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Not Just a Theory

My science channel has a name! Maybe.

I’d like your opinion. It’s very difficult to choose a name for a YouTube channel. I was trying to think of something that would not only tell you that it’s science, but also to tell you that it’s combating science illiteracy. The name?

Not Just a Theory

I’m not 100% certain about this yet, so I wanted to ask you what you thought. Do you like the name? Or do you think I should include the word “science” in the name? Let me know in the comments section below.

Big A to Z Challenge Idea

The idea came to me. Actually, a couple people said I should do science posts. I’m going to do that. But more than just blog posts. I’m going to use this for some YouTube ideas, too.

You see, I’m going to be doing some posts listing ten facts about various scientific topics (A will be Astronomy, C will be Curiosity, D will be Dinosaurs, and so on). But it won’t just be doing lists. I’ll be doing a video for each post, as well. I’m going to incorporate images in the video, which means I need to make sure I know how to use the new video editor well. And since this will be 26 videos in one month, I’m going to try getting started on it soon. I’d like to make the videos and have them ready to be edited and uploaded on my science channel when the time comes.

Interested? Any suggestions for science topics for any letters? Let me know.

For My Daughter’s Future

I openly oppose what Donald Trump has been doing. If you understand why, then we probably have similar opinions. If you don’t understand why, then you need to step back and examine the consequences of his actions. 

Why do I oppose him, but I’m not actually American? What the US does in many cases can have effects all around the world, especially the environmental issues. This has me worried for my daughter’s future. Still don’t understand? I’m not sure if you ever will. It doesn’t need to be explained. It seems like common sense to me. 

That’s all I’m going to write about this on this blog, unless something especially disturbing happens. I will continue to see what happens.

What’s Going on Inside My Head

Here’s what I’ve been thinking about recently:

  • My daughter read her first book by herself. This is actually pretty exciting for me.
  • I worry about the future of science in the US.
  • Climate change is real. Stop trying to hide it.
  • I wonder which team will draft me when I finish this season in the OHL in NHL 17 in Be a Pro mode.
  • This had me laughing my ass off.
  • Tomorrow is my daughter’s 5th birthday. This weekend will be the first time that we have a birthday party for her and invited friends. I wonder how it’ll go.
  • What should I watch on Netflix?
  • I loved the school group that came through at work yesterday. Amazing kids.
  • I miss Japan.

What have you been thinking about recently?

I Keep Coming Back to Teaching

For eleven years, I was an English teacher in Japan. It still feels strange to say that I’m no longer teaching and no longer living in Japan. Part of me feels like I should still be there teaching. You know the feeling? You know things have changed, but part of you doesn’t want to accept it.

I missed the teaching. And then I started working at a science centre. Every day that I work, I’m teaching people (usually children) about the planets, physics, and occasionally bird feathers. I’m finding that I’m loving seeing kids enjoying learning about science. Science was my first love. Teaching English was an incredible experience, but now I’m helping to teach science to people, although not as a teacher. Today, I spent forty minutes talking to a woman (half in the planetarium, half in the gallery) about astronomy, science centres, and life experiences. It’s that kind of interaction I love. I enjoy talking to people about science and helping them learn something new.

That brings me to what I’m going to be doing very soon. And that is starting a science channel on YouTube. Science education and science literacy are very important to me. I want to help people understand that science can be interesting and fun. But I also want them to understand that without science literacy, society can’t advance. It’ll stagnate or even regress. I want to combat scientific illiteracy, pseudoscience, and misinformation. There’s too much of that going around these days.

I’m hoping that through the science channel, I’ll be able to help people learn science and enjoy it. While I’ll be doing the videos on my own, I’m hoping people will share the videos and help spread the word about my channel. I want to reach as wide an audience as possible. While I may be only one person, I hope I can change some minds about the importance of science.

I still have some work to do to prepare my new channel. I still need a name, and I’d like to work on a schedule for it. I plan on doing two videos a week. One talking about weekly science news stories, one doing specific topics to help educate people about science. I’ll focus mostly on astronomy, physics, biology, geology, and palaeontology.

So, who’s with me on this?

Week in Review – November 20, 2016

Incredible week! So much happened that I feel like a lot has changed. Major plans for YouTube and moving forward on reading. Find out what happened!

Reading

I’m now at 85% done in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin. I should be able to finish the book tomorrow! And then I start another one. Feels great to finish a book in less than a month for once.

Writing

Again, nothing happened. For the rest of this month, I’ll have more free time, so I may actually salvage a bit of NaNoWriMo.

Videos

Here’s where the big news is. First of all, I was able to publish 7 videos on my main channel. Once a day. On my vlog channel, I published a whopping 8 videos. So, that’s 15 in one week! Soon, there will be a third channel to talk about, and that’s a science channel! I’ve talked about this a bit earlier this week. But this is something I am extremely serious about doing. I can’t wait to get started!

Patreon

Nothing. Major revamp coming very soon!

Languages

I need to get back to work on this.

The Blog

I’ve found it interesting to see how older blog posts are carrying most of the traffic on the blog. It’s gotten to the point where I get more than a thousand views from old posts every month! Very interesting. I didn’t post anything out of the ordinary in the past week, but I will be doing more of my classic posts soon.

Studying

Nothing!

The Next Week’s Goals

On the blog side of things: reviews! I really want to get a couple done, or even more. On the video side of things: More planning for my science channel, but also a new channel trailer for my main channel and maybe even one for my vlog channel. Lots to do!

How was your week?

Another YouTube Channel?? – Science!

After a lot of thought over the last few days, I’ve come to a decision. I will be starting another YouTube channel. Here’s how this came about.

A while back, I was thinking I might start doing some science-related vlogs on my vlog channel (you should subscribe to it!). I then decided I’d do a science video every week. However, I felt like it wouldn’t fit with that channel, as it’s meant to be a daily (sometimes 2-3 days) vlog. Why not start a new channel?

And so I made my decision. Soon, there will be a new channel on YouTube dedicated to science! But it won’t be right away. I need some time to plan it, choose a name, and have room to shoot my videos in. They’ll be extremely low budget, but I plan on using a new video editor (it’s a free one, but highly recommended).  I need to learn that new editor before I start the new channel, and I need a whole list of video ideas. I need to develop a format for it, as well. There’s a lot to consider. And one of the things I need to check out is if I am able to monetize a third channel this year. When I tried monetizing the channel for my daughter and I, YouTube told me I can’t monetize three channels in one year. Not sure about that, but I’ll investigate.

The new channel will have one video per week to start. They’ll feature me in front of the camera, and I’d like to do these videos with diagrams on paper. I’ll need to script the videos, unlike the videos I currently do for books and vlogs. I will focus a lot on astronomy and biology, though I’ll also include geology, physics, and chemistry.

I have some questions for you, though. I’d love to have some input.

  1. Would you be interested in subscribing and watching this channel?
  2. Do you think I should aim the videos toward children or adults? Or maybe good for both?
  3. What topics would you like to see me make videos on?

One of the things I may start doing for that channel is a weekly Q&A where I take a question or two and provide the answers. However, this will come down the road. As for the main videos, I’ll be using a lot of public domain images and planning on doing picture in picture video from time to time. So, I need to practice editing videos. And if possible, a collaboration or two with other science channels. Lots to do!

So, who’s with me? Interested? Let me know what you think in the comments with your answers to the questions above.