I have been away for a while but I am coming back. I took break from almost all content creation when I took break from Youtube. It wasn't my original plan but I didn't feel like doing anything and it just happened. More reasons for it in the video above. This site will be more active from now on.
It is interesting how you start to get good ideas when you stop grinding weekly videos. Not sure if those ideas are good before seeing one video based on them but I have exiting ideas where to take my videos. I have been shooting introductory video for couple days. It was meant to be some kind of teaser of things to come. Only couple minutes long. Shooting video was so fun and it seemed like good idea to shoot more since I got to places where I don't usually get. When sea freezes you can walk on it.
We haven't had this long cold period for years. I had to take advantage of it. So I ended up having much more footage than I needed for original idea. I probably make short movie style video with little hint of things to come at the end. Same thing as planned originally but having few minutes of video before it with regular introduction at the beginning.
You can expect that video within few weeks. I am not sure if I take my videos to planned direction. I have written script for pilot video: I will make audio version of it and decide if the idea is good enough. It depends on if new technology works well enough. I am using old idea I have had for years which I haven't had means to do until now. I have many ideas but technology to do them is not there when I have idea. Or it is not cheap enough at the time.
I won't reveal plans yet. This post was to inform you I haven't given up on this blog or making videos.
Usually I tell something about Thursday's video on Wednesday's post. Tomorrow's video will be less than minute long video telling I will take a break from Youtube. I use this post to explain why I will do it. Short answer is I have lost motivation to make weekly videos. I try to get away from videos where I watch camera at home. It is time when those are almost everything I can shoot at the moment. It is cold and dark outside due winter. Too cold to record audio with lavalier microphone and sit on something.
I am still motivated to make videos. Just not every week. I have little to learn from making video every week after over 170 videos. Weekly videos have too little time to try something more ambitious if you need to learn something same time. I am probably good enough shooting videos from technical side. I need to learn more about story telling. Weekly videos come too often to learn that. At least when you have full time day job and make videos as hobby.
I made weekly videos to learn video production and because it was told to give better exposure. Exposure hasn't been too good lately. I haven't been too happy with some videos I have made only to fill weekly quota. I rather make videos I can be proud of than put something there only to have something there every week. Some of my favorite channels seem to do that. Each time they make video I will watch it. Some channels with weekly or daily content start to feel like content dumps.
I have vague idea where to take channel. Channel won't be there for some time. I need to get better to get there. This break is for planning next steps to get there. The break will last until Easter. It might go for longer. I won't go back to weekly videos then just get some kind of plan what to do with the channel. Until that I do other things and try to get motivation back.
You could have expected this after last post. I am now on Vimeo too. I got https://vimeo.com/kvesti url. There are few places I can't be Kvesti. Vimeo is not one of them. At first I will upload older short movie style videos. I am not sure if I keep weekly schedule after I have uploaded those. I have a feeling Vimeo is not like Youtube which demands constant uploads.
I started with free account so I won't upload more than one video a week and I can't do anything fancy or see proper statistics. Youtube isn't making profits. Vimeo looks like it has solid business model with paid accounts and different monetization model. I would like to get some money from music and videos. Youtube was easy when they did everything for you. But now limits are higher I my channel is not growing. It was time to check something else.
It seems like you have to sell something to make any money from this hobby. I don't expect to make it even or get reasonable money per hour put into this any time soon if ever. But little something would be nice. With pro account you can sell videos in Vimeo. Just have to think what those videos could be. You have to be found for that to make any sense. Being found seems to be the problem here.
I am just tired. You might have heard latest thing Youtube has done. Their golden boy caused controversy and Youtube decided show they are serious by taking monetazition away from all the smaller channels. Like we who have followed the rules and haven't done anything stupid are the cause of Youtube's problems. Probably no channel causing problems will be hit by this last action.
This makes me reconsider what I will do with Youtube. I haven't got money from them but in future there is no hope of getting any. Lately I have got more money but never hit the threshold for payments. When I check my traffic sources most viewers come from social media. Only traffic Youtube seems to give my channel are synth videos which are so niche there is almost no competition. Then they can show my channel.
Probably my content isn't suitable for all the click bate and people doing stupid things videos. I think Vimeo would be better suited but there is not similar monetazition. If there is no monetazition in Youtube for channels like mine I can as well upload my videos for more suitable platforms too. I will upload videos to Youtube because it is still the place to be. I don't know how long. I can't be only one feeling this way. I will probably watch less Youtube if I am only good for bringing audience for others to make money of.
Too bad Vid.me has already closed. They might have got new users after Youtube's latest thing. Youtube is lucky they don't have real competition yet. Maybe Facebok's videos will change that. If Facebook gives similar monetazition I would upload my videos there. Others would do the same. There should be something but it doesn't work for me. I can't even open page which tell the requirements.