Alright so I keep saying I am going to be launching the Youtube channel soon. I been saying this for a while. Today I got one step closer. I verified the website with my channel so that the branding is now tied together. I am still working on nailing down exactly the types of content I want to produce. I am thinking for the time being I might just start as a typical vlogger until I come up with something more involved. I actually have multiple channels associated with my account so I might try to upload different content to different ones. I haven’t decided yet. But I do know I am getting closer. I also experimented with using my phone as a video camera. I wasn’t 100 percent satisfied with the quality but the process was simple enough I might consider using it again. This is just a general site update post nothing much to see.
First, I updated the theme. That was long over due. I am not entirely done customizing it to fit the tone and mood of the website, so be prepared for more changes soon.
I also added a couple of social media buttons. As of right now all I have set up is a Facebook page and a Twitter account. I don’t know if I will be setting up any other social media accounts for the site or not. I might add a few additional share buttons but I haven’t gotten around to that just yet.
The Youtube channel is getting closer to launching. I don’t have any firm plans on what video content is going to be on the channel, just throwing around a few ideas. I want to make sure if I do any video content that it’s worth watching while also easy enough to produce so to not interfere with my other projects. I do have a full-time job that takes up a lot of my time.
I am thinking about doing two podcasts instead of just the one. The primary podcast is going to continue being the casual podcast where I sit and play a video game and leisurely talk into the microphone each week. I am working on getting a second podcast together that will shoot for a once a month schedule. This one will be more “polished” with a few guests and a video feed to accompany the audio. This one is going to take me a little longer to get up and running. I have an idea what I want to do, I am just working on getting a few regular guests that are willing to sit in and make it happen. I have at least a couple of people willing to do it and a few others I am trying to get on board.
I am also branching out in the types of articles I write. I don’t want to be a theme blog where the theme determines what I write about, I want it to reach an audience who appreciates the tone of my writing and the topics I write about. I don’t want to have a site dedicated to a specific theme, topic, or genre that forces my hand while limiting my creativity. And yes, that does mean politics are certainly not off limits.
Notice how the site is, mostly, devoid of photos? Part of that is I have no interest in stealing photos from other websites or photographers. I might occasionally download a public domain photo or something that is easily under the fair use category, but for the most part I want to ensure any photos I run on this site belong to me, either photos I took with my own camera, created myself using a photo editing software, or photos a contributor directly provides to the site.
Music reviews and movie reviews are coming. I want to do this, I have a lot of thoughts on a lot of different audio recordings that I think I need to get written down. Movie reviews are a little harder to get motivated to write. I don’t want to do anything that is going to bring any copyright notices against the site. As such I am working on finding out how to get licensed clips directly from studios for the purpose of reviews. I know you can do this, when I worked at the TV station we were able to do that so I know there are services out there. I remember a previous website I ran I had a paid subscription to a file video service so I know they are out there. I will look into what I need. I hate it when people just use other people’s IP without permission and then cry fair use when their ability to make money off other people’s works gets prohibited. It’s always better to just get permission first and then you have nothing to worry about.
This is to let our readers know we have upgraded the site to a webhosting plan now, so please update your URL’s to point to http://www.thespiderslair.com as our new home page. The entire content of the site will remain fully intact this time we are just upgrading our existing hosting plan, not switching hosts like before.
So browse the new site, some new sections and features are on the way, some will be launching this very weekend.
The new podcast is going up this weekend, bet on it. I am recording tonight and uploading first thing in the morning, at least that is the plan. Plan B is to record in the morning and upload by the afternoon but I will be sure to have the first episode online. The format is going to be 90 minutes, divided into 20 minute segments with an intro and recap. I already have some theme music ready to go. The new podcast begins this weekend so be sure to check it out.
I have let the blog stagnate for a while. It’s been too long since I have done a podcast that I don’t even know if I have it in me to try another one. I am taking a very long break from making music. Right now I am just not sure what I want to do creatively going forward.
I very much enjoy my job as a writer for a local newspaper. I enjoy meeting people, telling their stories and writing about what is happening around me. Sure I would like to take on bigger projects but right now I think between work, and school, I think I might just take things a little slow. Then I think if I do that all I am doing is admitting I can’t handle the pressure of staying busy. If I want to be successful in the media word, which I think I do, then I am going to have to step it up.
What that means for me is not shying away from the blog because of school instead I will use the two to work for me. In other words what I think I will do is write about the topics that I am covering in my course. Since the course I am taking is on Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Popular Culture that opens me up for plenty of opportunities to write about things that interest me. As such I will be trying to use the course for inspiration going forward while at the same time using the blog as a means of putting my thoughts on paper so that I can write better essays for the class.
I am also thinking I might try to get on Twitter more. I have it on my phone now so that should make it easier to make use of it. I am thinking that while I am at football games I might try to use the Twitter to shoot out live updates on scores and action. I will see how that goes. I want to keep moving forward so I want to try doing new things. I think that with proper planning I should be able to find the time to do more of the things that I want. I mostly just need motivation which is a trick. The truth is I am never satisfied with what I am doing, I always want to be doing more. But there is nothing wrong with that, staying put can be a bad thing if you do it for too long.
The good news of all this is, I will be writing more. Also I am one step closer to finishing my degree, I only have 2 semesters to go in order to graduate so I should be done pretty soon. I will be so happy once that is finished then I can move forward in my life. I know it takes time. I don’t know what else to say, I am hoping that as I write more I will find more inspiration.
Simply put we are a place to organize chaos. The chaos of the world, the chaos of my mind. There is not real purpose of this site other than to keep track of all things I find interesting.