I’m Taking A Social Media Break

Today, I’ve decided to take a break from all of my social media activity to focus on what’s important in my life right now; namely, passing college. After my break, I will  be significantly cutting down my time spent on social media platforms that take time away from me to do what’s important by giving me a constant flow of immediate tasks.
 
“Do what’s important, fuck what’s immediate.” – TheAndySan.
 
Admittedly even writing this is a distraction from things that are more important, such as all the homework that I’ve fallen behind on, but I want you guys reading this to know my rationale in stepping back.
 
What started this was a particularly heated discussion I had with one of my good friends on Skype today. He lit into my ass good, boi! At first, I thought that I was mad at him for all the shit he was saying to me. Like, who’s this mothafucker to call me out on my shit? Then, I calmed down, reread what he said again, and it hit me. I wasn’t really mad at him; I was mad at my faults that he happened to point out, in a very blunt manner I might add.
 
And it got me thinking: what can I do to pass this semester and prove him wrong? To be able to tell him to go fuck himself (in a friendly way of course) because I still passed even when you didn’t think I could.
 
The first thing I did was cut my YouTube subscriptions in half so I wouldn’t be tempted to watch so many videos all the time. I then uninstalled Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, TimeHop, and any other app from my phone that could distract me with a barrage of immediate tasks that add up to nothing. After class, I got food, went home, ate, did my business, showered, put away my clean clothes that have been sitting there since Tuesday, did the dishes, made a fresh cuppa coffee, and got everything here ready to go to complete my homework/quizzes for this week and to catch up on what I’ve missed so far. I had some other plans to declutter the apartment, but I’ll do those later once I have some assignments under my belt first.
 
Moral of the story is this:
 

“Kill your distractions.” – TheAndySan.

– TheAndySan.

My Thoughts On What YouTubers Should Be

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post: My Thoughts On What J-Vlogging Should Be.

 

I was talking to one of my friends on Facebook about how the current J-Vlog scene seems so artificial and he was upset that I would imply that the newer YouTubers (he thinks that the new wave of J-Vloggers aren’t J-Vloggers but rather YouTubers who live in Japan and make videos about Japan and talk about Japan. Yeah, doesn’t sound like something a J-Vlogger would ever do /s) are being lazy or cheap in their efforts. I want to make this its own post rather than just add it to my previous one, so let me do some clarification.

 

What?! YouTubers Are Lazy?!!

 

I’m not saying they’re not putting in any effort, quite the opposite.

 

The thing that’s bugging me about how “People Who Are Totally Not J-Vloggers Who Live In Japan And Make YouTube Videos Showing Notable Parts of Japan And Occasionally Making Social Commentary About The Culture of Japan” (yup, totes not J-Vloggers /s) is that their videos are too slickly produced and it creates a distance between the YouTuber and the audience because the YouTuber has made this idealized version of themself that the audience can’t relate to.

 

I feel that as a YouTuber, you have to be 100% yourself, warts and all. When I met up with other YouTubers in Japan, I got a couple comments about how “it really was me” when they finally met me in person, and that made me so happy. As Kurt Bell aka SoftyPapa once said, “The message sent is never the message received” and I was initially afraid that the YouTubers I was meeting would have the wrong impression about me from my videos, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Speaking of Kurt, he’s a great example of an authentic YouTuber!

 

I know a lot of people were upset that he left Japan and wants nothing to do with making videos about it anymore, but that’s his prerogative. He was upfront about his frustrations and shortcomings living in Japan, so he decided to move back to Cali.

 

If he wanted to be “a YouTuber trying their best to make big videos that will attract an audience”, in order to retain that large audience he gained, he would have either tried to stay in Japan or continued to talk about his time in Japan while in the States, even though he doesn’t want to do it. But he stuck to what he believes in, told everybody what was going on, and explained the refocus of his main channel, and I respect him a lot for that.

 

What About YouTube Shows?! 

 

I know some people might be thinking, “But Andy! What about the people on YouTube shows? Are the characters on these shows not real YouTubers?!”

