Sunday, 26 November 2017

FINDING MY (ONLINE) FAM


Well, I lost my faith in YouTube. The people I ran into seemed to border apathy and cynicism. No one seemed to care about anyone else and I felt like I was adrift in the middle of the ocean. I tried hard to fit in, to develop the same strong outer shell that others seemed to display. If I was to survive, I had to be just like them. I had to not care either. Problem is, that wasn't me.


My only experience with livestreams came in the form of the South Park livestreams on YouTube, where people who were at the mental and/or physical age of 10 tried to out-troll each other. This was not my crowd. I have a special dislike of trolls. I don't think they are funny. I don't think they are clever. And I don't think I have any desire to be around them ever again in this life. So when my friend Dale told me about some livestreams he had joined recently, I didn't exactly listen with rapt attention.


Meet The Mitchell Family Reality TV Show. They are a channel on YouTube that regularly does live streams, and they are such a great bunch. They accept everyone around them as family, not just listeners or subscribers. Coming into their live stream that first time, I was a little nervous. Okay - I was a lot nervous. But soon I felt right at home there. And it wasn't just the host that helped me to feel welcome - it was all of the people in there. They were all so warm and polite. Where had these people been for the past 7 1/2 years?? Well, it didn't matter. I was here now.


And it wasn't just the Mitchells' stream. It was the people - people I had never met before - who welcomed me with open arms. And I cannot even begin to express what a wonderful feeling that is around holiday time with no family to speak of. Like the "bee girl" in the Blind Melon video who felt ostracized by everyone and then finds people like her to celebrate life with, I am just coming into my own on YouTube. And it's about time, too.


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POETRY READING Undoing

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

NEW CHANNEL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!


If you are familiar with my social media channels, you are already familiar with the many ways in which I explore my creativity. My latest venture is into the world of filmmaking through short independent films in which there is no talking, just a musical soundtrack. When I began I did not know how much I would enjoy this creative outlet. Or the fact that this had been the missing element from my creative stable all along.


I have returned to YouTube in a more limited capacity to create an exciting new channel I like to call Indie Arthouse Films. This channel will showcase my short films using royalty-free music and therefore will not be taken down due to copyright infringement. My short films will still be available for viewing on Vidme and BitChute, but IAF will be the only channel devoted exclusively to my short films.

Please consider subscribing to my new channel, and viewing a sample of my indie films below. And thank you for your continued support and encouragement. It means a great deal to me.


INDIE FILM SHORTS Dark Roast Days

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

VLOGGER, THY NAME AIN'T TANYA



My name is Tanya. I am many things to many people, but I am not a vlogger. There is nothing wrong with vlogging; I just don't fall under that particular umbrella. 


I like producing film shorts. How are they different from a vlog, you may ask? Well, the fact that I don't say a single word in them is a good start. The shorts tend to be about a concept, not a concrete happening in reality. And I am not looking to communicate anything in these shorts other than an emotion or idea under the microscope of film.


My thumbnails for these film shorts are misleading. The word "vlog" is featured prominently on every thumbnail. But I am thinking of changing that. How can I expect people to see the difference between my film shorts and a standard vlog if I insist on using the wrong terminology myself?

If you want to check out my film shorts, you can find them here. And if you are a vlogger, way to go, keep doing you. And I will keep doing me. 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

VLOGGING: Back To The Future


I used to vlog all the time. Of course I did. But no one ever called it that back then. It was how many of us made videos in those days. Turn the camera on and see what happens. It was just the way it was.

Since then different video genres have come and gone, but nothing has been quite as enduring as the vlog. Unlike prank videos, sketch comedy videos, musical parody videos or anything else, the vlog can be made to suit the individual creator and his audience. It can involve travel or be performed from the comfort of the creator's favorite easy chair. With vlogging anything is possible.


So I guess what I am trying to say is I am going to try to incorporate vlogs into my video lineup. I started doing vlogs years ago. I just need to remember exactly how. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

GEEK WISDOM RIDES AGAIN



One of the worst mistakes to make with me is assuming I am clueless about whatever is going on. Quite often I will see more than I let on. For months I have been gathering information from my own experiences as well as that of my right-wing colleagues and I think I have pieced it together now. It is either leave YouTube quietly or be unceremoniously booted out on my ass. And I have made my choice - I am no longer posting on YouTube. From this day forward I will be a user but not a creator as far as YouTube is concerned. 


As Geek Wisdom, I spent a great deal of time building a brand. When I decided to use my own name, I had to start my YouTube career all over again. I enjoyed using my own name, but I kind of missed Geek Wisdom as well. So I brought her back. But her home is not YouTube any longer. 


When I decided to bring my alias back, it wasn't without careful thought. Just as when I decided no more new content on YouTube, it was done with very deliberate thought. If you wish to follow the continuing adventures of Geek Wisdom, she now resides here. It's always good to have a Plan B, and maybe even Plan C if you are feeling creative. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017

BLOG TO VLOG Keep Pressing On

KEEP PRESSING ON


For the past week or so, I have been affected by some type of cough.This also coincided with my "cold turkey" smoking cessation, so I am not entirely sure the  cough had nothing to do with what happened. For days I simply could not sing.

Singing means a whole lot to me. It means a wonderful release from any and all stress I felt that day. It means being good at something I was told endlessly that I sucked at. It means connecting with you in a very real way, no matter how far apart we are. So this blog post talks about how I found my way back to singing from my forced hiatus.

1. I relaxed. The worst thing for a singing voice is stress or sadness. I did a lot of deep breathing and staring off into the distance from my balcony (minus cigarette this time). I know I need relaxed vocal chords even to sings songs that are low on the register.

2. Be realistic. I knew i couldn't sing a "diva"-type song on a good voice day, much less on a day where I sounded like I was trying to cough up a bison. So I looked for songs that did not have a lot of unpredictable changes between notes and tempo. And those were the ones I tried first.

3. Give yourself permission to fail. When I tried to start singing again, I flubbed about 80% of the songs I tried. But I wouldn't let that stop me. I knew that somewhere deep inside lurked a decent singing voice. And I knew I could find it again if only I could give myself time. 

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