Maybe you have been wondering why I have been going quiet all of a sudden. Maybe you do not care a bit. Either way, I took some time off to think and do some soul searching (I can never remember where I put it), and I wanted to give you an update concerning what the future holds.
TLDR – The Future
The short of it is that I will do less videos going forward due to time constraints. I might pick up Instagram again at some point, and will also be working on the three endeavors that are closest to my heart – Be Inspired with Dominic, Walking Papercut, and Jabbado’s Kitchen – and work on all of them as time permits. I will not make promises or announce schedules. But I am still here.
I greatly appreciate your support, your interest, and your inspiration in whichever way they come! I also value your feedback, so feel free to let me know what you think about what I do!
Bee in the Shop
The first reason for my absence is actually the need to do some work on my beehouse and make new boxes, bottoms, and other accessories for my hives. I also need to convert a wooden structure into a second beehouse (right next to the first one), and that structure has seen some neglect (incidentally, by me). So that is where the majority of my time went, and a few times things were actually urgent – like a hive needed to be split but no more empty boxes. So that took precedence over videos, and I am not even done yet.
Bad planning, worse execution
This refers to a number of cases recently, and while I have had those that work well for video and are a blast to film and edit, those other ones tended to eat up my time but also my resolve. I start out with what I think is a great idea, but halfway through, things grind to a halt. Either because one step I planned for does not work, or because I forgot to plan for it, or because I realize that this idea was not the best, to begin with.
Sometimes I can scavenge things, but most of the time the project lays dormant for way too long and never gets picked up. At some point, I need to throw it out, but with all the work that went into it, and literally hours of footage, that is not so easy. Instead, it blocks space and headspace for me in a not-so-inspiring way. That leads me to my next point.
Instagram & YouTube
I will admit it here, I had dreams of “making it big” on social media. But I have come to realize that while it is certainly a welcome possibility, it would be too much of a struggle. I am not saying that I do not want to invest time and effort into something I love, and I do love making, but I also have other interests, my family first and foremost, and I personally do not find the room in my life to go about this “professionally”. Or with any kind of regularity.
I will pick up Instagram again eventually, and I have not stopped doing YouTube as such. It will just be longer between videos, and my focus might shift slightly (see below). I want to do what I love, and I do not want to be beholden to schedules or, worse, algorithms. Which might seem an obvious stance to take, but it took me a while to get there.
To the Future!
So this is what I have planned, and keep in mind that I basically just said that I am not good at planning things. I have three sites that I want to work on, and several projects that I want to do relating to more than one of them. I have nursed two of these sites for a while, always thinking that I would eventually do a big release stunt or something like that. But I will just put them out there now, and if there is something that interests you I would appreciate if you checked it out. They are part of what is these days referred to “my personal brand”, and we will see where that leads.
Making – beinspiredwithdominic.com
You are probably familiar with this one (hint: you are on it). Me making things in the workshop. There will be videos every now and then, and I am considering doing blog posts for other subjects, including the woodworking and making involved with beekeeping.
Roleplaying – walkingpapercut.com
I enjoy roleplaying games (think Dungeons & Dragons), and about a decade ago I created some paper miniature pieces as terrain and scenery for that. From that has evolved this site where I am sharing roleplaying-related content as well as, I hope, more papercraft in the future.
Cooking – jabbadoskitchen.com
When I cook, I like to “re-brand” recipes into something roleplaying related. I started collecting these ideas and recipes during our first campaign (which is also where the name “Jabbado” came from) and eventually decided to share them. I still have a lot of them to go through, and I hope to add more content around that in the future.
I have said it before and I will say it again – I appreciate your support in all forms, shapes, and flavors. Whether you share my content on the social network of your choice, tell your friends to check out this video or that post, or take the time to give me feedback – it all helps in a number of ways.
If you like what I do going forward I would encourage you to show that and share what inspires you. If you want to support me further (who am I to tell you that you shouldn’t), you can find several ways over here.
One thing I want to mention is Patreon. You are probably familiar with the concept of supporting a creator on a regular basis if you enjoy the content they produce. My personal patreon campaign has been dormant for a while. I set it to a “per video” basis, and in addition to not having created many videos recently, I have also neglected to post those that I have made over there, thus not triggering the pledged support.
Here is what I have decided to do with it: I am going back to a per-month basis, and will only have one reward tier. That means that you can support me there if you feel that my work warrants it, but you do not get anything extra for now. I will do my utmost to appreciate your support, but I do not want to make promises (like exclusive content) if I am not certain that I can deliver. Maybe I will add things there in the future, but for now, it is simply a way to support me if you feel so inclined.
Thanks for checking out this post. I hope you came out better than you went in, and I hope to hear from you one way or another in the future, on either of my sites.
And as always, remember to Be Inspired!