2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  This is pretty neat!  I liked the idea that people read my stuff.  I find it odd that anyone would bother downloading my pictures though.  (tee hee – it’s just silly).  Anywhosie, neat to look at for me.  Prolly, you’re not interested.  That’s ok.  I am!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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YouTube. How did I get here?

I challenged myself this year to begin to consider creating new things.  I was aching with the need to stretch my brain in new directions.  I contemplated all sorts of things.  I tried arm knitting-disaster! Sketching – terrible since I only seem to be able to sketch about 5 things. Though I started the year with writing through blogging and I realized (again) that though the writing bug bites me from time to time, I’m far more expressive when it comes to storytelling in person.

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I love to get the timing right.  I love the feeling of having an audience enthralled with where my story will go.  Becoming a YouTube video creator has allowed me to tell stories in my own way.  As my health permits, I post about once a week . Invariably about once a week, I panic and think ‘I can’t do this!’.  Mercifully, my brain cranks out some idea and it flows.  I get in front of my iPhone 5 and start talking. To date, I’ve created 14 videos on Just Something Else and though they’re far from perfect.  I’m so pleased with them.   Even with only 14 videos, I’ve learned so much about editing, what kinds of things hook an audience into clicking, and what things I like to work on.  The YouTubers I subscribe to are often professionally managed by a social media agency.  The look and feel is polished and their social media campaigns are impeccable.  I want my videos to have something similar.  It’s a goal to work towards.

I now covet things like a Canon Mark III, fancy microphones, soft boxes and Final Cut Pro.  All far too expensive for my budget.  It could be worse, I suppose.  I could be a drug addict, right?

Take a look and subscribe if you haven’t already!  Seriously, I get such a thrill when someone does subscribe!

Easy Christmas Cookies

Click the image to see me fail at cookies. The video didn’t work out as planned.