Blackcatloner Lives Again

It’s amazing how fast this year has gone, Can’t believe it’s October already. Haven’t had much time to do much as far as this site goes mainly because of my job which I have been on vacation from since last Friday. Once again, the thing I hate most about taking vacations from work is that they go by too fast. One more day and I go back. Right now, I’m sitting at Burger King after spending all day at the library dealing with yet another Windows 10 update. It took forever as usual but it was successful despite the fact that I was cutting it close as far as getting the upload completed before the library closed.

As far as things have been going, my job has been good. The store recently underwent remodeling earlier in the year which is partly the reason why I haven’t been as active as far as content producing goes. As far as YouTube goes, that phase is over and I have been scaling back on my social media sites. My reasons for this have to do with the harsh political climate that we are in right now. In fact, I am seriously considering deleting all my videos off my main channel (since they are already backed up on the site) in protest of the left’s attempts to stifle free speech. I also voluntarily deleted my Twitter for that same reason. I’m not going to go into too many details for obvious reasons. At the end of the day, we live in a society.

However, I do have plans to make a comeback of sorts, except that this time it will be through podcasts rather than videos because podcasting has grown in popularity in recent years. And that is why I decided to resurrect The Blackcatloner Podcast. After uploading audio versions of some of my old videos, I noticed my view counts on Anchor.fm increase which means that there may be hope for me to continue producing online content.

As far as when I plan to schedule the show, I was leaning toward Tuesday nights at 9 PM New York time. As far as what I plan to talk about in the podcast, I figure I will do what I did before when I was doing YouTube before they started their nonsense and that is talk about random stuff, You’ll just have to stay tuned.

So it’s safe to say that Blackcatloner lives again.

And yes, that cartoon black cat you see at the top of the post is what I look like now.

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Just Another Year

Well, here we are, people: 2019. Another new year full of potential opportunities. And hopefully this year will be better than last year. Well except for the losing 80 pounds part.

In my last post, I mentioned that I did not spend this past Christmas alone like I did last year. Instead I went to my folks’ place which is about an hour away. Instead of gift cards, I got a pair of boots from my brother and I got a cat tree for my kittens from my folks who ordered it online from Chewy.com. Also my mother gave me a recipe book I made in elementary school. The first page was her recipe for pizza burgers. She figured it would come in handy since I’m living alone and I usually cook for myself.

Also while I was at my folks’ place, I found out something new about my mother’s cat Loki and it’s not the fact that he’s a little more fully grown up than he was when I was last there. I found out that “he” was actually a girl cat mainly because she was a little “chattier” than usual and for a girl cat, you know what that means, right?

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The next night after work, I was able to put together the cat tree for my kittens and they seemed to enjoy it. Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention that I adopted two kittens during my break from producing content. One is named Scooby and the other one is named Cringer. So I guess this means I’m a crazy cat man again.

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And of course, my nephews came over for New Year’s. I got to spend a few days with them and my brother playing video games on the PlayStation 3 while my brother played Fallout 76 on the PlayStation 4. We also watched It (the more recent one) and Venom (which was pretty good by the way). When they left on New Year’s Eve, my nephews decided to leave the PS3 with me so I can play some games too. I finally got the opportunity to get caught up on Red Dead Redemption which I started playing over two years ago. I don’t think I’m doing too bad for someone whose gaming experiences consisted of Nintendo and PS2. I might just be a gamer yet.

Other than that, I have been thinking about what to do for this year as far as content goes. As of right now, I have pretty much run out of ideas as far as the One Lone Cat. As a matter of fact, I was actually starting to think that doing the vlogs under my real name was a bad idea.  I only did it because I wanted to go professional but the drama from the YouTube front the last couple of years changed all that.

As I continue to brainstorm how I want to do the podcast, I’ve been toying with the idea of “resurrecting” Blackcatloner. Since I’ve gotten older, it’s probably better that I go the podcast route after all. But I’m still stuck on what to do. I don’t know whether to do a small daily podcast or a once-a-week long podcast. I guess I’ll see what happens.

I hope I can maintain some degree of consistency this year as far as the site goes. I’ll try to post some more written diary stuff as the year goes on but other than that, that’s what been going on for me this past holiday season. And now that the long holiday season is over, it’s time to get back to business.

 

 

 

 

Where Did the Year Go?

Here it is, Christmas again. Survived yet another holiday shopping season at work. And I figure I’d post this while I sit here and do my traditional viewing of A Christmas Story on the ol’ DVD player. So it’s time to take stock in the year.

