Checking in – August 2017


Howdy folks,

Until I make a proper video, I felt it was about time I offer a little update as to how things are going on my end. I know it’s been a long hiatus, and, unfortunately, this will happen now and then. I’ve been fortunate enough to have help in the past, and perhaps I will again, but the fact remains this all is not my full time job, and life is what it is. One prioritizes.

I’ve been fully employed for the past while. I’m working a desk job for a little over two years, and it’s been going great. The job’s obviously not ideal, but it fits my skill set well and I can’t complain about the work environment too much. I’m doing okay – but yes, it’s been a little frustrating that I haven’t been able to push my online content along much at all.

I’ll be frank with you all – The last election cycle was among the toughest I’ve lived through. Full disclosure, I was a supporter of Ted Cruz, I was pretty surprised to see Trump just start building momentum like an unstoppable boulder rolling downhill, but the result is something I am not surprised to see happen. I accept it – the election was won fair and square, we avoided Hillary Clinton, and I came out of November feeling that very thankful that we have some release of the political tension that’s been mounting in this country.

It’s a hard thing to discuss. Passions are obviously heated on all sides, and the stakes are higher then they used to be. Gamergate made it pretty clear that the radical activists online (mainly progressives, but you see dribs and drabs from other quarters) are out to make politics very personal, and to make it punishing to engage in if one draws too much attention. It’s an uncomfortable dynamic, and one I’m not very happy to engage in solo without making sure things in my personal life are squared away.

I’m getting close to that point, finally.

So, audience, old timers and those who were around for ‘Invisible Voice’, and my short stint with Right Side, I’d like to know your thoughts. I’ve not been engaging at all in online debate – but I’ve been watching things closely and paying a lot of attention to the day to day events. Watching Youtube spiral has been.. disappointing, and blog talk radio doesn’t seem like it’s really grown at all. I know I ought to be doing something but it’s hard to know what that something is. I’m in that uncomfortable spot where I enjoy gaming content and politics, but it seems a few people on youtube have made that work.

What sort of content are you looking for? I’m thinking a good start would be weekly half hour wrap ups, keep things simple and direct. There’s a lot of ground to cover in terms of what the hell happened to get us here, but current events keep on moving very fast. After watching the adpocalypse take course, while I have an adsense account I’m not very keen on monetizing content on youtube right now, so I’m going into this with very little expectation of getting much for it, and that’s fine. It’s one reason why I took so much time to focus on work – I’m still wary of the crowdfunding model, and what one gets through ads is an abysmal pittance.

The dream remains to someday go professional doing this sort of thing, and until then, we’re stuck in this lightweight model. Leave a comment here or on youtube if you have the time, I’d appreciate it. I’ll figure something out on my own eventually, but feedback’s always welcome.

Cheers, Doug

About TheDougem

A budding writer and amateur podcaster, TheDougem has been an active presence on the internet for roughly four years in various mediums including livestreaming, youtube, blogtalkradio, and others. An avid fan of strategy games, discussing current events and conservative philosophy, as well as a bit of storytelling on the side.

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