A Celebration of Life

This was not an easy video to make…but it was important.

My father-in-law passed away a little over a year ago and I avoided making this video for quite a while.

Emotional stuff like this is NOT my strong suit…but this was a way for me to process what I am going through. I also hope that it’s an appropriate way for me to say thank you to my wife’s father.

One of the things I have found about making vlogs is that, in some odd way, talking to the camera helps me process. I tend to internalize my emotions…which can work against me…but I have found that if I talk about them that it helps immensely.

Even if I’m just talking to a camera.

This video is a celebration of life in tribute to Larry Mitchell Sr.

Capturing a Memory: A Day at Home

I was surprised at how much I liked this…

I got this “Day at Home” idea from Cody Wanner when he did his own home/first person POV video.

When I tried the whole concept, I just went with a GoPro and was not really pleased with the initial footage. The quality was grainy, shots were kind of wobbly, the colors weren’t my normal quality…the list goes on.

But when I decided “I’m going to capture this memory!” and just threw the footage in the final cut pro x, found a wistful song that I liked, and started editing…it was like magic. After about 5-10 minutes of editing I already knew that this was going to be one of my favorite videos I’ve made to date.

Even if it doesn’t get any views on YouTube…I am SO HAPPY I made this video.

The nostalgia I already feel when I rewatch this is powerful and I know that nostalgia will only grow in the years to come.

I can’t encourage you enough to try and really capture memories of your family. Memory is a fickle thing and little treasures like this are worth the effort.

Links of the Week (05/18/2020)

Wile E. Coyote files a lawsuit, blogging, and YouTube growth tips…

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT, TEMPE, ARIZONA

CASE NO. B19294, JUDGE JOAN KUJAVA, PRESIDING

WILE E. COYOTE, Plaintiff

-v.-

ACME COMPANY, Defendant

Opening Statement of Mr. Harold Schoff, attorney for Mr. Coyote:

​1990 New Yorker article…classic.

Wile E. Coyote v. Acme Company


Speaking of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, animator Chuck Jones and his team were said to follow these simple rules when creating the cartoons…

The Rules of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote Cartoons


Who wouldn’t like to blog for a living?

Imagine sitting at your desk in the morning, typing away and making a great living while everyone else is fighting traffic or their boss.

​Not a bad thought.

How To Blog Your Way To A Second Income


If your goal is to grow your personal brand on YouTube, but you don’t know how to get started, keep reading.

​While the goal of my vlogs isn’t to grow my personal brand…the advice here is solid and consistent with what I’ve heard many times.

How to Grow Your Personal Brand on YouTube: 4-Step Guide

Happiness = Reality – Expectations

Think about that…

I’ve watched this Casey Neistat vlog a couple times…it’s short. And no matter how many times I watch it, I appreciate the lesson he is gleaning from this Elon Musk interview.

Happiness = Reality – Expectations

Let that settle in a bit.