The dangers of caring way too fucking much…

I haven’t written a single goddamn thing in this blog for almost 6 months or so. Nobody cares, barely a visit since the last post, and that’s all fine and completely normal. This post will be a little about blog stats, and other shit that’s been going on in my life since I last wrote something of use here.

Ze blog stats.

Yeah. I really don’t give a flying F*ck about not getting readers to this blog. It’s pretty rational since I have written basically nothing since the blog started somewhere during 2016. Basically I’m just happy I’ve got my domain back, and I intend to keep it no matter what. When I went back to WP for the last time ever during the summer of 2014, I made a personal commitment that I’d stop caring about readers, getting comments, and people caring in general about my posts. It has worked, at least for my blogging. Not so much for my disastrous YouTube career, but I don’t have the strength to care, really. Haven’t uploaded a video since May 2016 either, even though I’ve tried. Every time I do try to make a video or do SOMETHING, some thing has to happen, which means that I am unable to create a video at that point or do something else I’d like to do for that simple moment. It’s like fate is trying to intervene with whatever I want in life sometimes. It’s really frickin’ annoying when it happens as well.

Another annoying thing regarding stats are those found on my profile and pages on Google+. It used to be my absolute favorite social network, but since people started to not give a shit about me, or anybody else (really? I have no clue), I have simply given up on that social network. From now on, and basically for the past months and year I’m gonna be using it the worst way possible, which is to just post links to blog posts I’ve written and keep not caring about if I get +1’s or not. It’s just to tiresome to even care, and I keep mentioning whenever I leave a comment on somebody else’s posts that I’m boring, nobody cares and that G+, regardless of the past years fantastic upgrade, has become a thing of the past and I miss the interaction I used to have with all my G+ friends over hangouts and such.

The secret…

I have a partial secret. Some people know this, but I’m really not allowed to talk about it officially, like it’s some big life-changing deal. The problem is that for, this “secret” is big. At least for me. It’s bugging the crap out of me that I’m not allowed to write about in in my blogs, or talk about it on YouTube. I have so many things to say about this, because it makes me so happy! Oh, well. Someday I’ll probably be able to let you all know what it is, and then I hope it’s another turning point in life, that’ll get me the attention I’m almost seeking, but more likely – to spread the news I’ve been wanting to spread for years now.

The fatness that is me.

I’ve gained more weight the past year and it makes me miserable for many reasons. I’m trying to do my best to make the pounds disappear, but since long, I’ve accepted this crap and I’m prepared to die young due to being overweight, with the dream of succeeding on losing weight if it’s possible. I know exactly what caused this weight gain, and I know exactly what I should do to get rid of them forever, but if that happens – we’ll see. There are too many obstacles in my way for me to be to hopeful about succeeding…

Why the F*ck isn’t the Google Pixel in my pocket?

I’ve ranted like crazy about this for the past months in my Swedish blog. The Google Pixel has not been released generally in Europe, like the Nexus series. My 6P is getting to big, due to my huge weight gain and now I’m going completely mad about what phone is gonna be my next one? I really frickin’ want a Nexus/Pixel, even though the price for the Pixel is batshit crazy high, but it’s most likely not to happen. I’m even thinking evil, pure evil thoughts about switching to iPhone, and it drives me nuts! I need a smaller phone, with a great camera and all other great stuff about smartphones, because if I do not lose weight, I can no longer have a bigger phone. I really like having a 6P, even though it’s starting to go “bad”. I’m having battery issues and I daily have to charge my phone twice now. That sucks. I’m also a bit curious about the next Blackberry phone, which will have a physical keyboard. I’ve missed that, but it’s far from important for me. I’m guessing that my next phone will either be the Samsung S8 or the horror of an iPhone, either the SE or the 7 or upcoming 7S/8. I really do not want an iPhone, but if worst comes to worst, it’ll have to happen, I guess, since iPhones are kinda good anyways. It just lacks the most used features I need, like the do not disturb system that can be set like a calendar, or sense calendar specific items. I also hate the iOS UI and all the struggles with logging in at the app store (I always have to log in a thousand times, and still not get access to the app store even though I have the correct password and username).

The move back “home”.

