Sunday, May 22, 2011

Confessions of an Asmer, Part I: YouTube

This is more of a “behind the scenes” post on this blog, for a change.

The UNF YouTube channel is one of the most popular network sites around, with people recommending videos all the time either on YouTube or Facebook, and searching through the playlists for something that tickles their fancy (or their brains, more appropriately).

But here comes confession time for me: out of all those videos, I’ve watched hardly any of them. Only a few; a handful. These were videos that were recommended to me personally by some, or else, like the first video trial, the team was instructed to take the trial in a closed beta form before opening it to the public.
Reasons why I don’t spend a hell of a lot of time on YouTube watching videos or downloading them is simple: I live in a country where broadband is still catching on, and most of you will be shocked to learn that dial-up is still a big thing over here. Broadband and data solutions need to get cheaper – that’s all I can say. It’s gradually getting there, but it needs to get better. It’s not like America or other first world countries where broadband is available in most households, according to published surveys I’ve read. And YouTube will eat up your bandwidth like almost nothing else.

I’ve also got other things on the go, whether it’s maintaining other network sites or participating within them. I have many duties as a team member and co-founder. I’m a moderator on the ASMR forums; I own and maintain the YouTube channel, this blog, the Twitter page, as well as the article on HubPages. And then there’s the Facebook page as well. Not to mention all the emails and messages I have to go through. But at least I like what I do. I don’t get paid; it’s all volunteer.

I also find that I don’t need to watch these videos, seeing as I have ready access to the radio or television – and not to mention my personal collection of recorded sound clips that I listen to from time to time that do the trick nicely, as far as ASMR is concerned.

Then there’s my other projects, like blogs, and articles that I write on and maintain – outside of the ASMR network.

I’m not complaining, but it’s just that I don’t have a lot of time to watch these videos. It feels better getting it off my chest though. So how about any of you out there in the community? Do you watch every single video added to the several YouTube playlists, or do you pick them very selectively? Maybe like me you don’t watch most of them.

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