And it was bad – but
It’s Sunday 19th February, I’ve clicked the publish button and boom, just like that my video is online for the whole world to view, or in my case, around 60 people at the last count.
I send a tweet out to my followers, push the link out to my Facebook page and all is well in the world. I get on with my Sunday and try to get some gaming time in, I’m happy.
The gut feeling
If there is one thing that I’m always striving for in this online endeavour it’s that my content should be the best that it can possibly be and I can safely say that there have been two occasions when this, unfortunately, hasn’t been the case.
The first time
Well, the first time tracks back to when I first created gadgetandgamer.com and I wanted to get content on the site as quickly as my typing speeds would allow, it was simply a matter of whack it on and fix it later, but either way the vast unused white space on the homepage needs to be filled with content, fast!
I would rush through posts describing products that I care about, hitting the publish button then later, frankly at times when I should have been asleep, come back to the posts to find glaring, embarrassing, errors that would initially make me doubt the whole thing. I’m happy to say that this stage has passed now and that the homepage is looking pretty good if I do say so myself.
What do you think, do you agree? Smash that like button below if you like the look of the site or leave a comment for me, after all, I do this for you.
The absolute last time.. maybe
The second time I fell below my expectations was with my very first YouTube project, however, this one is a little trickier as I’ll try to explain further. You see, technically speaking there was nothing wrong with the video. I mean it had a beginning, a middle and an end. The viewer, to my knowledge, knew why they were watching it and I knew the information that I was trying to convey to the audience about the product. Win-win you’d say? Unfortunately just like when I first created the blog, I may of went with the whack it on and fix it later approach.
But here in lies the problem, this isn’t just text and images on a screen anymore and the more aware I became at the flaws in my video, the more it kept me awake at night, eventually for every additional view I gained, instead of a little blip of satisfaction I initially felt, it became a thump of cringe and regret. In my mind, I thought about YouTubers who filmed themselves reacting to their first videos they created and I knew that I didn’t want to live though that future horror someday, so it was time to act, fast!
So at 11:30 pm, Wednesday 22nd February I sprang into action, hacking away and cutting away dead footage from my video, putting a cut together to maintain a nice smooth flow from my greeting, to the intro, transition into a slick unboxing and finally into my thoughts about the product.
I was eventually left with roughly 50% of the original shoot at about 1:30 am Thursday morning. But I was happy, I finally played the video back full screen and when it finished I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach, it’s hard to describe like most feelings, but let’s just say that my gut knew that this was a passable grade So I made the original video private and published the new ‘directors cut‘ and here it is.
Give it a watch and let me know what you think, good bad or otherwise, slap a like on it, comment and if I’m lucky enough subscribe even, I’ll be using YouTube often so I want to double down and make sure I’m bringing my absolute best to every video for you guys.
Thanks for reading and be sure to stay tuned for the next one.