In the beginning of December of 2016, me and the BF moved back to Skåne, which is the most southern part of Sweden. We now reside between Malmö and Lund, and we like it here. The reason for moving back was because Henrik got a job at Unity 3d in Copenhagen, and I’ve been smart to save up my points so we could get an apartment pretty easily if we were ever gonna come back here. We’re not gonna stay in this apartment forever, though. The plan is to wait if it feels good and works fine for Henrik, and if it does, we’ll start looking for a new place during the summer of 2017. We’re really hoping to get a small house, like a town house (radhus in Swedish) and as close to Hyllie Station as possible, since it’s the closest one to Copenhagen from here. The next place, will however be as perfect as possible. Great Dane friendly, preferably with two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, storage, parking spot or garage for an electric car and also a lawn of some sort.

Generally, I’m fine. My life is pretty much exactly the same from when we lived in Växjö. I’m completely exhausted most days, yet still I have a new energy I haven’t felt for years. I guess it’s due to being back in Skåne again, with all the lacking snow and better temperatures, not to mention all the stuff that’s a lot easier to do now, like shopping online and eating out.

Oh, and to answer the title of this blog post? The stuff that has been happening to me for the past months are shit I shouldn’t care about at all, really. Everything will work itself out eventually, but personally I can not stop to care about the itty bitty things that keep annoying me, and that’s why I go nuts and get angry, disappointed etc. And like I said, even though I’m in this “mess” of stuff, I’m actually happy. Who could’ve thunk?

I have no idea if the comment system works on this blog, so please try and leave at least one down there, so I’ll know if everything is in order. Thanks!

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I’m on Tumblr… and my YouTube channel got a proper URL, if anybody cares?

Yep. Just created an account there again. Haven’t been there for years but do not worry. For those who know me and have read my other blogs for years, know that I’ve changed blogging platforms as often as normal people change their underwear. Or something like that anyways. I’ve been on every single blog platform you can think of, if not for blogging purposes, then for pure testing ones.

This time, however – it’s different. The Tumblr blog will only act as a curator for posts. Nothing more. I’ll test it and see if I like it. I’ll probably not, so don’t say cheers just yet. I’d prefer it if my shared posts to Tumblr were only in link form, instead of spoiling the whole posts. I’ve got less readers than I’d like already. I actually thought that my previous posts would be a lot more popular, but I guess I was wrong.

The other thing I’ll mention is that my YouTube channel moved (yes, again) to another G+ page in order to get a proper channel URL. I know got my old username back, which is great. It’s the one I started my whole YouTube “career” with, which is the same url as to this blog, greatdanemaniac. I also noticed another great thing today, which is that YouTube finally got rid of a very annoying bug that prevented me from deleting shared playlists that I’ve created. I’ve waited like 5 months or something for that to happen. YouTube sure are slow.

That’s why I decided to move the channel. I wanted a better name, url and also a better brand while I wait for the real thing to happen with YouTube. The split between Google+ and YouTube will surely take forever, but I don’t care anymore. It takes me as well forever to upload videos that are interesting enough to watch.

Well, that’s the news for this time. I hope it was interesting enough for you.

What bugs me about YouTube these days…

Well. First of all – a lot of things. YouTube itself is awesome and I use it daily to watch videos and learn new stuff about the topics I care about. Also, of course I’m trying to make something out of myself as well on that platform and after years of doing nothing but mistakes, I think I’m finally starting to learn and accept things. Or if not, they bug the hell out of me, som now it’s time for some ranting again about the biggest and most annoying things about YouTube that I’d really like to change. Or make Google change, at least. Most of this stuff is out of my hands completely.

No.1 – Moving videos between channels

I recently created a new channel, made for vlogs and video games mainly. Or basically any other type of video that is not about Great Danes. It’s sort of a “my other channel”, so it’s not my main one. The one about dogs is. The big problem I have there is compiled of different sets of issues that no matter what I do about it – I’ll lose a lot. I’ll fill you in below.

The history

My channel, “In the mind of a Great Dane maniac” was before connected to another G+ page and had the name “Aimee Vlogs”. Before that it was called “Aimee Vlogs (in English & Swedish). It’s had a lot of names and had the tagline – “Shitty vlogging at its best!”, because I really was a shitty vlogger. Nobody cared – until I finally got my teeth fixed with the Inman Aligner dental braces treatment. Then my subscribers, viewers and comments grew like hell. Especially the views. That’s awesome. Thanks to that success, I finally got brave enough to move the channel into the direction I’ve wanted all these years – into having a channel all about Great Danes. So far, so good?

