So this is going to be me talking about YouTube video stuff so if you’re sick of reading about it (I don’t blame you if you are) then go ahead and skip over this post, I’ll see you next Tuesday XD
But After dumping out my feelings about the video stuff this Tuesday, it helped clear my head a lot. That’s generally the reason I keep up this blog, it’s really cathartic and helps clear my head. But I was thinking about my whole stupid overthinking of making videos and came to a realization that I just need to play each upload by ear. Before I mentioned having a certain type of song be one video format etc etc but I think doing it that way is silly. For example, there’s a song I’ve had finished last month and I really like. I don’t know why, but for this video in particular, I want it to have imagery that isn’t me singing in front of cam. I feel like this song would lend better to some animated visuals, but it’s a cover I arranged from scratch so my brain kept on going “You have to record youself on cam, dems the rules!”. But I really wasn’t feeling it for this one. So instead of realizing I needed to do another format for it, I dragged my feet on the upload of it and it’s a month late, which is ridiculous! I think I just need to go with my gut, not force certain videos, and like I said just do what feels right for the song. I get the same amount of views, at the same speed over a month so why not just post what I feel is right for the video.
There’s another video that I have in the works that I’m super excited to do. For this one, I really feel that recording myself on video for this one is the right decision. I’m excited to record on cam for it, so that’s what I’m going to do. Just like the video I mentioned above: I didn’t force it, and recording on cam just came to me as the right decision. So I’m just going to go with what I feel is the right call on a video to video basis, and see how I feel about it. I already feel good about it just writing this down, so I think it’s definitely the right call.
I’ve also realized, that the type of music I do lends really well to a simplistic style! Since I do folk, acoustic, and Celtic stuff usually, when I do record myself on cam having it set up the way I usually do is fine. Because folk music is really Earthy and raw, I feel confident that I can keep the format I have and it’ll work out. Not sure if I’ll throw in playing some instruments along with me singing, I think I’ll play that by ear too. May shoot outside sometimes, as well! Just to get that nice folky vibe in my videos. Once again, I feel confident this will work well, and can’t wait to get back on the video saddle again, feeling a lot more confident in the production of my videos. Before, I’d make a video, but I’d be so uncertain about making it. But I want to go into the second half of this year confident in what I’m doing, no matter what it turns out being, and for me going with my gut instinct always winds up being the right choice for me: Sometimes I second guess myself, but whenever I go through a cycle of doubt I always circle back to what my initial choice was. Silly, I know, but it just happens haha.
So the second half of this year (it’s crazy it’s already June) I’m going to focus on what I already planned to focus on, making my videos the best quality I can. I know now that doesn’t mean be on camera at all times, but instead if means do the video you think will fit the song, and do what you’re comfortable doing for each song on a case by case basis. And, get some better lighting, so I feel good about recording on video. Also, don’t stress out about being in full makeup every time I record, because that has been a huge deterrent for me wanting to record sometimes as well. All in all, the lesson I take away from this is: Never give up, trust your instincts!