For starters, the year went by too fast. It’s like, “Where did the year go?” But to be fair, 2018 has been an interesting year to say the least. There were some down moments like for example, I lost my YouTube partnership after YouTube updated their partnership terms of service as a result of the fallout over the Logan Paul dead body video. And the sad part of this is that this year marked ten years since I started the whole YouTube thing. What a way to celebrate an anniversary. At that time, I was uploading my videos to the site as a reaction to the Adpocalypse last year so I wasn’t too concerned except for the fact that how was I gonna be compensated for what my videos made from my six years as a YouTube partnership?

I eventually got compensated after cancelling my Adsense account for both my YouTube channel as well as the Chester Gillette site, which came out to about seventy dollars (thirty dollars of it being from YouTube). Toward the end of summer, I uploaded the One Lone Cat vlogs that I originally uploaded to the site to YouTube to see if I can get my partnership back but to no avail.

And since there’s nothing more I can do for videos and that includes One Lone Cat, I decided to get back to writing and I am in the process of restarting The Blackcatloner Podcast since I found a podcasting site where I can distribute my podcast to iTunes, Google Podcasts and so on. I have already recorded two sponsor ads for the podcast and I hope to finally have a new podcast up possibly after Christmas.

However, there were some good things that happened this year, the most notable of which was my weight loss which I started in April and as of Christmas Eve (yesterday) I have lost a total of eighty pounds. I lost weight by way of exercise (using the 8fit app) and a diet where I can still eat what I want but have water as my beverage of choice. I have gotten praise from people online when I documented it on Instagram. I did get a couple of people asking me if I was okay because I lost so much weight. As far as I’m concerned, I’m probably in the best shape physically since… ever. The only downside is that I’m actually less tolerant of cold than I used to be.

Of course I have been lapsing lately as far as working out goes mainly because of stress from work that’s been leaving me drained but I want to try to get back to that as soon as I can. That while my lack of working out hasn’t affected my weight loss, I would hate to have my good work undone.

Well, that’s pretty much what’s been going on so far. At least I’m not spending Christmas alone this year like I did last year. I’m supposed to be going to my folks’ place in about an hour so I figure I’d throw this out quick. So Merry Christmas to everyone and hope to see you before the year’s out.

Look Out, He’s Vlogging Again

One Lone Cat is back again, this time in weekly format as I count down the days before my vacation from work, do some more working out do a trailer reaction to Creed II and more.

Warming Up for More Change

“The years have a way of slipping by, of changing the world around us and every boy sooner or later must put away his toys and become a man.”           – Peter Parker-                                 Amazing Spider-Man #50

I spent a lot of time thinking about what direction I want to take the site in since I decided to quit YouTube after all the controversy surrounding losing my partnership and the Ad-pocalypse last year and I have come to the conclusion that after I get all of my videos from YouTube up to the site, it may be time to say that I am done with web series and regular vlogging (One Lone Cat) and going back to writing and some other things.

Does this mean that I am going to stop video-making after doing it for 10 years? Well I’ll do some random stuff here and there but I just think that it’s finally time to move on. I’ll also consider doing some podcasts as well. Also, considering my always-busy schedule I miss writing. So I’ll see how this goes.

For starters, it’s nice to know that nice weather has finally arrived in my neck of the woods after a very long winter. The last two days have been gorgeous out. And I have started working my semi-regular hours at The Rose Quartz Stand at the beginning of the month where I work a split shift on Tuesdays from 10 am to noon then come back from 5 to 6 at night and I work from 5 to 7 at night on Wednesdays (like I am as I’m writing this) which means I go to the shop right after my real job.

In addition to that, I might be working some gem shows this year, such as the Herkimer Gem and Mineral Show in July as well as Herkimer Diamond Days in August. So this is all a new experience for me.

Yesterday I worked a full day at the shop till 7, closing only because I had a delivery arrive at the house. Last weekend, I made my first purchase on the Walmart.com app: A new lawn mower. It’s an electric lawn mower rather than the gas ones that I’ve used for years, which means it’s more environmentally-friendly. It’s also lightweight and it can fit in my house too so no need to leave it outside.

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Plus an update on my weight loss. As of Sunday, I was down to 239 pounds for a total of 22 pounds lost since the beginning of April. Pretty soon I should be ready to start working out again.

Well, to close this out I just want to say that it’s been a wild ride throughout my 10 years as a video-making and it will be nice to take a break and get back to writing because I have a very busy schedule going forward into this summer. Now let’s hope that I can keep this going for as long as I can.