I re-activated my Medium account over the weekend as a sign that I wanted to invest my time in writing again. I have a pressing need to get back into the medium and actually use the journalism degrees I have paid money for.
For too long I've been live-streaming. I feel it's changing my brain to the extent I can't form a coherent conversation anymore online. It's bugging me to no end.
There are a few things happening here.
In 2015-16, the viewing numbers were higher on Periscope and I had a 'Periscope first' policy when it came to delivering information. It made sense then, now not so much. It makes more sense to create for the long term, with long term views in mind through YouTube and blogging.
I can write in a general manner to share ideas and I can live-stream in dramatic detail for the entertainment value. Both outlets can go hand in hand. But I need to write something first, this should be my first rule to live-streaming.
Another change I made was a video I did for YouTube rather than Periscope, (even though I filmed it live for Periscope, my mind was on the YouTube channel) the viewing numbers for the previous video were simply higher on the YouTube platform, nobody watches replays on Periscope and they can't be monetised. What incentive is there to keep something up long term on Periscope?
The second part is to do more writing in order to form coherent thoughts towards making an article, or a collection of points to discuss at the coffee table more engaging. I want to be more informed and in the process better inform others by having information already written down and contextualised. If I live stream for a sit down conversation, its already existing in written form for others to see. The benefit also is people know beforehand what I'm going to say.
Another factor limiting my ability to speak is my physical environment as an english teacher, where I am mostly engaging with children. This cannot allow me to be flexible with my word usage. I'm being stunted in my thinking with my use of vocabulary on a day to day basis. I'm making a conscious effort to break out of that.
I'll be double posting my stories on here and on Medium in the future.
In a mini update for the site, I've moved the Hong Kong Podcast to Squarespace, nothing immediately wrong with libsyn, used them for years without problem, but while things are quiet on the podcast front, I'm paying $13 a month for the show to exist ($3 in transaction fees [monthly]) and for those present for the Patreon saga, transaction fees suck. With Squarespace I don't pay anything extra and I already pay for this site on a yearly basis. I've just saved myself $220 USD a year, and the money can go towards the new iMac.
The JPG podcast will be following suit with a clean cut, I won't be uploading all the old episodes, maybe the five newest and start again. A relaunch of sorts.
I've also cleaned up the website (with the intention of a redesign in February), removed mentions of Patreon and swapped everything for Ko-Fi.com. If you'd like to donate please consider it at ko-fi.com/jonathanjk thank you in advance.