 

There’s certainly a place for characters on YouTube, but you have to be upfront with your audience that this is a character you’re performing and not who you really are. Otherwise people are going to get the wrong idea about you and not take what you have to say seriously when you do try to be authentic.

 

What Are Your Thoughts On What YouTubers Should Be?

 

I’d like to know what you guys think about this! Let me know in the comments below!

 

TheAndySan

Feeling Deflated Lately

My financial situation is really wearing on me. It sucks not being able to do anything. Sure I could go out and walk around town, but it’s just a barrage of stuff that I can’t buy, and that’s depressing. Not that I want to buy a lot of things, but it’s nice to know I can if I want to.

I don’t really feel sad about it since I’ll be getting paid in a week, but I’m not happy either. As the title says, I feel deflated; a real lack of energy.

I’ve also been cutting back my coffee consumption to just 1 cup a day instead of 2 in order to save on coffee and to better sleep at night. Despite those benefits (I’ve been sleeping really good lately), my mind has been feeling really sluggish and doing anything seems to be an ordeal.

 

Back To Japan In 2017?!

In happier news, I’ve been looking into study abroad programs in Japan offered at WMU and I’ve found one that I really like; the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. It is a very scenic area with Hikone Castle and Lake Biwa very close by, and it’s only a 45-90 minute train ride to Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya, so there’s plenty to do and see! It’s gonna be about a year or two before I’m eligible for the program as I’m still a freshman and need to bump up my GPA a bit more. It should be good come 2017, but my rental contract doesn’t expire until April 2017 so I’ll have to stay here until then at least. Thankfully, the program seems flexible enough for me to start in the fall of 2017, but I need to talk to the program coordinator to see about expenses and if the Post 9/11 GI Bill will still cover me while in Japan. From what I’ve read, it should; but it’s best to make sure.

Also, just a little side note here, but if I do end up going back to Japan in 2017, it’ll coincide with the 10 year anniversary of Rodger Swan’s Tokyo Swan series, which started on September 19th 2007! It’s funny because we’re both J-vloggers and from WMU, although Rodger went to Keio in Tokyo.

I talked about the program and how excited I was to be possibly coming back to Japan, but a lot of my friends pointed out the amount of money that I need to get over there. It’s gonna take some time and I’ll have to sell a lot of my things to help cover the initial expenses. Thankfully from what I’ve read, as long as I’m still a full-time student I can also collect BAH even in Japan! I’m not sure what the dorm costs will be out there, but my expenses should be significantly lower once I get myself situated. I also still have my Japanese cell phone from when I was in Yokosuka, so I could get it reactivated at Softbank while I’m in Japan, so that’s one less thing to buy.

 

Gonna Watch Some Anime, BRB

Well, I’m gonna watch some good ol’ anime to relax tonight. I’m thinking first season of Genshiken (the best IMO) and then maybe finish up where I left off with the second season if there’s time. See ya guys!!

 

TheAndySan

Fresh Out The Bath

Stop…look and watch! Ready yet? Get set! It’s TheAaaaaaaandySan! Okay, dunno where I was going with that, but hey, here I am with another blog post!

 

As the title implies, I got done taking a great bath, with Epsom salts which helps with muscle aches and helps me feel so much more relaxed! I was even in there for a good 40 minutes before I realizing how long I was in for, haha!!

 

Update To The Upcoming Update

 

Anywho, seeing as I’m sure that you guys didn’t come here to learn about my bathing habits, I wanted to let you know that in an upcoming video, I say that I’m going on hiatus from making new videos for awhile. I should clarify that I meant on a regular basis. I still want to make a couple of videos here and there, but it won’t be anything super-scheduled. I mean, I’ll let you guys know when they’re coming out on Twitter a day or two in advance, but that’s about it scheduling-wise.

 

I asked you guys what questions you’d like me to answer on an upcoming episode of Life After Navy, and you certainly didn’t disappoint! I have a couple really good ones that I want to get out there on YouTube soon!

