Video, but not about me

posted by Jeff | Thursday, February 2, 2023, 10:38 PM | comments: 0

This guy that I enjoy watching on the YouTube, Gene who goes by "Potato Jet" on his primary channel, posted a video about his new home studio setup. What I usually like about him is that he gets out and makes video pretty much everywhere, but he takes such care in its creation that it almost always looks great. So while it's a little surprising that he would put a lot of energy into his home setup, it's really inspiring to see what he did, and it's really pretty good. It's a solid bit of inspiration.

But as much as I would like to make stuff like that, the truth is that I'm so not interested in any content being primarily about me. It's not a self-esteem issue, it's that I feel like it would be inauthentic, and not interesting. As much as I loved the performance aspect of radio, the outcome was never about me, I was just there to get you to the music. Maybe it's my journalistic purist bent, where if you tell stories you should avoid becoming a part of the story.

The problem with the world of independent content creators is that it's all very personality driven, and I don't think that's me. This thing with having an online presence seems exhausting to curate, and if you know me, I'm not one to curate or even filter myself. Well, let me qualify that. I've spent much of my life I think trying to be less weird in the eyes of most people, but to know me is to know and celebrate my weirdness. Which person would I have to be online?

There's also the problem that most of the people who are really good at this, and are doing something more interesting than streaming video game playing or dick and fart jokes, are generally playing to a particular niche or interest. I think necessarily, you have to do that. The science and maker people are particularly good at it.

The bottom line here is that I really, really love making video content, I just don't want it to be about me. I should make a documentary or something.


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