So I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with my channels on YouTube. Making videos is now a big part of my daily routine and I want to keep it that way but to be able to do that with regularity, I need to have some structure to channels. In other words, I want to be able to say I talk about X on Monday, Y on Tuesday and so forth.
I can do that with the Nobmouse channel because I know Nobmouse is for news, law and politics with the occasional foray into discussing comics and/or film. That leads directly into the structure I discussed on an old video. Legal news on Mondays, News and current events on Tuesdays, Strange Laws on Wednesdays, then The Wheel of Thursday (the topic changes each week) and Casual Friday (whatever I fancy discussing that week).
But the question is, what am I doing with the second channel? ZJKR started out as simply a vlog, a chance to discuss topics that were of interest to me and detail my daily life. I did that for a year and it’s interesting to do but, to be honest, when my life consists of drawing comics, writing articles on the Internet, and making videos it’s quite obvious that the videos I make about my life will quickly become very same-y. I need time to record over several days in order to put together an interesting “real life” video. That doesn’t equate to regular updates.
So I started the Reading The Weird series, in which I read weird tales, horror stories and the like (all in the public domain or provided under a creative commons licence, of course). That’s something I’m going to do once a week, either on Mondays or Fridays depending on what the structure ends up being – probably Mondays because then I have the whole weekend to read the stories first and prepare.
So I’ve got stories and real life videos. That’s two days a week covered, possibly three. I need a third topic – but what? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself all week. Then I saw the Vlog Brothers’ video about Crash Course, and their mention of not having expertise in physics. I have a degree in physics, which I got because I originally intended to become a physics teacher. I think we have our third topic.
This is not something that is going to happen overnight. I will need time to plan the topics that will be covered in the new show, and also to write each show. I’m expecting the videos to be no longer than 15 minutes, with an average of around 8-9 minutes per episode. I’ll also need time after each episode is written to have it fact-checked, because I don’t want to put out incorrect information.
But at least now I have some sort of schedule for the upcoming run on the channel. I’m looking forward to getting started. For now, however, I’ll leave you with today’s Nobmouse video.