 

I was also thinking about a One Cuppa Japan-esque series where I talk about something on my way to school. The idea is that I’d turn the GoPro to face me while I talk, and I’d talk about something for about 15-20 minutes. Is that something you guys would be interested in for future videos? Let me know!

 

Let’s Life

 

I decided recently to cut back my coffee consumption to just one cup a day (which is where I got the idea for a series similar to OCJ) and so far, the benefits outweigh the negatives. I sleep all the way through the night more often now, and my body doesn’t feel all twitchy when I lay down. The downside is that I’m not as sharp as I was when I was all hopped up, but hopefully that changes with having more restful sleep and my body getting used to operating on less caffeine. I don’t think I’ll quit coffee entirely as there are also good health benefits to drinking dark coffee, but since I don’t have to keep my head on a swivel all the time like I was when I was in the Navy, I don’t mind cutting back a little.

 

Once my current money situation settles down, AKA I get some paychecks my way, I want to shift back to healthier food. One of the things that I notice when I eat all this cheap college food is how tired I am during the day. Around noon or 1pm, I’m ready to take a post-lunch nap! I think as I get older, all these unhealthy habits start to catch up to me. I’m also gonna look into getting a conversion stand for my bike so I can bike for exercise even when the weather isn’t so good.

 

Turning In

 

Anyway, I think that’s it for me tonight. Gonna get some Zs and start my Sunday fresh! I have some housework/laundry to do in the morning. Night!

 

TheAndySan

Vlog 218 – What’s Eating TheAndySan

Just airing out some stuff that’s been on my mind lately.

Feel free to leave suggestions for future videos in the comments or PM me on YouTube! Enjoy and please comment!!

TheAndySan

 

**Tech Notes**

*Camera Used*

LG G4

*Programs Used*

Sony Vegas Pro 13.0 (Build 428) 64-Bit
Audacity 2.0.5

*Music Credits*

BGM: Bitter Sweet (D-SLO Brown ReMix)
BGM Artist: Soul-Motion & Colossus

BGM: Sexy Time (D-SLO Brown ReMix)
BGM Artist: Spective

BGM: Keep On (D-SLO Brown ReMix)
BGM Artist: Snoops

Do Women Have It Easier On YouTube Than Men?

My two cents on whether or not women have it easier on YouTube than men!!

Jake’s Vid.

Zach’s Vid.

Feel free to leave suggestions for future videos in the comments or PM me on YouTube! Enjoy and please  comment!!

TheAndySan

 

**Tech Notes**

*Camera Used*

Sony CX430V

*Mic Used*

ZOOM H2N

*Programs Used*

Sony Vegas Pro 13.0 (Build 428) 64-Bit
Audacity 2.0.5

*Music Credits*

BGM: Aperture (D-SLO Brown ReMix) [NCS Release]
BGM Artist: Unison
Song URL: http://bit.ly/Unison_APERTURE

BGM: Spark (D-SLO Brown ReMix)
BGM Artist: Unison
Song URL: http://youtu.be/nM8QYcVZMJQ

Follow Unison:
• https://soundcloud.com/unisonn
• https://www.facebook.com/Unison-574331492578840/
• https://twitter.com/ItsUnison

How I Make Videos

By popular demand, I show you guys how I make videos for YouTube!!

Feel free to leave suggestions for future videos in the comments or PM me on YouTube! Enjoy and please comment!!

TheAndySan

 

**Tech Notes**

*Camera Used*

Sony CX430V

*Programs Used*

Sony Vegas Pro 13.0 (Build 428) 64-Bit
Audacity 2.0.5

*Music Credits*

BGM: One Man Moon Band
BGM Artist: Stephen Walking

BGM: The Difference Between Us and the Aliens
BGM Artist: Stephen Walking

BGM: Top of the World 2
BGM Artist: Stephen Walking

BGM: Dads in Space
BGM Artist: Stephen Walking

BGM: Shark City
BGM Artist: Stephen Walking