|Posted on July 26, 2016 at 5:10 PM|
There are times in our lives when we are so passionate about something that we get a little over ambitious. For me, this is one of those times...
As you all know by now, I announced a few days ago on my channel that I was taking yet another break from the channel this year. I know...the past year has had many setbacks. This break stems from many things in my personal life, but the biggest being this time of year at work. In my day job, this time of year is always stressful. A lot to do in very little time. But this year, it is even worse. For this year, I am transitioning to new sites. This adds a lot of complexity to an already hectic environment. So that is the biggest reason for the break.
Other reasons include issues of mental health, self-preservation and also re-evaluating how I approach different aspects of my life, public and personal. One of those aspects of my life is definitely my YouTube channel. A while back, I made the very ambitious announcement that I would be uploading a piece of content to the channel EVERY...SINGLE...DAY. Being in a situation where I officially decided I want to work harder to make this a career and not just a hobby, I figured the best way to grow the channel would be to take my content to the next level. And I was right! The frequent uploads did result in more growth on the channel. But there were also side effects to the new upload/stream schedule and added work.
Since making the announcement, I have felt extremely drained. Anyone who says running a YouTube channel isn't a "real job" has no idea. Balancing a full time job and running a YouTube channel is hard enough as it is. But also doing so and ensuring that you will have content 7 days a week, 365 days a year is just crazy!!! I fully intended to do that, but it quickly became clear to me that it was something that was totally impractical. So the amount of weekly uploads will need to be adjusted.
The other issue was the streams. I love streaming because it was the ultimate way to engage with you guys. But with my current streaming schedule, I was promising 3 streams a week and basically as soon as I got out of work, I was streaming with no break after work what so ever. It was difficult to be energetic during those streams to say the least. So the stream schedule too will be changing.
Also, in order to maintain one's sanity with all this work, one would need time to their self to regenerate. This is something I literally had no time to do. I was basically working every waking hour. And on top of that, only getting a few hours of sleep a night. I was a zombie. Now I have worked hard to achieve everything I set my mind to. And I intend to do the same with YouTube. But I will need to scale back a bit for sure. So how do I intend to do that?
The first thing is weekends are "me time". No more work on the weekends. Not for my day job and not for YouTube. I may film a vid or two on the weekends, but no streams or uploads. This may harm the growth of my channel, but if it helps me with my physical and mental health, it’s worth it. A healthy and happy Robert results in better content. And personally I feel like my content has suffered over the past month or so. So here is the new schedule: 2 streams a week. Monday and Friday at 7PM PST. Monday will be a Gaming Break gameplay stream and Friday will be the #YourGeekyNation Hangout.
As for pre-recorded uploads, those will be Tuesday through Thursday. Q&A Tuesday will resume and I am looking at the possibility of getting a PO Box to do a weekly mail show on Thursdays. Wednesday would be a wild card. A review, a How-To, a Top 5. Anything I feel like talking about, it will be on Wednesday. I am also changing the time the videos go live. In the past, it has been at 12PM PST. I want some uniformity with the live streams, so those too will be changing to 7PM PST. That also gives me time to edit those the day they go live as opposed to cramming it in over the weekend. Now, even with this schedule, that doesn't mean I wont post a random video from time to time. As always, if something comes up in the news that I wanna talk about, I will. But these changes simply guarantee you 2 streams and 3 uploads a week.
Overall, I hope these changes will result in better quality content for you all and a better, healthier me. I am especially excited about making the channel more interactive with you all. Interactivity with the audience is the best part about being a YouTuber. And I hope to further engage with you all as part of the future of this channel. Other improvements coming to the channel include a new banner and updated intro and outro. The future looks bright for the channel and I hope you all continue to join me for the ride. Anyway, it will still be a while before I officially return. Work is still CRAZY hectic and I hope things return to normal soon. But either way, thank you all for your support and I hope to be back soon.