Ever since March 2016, when Flickr’s greatest features were only available if you paid. The incredible Auto-Uploadr is gone, and I still damn miss it.
I think this was a business move, to accentuate the portrayal of Flickr being a photographer’s social network, not a backup to dump memes in. I see their point, but a hobbyist like me and my brother just can’t be bothered to spend £57.72 (during time of writing this blog) annually. And if you’re giving us 1TB of free storage, I’m sure people will still be committed to upload junk there – whatever clears up their phone at least.
Auto-Uploadr was such a huge convenience to us, and even though we have fast internet, the web upload tool is such a pain in the *** and it’s almost as if they purposefully did this to entice us to pay.
That’s why I’m enraged, because I’m trying to put up some of my best work and this uploader is screwing things up for me. It’s either the photos timing out, or the upload bar not moving a single inch.
I’ve literally waited a whole weekend for just 1 batch to upload. I’M SICK OF THESE DAMN STRATEGIC MONEY-MAKING MOVES ON THIS DAMN WEBSITE.
August: the time to get things done. I have a whole list of things I want to do but have never had the clock ticking on my side. Now it is, and I’ve got to get a lot done.
I have organised my tasks by separating them into either hobby-related or priorities. So far, that big list of jobs is gradually deteriorating and leaving no trace of worry behind. After a few more days, Nishat will be a free elf as she can sell those stupid games she hates, she can play whatever games she hasn’t finished (like Final Fantasy XII) and go around taking photos all in the next few weeks!
Although, life gets in the way. Responsibility tends to throw me off from a cliff into procrastination whilst I was happily trekking to ultimate relaxation. I can’t just relax because I have to do those normal everyday tasks that wouldn’t be so difficult if it wasn’t for people breathing down my neck.
People is what I don’t need.
One whole month of being all by myself, or a pet, would be incredible. I’d curl up with a good book whilst sipping Moroccan mint tea in my living room. I’d explore the depths of beauty in nature with my camera and maybe write an article about anything for The Guardian. Just the thought of it makes me smile, I hope heaven is like that.
August is a time of mixed feelings. Where responsibilty overrides my chances of getting things done, though I wouldn’t say that’s necessarily a bad thing. I go through I lot of mental hell that is self-inflicted and harsh, so I’m trying a new outlook. I want to find a goal in life; a reason towards why I have to earn a degree, get a job and just do what I’m doing now. My goal is just happiness. This month will just help me push further to reach that.
I manage both a YouTube channel and a blog, and it’s so fun. But as you frequently sustain the two, you begin to realise the perks and achievements you attain.
From what I’ve seen, blogs are more manageable because they’re easy to do anywhere and is totally free. I can make a draft on my computer and finish it off on my iPad in another country without the need of good internet connection. It stimulates you, gives you a responsibility you must carry out every now and then and your literacy skills improve (that’s all the primary teachers care about).
The only problem would be that it sometimes isn’t enough. You can choose to do it whenever and wherever but then you slack off and forget about it.
YouTube requires more time, effort and money. You do need a strong internet connection, and lots of gear to edit your videos whilst out-and-about as well as channel maintenance. The absolute worse is the expectations a channel must have: sponsorships, uploading a video on a regular basis, cringy-ness and short videos to tend to short attention spans but then people complain that you’re not “concise enough” (What am I, a robot? Jeez)
But believe me when I say all that really shouldn’t be your concern. I make videos for myself, sometimes listening what my audience want next. It’s really fun and so rewarding, especially when the editing improves and looks even cleaner.
What I’m trying to say is that you should try a blog and a YouTube channel together, but not for others. You build more motivation switching between the two and not being so bored. Plus, you have a little side hobby that keeps you occupied. Despite the struggles you go through, overcoming them feels so satisfying and is really worthwhile. Just don’t listen to those pressuring you.
[hold on there partner, there will be minor spoilers but come on, don’t waste your life not playing the game]
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