Today's column is going to be a little different. In the spring of 2018 I will be leading a panel at a convention called "Kilroy Was Here" or the Kilroy Event or the Kilroy Meet-up (I'm not 100% certain of the official title to be honest).
You see, I spent a few years working as a contractor managing copyright claims in YouTube and this event is a place for video creators to get together and learn about the ever changing industry. So, the panel I will be leading will be to discuss copyright claims in YouTube and specifically how to respond to and dispute invalid and/or unjust claims on your videos. I'm also hoping to be able to discuss a little bit about copyright law, licensing and fair use, but that depends on time available and whether or not the organizers and I can find a copyright lawyer to join the panel as well.
This is something I'm very excited about. I love teaching people the things that I know, and this is a great opportunity to help other creators understand and navigate a very complex system as well as avoid actions that could be harmful to their channels.
Unfortunately, there's a catch. Right now I'm not able to afford the cost of making it to the event, so I need to do something I've been trying to avoid for a long time.
I need to ask for help.
Between airfare, hotel, ground transportation, food and a badge, I estimate that I'm going to need to raise between $1,700 and $2,400 to make this trip happen.
Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to be setting up multiple ways for people to help me raise the funds to make it to this convention next spring, but there are already ways available if you want to help out now:
I'm also going to work on setting up PayPal support so you can subscribe in the same ways you can on Vidme, Minds and Patreon as well as send one time tips, but since PayPal takes lower fees, more of the support goes directly to me. I plan to set up a Fivrr account to sell my services doing voice overs and I'm looking into a GoFundMe or similar crowdfunding campaign.
I hate asking for money because I've always felt that my work should speak for itself, and if you enjoyed it enough to pay, you'd see the options available and do so. The fact is, I feel like this is a great opportunity to help people learn how to create better content, protect what they create and avoid infringing on the copyrights of other creations, and I can't do this without your help. At the risk of sounding grandiose, your support helps, not only me, but potentially dozens or even hundreds of other creators.
Aside from fulfilling Patreon goals if they're reached (and maybe buying some of the shirts on Teespring), every penny you contribute through tips, purchases or monthly support between now and the event will go towards getting me there. If I raise extra then I will put it towards improving my production, and in the extremely unlikely event I don't raise enough to make it, what I do raise will go towards improving production.
Stay tuned here and follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more ways to help in the coming weeks.
If you remember a couple weeks ago, I announced that I was going to post at least one article or video every day of July.
Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to make that happen. I have been overloaded this month with all of the responsibilities in my life. The one constant in this overload has been the stress (and side effects of said stress) caused by taking on too much with Rhetorical Entertainment. The fact is I am a husband, father and employee. Focusing on my job takes a lot of energy, and I need to be a good employee. My employer allows me to financially care for my wife and daughter. In focusing on my work and working on creating content, it's been very difficult to prioritize my time with my family.
I have a set schedule at my job, and my family easily fits around that schedule, so I've decided it's necessary for me to cut back on this project a bit. I love my family, I like my job, I enjoy making content. To be able to spend time with my family, keep being able to properly serve my clients and employer and maintain my own emotional and physical health I had to make this decision. My job is fairly stressless overall (especially compared to when I worked in the food industry), and right now my content creation is a hobby to just unwind. When a hobby becomes the sole source of stress in one's life, as it did in mine over the last two weeks, then it's time to evaluate what I'm doing. And I refuse to get stressed over Rhetorical Entertainment and ruin it like I did with video games (a story for another time).
So, here's how the schedule will change for the remainder of July:
Mondays, Fridays and the Saturday Vodcast are going away.
You'll still get the weekly column on Tuesday
The book preview on Wednesday
The streams on Thursday on Twitch and YouTube
The weekly show on Vidme and Minds on Saturday
The weekly show on YouTube and sources here on Sunday
In the end, it's been an easy (but still painful) decision. My family and the employer who has taken care of me for so long have to be my top priority. I didn't let the latter slip, which caused me to sacrifice the former to produce all this extra content.
Starting July 1st I'm going to release something new and unique every day of the week on at least one platform where I release content. This will be a special event for the month of July to give you all extra content for the summer.
Here's how it's going to work:
On Saturday the 1st I'll release episode 27 on Vidme and Minds at 9am Easter time, then I'll be Vodcasting the show on Twitch at 11am Eastern time so that I can live chat with you while you watch. The new episode will be the unique content for Saturday.
On Sunday the 2nd episode 27 will come out on YouTube at 9am Eastern time and the source will come out in The Show section on the website at 9:30. Sunday's unique content will be my source list.
July 3rd, which is Monday, will have a new supporter exclusive video where I go into detail about myself, telling personal stories and beliefs. This is a way for my supporters to get to know me a little better. If you want to watch these videos, you can support me on Patreon for as little as $1 per month (less than a cup of coffee), Subscribe (different than following) to me on Vidme or support me on Minds which only costs $1 per month.
Tuesday the 4th will have my regular column on the website at 10am Eastern.
Wednesday the 5th I'll be releasing some sample text from the first draft of the book I'm writing (which is currently untitled) in the columns section of the website.
Thursday the 6th I'll be doing a live stream on Twitch and YouTube talking about whatever I feel like, interacting with you and maybe firing up a game or two.
Finally, on July 7th (Friday) I'll be releasing a written review in the reviews section of the website.
This schedule will repeat for the entire month. My hope for this extra content in such a condensed schedule will give you the opportunity to get to know me better, help me see what it would take to fill my schedule and connect with more people through our shared interests.
Through all of this, I will have my usual post at the end directing you to my Patreon page, but money is not what I'm after. I want to connect with you. I do have multiple ways for you to be able to support me financially, whether it's PayPal, tips or subscriptions on Vidme, the Amazon affiliate links on the website and my review videos on YouTube or the previously mentioned Patreon page, but the best way for you to support me and help me grow right now is by commenting and giving me feedback and by consuming and sharing my content with your friends and family. Money is great, and I'll rely on support to be able to sustain this kind of schedule long term, but connecting with people and making a difference in other's lives is my priority in everything I do.
So, if you like what I'm doing, leave me a comment and share my content with your friends and family. Let's make July awesome!
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