I’ve been working on the site a lot this week. Mostly working on the site in fact. I have been able to film and post a few short trick sessions here and there by utilizing Instagram live but the footage quality is lacking and most of the tricks that I do land cleanly aren’t all that perfect so I struggle to want to post them. But better something than nothing. And the more often I go live and make up tricks to the music in my headphones the better I’ll get, the more opportunities I will have to practice new elements out to music, and in general, any time spent yo-yoing is usually a good time.
Today I wanted to talk about what I’ve worked on and then what I’m thinking of doing next.
On the website this week I learned how the portfolio function worked and discovered that it was better for organizing, displaying, and categorizing videos. Trick tutorials can be sorted into various difficulty levels but I can also add the ability for search by attributes (slack, tech, horizontal, 1a, 2a, etc). I am also using this for the watch page, where I am displaying any shows I have made, currently only Let’s Play Yo-Yo is displayed, but I will add all of my videos not in the learn section here, old trick videos, vlogs, contest coverage, and anything else I feel inclined to display.
As far as the content I am creating currently goes, the plan is to begin making Let’s Play Yo-Yo again. I would like it to be more of a daily to every-other-day sort of production. It would allow me to be more topical, run it more like a show and less like one off videos so that I can interact with the audience between videos, and after a few days of working on a trick and finally landing it I can go back, edit down however many videos it took to hit the trick into one shorter overview that would be more like a one off video. This way I’m working on new tricks all the time, and when I’m done working on the trick the people who don’t care about watching the boring learning part can watch the finished, polished, video showing a quick learning process with all the best parts and none of the drudgery.
I’ve been dragging my feet on doing this because I’ve over thought how nice it all needs to be or how much energy I need to have in the video. Then then other day I found out most people like my stuff because I’m laid back anyways, so I decided to just move forward with making the show and ignore what I think will happen because I’m probably wrong lol.
Wanting to make the show again forced me to put time into the Watch page, which now prominently displays all of the let’s play yo-yo episodes of completed tricks and the one part of an uncompleted Zach Gormley trick. After organizing the videos and discovering I left a trick partway through allowed me to save time deciding on what trick to work on in part two of episode 14. I’ll be honest I’m not looking forward to it but I have a lot more time to focus on it now and may actually be able to hit it.
So what happens if I can’t seem to make any progress on a trick? Then I start another trick. I can be learning as many tricks at the same time as I need to ensure I am able to post something that has moved forward that day. If I rotate to another trick when the one I’m working on is stuck it’ll allow me to continue to improve elsewhere and allow me to come back with a clear mind another day. There’s less pressure to simply quit because things got hard and more excitement to try something else. Who knows if it’ll work but I’m just deciding that now. Honestly there never were any rules so it doesn’t matter, but I still felt like sharing my thoughts on it.
I’ve also finished moving all of my files into one place and they are beginning to become organized. I’ve also downloaded a program called Tabbles, which sounds like a possible option for adding tags to my files so their easier to search and use. I have no clue but anything is better than where I was before with everything (and 40gb of duplicate files) scattered everywhere and not being able to know where anything I was looking for was.
I’m hoping by adding this software into the mix I’ll be able to find and reduce even more duplicates so I can move forward with creating a few copies of the files and then start using them to make content. That’s the main thing I’m excited about when it comes to working on these files, they’re full of 15 years of self made yo-yo content. I realize its not perfect but I am excited that I have it available to illustrate points, tell stories, etc.
That’s all for now, hope you’re all well!