:

  • A Taste of Japan series
  • Life in Japan series
  • Adjusting to life in Canada series

After that, what do I do? Well, I finally figured out what I could do. It’s not absolutely for sure, but I think I may do it. Originally, I was going to have it as a channel about books and writing. Well, I found it kind of difficult to make many videos about that. So, as I was watching some videos this past weekend, I realised what I have to do.

I’m writing science fiction, and I will write fantasy. I read science fiction and fantasy. I enjoy science fiction and fantasy movies and TV series, as well as superhero movies. I also enjoy astronomy and space exploration. Not only that, I love science in general. So, why not make all things geeky the focus of my channel? I’m pretty much a geek, so it makes sense, right?

What do you think?

Six Months Until Canada, but I Have a Regret

It’s only six months to go until we’re in Canada, as I’ve mentioned before. And here is the video I promised.

I didn’t go into detail about the plans, but I’ll mention a few things I have planned for the channel.

First is lots of videos about Japan. I’ll be doing A Taste of Japan about different places, and I’ll be doing Life in Japan, answering questions I received on this blog. I also have some immigration videos I’d like to make.

After going to Canada, I’ll make some videos about the places we visit when we first arrive. I’ll also talk about reverse culture shock as it happens, if it happens. I’m probably not looking forward to that experience.

Is there anything else you’d like to see videos about? Let me know in the comments below.

What to Do With YouTube

As you may know, I have a couple YouTube channels, one under my name, and one for family videos. I don’t have a lot of subscribers, and I don’t have a lot of views. In fact, I haven’t done much with them lately. So, what do I do with them?

Well, first of all, I don’t really have a focus for either of them. I think for my main channel, I was thinking I’d do some videos on books, and then I thought it’s not exactly exciting to have only that. I have several videos about Japan there, too. But I don’t want that to be the focus, either.

But then I watched S. R. Carrillo’s video on absentee guilt and channel expansion. It made me realise something. What I should be doing is having my YouTube channel basically reflect my blog. Do some videos about books and writing, but also do videos about living in Japan, dealing with immigration, and travel. Throw in some other miscellaneous stuff, and you have something that resembles this blog in a way. I will have various series, of course. One I plan to do is a video version of my Life in Japan series of blog posts. But also, I plan on showing interesting places I visit in Japan, and once we move to Canada, show interesting places in Canada. I will also do updates on my writing, and once I have an actual book for sale, do videos about that. In Canada, I also want to get a dashcam when we get a car. If there’s something interesting, maybe a video from that can go up (or on a new channel).

So, what do you think? Any suggestions?

Paul Barbato Is My Idol

Geography Now is one of the greatest channels on YouTube, if you ask me. Created by Paul Barbato last year, it aims to tell about every country in the world in alphabetic order. That is a big project to undertake.

Geography may sound dry to some people, but Geography Now makes it both informative and entertaining. It’s even sparked some massive arguments between rival countries’ viewers. Paul has taken it all in stride and is working as hard as ever to deliver wonderful videos. And those videos have been improving in quality all the time. Here’s his first one, Afghanistan.

And his most recent, Botswana.

And you know what? Canada is coming soon. I’m excited to see that video. I’ll share it when it’s up in the coming months.

And finally, to Paul, if you ever read this, you’re not really my idol. However, what you’re doing is great. Not just great, but wonderful. I’m looking forward to watching every single video you make about each country. It’s probably too late to give you help with Canada, since I’m sure you have a lot of people from Canada already offering to help, but I’d love to contribute to the Japan video, since I’ve been living there for more than ten years. Though that country probably won’t be profiled any time soon, will it? It’s close to the middle of the alphabet. And if I’m ever in LA, I’d love to meet up with you and talk about geography!

And yes, I have done a post about Geography Now before, but I just had to talk about it again.

Sincerely,

Paul Barbato’s fan, Jay Dee.