2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided


After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.



YouTube Tips When Starting Out




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Hello and welcome!

I'm in Maine, a senior citizen (probably the oldest person on Reddit, LOL!), retired sort of, an author by career (Dark Fantasy novels about Elves and wizards). August 17, 2018 will be my 10th anniversary on YouTube. Like you, I'm all over the place. Mostly do almost-daily vlogs and almost daily let's plays. Once in a while I do how-tos and unboxings and tags and challenges, but I mostly did that stuff in 2015-era when I was testing out to see what I wanted to do, if I wanted to expand my type of videos.

Suggestions for someone starting out?

Tip 1: The thing I most would liked to have known sooner, is the concept of mass production and scheduling. In other words, if you have a free day, spend it recording, non-stop. Record 10 or more videos all at once, then, pre-upload them, and schedule ahead. That way if you have a day you are sick or have things to do, you won't miss a daily upload.

Tip 2: In regards to gaming, thing I would like to have learned sooner... If you are doing games... Pick a format and stick with it. When I first started doing games, I was all over the place. I had a series that was easy to make lots of 15 minute episodes, so did that. Then I was doing 1 shot free flash player games. Then I was doing longer graphic novel game. Then I was doing FaceBook games. I had hour long let's plays, 10 minute let's plays, and it was all over the place. Every day was a different game, so it could take months to see all 4 episodes of a single game. Bad. Bad. Bad.

Figure out what type of gaming videos you personally watch and make that same style and just stick to it. If you like to watch 10 minute excerpt clips/funny moments of gameplays, then make ONLY 10 minute excerpt clips/funny moments of gameplays; if you like to watch 1 hour long form RPGs with no edits and nothing cut out, then make ONLY 1 hour long form RPGs with no edits and nothing cut out; if you like to watch channels that play only 20 minute first glimpse reviews of new releases of indie games, then make ONLY 20 minute first glimpse reviews of new releases of indie games.

The point is, figure out what style/format gaming videos you most enjoy watching, and then make that same style and that style only. Don't jump around makin this style today and that style tomorrow, a different style next week, another style the following week.

Consistency is key. I learned that the hard way, when I did a sort of "one shot" series of 21 videos. That series was super popular, gained me 1,000+ subs in a matter of days, all 21 videos in the series got 5,000+ views, a few reaching 10,000+ views, and had I continued it, my channel probably would have spiraled out of control, gaining ver more subs and views.

But, here's the thing... I wasn't really that interested in that series, it was something I did because a viewer requested it. It was good and all, but I just wasn't into it and, so, I ended it and went on to things I was interested in. Well, for a month or so, my channel had gained a reputation for this style video, and then suddenly I ended it and went on to a completely different style, and thus I gained a bunch of subs who followed for one style video, but then left as soon as I switched to a different style video.

So, that's why I say, pick a style and stick with it, because you'll gain followers for each style you do, and they'll each expect more or that style... but then when you drop that style, you'll lose those viewers and basically, you'll have to rebuild your sub base from ground zero again.

Anyways, once I figured that out, I realized I needed to get my act together and figure out what style video I personally most enjoy, then focus only on that style.

Thus how my channel went through a massive evolution of about a year of weekly/monthly changing content style, before I finally settled in on what I do now, which is long form almost-daily vlogs (1 hour long videos) and long form unedited RPGs - basically 1 to 2 hour episodes of Witcher 3, and nothing but Witcher 3, because I'm addicted to that one game, and yes, I know it's way oversaturated and hard to gain a following with, but hell, it's my fave game and I'm going to play it anyways if I record it or not, so I might as well just record it anyways. :P

Tip 3: Have fun. Don't worry about subscribers, views, watch times, trends, slaving over new releases, or making money. Those things will come on their own over time. Far too many people join YouTube then stress out over those things and quit a few weeks later because they just got so over stressed. Relax. Do what makes you happy. Enjoy your trek through video filming. Do what is fun for you. Have fun doing what you do.

But yeah, basically, spend a few weeks testing out different styles of videos, make a little of everything to get a feel for what you like, find the thing that is the most fun for you to do, then settle in on the thing you like best and consistently stick with it after that.

Good luck and, have fun.

I vlog daily, and often it's just me walking my dog around town, yapping about what's happening.

How small is your town? Someone said they were from a small town here about a month ago. I asked what size and they said "only 26,000". Mine just reached 3,000 residents last year... and it's a BIG town, for Maine. Most towns in Maine have 500 to 1,000 people. Small town is a matter of personal perspective, I think.

As for tips...

