Happy Friday to 833 geeks!
How are you doing?
The week is over, and I'm writing to you on a sunny Friday, sitting in a food court, drinking a yogurt shake with bananas and strawberries.
I love coming here as it gives me a therapeutic feeling of investing in my content creation side-hustle. When I work a full-time job, I easily disappoint myself with "I'm too tired to think, I'll do it tomorrow before/after work."
But I don't work on Fridays, so it's the perfect day to come and get some stuff done.
Here are a few examples of things I managed to do before starting to write this letter:
- Getting my blog software updated to fix some bugs.
- Adding a Topics page to my blog.
- Doing some email work towards more interviews.
And now I'm getting this post done, too!
What are the tiny rituals that keep you going?
In any case, let's talk about some more fun stuff, shall we?
With Ghost 5.0, I can create multiple newsletters. You are now on the (default) weekly newsletter. This means you're getting emails only on Fridays from this blog.
If you wanted, you could now change your newsletter settings. I have added an "everything" newsletter which means you'll get any post I press publish on. But if you wanted to change what you're getting. You can do that through your settings!
Just head to your account page on the site and click on Manage Newsletters. Then it's just a matter of ticking what you want!
New Interview With Brennan Lee Mulligan
This week I got to talk with my buddy Brennan Lee Mulligan about Critical Role's Newest season: Exandria Unlimited: Calamity.
It was a fun interview and has already gained 29k views on YouTube! Fun fact: I edited and published it the same day we recorded it! You can watch it here:
I'm Almost at 2000 YouTube Subscribers
Before the new interview with Brennan, I was at 1700+ subscribers. Thanks to the video, I'm up to 1940+ subscribers as of writing these words.
If this growth continues in the right trajectory, I might write to you next Friday that we crossed 2000 subscribers on YouTube!
More Interviews Are Coming
In terms of more interviewees, I have some exciting nerds and creators I've already talked to and know want to come on the channel. We just need to schedule it, which takes a bit of work on both sides.
I'll share their names once we lock it on the schedule :)
Weekend Thought That Sticks
This is a new segment that I'm trying in the newsletter. Each week I'll share a thought from the week that stuck with me through to the weekend. It could sometimes be negative and other times be positive. Let me know what you think.
As a creator, don't reply to criticism that you found about yourself but wasn't directed at you. Like when people talk about you in a discord server that you're not on.
This is exactly what happened to me yesterday. I joined a server on Discord which is right up my alley. And I was looking to see whether people shared my videos in it.
The search results showed a conversation between LGBT people not appreciating an interview snippet I made for Pride Month and basically called it "two straight cis men making a video about LGBT sensitivity."
That was never my intention, and it made me see how that video was perceived in the community. As opposed to how D20 handles its sensitivity, I painted the video to show as if what D20 was doing was what every storyteller should do. And that was wrong.
After fixing the video's presentation by changing its thumbnail and headline, I returned to the conversation and replied with a 'thank you for the constructive criticism.'
One of the community's mods advised me not to do that again since people there shouldn't feel like it's not a safe space to talk freely about content they consume and worry that the creator of that content will come and engage with the criticism.
I engaged positively, but someone else could have thrown a tantrum.
Instead, take the criticism to heart, do something about it, but don't engage with the commenters. Actively listen to your community, but without alarming them.
Quote of The Week
"Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it." - Lloyd Alexander.
I'm always up to reading interesting fantasy stories. I'm also planning to write my own, but life keeps getting in the way.
This quote made me think that instead of writing a massive novel and never finishing it, I could start with short or even micro-fiction stories just to create more content within my fantasy world and also use this writing as a way to make sense of my life.
How does writing affect your life? I would love to know!
That's it for this week!
I still have a lot on my mind that I want to share with you. Especially about YouTube and this blog, but it needs to make sense first. So I'll keep it for next week :)
How has your week been? Let me know by replying to my email or commenting on the website!
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