Hey, it’s been a little while since I made a video, but I’m back! For an entire month! All during June I’m posting a video every day – or at least I’m trying to. It’s called Giugno which is Italian for June. Why Italian? Eh, it made the project feel special more than anything else. SO, why am I doing this? I mean, after my failure of a Vlogtober last year, why put this kind of pressure on myself from a hobby?
Short version: it’s because I really like making these videos and talking out loud to my camera.
Long version: I like making videos, I like making things in general. I like challenging myself, I want to get better at making videos, and I want to get better at editing videos. I bought Adobe Premiere recently, so I need more practice with it. In my 2016 goals video I talked a little bit about the fear of failure and not letting it get me down and prevent me from doing new things. This is one of those new things.
Throughout June expect a new video from me every day. And I’ve got some good ones coming.
Grazie per guardare, alla prossima, ciao. (That’s just my usual ‘thanks for watching, I’ll see you next time, bye’ but in Italian so it goes with the theme).
I’ve gotten a lot of comments saying that I talk too fast, and while I’m trying to work on that it’s just not in my nature. I’m a New Yorker, I talk fast. So as a compromise, I’m adding captions onto my videos and posting all the scripts on my blog.
On my YouTube channel I create videos on lots of topics. One of those is Anthropology. I was an anthro minor, and I spent a lot of time on anthropology as an undergrad. Part of me still wants to study fossil hominids. One day I’d like to expand my videos into this area, but for now, I’m filling the anthropology toolbox.
But what is an Anthropology Toolbox? Well, it’s the metaphorical box where you store your theorists, theories, terms, and other tools for anthropological analysis.
I started referring to the anthropology toolbox while I was an undergrad, when writing anthropology papers and choosing which way to analyze a situation, event, or culture. I’d pick and choose from the tools I had – like functionalism, structuralism, or Durkheim’s theories – and put some of them into use when appropriate. Not all tools are useful in all situations. You wouldn’t try to loosen a stripped screw with a sledgehammer would you?
I’ve been in a bit of a rut, blogging-wise. I just can’t seem to find the inspiration and write. Most of my writing mojo is going into cover letters and job applications. But I’ve recently started making youtube videos, and I’m starting a series there called American April.
All month long I’ll be making one or two videos a week about a topic, event, or person in American history. It will focus mostly on early American history because that’s what interests me most and it’s my channel. So if you’re interested in learning about American history and watching me look silly, subscribe to my channel and watch the videos. I’ll also be posting related information here on the blog as well, so look out for it here.
The first video goes live tomorrow, but the introduction video is up today. I’ll embed it below.
Plus bonus ASL lesson at the end of the video!