Just finished up these cute spicy fried chicken sandwiches :) They'll be available later this week and should be available as a tutorial this weekend, if the footage turned out *fingers crossed*
It's about 30 degrees and I've relocated to our bedroom with my laptop, as staying in my room is just not an option right now. My room is the room that becomes the hottest during the day so I think I'll "enjoy" this lovely summer day and continue work tonight instead.
Big life changes,.. Yes indeed - I'm about to let you in on something I've only told a few people so far. I probably should wait, but I really want to share it, and so whether you are a frequent visitor or you just happened to stumble across this blog post, you will get to know something that I won't be officially announcing until the end of this year. I do ask, that you don't write questions about this on my instagram because as much as my instagram is about my work, it is not about this particular subject; thank you... I will be quitting posting on youtube at the end of November - completely. Well,. I might post a slideshow showcasing my recent miniatures every now and then but I haven't yet decided. It's something I decided in the beginning of 2017,. I didn't set a date, but I did decide that I would quit within 1-2 years. I know, shocking. I still don't feel right about fully explaining the main thing that started the whole thing, but it's something we discovered had been (and is still) going on, on the platform, that even though it doesn't have anything to do with me, is not something I can morally justify supporting by staying on the platform. On top of that, for the past couple of years, a lot of changes have been made. Some good, some less good. There are a lot of things the platform itself is not being open and honest about which is not fair to any of the creators, and on top of what has been happening with the platform itself there's a huge change in the audience. More and more kids are coming on to the platform (which is fine), but it changes the expectations for the content. My goal was never to be an entertainer - I simply wanted to do what makes me happy and share it with likeminded people. Unfortunately, the mindset now seems to be along the lines of "if it takes longer than 5 minutes to do, then forget about it". I know this might not make sense to those of you who are reading this but there are so many things that can be added to the list of reasons, that I honestly could write a short novel about it, so I won't get into it in this post - and maybe never.
One thing is clear though; YouTube was always meant to be a temporary thing. I didn't set a time frame or anything like that, but at the same time I knew that I didn't want to be 30 and make youtube videos (currently 27). And just because I know how sensitive the world has gotten; no, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with being 30+ and making youtube videos. Most of the creators I enjoy watching are around that age - it's just not something I personally want to do.
So when I started posting just repaints, that is when the countdown truely began. I knew those wouldn't necessarily do well on my channel considering the fact that I make simple versions. I'm not really personally interested in repaints - I much prefer making a realistic human doll from scratch.
Repaints were something I could film and upload fairly quickly and then spend the rest of my time working on what I love; my miniatures.. In a lot of ways it's more suitable for the current youtube audience in that it's faster as the base/doll is already made for you and you can skip right to the decorating part.. I didn't put my heart into the repaints the same way, which meant that it didn't matter if 'youtube was being a jerk' or if they didn't do well.. It didn't matter that people were complaining (over free content, which is a whole other topic) or skipping to the end and then asking questions that had already been answered in the video,. And don't get me wrong - it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy making ANY of them - but it's not the type of work that truely makes me happy.
To be completely honest, even the miniatures I've posted on youtube for the past few years are not the type of miniatures I'm truely passionate about creating; I was making simpler versions of everything so more people could follow along and because I would get complaints every time I posted something too detailed. I purposely avoided doing too much woodwork or soldering because most people that watched the videos would have no interest in investing in those supplies anyway. I focused on making requests which meant that I was making a lot of toys, fastfood and other things that I'm not really into.. Well - I like making fastfood once in a while and I like making toys, but I'm so inspired by proper food and produce (which is considered "boring" according to a lot of comments I've received) and the toys I like to create are not all the new mass-produced branded pieces, but rather old fashioned/vintage toys - toys that meant something to people and didn't just end up in the trash after being played with for a few years.
A misconception I've already seen in the comment section when I started posting less videos is that "I'm only in it for the money", which is far from the case. In fact, if I was in it for the money, I'd conform to "the new youtube" and start posting negative reviews, talking about drama or turning my channel into full on entertainment. But as I said, that is not why I'm making this choice... I simply want to do what makes me happy.
I'll be active on here as well as instagram, so if you want to see what I'm up to - definitely follow along on this journey with me :)