Nearly 3 years ago I started making videos on YouTube. 2 years ago I premiered my short “Zombie Zero” At Fargo’s CoreCon. A year ago I joined my local Occupy group. It’s been an amazing ride… so far.
|My attempt at a photo meme|
If you look at the sheer variety of videos I put up on this channel. An open letter to Obama, a Minecraft song, failed vlog every day in April attempt, protest footage, poetry, Making fun of Pogobat, dancing in the rain in a kilt. I have set no formula or criteria on what I put up on YouTube. Some times I think this has held me back. Other times the freedom from expectations has let me things I wouldn’t have normally done.
As another creative and intellectual outlet I started blogging on a regular basis in August. This has been more enjoyable than I thought it would and the response has been great garnering more views in 6 months than my vlogging channel has all year.
I have streamed several events as a citizen journalist and used twitter as a tool to get news and to spread it.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I was working full time and going to school full time. I decided to take a sabbatical from all these thing. It mostly held. As a result I got to see what people went to without any new content. The surprising winner of that was something that I started as a silly idea that frankly is a bad bit to get views.
I started a gaming channel called Games by Toby and didn’t tell anyone. I review crappy games you can play for free online. One of these videos took over as my most watched video ever. While not exactly proud of its success I am intrigued by it and am thinking of trying some new stuff with it.
So what’s coming in the new year? Let me list some things I am planning on doing. actually complete VEDA, An expose on the DRE program nationwide, Finish The Quest for Cake Move my blog to my own self designed website. Make a man lotion spoof, continue to inform, educate, and entertain.
Most importantly I will stop doing any of this if it doesn’t continue to feel important or fulfill my creative needs. I don’t do any of this for fame or money (I haven’t found either doing this) I do it because the creativity keeps me sane and the sharing of knowledge is important and purposeful to me.
Everyone should have a means of expressing their feelings and creativity. I found this to be a good one for me. To go through life with out expressing yourself can not be good for your sanity.