Wow! The last few months have been a blur. Honestly, as I'm typing away from my couch in Krakow, I'm like, "Wait a second, it's April?" Truly, spring has arrived and I have no writing to show for this past winter season. I was pondering why this would be, and then it became quite clear. If you happen to be following my vlogging on YouTube, you know that last weekend my 100th episode premiered. That's right, 100 episodes since the middle of October.
What that means to the non YouTuber, the normal reader and viewer, is that this side project has turned into a bit of a side hobby. The problem with this side hobby is that it is time consuming. When I was in my most focused writing period, COVID era, I had a new novel done every month for five months straight. During that phase, I was writing nightly for an hour to two hours and on the weekends, I was writing between four to six hours a day.
I find it hard to believe, but vlogging has been as time consuming. The entire process between traveling to a new city or country, walking around and filming is one thing to itself. Then you have to add in the editing period. The thumbnail creation has to be considered as does the description page, SEO, and tags.
I should have known it would take up all of my available free time, but then again it's only been twenty-five years since I made videos for fun? I can share that there were many projects, fun or for school, that the editing process took two to three times as much as the actual filming. Kids these days have no clue how easier it is compared to having two or three VCRs running at the same time, pausing, recording; all that good stuff. Then again, while editing is easier, I have more content to deal with and quantity from the amount of traveling I have been doing.
With it now being April, I wanted to check in and let you know, my readers that you have not been forgotten. While I am excited to have gotten 100 plus videos up on my channel, I am making a more concentrated effort to write. This past week alone I have written four of the seven days, which considering the last few months is a success. We haven't shifted to fiction yet, but I'm getting there. I hope in the next update there will be something concrete to share.
Seventeen plus years as a published author, Jonathan has been independent the last eleven. With readers across forty-seven countries and six continents, he has readers around the world. Writing across genres, he loves good dialogue and flawed characters.