Thursday, June 27, 2013

The End of Vlogging (For me at least...)

I know I've been dancing/circling around this for a while now, but I think it's finally time for me to come down firm and say for sure that I won't be posting video blogs anymore.

There are several reasons for this. First and foremost, through means I don't understand, my YouTube channel was somehow separated from my Google+ account, so I now have to upload my vlogs to YouTube on a different channel before I can post them here, and that gives me all sorts of headaches. Secondly, YouTube itself is doing some seriously shady things to the non-commercial channels on it's site. People with literally millions of subscribers have seen their view counts plummet over the last few months because of changes YouTube has made to the way videos show up in subscribers home pages. So if the most famous people on the site are getting screwed, what does that mean for a little guy like me? Nothing good.

Finally, my third reason. It takes a lot of extra time and energy to make those video blogs. Shooting them alone can take upwards of half an hour, then there's at least another half hour of render time, and then another half hour for the video to be uploaded and processed on YouTube. So that's at least 90 minutes taken out of my day, for a video that may only be viewed one or two times. Not exactly worth the effort, is it?

The bright side of all this is that not only is that at least an hour and a half of writing time that I get back, but it also means that I get to spend more time being active on my various social media outlets (this blog included). Much as I love video as a medium, I think it'll be better for all of us if I leave it behind for the foreseeable future.

And stay tuned to this blog. I've got a couple cool things in the works that I can't wait to tell you about! :)