Hi. Hello. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?
Taking A Break From Videos (Kinda)
I’m looking for new ideas for revamping my blog. It’s been such an ongoing thing for me, and lately I’ve been drawn back into writing again.
I think that I need to take a break from videos for a bit because whenever I sit down to make one lately, I’m not happy with it. I am going to, however, make an update video telling you guys more about it and to list some changes that are gonna happen to TheAndySan channel.
Changes To The Video Schedule
Changes like putting AndyCade on hiatus. I’ve been debating on whether or not to continue the series since working on it has helped me become a better editor and I’ve become especially more familiar with audio editing because of my work on AndyCade. But as it stands now, it’s very time consuming of a project and I’m not super-into video games (I’m a casual player) so it’s best to put it on the shelf as a regular program. Does this mean that I’ll never ever do AndyCade again? No. I’d like to bring it back as an occasional series, but for now, it’s not going to be done on a regular basis. I’m going to finish out my upcoming game (debuting tomorrow BTW) and that’ll be it for now.
I’m still gonna do the reuploads so that there’s regular content on the channel, but those will be reduced to just one episode a day every day. I haven’t determined a time slot for it yet, but I’m looking into late morning/early afternoon EST. New videos (when made) will be on a couple hours before the reupload, and I’ll announce when a new video’s coming out on Twitter so be sure to follow me there!
I’ve been too focused on growing my YouTube channel that it’s taken the joy out of making videos for you guys, and that’s not something that I want to happen. Financial/unemployment problems also leaked onto everything including my grades in college this past semester and my general attitude online and off. I became bitter, pining for when I was in Japan doing cool things regularly.
I would watch all these great up-and-coming YouTubers, who I started to follow when they only had a couple hundred subs or even less, surpass me in subs and although I was super-happy for them to get the success they deserved, I was also really jealous.
“Why couldn’t I get those subs too? What’s wrong with my videos? Is the lighting bad? Is the sound bad? Did I ramble on too long? Did I say ‘umm’ and ‘ahh’ and ‘you know’ too much?”
“What’s wrong with my videos?”
“What’s wrong with me?…”
It was this mentality that paralyzed me and deadened my creativity. My videos suffered, and it became a vicious cycle of anger and self-loathing.
Back To Blogging Basics
So because of all of this, I decided it was time for me to get back to my blogging roots; where this whole thing started, even before YouTube.
I originally started blogging way back in 2005 because I wanted to stay connected to my best friend when he went off to college. He started blogging on Xanga because some of his college friends (who later became my friends too) were doing it and wanted him to do it too. I randomly came across his blog one day and decided to create my own account so I could start blogging too.
I became enamored with the concept of connecting with not only my own IRL friends, but with others from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. So my blogging grew from just keeping in touch with my best friend in college, to expressing myself and connecting with others. YouTube then became another platform of that philosophy of worldwide connection. At first, I made videos occasionally because I didn’t have my own camera (back before all phones came with a halfway decent one) and I also didn’t understand how to edit stuff. My mannerisms in those early videos weren’t the best either, and it’s hard to watch some of them now. But, I kept them up to show my progression as a YouTuber and as a person. When I joined the US Navy in 2010, I started to get more confident in my approach to video making, and thus my videos improved. I also bought new equipment to improve the quality of the videos as well since YouTube had, at that time, just made uploading HD videos possible.
The more and more I did YouTube, the less I did traditional text-based blogging, and I later stopped updating my blog altogether.
The Future of TheAndySan.com
I don’t have a plan or a schedule for when new blog posts will be coming out, and I think that’s for the best since working to feed The Content Monster will inevitably make the quality suffer as I try to scramble to put something together on a scheduled basis. But do expect more blog posts than the occasional once-every-three-months comeback post. 😀
I’m also gonna work from time to time on the look of the site as well as update for newer videos and things like that, so there may be times where you get a frequent amount of “new” posts. Just putting that out there.
For now, I’m gonna take a nap, then work on an update video for YouTube to let everyone there know what’s going on.
See ya soon!