why do people do stuff like this....it takes forever!

lifeanddecay  asked:

Hey dudes first off I'm gonna say I just spent a couple days in philly and I totally fell in love with your city! I was mostly around west philly but I spent a good portion of the one day on south street! Now my question is, and I hope this isn't too personal but do you all have day jobs or does continue? And other internet stuff support you? And what advice would you give to someone trying to get into the YouTube game? Thanks for the laughs, maybe someday we can all kick it and drink brews :p

Thanks!  Philly is my hometown so I always love showing it off.  South Street is great. Seen many great bands at the TLA. We all have day jobs and other things to support ourselves. We don’t do Continue? as a fulltime job. Maybe one day. 

Here’s some advice that I usually give to people making videos. Over the years, I’ve honed it into a few paragraphs of advice.

WARNING: Giant wall of text. If you want the “Skip-To-The-End Version,” Keep making content. Get better at it. Be interesting and make interesting things. Make things because you like making them, not for money. 

Here’s that wall of text that I was talking about:

Keep at it. Most things aren’t an overnight success (including our show). It takes time to build an audience. We did our show for 2 years (we started in 2009) and barely anyone watched it.  We made it because we had fun doing it. It was only in our 3rd year doing the show that people started watching it and started having some success. 

In the book, The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell repeatedly mentions the 10,000 Hour Rule.  He claims that the key to success in any field or in order to become great at something is a matter of practicing for around 10,000 hours.  You aren’t going to be successful on your first attempt at something (if you are, consider yourself lucky and hope that you can make Pinkerton). The key to becoming successful is not just about innate talent (important) or luck (more important) but through sheer dedication (MOST IMPORTANT!). 

Be Interesting and make interesting content.  There are a million gaming web shows out there. What makes your different? Why would someone watch your stuff over someone else’s stuff? What do you bring to the table? These are questions that you need to think about when making a show.  Anyone can make videos now so there’s a lot of stuff out there. So much so that it almost become just noise. If you’re doing what everyone else is doing, it makes it a lot harder to break through the noise. 

If you want to make videos to become popular/famous/rich, DON’T MAKE VIDEOS.  If you want to make videos you because like playing video games and want to make money playing video games, DON’T MAKE VIDEOS.  You should want to make good videos. You should want to entertain or inform people.  Focus on making good content more than focusing on getting famous and building an audience. If you make good things, people will watch it. Cream rises to the top, sometimes very slowly.

Make things on a schedule.  If you have a schedule, you have a regiment.  You have order.  It shows that you have dedication.  Think of it like a job.  If you show up to work on time all of the time, your boss notices and says “That guy has tenacity. He’s responsible.  He’s a hard worker. Give him a raise.” Also, you should do this because this is your job (or you want making content to be your job). Making things regularly also helps you knock out those 10,000 hours.  Nothing is worse than your favorite artist (director, actor, band, singer, YouTube person, etc.) taking forever to make new content for you to love. If they don’t give a shit about when new stuff comes out for you, why should you give a shit about liking it? Would you want people who like what you do to not give a shit about your content? No!  You want them to care. So give them something to care about all of the time. 

Invest in decent equipment. Get a good mic. Don’t let the levels peak. People can watch a movie with shitty camerawork but not shitty sound.  Get a decent camera. These things add production value. They also separate you from some one with just a webcam and a headset.

Most importantly, keep making videos.  You’ll learn so much just by doing more videos.

Hope that helps!
-Nick Murphy

I wanted to talk about something for a minute. I wanted to talk about those people you run into in fandoms every now and again who pick some troubling concept, idea, ship, interaction, etc. and decide THOU SHALT NOT. The folks who decide some content is too violent, or who say rape fantasy in fic is demeaning to survivors, or who say if you write/read underage you’re okay with pedophiles, or if you ship kismeses (is that the plural of that word) you’re okay with abuse, or… whatever the issue of the day is.

I don’t really understand people like this, so anything I say here is me trying to puzzle things out. But it seems to me from my admittedly far from perfect observation that at least for some people, part of the issue seems to be violence in general. I can think of a few people like this I’ve run into for whom it seemed to boil down to “Wow, that’s disturbing. Why would anyone want to read anything that disturbing? They must not be survivors, I can tell ya that!” And then from there you get this whole idea that people who write certain kinds of darkfic are pissing on survivors’ heads or something, because if they just knew some survivors or were survivors themselves, those stories would become revolting to them, rather than hot.

And the thing is… maybe that’s true for some people. I don’t know. But for me, as a survivor, when people try to tell me that I shouldn’t enjoy violent stories or I shouldn’t like particular things, it doesn’t work for me.

If you think about violence, very often the desire to do violence (whether a person actually does it or not) is a restorative kind of thing. “You disrespected me; I’ll get you.” “You rejected me; I’ll force you to do what I want.” Etc. And… I’m not saying that’s okay. It isn’t. But I think that for me as a survivor, part of the reason I sometimes fantasize about violence, whether sexual or not, is a response to feeling powerless. Real violence is a spectacularly bad solution to almost everything, but thinking about violence, fantasizing about it as a solution to what’s bothering you, means thinking about being strong enough to overpower your problem, to force the world into acknowledging you.

And for me personally, again not speaking for everyone else, when people tell me I’m not allowed to think about that, to me it is like saying: “Hey. This trauma that made you feel totally powerless? That’s what we want you to identify with. We want to make sure you’re not a threat – even if we know the only threat you’ll ever present is in a story. We don’t care how powerless you feel.”

To me, that’s taking away my armor. That’s wrenching my anger out of me before I’m done with it, and I don’t see why anyone gets to do that if I’m not actually threatening anyone. I got hurt because I wasn’t powerful enough to make people back off. I got hurt because I wanted to be a Nice Girl and do what the people who had power over me said. Now I’m mad. Now I have teeth and fangs and scales and there’s poison in my pen.

If you try to take that away from me, you make me as powerless as I was when I got hurt. I don’t see why I or anyone else owes you that just because some topics squick or even trigger you. I’m not taking off my armor for you, and I’m not demanding anyone else do it either.

Which is why I will defend darkfic forever, even the stuff I don’t read and don’t like. Because my armor, and the armor of other people who need it, whatever they have or haven’t survived, is not something anyone gets to take away to feel comfortable.