It's been a while since I was wrote down my thought here and I feel that I've been away from the keyboard sort of speak. So here's a little update and catch up with what I've been doing the last few weeks/months since my YouTube hiatus and my podcasting "career" began.
The podcast has got a pretty good start from the beginning and every week I'm getting fantastic and positive feedback from the community and from my listeners. At this point the podcast had an overall 392 listen on Anchor alone and many more in YouTube as well. I could not be any happier and there's more episodes in the works with more fantastic guest in the line up for the upcoming weeks. It's been certainly a very good experience for me and a lot of fun. Talking to people in a more intimate platform allowed me to connect with these individuals and gave me an opportunity to hear their story. I am extremely grateful that these people shared their free time to talk about their passion towards Trek that I only can hope that the community find a valuable addition to the ocean of podcasts.
Patreon has been something I've been struggling with in the past. I know a lot of creator out there always recommends to start one, but I was never really been confident enough that I will be able to provide something in return... and I want to give something back to the support. After a long planning and thinking I think I've come to terms with a very great and unique approach that will provide that extra touch for those who will decide to support me. I have created a support page on the site where you can read all about the perks and the benefits if you become a patron. But let's be clear, it is not mandatory and I'll be working harder to bring something to the table in every platform... yes, YouTube included, but I'll tell you about that in a future post. ;)
Let's Get Personal
Just as the whole World, the pandemic is still going on here in Scotland and I can consider myself lucky that I can still work with my job, even though at some point I wish I could do something else. The job market is in ruins, the future does not seems viable until a vaccine will be available and to be honest I think even after things will take time to "get back to normal." I'm grateful though that despite the very troubling circumstances I am able to work, have food in our table, have a wonderful and loving wife in my side and also my friends in the Star Trek community. Life is not easy and with the current global climate things will need time to change, until than the best we can do it to adapt to this situation.
We are doing well, mentally and physically, so happily there's nothing to worry about and I'm happy that I have a lot of things to do around the house and in front of the computer as well. I'm constantly studying that I've mentioned in my last "tube" video, and also enjoying my free time in the garden outside. Just this morning I've harvested the first lot of the potatoes I've planted in spring and I've never been that happier about the result. :) I always loved gardening and I'll be sharing more of my thoughts on that in my other blog at rocktigerdesign.com so feel free to get a scroll over as well. I also have a lot of graphic design project on the go, a lot more podcasting to do and hopefully starting making some videos as well in the upcoming months or so... at least planning. :)
That's it for now from the house of Trekkerprise and now Warm Blanket. I truly thank you that you took the time to read my thoughts and I hope I'll see you here or out there soon. ;) Be well, be safe, keep sane and Trek On! _\\//
The day has finally arrived, the speculations and rumours are finally over, Pike, Spock and Number 1 is BACK and we could not be happier. I'm certainly happy about this news and could not help thinking about the stories, the theme of the show and that how familiar faces we will see in the future in this very new adventure of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Today is Star Wars Day. A franchise that has it's own beautiful and vast universe with villains and Jedi's, droids and amazing tech that captured the imagination of many and probably will continue to do that so in the far future. :) How do I feel about this as a Trekkie?
I don't like the word "content creator," at least not in the fashion that people usually refer to individuals on YouTube or other social media platforms. I certainly never considered myself as such, but in a way I am, as I am putting out content in text, video and now in audio format for people to enjoy all across the globe. Surely whatever I do, at the end of the day these are just snippets from my mind.
Making videos is an interesting process. After I’ve launched my website in mid 2016, about two weeks in, I put my camera on a tripod and hit record. Well, my first few video was really awkward; I’ve had no idea what I was doing. As I mentioned in my previous blog post I was living a box room, the walls were quite thin and also not really well suited for audio - not that the current place I use as a studio is any better in terms of audio, which is the 4th in line even since Trekkerprise first seen the sunlight.
It's been almost 4 years since I've started my journey as a "content creator" with this website that evolved a lot in my eyes. The journey followed by a test flight that turned out to be a fun ride on YouTube and recently I have just embarked on a brand new audio adventure that is called Warm Blanket.
Here we are at last. 10 weeks have passed since we got introduced again to Jean-Luc Picard, the captain we all loved and knew from the iconic Star Trek show, The Next Generation. In about 10 weeks ago we have had a faintest idea how things will progress and how everything will unfold. We all had our crazy ideas about Soji, Data, Picard, Narek, we cheered for the return of Hugh and Seven, we welcomed Raffi, Rios, Elnor and Jurati. What an incredible ride it has been and what an ending that both left me tossed back to TNG and both got me knocked out from my comfort zone yet once more.
Liking and disliking something is an interesting process. You see a small green veggie steaming in font of you in a plate. It looks like a cabbage, but smaller, smells nothing like it. You don't know if you should eat it than you try it and suddenly all that flavour of that succulent little thing burst in your mouth and you suddenly realise that you have no idea why you did not try it before and that you will never be able to live without it. Than something funny happens... you get the same veggie with a dressing in a different form in a fancy "molecular restaurant" and suddenly you feel puzzled.
Well, here we are... a Pandemic. I think in my short life of 33 years I have been lucky to avoid major political conflicts that resulted in wars, international affairs and also virus outbreaks. However I guess nature - human nature - always brings something new to our doorstep. Not a long ago it was 2019 and it was a rough year. For me personally moving cross country; getting a job that turned out to be a disaster and leaving it after one day of working there; losing many people in our life most notably Aron and Rene and not being able to do things that would help getting closer to financial balance. I was happy that 2019 was ending. I was looking forward to change, to travel and to explore more in the northern hemisphere of the globe in Scottish land... until a small microbe happened to turn our world upside down.
I'm not going to repeat the news or start using colourful metaphors about the panic buying or toilet-paper crisis... we all have enough of that nonsense and frankly I would just make myself feel bad before going to bed... and I don't want that. :)
The reason why I just wanted to share my thoughts that I hope you are dear reader are OK wherever you are. I know that things right now looks really bad, but we can live through this. We have to live through this and grab that ray of hope that if we do the right things, things will get better soon. I cannot stress enough that I'm overwhelmingly looking forward to the day when we all go to our local GP/Doctor and just get the vaccine. The day when we can resume travelling to see the globe. The day when we can finally get together and watch an episode of Star Trek, or going to conventions and be surrounded with like minded people face to face. Will we still shake hands? I don't know...
For me, one thing is clear though: Humanity has to find a way to cope better with itself. We have to be more caring and less needy, more loving and less devious, but most importantly, KIND! _\\//
I cannot help, but with Star Trek Picard all I hear is the Romulan theme song. :) Don't ask me why and to be all fairness I have no idea why I start my review for this episode with this remark, but I feel that it is important to get it out from my head. I love what Jeff Russo did with the soundtrack with this series. I'm not the fan of the Discovery OST myself as I am a fan of the "classic scores" and when I say classic I mean from TOS till Enterprise and first ten movies...