Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Japan Dreams & Goals

Sorry I haven’t been blogging as consistently lately. I have been very busy lately doing a lot of things, testing out projects I want to work on, downloading new software and learning how to use them. 

Recently I have been wanting to start a YouTube channel again focusing on all things Japan related, traveling guide tips, food, fashion, shopping, makeup, skincare & beauty, TV, anime and dramas and recommendation tourist spots and etc. I started recording a few videos but I wasn’t satisfied with any of them and want to record them over and over again. To be honest, filming a video is such hard work that takes up so much time. There are so many things you need to consider, such as finding the right lighting, preparing a written script with what you are going to talk about in the video, editing it and not to mention uploading it on YouTube takes forever too depending on how big and long your video is. All of these things require a lot of time and effort. I truly respect people on YouTube who can spend so much time and dedication to recording and making videos as I know how much work is involved when I try to do it myself. 

Why do I want to start a YouTube channel again? 

Because of my undying love and passion for Japan that I want to share with the world. I have all these great and amazing ideas in my head that I want to do but putting them into a video seems like such a hard task. One I’m not a person who’s great at talking in front of a camera. I tried doing it for two weeks and I keep making mistakes which requires me to record a 5 minute dialogue 10 times until my camera battery died. (-___-") I don’t have a lot of time that I can spend to record videos as I do have to work as well and I live at home. The only time I can record videos is on the weekends and I have to pick a time when no one is home so I can record in complete peace and quiet as I don’t want any background noises to be recorded in my video. (Parents talking, TV, neighbour making noises etc) I can only squeeze in about 2-3 hours a day to record a video and that's not enough time to even make one single full video. I can only get 1/4 of the video content recorded. 

I don’t plan on becoming famous and making money from YouTube. I just want to be able to give my blog more exposure and hopefully get noticed by companies in Japan who will sponsor me to travel and promote Japan. I really really really want to make my dream to travel all of Japan to come true. I know this is possible as I have seen many popular YouTubers and bloggers get invited to Japan to promote tourism for the country. 

But lately another thing is pulling me back from creating videos and putting them up on YouTube. It is the strict policy rules that YouTube set that you cannot break. One of the biggest issues is copyrights for music and video content. I have been watching a few videos made by some famous/popular YouTubers complain about this and how their videos got flagged and have been put on penalty. In fact some of the videos that I have uploaded on YouTube also got flagged as well due to copyright issues and one of my videos is blocked for viewing from the United States and I don’t even know why as I don’t see anything wrong with the video. Another one of my videos got flagged because there was copyright issue with a song that was being played at the place I recorded in. I didn't even add that song in my video, it was originally in there and I cannot delete or remove it. Some famous and popular Youtubers even got their account suspended and deleted. So therefore, creating content for video can also be another big challenge as there are certain guidelines and rules I cannot break or my account will get suspended or deleted for the matter. As much as I want to use YouTube as a platform to help me get more exposure, there are some few issues that are holding me back to do so. 

This is when I want to revert back to just blogging instead. Because doing YouTube and blogging requires much more time and effort and I think I’d rather choose blogging. Why? Because it’s more convenient and I’m not time restricted. I can blog anytime I want and anywhere I want (at home or at work and even while on vacation). I can even do several blog posts at once and schedule them to be posted at a certain date. But most importantly, I don’t have to worry about having my blog posts get deleted or violate any rules or policies. Just imagine all that hard work and effort you have put in a blog post or video and it gets deleted for some unknown policy rules. I’d hate to have that happen. Also, I feel like blogging gives me more freedom to just create and blog about anything I want. There is no limitations and I don’t have to worry about anything. However, ever since my first domain expired 2 years ago and I wasn’t able to renew it (cuz I was locked out from my own google account) and I had to purchase a new domain for my website. That resulted me in losing a huge amount of visitors per day. Every time when I think about it, my heart is still hurting a bit knowing my current blog stats can be double the amount if I have had renewed my original domain. Sigh. 

Therefore I have been trying to find new ways to help me regain the blog stats that I used to have and grow my blog even bigger. A part of me feels like this won’t ever happen and I should just give up. But I just can’t give up because this is what I really want. To be able to travel to all of Japan and share my experiences with the world. This dream that I want to accomplish soooo badly and I will not give up no matter how long it takes because I truly feel like my life would be incomplete if I could not make this dream come true and I will die living my life in misery. If I keep on trying then there is still a possible chance but if I give up then it's over! 

I know I can probably afford to travel to Japan once per year if I work and save money for it. Which is not bad if I do end up going once per year. But I don’t want to go only just once per year. I know I’m being greedy and asking for more. But I believe if only I can get sponsored to travel to Japan (for work and travel leisure purposes) to help promote tourism for the country, I will be more than happy to do it. And not mention I can probably go to more places within Japan that I possibly can’t if I were to travel there myself. Or maybe I just need to marry a millionaire husband who will sponsor me to travel to Japan 3-5 times per year, lol. 

With that said, I want to try to blog more consistently now and blog even more about Japan. My travel experiences as I travel there and as well other helpful guide tips and anything Japan related that I can share with my readers who is looking to travel to Japan. I just want to be able to share the love and passion I have for Japan with people from all over the world on my blog. I don't know if this will ever get me anywhere in the future but all I know is that it makes me happy when I blog about Japan and I hope it can bring happiness to others who are reading and viewing my blog too. To give people a dream and vision of what Japan is like for those who have never visited Japan before.

However, I may still want to create videos for my own personal enjoyment of my travel adventures in Japan as I do like creating videos. In my next future trips to Japan, I would want to document my experience of places I go to in a video format and share it with other people as well as memory for myself to look back on when I'm older.

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