Monthly Overview: January 2018


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I’m currently dealing with a Family Situation at the moment (my partner’s grandmother has passed away), so I’m going to try and be brief with this post, and list all the stuff I’ve been working on and haven’t been working on this past month.

Quarterly Goal: Write three Stim Toy Review posts
I actually managed to accomplish this, and I managed to post consistently on Monday! I know it may seem silly or small, but I’m so happy I managed to schedule all my STR posts for Monday ahead of time. While it’s difficult to plan for things right now, I do plan on writing a couple more Stim Toy Review posts before the end of the Quarter. I’m also planning on doing a Stim Toy Review in video format (so excited!).
~Stim Toy Review: Galaxy Pig
~Stim Toy Review: Zuru Tangle
~Stim Accessory: Hoopla Furry Pencil Case – Princess Unicorn

Quarterly Goal: Write three Weekend Notes and three RecipeYum Articles
I’ve managed to write two Weekend Notes articles thus far, I’m hoping to write the last Weekend Notes article soon, that way I can just focus on the RecipeYum articles.

Weekend Notes Articles:
~Queenscliff Brewhouse
~FishSalt

Quarterly Goal: Film, Edit and Transcribe four videos per month
While I doubt I’ll be able to repeat this, I didn’t think I’d actually be able to do it in the first place, however, I actually managed to film and edit four videos during January. The only snag is that I was unable to provide a transcript document and sub-titles for my fourth video. I’ve been using Trint on a trial basis for my transcription and sub-title files, and I’m not entirely sold on the idea.

While I have made sure to set the program to Australian English, I usually end up spending a minimum of an hour editing the transcription files, the problem here is that most of my videos thus far are under five minutes (with the exception of one 10 minute video). It’s a lot of editing for a short video. I’d hate to think of how much editing I’d need to do for an hour-long podcast.

Video Links:
~B.R.’s Couch: Booktube Newbies Tag
~B.R.’s Couch: Quarterly Goals January – March 2018
~B.R.’s Couch: Graphic Novels and Manga I’m Reading
~B.R.’s Couch: My Collection of Notebooks and Bullet Journals

Transcription Files:
~Transcript: Booktube Newbies Tag
~Transcript: Quarterly Goals January – March 2018
~Transcript: Graphic Novels and Manga I’m Reading

Quarterly Goal: Comment and interact more on YouTube Channels and Book-Blogs, instead of being a Lurker, which is my standard thing.
While I pretty much never do anything consistently, I have begun to push myself into commenting more on people’s blog-posts and vlog-posts instead of just lurking in the background. I am a long-time lurker, and I realised if I was going to do projects like a YouTube Channel, I would need to interact better and learn to network better.

Unfortunately, I end up writing HUGE comments, roughly the size of a big-paragraph, and I have the feeling that most creators aren’t going to have the time to respond to that. I need to get better at writing concise comments, however, this is a good start.

Quarterly Goal: Read assigned books for the month of January, review at least one of them.
Unfortunately, I didn’t read or review any of my assigned reading material this month, however, I have until the end of March to get them all done (hopefully?). The problem with January is that I’ve been busy all month driving my father and his partner to doctor appointments (as well as attending my own doctor appointments).

My father has only just recently been cleared to drive, so while I have my concerns, I need to let the situation go and start focusing on my own goals. I’m also going to try a new Reading Progress system in my Bullet Journal, I’m not sure how successful it’s going to be, however, I’ll attempt to document my progress.

So, that’s it for now, I don’t know when I’ll be able to update next, but I’m going to keep trying to get stuff done. Good luck with your own projects 🙂

2 comments

  1. Ohh you sound very busy! But that’s really sad about your partner’s grandma…sending good thoughts to you all. 😔😔 And I hope your dad does okay with the driving. (And that your doctor appointments go well too!)

    Also doing all that video editing sounds pretty exhausting but GOOD ON YOU for doing it!! I sometimes take way too many bookstagram photos and find myself editing forever haha so I can’t imagine committing to Youtube. So that’s pretty admirable and awesome of you. 😉

    • Yeah, My January was super busy, when I look at my bujo with all the appointments written down, I can’t help but feel confused in an “I did all of that?” kind of way. It’s difficult to imagine I actually managed to get my Dad to all his appointments, and I got him there on time. I’m terrible at organising stuff so it’s kind of impressive for me.

      Thank you. It’s funny, I actually enjoy video editing a lot, I’m not super good at it so I mostly stick to simple editing, hopefully, I’ll become a little more adventurous with some more practice. Most of my videos are short, so it’s usually okay, it’s the Transcription editing that’s the problem. You have to go through the text file, listening to the audio and making sure it matches the text. Let’s just say, I don’t think my current transcription program handles the Australian accent well.

      With regard to photo editing, it’s always better to have too many photos than not enough, and your photos are always gorgeous AND they contain cake/tart, it’s great combination :D. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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