My first 2 years, I filmed on a tiny phone, not a smartphone, just a tiny flip phone that had a memory card and a camera. It could hold 15 minutes of footage. Quality was shit, but no one seemed to notice.

I didn't have a camera until my 3rd year of vlogging. I'm now in my 10th year on youtube and I still don't have a mic.

Don't rely on friends or family to vlog with you. Been there, tried that. Most say they'd rather die a horrible death then be on camera. Vlogging is a thing you do by yourself.

Challenges are NOT vlogs. Know that. If you are a challenge channel, you are not a vlog channel. A vlog is you literally recording your daily activities... recording yourself while you eat, recording yourself while you drive to work, recording while you walk your dog, recording while you shop at WalMart, recording yourself reading a book. The word vlog means "a video log of your daily life". You want to get started in vlogging? Set up the camera on the table tomorrow morning and record yourself pouring a bowl of cereal then eating it, then talk to yourself about your plans for the day. THAT is a vlog.

If you are planning to do challenges, you ARE NOT planning to be a vlogger. Know that before you start calling yourself a vlogger. People looking to watch vlogs, want to watch you doing mundane every day activities, people who watch vlogs almost never watch challenge videos.

If you say you are one thing (a vlogger for example) people will come to your channel with preconceived expectations. They will be hugely disapointed if they get to your channel expecting to see vlogs and instead find challenge videos.

I just play what interests me, old, new, indie, whatever. I personally like playing a game that I can play daily for months on end, and dislike games that are over in 1 or 2 days and have no replay value. Thus I play mostly Witcher, Don't Starve, Subnautica, etc. They are fun to play and I don't spend my time thinking "geeh that game ended and it's pointless to replay, what else can I play?"

I like the steady ability to play the same thing more or less forever. Probably not a popular opinion, I know, everyone says play the new games, play the popular games, but it'll show if you are not having fun, so I think, just playing games you have fun playing is best.

If you are a vlogger, there are about 15 or 20 subreddits specifically for sharing your daily vlogs r/YouTube_Vloggers , r/Vlogsr/Vloggers , etc. can't remember the names of all of them, but, they are easy to find if you just search reddit for subs with the word vlog in the name. I post to them when I remember to do so, and usually will get 300 to 400 views on that video if I post it in all 20 or so of the vlogger subreddits. Most of them have a posting limit, most say 1 video per day, 1 is 1 video every 12 hours, at least 2 are 3 videos per day, and 1 is 1 video per week; be sure to read the rules of each to find out how often you are allowed to post.

There are not as many for gaming channels, but there are maybe 5 that let you post daily let's play videos.

Some game specific subreddits (like a sub for Witcher or a sub for Don't Starve) let you post videos of that specific game, others do not, read the rules of each before posting.

topic specific subreddits sometimes allow topic specific videos... like I go to car shows and vlog about antique autos, and there are 100+ car topic subreddits that those videos can be posted on, so my car topic videos get thousands of views, because they get posted to so many subreddits

last summer I filmed a bald eagle, while on a hiking trip. Not my normal type of video, but I was able to post that video on several bird watching, hiking, camping, and state/national park subreddits, because it was a sighting of a rare bird. That video got 700 views the first 24 hours, because of reddit.

if you can't find a sub for your topic, you can create a sub ... I ended up creating 5 different subs around my own video topics, and even though they all have under 100 members each, the videos I post to them get higher rate of views when I post to them

the actual fair use law states in the law that it only is considered fair use if used in reviews and/or news reports, any other use is considered copyright infringement; so basically if you are reviewing the music, or are a reporter at the concert where the music is being played and interviewing the band, you can apply for a fair use claim, but if you are just using it as background music for a vlog or game or skit then your are infringing

you can read the fair use law here btw: https://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html

and https://www.copyright.gov/title37/201/37cfr201-2.html

and https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html

when in doubt on anything regarding the law, always go to the government websites and read the law in question, because answers found on forums are rarely coming from a person who actually read the law itself

Critique threads never work... been on writing communities for authors since 1996, never once saw a critique for critique thread work for them, no reason to think they'd work for video makers any better then they work for writers.

Why?

Because as you've noted, any time a thread like that appears it'll get flooded with links and self-promos, with only 1 or 2 people actually reviewing the rest.

Why?

Let's face it: humans a self serving greedy sons of bitches who don't give a rat's ass about anyone but themselves. Sad, but true. People who actually care about others show it through their actions and are the ones trying to help by giving reviews. The bulk are just dropping links and hoping to get something for doing nothing and never intended to review the others. It's just the way it is, unfortunately.




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