Keeping it relevant for everybody

Now, I’d like to move all my former videos to my other channel, since those videos have nothing to do with Great Danes. None whatsoever. How can I do this? By losing. Either views or subscribers. Perhaps both. It makes sense to have themed channels on YouTube. That is how you succeed. I’ve also overcomed my “fear” of having multiple channels. The reason I feared it before was due to struggles with getting notifications properly and getting subscribers. The subs part is always a struggle though, as long as you’re boring. The notifications part I fixed a while back. I’d just like to have the best of both worlds. People interested in Great Danes to be subscribed to this channel, and people more interested in my life in general or other vlogs and videos to be subscribed to that channel. It’s better that way.

The struggles, besides getting noticed

Ok, so how do I fix this issue? Like I’ve said before. By losing. As long as YouTube does not let you move videos properly between channels that you own, this is a struggle we all face who owns several channels, where one is more popular than the other. This is how you’ll fix it today, by doing one of these 3 options below:

  1. Download all your videos that you’d like to move, re-upload them to the channel you want. Lose all the views, comments and other shit that came with it and hope people will keep watching and commenting. If you have many videos this will also be a very time consuming challenge as well.
  2. Start another channel and do everything you can to notify your subscribers and let them know you’re moving. Hope that all of them follows you. In my case they’d probably not. I’m to scared to even try.
  3. Wait and ignore all the subscribers waiting for Inman Aligner vlogs when all you’ll upload are Great Dane related videos. If I’d take a guess, 99% of all my current subscribers are there due to the Inman Aligner videos, or because they’re friends of mine and care enough either way to watch what I’ll upload.

No.2 – Why you can’t move videos, when you can move entire channels?!

Since over a year ago, moving a channel to either a G+ profile (now, really to your Google account) or a G+ page was made possible. And it should only be a matter of time before YouTube lets you move videos and let you keep all the views, comments and all that other shit that came with it. The question is – can we wait that long? Or really, can I wait that long? I’m struggling each day I sit in front of my YouTube channel to think – should I do it anyway – move all the videos and lose all the views, comments and other stuff? For now I’ve managed to wait and that’s probably good. I have notified my subscribers that I’ve got a new channel, but basically none have cared. Still I try not to be bothered with it. It’s really frickin’ hard, but I’m doing my best to not obsess with getting views and subscribers.

No. 3 – The disconnection between Google+ and YouTube

In July last year, YouTube and Google announced that connecting G+ with YouTube was a massive failure and that they’ve listened to our feedback. Soon you’d be able to disconnect and remove your G+ profile and YouTube would return to what it was before. Ok, some stuff has remained – the good stuff we liked. Me, on the other hand absolutely loved the G+/YouTube integration, but right now and since this news, I’ve been waiting for the disconnection to happen. And what Google means by “Soon” is more like = “This is gonna take forever”.

I love Google+, I really, really do. It’s awesome, but recently it’s become boring since people are fleeing the place like crazy, or at least just the Swedes… That makes me sad. However. The reason I’m waiting for the disconnection to happen, for pages now, since the G+ profiles have disconnected is… I have no idea. I’m just really frickin’ curios as to what will happen to my channel when it does. What I’d like to see is this:

  1. The Legacy url system coming back. I really dislike the way you claim a custom url today. It’s like either have a gazillion subscribers or buy a url that you might not need. What kind of logic is that? And a gazillion subs is actually 100, but if I would ever make that mark – I’d be the happiest person on the planet, since I’ve struggled for years to get a decent channel. I haven’t even reached that yet…
  2. My G+ page that is connected to my GD channel, can go back and act as a page for my blog in Swedish again. That means with the new translations features I can change the name of the channel as often as I’d like and the G+ page won’t be bothered.
  3. Some other amazing thing I haven’t thought about yet.

Now, how do you feel about this? I know I’m not the only one asking for the moving of videos feature on YouTube. A lot of people have been asking this over the years and all the videos claiming moving videos is possible (like the way it should be handled) are lying. It’s basically only downloading, re-uploading and losing all the stuff that came with the video. The video below has probably the best “today” solution for this. It adds something to the original videos, where she shortens them and ads a message that the full video can be seen “over there” instead of here. That would take a lot of time, but if YouTube never lets us have the option to move entire videos with all the analytics attached to it – then this is certainly the way to go.

Another video on YouTube talks about this as well. It’s a fairly new channel on YouTube called Idea of the day. Check out his video below:

So… What’s your idea about all of this? Let me know in a comment below and keep a look out for new videos coming up on both my channels.