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.

6 April 2017

There Are Moments...

Its not all blood, snot and fighting tooth and nail just to get through the day, every now and then there will be a moment as we walk through our new post apocalyptic world when something reminds us of a better time. A time when survival was a matter of your team getting through to the Superbowl on a wild card. 
Print by Tony Moore. Posted on Twitter by New Zombie Comics
New Zombie Comics posted this picture on Twitter and for me it has quickly become one of my favorite images from the post apocalyptic genre  as it shows just one of those moments, a thought, trapped in time, a longing or a haunted dream. For me, it stirs something deep inside. 

3 April 2017

What to do if a Zombie bites you

not too long ago I was posed a question, well a question was posed on Twitter. What would you do if you were bitten by a Zombie. I answered by saying that if I was bitten on the arm, hand or leg I would amputate if I had the chance.
By chance this picture, showing how to perform a field amputation was posted a few days later by the same person, New Zombie (I think that they are trying to tell me something) anyway, of course I wanted to share this valuable information with you.

Now, if you or any of your people should be bitten by a zombie, come the apocalypse.

20 October 2016

I Deleted My Youtube Channel

Yes, you read right, I have deleted my Youtube channel. Saying that, it was a complete accident. This is how it all happened, while pottering about on my laptop two days ago (19th october 2016) I decided to unlink my YouTube channel from its Google+ page, for those of you that don't know, Google+ does not, or never used to allow people to use their social media platform under pseudonyms or business names, you had to use your real name.

I assume that Google received a lot of complaints about this so created the G+ page for businesses and branding options, a page lets you change your profile name as often as you want (I think) unlike the personal profile of your main G+ account where you can only change your name 3 times every 90 days (again, I think).

Moving on, with the advent of the Google+ page, when you make a Youtube channel, you are automatically linked to a Google+ page so you can create a brand around your channel. Because my YouTube channel was created before Google+ pages were a thing I could, note the Could unlink my channel from its page and link or choose not to link it to my personal profile, which is what I was planning to do.

Little did I know that Youtube had done its usual and made changes without telling anyone, I had done this many times so knew how it went. Click here, click there, tick a couple of boxes and confirm.. and I get the message saying that I had successfully deleted my Google+ page and my YouTube channel

Needless to say I contacted YouTube almost right away, explaining what I had did and why. I will give YouTube support its due, they contacted be within a couple of hours, to tell me that deleted YouTube channels are permanent, however, if they were deleted from outside of the Youtube dashboard I "might" be able to get it back. 
Along with this little ray of hope they included a link where I could try to undelete my Google account, nothing about my Youtube channel, just my Google account, which was still there.

Bringing you back to today, I have had to start a brand new YouTube channel, rejoin my Youtube network, Freedom, who totally understood the reason why I suddenly left and bent over backwards to get me signed up again with my original username, iJim. Kanny bunch they are. 

Next thing on my list is to troll through some of the videos I still had on my hard drive with a view of uploading them again. 

My plan with my new channel is to make videos for Future me, as a kind of reminder of my past and my memories incase, as I get older my memory starts to fail. So far I have two videos uploaded and another seven ready to edit. 

The best thing about all this was that, after I made a tweet saying that I had restarted my channel, giving the link, three people subscribed to my new channel, before I had even uploaded a video.

Some people rock.. I know the people who read my blog posts and watch my videos do for sure.

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 thing...