In my last column in... March... I stated that I would no longer be posting on DailyMotion. I had started posting again on that platform, but have again decided to stop posting there, simply due to the technical difficulties I've experienced in the last couple of weeks. The fact is, the last two shows I've attempted to upload were stuck "encoding" for days without resolution, and even attempting to re-upload the videos failed. Also, nobody uses that platform, and all of the views on my videos there are from me. I might start posting there in the future, but that remains to be seen.
With the housekeeping out of the way, lets get to the real reason I'm writing here. All of my previous content (besides reviews and Patreon exclusive content) has been created in a way that attempts to remain neutral and without my own opinions.
That stops now.
Episode 22 was demonetized by YouTube because... reasons. I've been talking with other content creators, and even went on a couple live streams on bigger channels. I'm being included in a larger community, and by self-censoring I believe I hamper my ability to contribute to said community.
I've had reasons for remaining neutral, including forcing myself to research better, rather than just spouting off talking points and yelling at the camera. I also wanted to hold my own opinions as a way to entice people to support me on Patreon, but I've concluded that people aren't going to want to pay for an unknown product, so I've reworked my Patreon a bit to give different exclusives. There are other reasons as well, which I will not go into, but the biggest reason is the fear of not being liked or accepted. The past few weeks have shown me that 1: those fears are unfounded when it comes to the people I've interacted with, as they've been nothing but nice to me and 2: the people who don't like me, were probably never going to, regardless of my own opinions. Besides, in the event I got a huge following and then dropped my views out of nowhere, I'd risk alienating half of my audience. It's better to just build organically.
It really hit me that I'm not doing myself any favors by staying neutral last week when I was invited to stream with some other creators. I spent a lot of time listening, but not contributing to the conversation, simply because I was afraid of saying something wrong. Combined with the demonetization, even though I did nothing outside of YouTube's rules, and remained neutral the whole time. I've been mulling this over for a while now, and I really started considering making the change while I was recording episode 23. What have I got to lose, really? If YouTube is going to hit me no matter what, then why not just be completely me, rather than hiding? And then, out of nowhere, my wife told me to go for it.
So, I'm not going to operate out of fear anymore. I'm still going to research and present both sides of an argument, but I'm not going to be an encyclopedia anymore. I'm going to remain positive and respectful, but you're going to know what I really think.
I'm going to work harder to post a new column every week. It's not easy due to the demands on my time, but I'm going to work on it.
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