12 November 2017

I have it so good..

Let me give you a quick update before I start, trying he kitchen? It's still being put together, we just need the kitchen units fastened into place and then we can get the sink plumbed in.

For nearly two weeks now, I have had to go to the bathroom for water and boy have I complained about it. Having to wash the dishes in the bath because my dishwasher wasn't plumbed in, filling the kettle from the bathroom if I wanted a cup of coffee, I was not happy.
This morning but realised how in had been acting like a spoiled little child, full of self importance because I am a white male in the western world.

I stood, while drinking my cup of coffee and thought about how I had to walk up fifteen steps and turn in the tap to fill my kettle while there are people in some countries who have to walk mile's for their water and then walk all the way back, or drink dirty water

Talk about privileged, I'm living in the western world, in a three bedroom semi-detached house. I am lucky and I'm going to walk up stairs to fill the kettle again, without complaining.

5 November 2017

The Kitchen Update

Its the same day as the last blog post I made, just six hours later and I'm starting to worry, just a bit. Not about how the kitchen is being fitted but the time it is taking. Its 4:30 at the time of writing this and I need to start getting tea ready for the kids. I need to get clothes and uniforms washed and ready for the kids starting school tomorrow but the washing machine is in the outhouse, which you can only access through the kitchen

I dont have creators block

I don't have creators block at all, in fact I have lots of ideas for vlogs and videos i just can't record them, not just yet.

With our kitchen being in a none existent state, three kitchen unit carcasses and a fridge, that`s it. No water, sink or anything else. Last week we had the flooring put down, this weekend with any luck we are having the work top and sink put in place and next week, tiling, painting and cupboard doors will be done, with any luck.

With all this gong on I can't settle down and record much of anything, too much noise and the workmen don't want to be filmed, yes I said work "men", too gender specific? Not really when you take into account that the people doing the work are men, male.

I share my home with five dogs, no I have not gone off subject, these dogs can and do bark, they will bark at any unexpected noise which makes recording anything almost impossible.

The good news is, once all the work has been done and the kitchen is finished, which can't come fast enough. I will have a nice new, uncluttered kitchen to record some of my videos in. I get the best light in the kitchen, I don't plan on making food or cooking video's. I have tried that in the past and couldn't get away with it.

Do what makes you happy.

9 July 2017

I Emailed Vidme...

As some of you may or may not know, I make video blogs (Vlogs) for a network called Vidme. Last week on the 6th July 2017 to be exact things came to a head when another creator was unverified by the powers that be at Vidme. Twitter and Vidme as a video sharing platform was awash with people protesting about how unfair and unjust this was, I know, I was one of them. I took all the videos I had uploaded to Vidme down and "Went Dark" on my channel, leaving only one video on view. A minute long video which was from beginning to end only one word #Freekentantino.. That was it, sad thing is, this video had more views in its first hour on Vidme than I have had on any other video anywhere. The video has since been deleted. 

Things did get out of hand and I admit, I was fanning the flames of discontent, looking back I have to say, this was not my finest moment. I made unfounded posts based on what other people were saying, bearing in mind that these people were probably doing the same. Conspiracy theory me was running around unchecked. I admit, I got all caught up in the moment, I had jumped on the band waggon and was going along for the ride.

The following morning, once I had had time to reflect I knew this and emailed Vidme to offer my apologies for the way I had acted the night before, in an air of transparency here is the email I sent.

I did get a reply from two Vidme staff members regarding the night before and my apology which I am not going to make public, I dont have their permissions to do this.

So were am I now with regards to Vidme? 

I am staying with Vidme as my main Video sharing platform, but also using YouTube as a secondary platform as some of the people who like to watch my videos cant see them on Vidme (I dont know why).

Vidme is a young video sharing platform and mistakes have and will be made, but I see something and want to be there helping Vidme to be a force to be reckoned with in years to come. The community that surrounds this platform is second to none and I want to be part of it. 

28 April 2017

When a small company Trolls a huge company

Right now this is one of my favourite videos. I found it on Vid.me and shows how they view what another video hosting website is acting towards its content creators and viewers.

26 April 2017

Im Quitting YouTube

I had to let YouTube and the people who took the time out to subscribe to my channel know that I had left YouTube as well, its only right

25 April 2017

Why Im leaving YouTube

OK so YouTube has been making a lot of changes of late, a lot of these changes have been to the detriment of the people who create videos on YouTube.
But why am I leaving I hear you think, well, as you know I have been making videos for YouTube for nearly 4 years now and have noticed a change in both the website and the people who upload to it, once upon a time YouTube had a community, a bunch of people who commented on each others videos and gave a damn about each other, this has changed. It is all about the money now, even from Youtubes stand point, its all about advertising space.
It is starting to feel as though YouTube view its creators as more of a commodity, a tool to make money and thats it, if you make them lots of money you are in their good books, if you dont, well, you dont matter.

A once friendly community has grown toxic and unfriendly. A haven for trolls and hate.

I guess the last straw was when I checked my channel with YouTubes new Restricted mode turned on and found that out of the 52 I had uploaded to YouTube, only 35 were visible, the rest had been restricted and hidden from the internet, because they were deemed as not advertiser friendly. What got me is that next month I will loose all of my ad revenue as YouTube pulls all adverts from my videos because I have less than 10,000 views on my channel, yet they still choose to hide some of my videos.

All is not as bad as it seems though. I am still going to be making videos and I am still going to upload my videos, but now I am uploading them to Vid.me and the new channel I have created there vid.me/iJimUK

Vidme has been called the Video sharing site that YouTube used to be and should be again with a lovely friendly community who are only to happy to reply to your comments and help out smaller channels.
They have no thumbs up and NO thumbs down options on your videos, instead you get to "Upvote" the videos you like so that they get a chance to be featured on Vidme`s home page. If you dont like the video all you can do is click away to another video.

At the moment Vidme is still in its early stages, only being on line since 2015 I think but I am excited to get in while it is still young. I have not been this excited about making videos for a long time and it feels good.
At the moment the only restrictions I have on my videos is a 1gb upload limit per week, which I am told will be lifted, giving me unlimited uploads when, if Vidme verifies my channel, which I hope, will come in time.

I have it so good..

Let me give you a quick update before I start, trying he kitchen? It's still being put together, we just need the kitchen units fastened...