Happy New Year, everyone! And welcome back to the blog. I’m rejuvenating the blog this year, and I have many exciting things to come. Many of them are things you already know about, but there will be some new things, as well.
First of all, I’ll do a minor refreshing of the design. I’ll make it look more bookish. Second, more of my own writing on this blog. Third, a desire to do some collaboration with others. And fourth, a bit more of an integration with my YouTube channel.
But I think the biggest thing is that I’m going to concentrate a lot on writing. In particular, Ariadne and short stories. I really need to focus on the main reason for this blog, my writing.
Another thing I’d like to do with YouTube is profile booktubers (book vloggers) who I subscribe to, and think you should watch if you’re interested in that kind of thing.
I’m going to leave you tonight with a video of mine, which is all about the year 2018. It’s all about plans related to my writing, YouTube, and business. While watching, I’d like you to think about what your plans are for 2018. Let me know what they are in the comments section.
Happy New Year!!
After much thought tonight, and a sudden realisation, I’m completely changing something. You see, I’m quitting vlogging.
But, hold on! What exactly do I mean by this? Well, you know about my vlog channel, right? I haven’t posted any videos on it in a couple weeks. I’ve come to a realisation that the daily vlogging thing wasn’t something I wanted to continue much longer. Everyday life isn’t interesting enough for it. I need topics or stories to be able to continue.
My main channel, where I do videos about books, Japan, and Star Trek continues on as usual, of course. I’ll be adding the occasional vlog on that channel, though. When I go on vacation, I’ll put travel videos on there, as well. The title is Jay Dee’s Journeys after all. But it’ll primarily be about books and writing.
So, what am I doing with my vlog channel? It’ll get a new name and a totally new focus. You see, I’m not going to start a new science channel, as I said before. I’m going to change this channel into a science channel. I have few subscribers, so it won’t affect a lot of people. The existing videos will go private. I won’t delete them, but I’ll keep them there and if I get back into vlogging, I’ll re-upload them on a new channel.
I’ll be doing a video on my vlog channel explaining all of this. If you want to get ahead of the game and subscribe to it for the science, then I definitely invite you to do so!
This morning, I took ten minutes to record a quick video. It’ll be up tomorrow. But during this video, I was acting far more naturally and having fun with it. I realised this is how I want my videos to be. I think I found my voice.
It’s a really good feeling making something I’m very satisfied with. Of course, there are still improvements I want to make, such as better video editor, better camera and microphone, and adding end cards. However, with what I have now, I feel good about it.
I want to bring back that feeling to this blog, too. Next month will be busy, but for a good reason. I’ll be releasing a video and doing a blog post about it next week. You’re going to see a more relaxed and conversational me. Look forward to it!
I thought I’d show you a bit about my first day of work. I took a video before and after work (I couldn’t show anything from work, of course), and you even get to see a sunrise. Check out the vlog:
Anyone else have a great first day of work? Let me know in the comments below.
I blog twice a day. I’ve been doing that for a long time now. But how about vlogging every day? I’m going to attempt that this week! Here is the first video.
But just wait for tomorrow’s video. I’ll be going over a decision about what to vlog about. That’s been a question I’ve been trying to answer. What do I vlog about? My main channel is about books. But my vlog channel needs some sort of direction, too.
Any ideas? What would you like to see in a vlog? Let me know in the comments below. Keep in mind that I don’t want to stage or script anything.
As you all know, I’m making videos on YouTube, and have already done three new ones in the past week. That’s a pretty good pace for me. It’s a pace I’d like to keep up. I’ll be doing short vlog style videos for a while about our move to Canada. They’ll mainly just be me talking and maybe showing you what I see (especially when we’re on the move, going places).
The videos for A Taste of Japan will be coming, don’t worry. I’ve found them difficult to work on because of the amount of time required to edit them. They are big videos with many pieces to stitch together. I’ll be doing another video for that this weekend, actually. Going to Kawazu in Ito City, Shizuoka. It’s on the Izu Peninsula, which is famous for hot springs and resorts. We’ll be seeing the Kawazuzakura, or Kawazu cherry trees, which should be in full bloom. We’ll be spending a night with my wife’s parents at a hotel there, and we can enjoy some hot springs. Believe it or not, that’ll be the first time I’m experiencing hot springs in Japan! I’ll be sure to take whatever video I can for another installment of A Taste of Japan.
But what I want to mention is that once we get to Canada, I’m going to have my YouTube channel monetized. That means that I’ll be getting advertising income from Google/YouTube, though it’ll be incredibly small. That is unless I can get more subscribers and views. I currently have 45 subscribers (the 45th subscribed yesterday!), and haven’t been consistent in creating content, so I understand that small number. But now that I’m getting serious about it, I hope to increase that number by quite a bit. So, this is where you come in. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. I would be incredibly grateful. And whenever you can, please share my videos.
The future of my channel looks bright. In addition to the immigration vlog, I’ll be doing travel videos for Japan and Canada in the short term. I also plan on doing a lot of videos related to books and writing, though I’m not sure what direction to take that yet. Actually, if you have any suggestions about what I could do, that would be great. I’m always open to that. You can leave your suggestions in the comments below. And thanks to those of you who subscribe!
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?