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.

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Blackcatloner Forever


I’ve spent some time trying to come up with a story to mark the 100th blog on this site, “The Adventures of Blackcatloner” and I decided that I would salvage this story from my old blog site on the soon to be extinct Yahoo 360. This story answers the question in which how I came up with my prestigious and rather unique username, Blackcatloner. Well anyway here goes.

Prior to the fall of 2005, I had been surfing the web primarily to check out upcoming movies and other things. In 2005, when I became involved in the Gillette case, I asked the public library in Herkimer if I could set up an email address there because I did not have a computer or Internet access at that time. I decided to set up my email account with Yahoo because it was free to set up an email address. When it came time to select my Yahoo name, I was a little confused. I wanted something that was dark and mysterious mainly because of the fact that I am dark and mysterious. Then I remembered that one of my favorite groups was the 80’s band the Stray Cats. That mixed with the fact that I had two black cats and the fact that I have been a loner pretty much all of my life got the wheels set in motion. As soon as I knew it, I typed in “blackcatloner.” The reason I had to type it in as one word was the fact that email addresses could not be broken up into three separate words unless separated by an underscore.

At that time I was only creating an email address for a project but little did I realize that I was creating a whole new identity for myself. And the rest is history.

Then three months after opening my email address, I started my career as a blogger on Yahoo 360 with the site that was originally called “The World of Blackcatloner” but I later called it “Ultimate Blackcatloner.” While I was blogging, I became integrated into the whole Internet social networking scene which at that time included Myyearbook, Myspace and some other sites, and it’s led to some pretty wild and exciting adventures and of course chances are I posted them online. The more I blogged and integrated myself into the social networking scene the more my popularity increased. In time I would add making videos on YouTube and even furthering my adventures on Twitter to my resume.

I have no regrets about my time on the Internet. My time on the Internet has been a very pleasant one. As long as it continues to be fun, I will be around for a very long time. There’s still so many more adventures from my past, present and future to be had so I can post them up on either here, YouTube, or Twitter. Not bad for someone who is truly “one lone cat against a big bad world.”

And so ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. My 100th blog on this site is now officially in the books. I hope you had a great time reading it as I had writing it. It’s never the end. It’s only the beginning.

Keep On Trekking

Oh, my god. Another month has pretty much gone by without a post from me. I guess that’s what happens when you gain in popularity. I haven’t even been back to my new site yet to do more updating. Not that I’ve been idle to begin with. I am still making videos for YouTube and I am getting ready to get back to work on my book since I found out that my competitor won’t have his book out till next year. So probably by next week I will be back to work on the book I kept putting off in favor of my growing success on the web.

However, I still managed to find some time out of my busy schedule to go see the new Star Trek movie and do a review on it for YouTube and it is the best Star Trek film since Wrath of Khan. I have sort of been a Trekkie on and off and I was among the disillusioned that felt that the Next Generation spinoffs and the Enterprise TV series ran the franchise into the ground. Well, I gotta tell you, this new movie was totally awesome and I like the fact that they decided to give the franchise the reboot it really needed. If only George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels could have been like this.

I have a couple little things that I have on the horizon in addition to getting back to work on the book. Next weekend, I’m supposed to go to Ilion Little Theater’s latest play, “On Golden Pond.” I’m still not sure if they saw the video I made of the last play they were in. Then the week after that, I have to housesit for my parents while they go away for that weekend so that means I probably won’t have too much Internet time. They have dial-up and they can’t get YouTube. But I definitely should be able to do my other stuff, most notably Twitter, Facebook and Myspace, but I won’t be able to get back on YouTube till that Monday morning.

Well that and my mowing job at the Historical Society will probably ensure that I will not get bored over the next couple of weeks.

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.

Snowy Reception

The 1834 Jail during the snowstorm this morning.

The 1834 Jail during the snowstorm this morning.

Last night, we had the first major snow storm of the winter season and it continued well into the morning. We got about 8 inches of snow between last night and this morning. I was shovelling for most of the morning after I got home from work. I had to shovel out both here and at the Historical Society. However, they were closed probably because of the weather so I probably won’t get paid until tomorrow. I did manage to snap some pics of the storm while I was shovelling at the Historical Society and I submitted three of them to WKTV’s YouNews website. WKTV, based in Utica, is the local TV channel in this area and the only channel I get at my house.

Lately, I have been spending quite a bit of time on Twitter, which is basically a site where you write little blurbs about what you’re doing so that your friends can follow you. I joined that site basically to follow all of my favorite YouTubers and I actually enjoy that site very much that I spend every day on it posting my little blurbs and including links to this site as well as the Cat A Day site whenever I post a blog entry. In fact I managed to link my Twitter site with my Facebook site so whenever I make an update on Twitter, it will also appear as a Facebook update.

And another thing that has been bugging me. Lately the computer has been acting up quite a bit. Every so often it basically blinks in and out and I get these popups saying please activate your Antivirus. It gets pretty annoying especially when you’re trying to do something like writing this blog. In fact it did it again just now. I hope that this gets resolved soon.