Food For Thought

It’s been a relatively slow month from this end, not counting when moving this blog over from Blogger. It’s still amazing that 2010 is inching even closer. It’s almost like where did the year go? Now the weather is getting colder out and we’re getting closer to Christmas as recent events at work have demonstrated. Next week is of course the time of year known as Black Friday, every retailer’s nightmare. At work, they have a different plan in place partly due to the incident in Long Island last year in which that big Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by all the rabid customers who converge on the stores to get the best deals.

This year’s Black Friday is different for me because I work an extra day this year. This is going to be the first Friday after Black Friday in which I do have to work since my friend got fired from there four years ago. Usually the day after Black Friday, they have pizza for us. I’m not sure if they still do that. After all, it’s been four years since I worked the day after Black Friday.

Now I have also been thinking about possibly going to college. Upon graduating from high school, I never expected to take this route, but maybe I should consider it, primarily because I need to get a better career. I am thinking about taking courses on broadcasting and maybe pick up some tips on how to improve the quality of my YouTube videos, especially if I want to make that a career like many of the big names that I am well acquainted with.

Anyway, just figured I’d try to work through my blogger’s block and get this post out and let everyone know what’s up so that way I am not letting this site go to waste.

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Constant Whitewater

Okay, I am going to start this off by saying that I can’t believe that it’s October already. Wow, 2010 is now less than three months away. It’s like, where did 2009 go? I missed about two months of blogging mainly because of the fact that I have so much going on in my life right now, both online as well as off.

In many ways, while I got a sudden spike of creativity as far as my YouTube career goes. In the last two months alone, I put my channel through so many changes, mainly taking down some videos that either didn’t attract too many comments or videos I felt could be done better, such as the video I shot at Ilion Little Theater back in March and the Walk in the Park video. I originally intended for the latter video to be my first HD video. I have since reposted both.

Also I figured I try my hand at news reporting by doing a series of news videos that I called “The Black Cat Weekly,” but that turned out to be a disaster. First off, it got more and more difficult to get news stories that I could do a video about, not to mention that the videos brought the haters out in record droves. I didn’t expect to be that badly received as far as that goes. However, I have decided to adopt other YouTuber’s methods and attack the haters in reply comments, because it’s pretty fun to do because they’re a group of losers who either don’t do videos and are only on there to cause trouble or they’re a group who have only a handful of videos and have very few or no friends or subscribers.

Now don’t take this the wrong way. Just because I stopped doing the news videos doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop making videos or give up on YouTube like very few people do. I’m too well established on YouTube for that. Plus there are other factors than that at work. I have been meeting more and more people online, not to mention people sending me IM requests and app invites on Facebook to keep up with them all. It’s like constant whitewater for me. It does get overwhelming after a while.

In some ways, YouTube and Twitter have led to me not being able to blog so much, mainly because it is starting to get easier for me to make videos and Twitter is basically the in thing for bloggers, not to mention some personal things I am going through right now. So I have to get back into the habit of blogging again because that was how I got started on the web.

But on the bright side, October is a pretty big month for me, most notably the fact that at the end of the month is my three-year anniversary on YouTube. Clearly something to look forward to. But for now, I just wanted to touch base with everyone to show that I am still committed to this blog.

Summer Came Early This Year

It seems like I’ve been reduced to doing at least one blog a month lately. Once again, my status on the Internet is increasing more and more, most notably on Twitter. Last weekend, I was at 180 or so followers and by the end of that weekend, I found out that I had pretty close to if not over 250 followers. Basically a tenfold increase which is awesome in regards to my future on the web.

Anyway, this weekend was hotter than hell. Yesterday, it was almost 90 degrees out and it’s supposed to be in the high 80’s both tomorrow and Tuesday. I had originally planned to shoot my video for the longest HD video outdoors yesterday but I underestimated how hot it was supposed to get and my plans there were defeated. So I’ll have to wait until probably tomorrow to film that. I am also contemplating doing a video about the Craigslist killer because number 1, he’s big news and 2, he was originally from the Mohawk Valley so we’ll see. But as far as the weather goes, it is a safe bet to say that summer has come early this year.

Resolutions

What the cat said.

What the cat said.

Well here we are. The last day of 2008. And what better way to end the year than with another snowstorm to annoy me. But instead of getting into another rant about how bad the snow’s been here in Central New York, I’m going to do another retropective on the year 2008.

The year 2008 has been a really historic and important year. For one thing, America elected Barack Obama as the first-ever black President of the United States but it’s not just the fact that he was elected. The whole election campaign was also a major historic event because of the fact that it also had a female vice-presidential candidate that was more or less reviled by the world. Also in 2008 news, “The Dark Knight” dominated the box office thanks largely to the late Heath Ledger as the Joker (may he rest in peace); and how about that Michael Phelps, eh? And it ends on a pretty high note because we finally saw OJ Simpson go to jail for armed robbery and kidnapping.

For me, other than the fact that I officially took my Internet life to the next level and started making YouTube videos, the year was more or less uneventful. Even as this year ends, I officially have 320 subscribers on YouTube and growing. I also added Facebook and Twitter to my Internet list. I also have obtained a side job with the Historical Society mowing their lawn and shoveling them out. Speaking of the Historical Society, my book is now officially on permanent hold because I found out about another book that is being written that pretty much parallels what I’m doing. I may decide instead to do a video for YouTube.

As far as 2009 goes, I have really high hopes that it will be my breakout year on the Internet, especially on YouTube. I have several goals I hope to accomplish there but perhaps the biggest goal I would like to achieve next year is that I want to get partnership on YouTube so I can start making money on my videos. As far as what directions I want to go with my videos, I have a variety of ideas that I want to try out, like maybe do some videos that are based on what I write here on this blog and I might do a tutorial video because I had received some comments that asked me for advice about how to make cat videos. Besides, I hear that tutorial videos do really well on YouTube.

Tonight is probably the worst night for me to work, especially since tonight is New Year’s Eve and usually you’re supposed to be with a loved one or with a new relationship instead of being at work. Tonight is really going to suck. Hopefully that will change next year.

It’s Christmas

So anyway, I know this is a shorter blog than what I usually do, but it’s the holidays after all, not to mention that I do have to work tonight to clean up the mess that everyone left on Christmas Eve. And then after that, I have my normal Friday and Saturday off from work. And so I have to start getting ready for videos next week, which is New Year’s. So happy holidays, everyone.