Hello and happy new year! It’s been a while since I posted anything on here, which always pains me to think about…
…and is also why I wanted to write something as it’s a new year, things have happened and changed since I started the blog and YouTube stuff etc. so I wanted to document it somewhere as there is only so much you can put on a social media post.
I can’t believe that it’s already been a whole year of blogging and YouTubing under Titch Life. It feels like so much has happened and changed along the way - for the better!
Moving along doing this stuff means chopping and changing along the way to work out what works… especially when you work full-time… work.
And so, what is the plan going forward? The biggest change is the following…
Introducing @titch_life to the Dojo streaming team!! 🥳— Shenmue Dojo (@Shenmue_Dojo) January 4, 2022
Titch is continuing Ryo's journey with a playthrough of @Shenmue_3 live on the Dojo's YT & Twitch channels!
Her first stream begins this Thursday at 4pm GMT! 👈
Check out her #Shenmue 1 & 2 series:https://t.co/E3KrX2Vwg8 pic.twitter.com/rnsywFiKLb
I’m super excited and honoured to be doing so!
In other news, I’ve mostly spent the holiday period having a break, making stuff on a Cricut Joy (Christmas present) and a lot of playing around with OBS to get streaming set-ups just right for the upcoming Shenmue Dojo streams, but also my own Twitch channel streams.
That leaves the elephants in the room of the YouTube channel and blog. As streaming will be taking up more of my time, something has to give.
Posting weekly on YouTube was a joy, but a slog that lead to inevitable burnout towards the Christmas period.
I absolutely love editing and making videos, but being a human being and not a machine, something always has to suffer when you are ‘overworking’ on stuff. It’s time to protect the ‘best self’ as this inevitably leads to better content.
Not only is it the end of the year - it is also the end of my Shenmue 2 Let's Play series 😭— Titch Life (@titch_life) December 28, 2021
The grand finale is now live for viewing purposes right here: https://t.co/uxNKVHzQ56 pic.twitter.com/hXT3dEpdMW
From now onwards:
The next big video series coming to my YouTube channel is… a first-timer playthrough of Yazuka Zero. This has been an idea on my Trello board for a while, but thought it would be best to stick to one major (YouTube) Let’s Play series at a time to keep things simple.
A Shenmue 3 Let’s Play series, in the same format as my previous two (here and here) will come in the future, once the Yakuza one above concludes, and also once the Shenmue Dojo stream playthrough of Shenmue 3 concludes.
Shenmue Let’s Play highlight reels will still be coming out. Admittedly I’ve missed a couple of intended uploads for Shenmue Day (4th of each month) but the next one is in the works and I intend to still keep making these.
Whilst it seems I’ve forgotten to finish off the Shenmue x The Sims 4 Hazuki house build upload trifecta by completing the Hazuki Dojo, that is not the case. I just haven’t got round to building it yet, but it will still be coming.
I still love Animal Crossing (along with many other Nintendo franchises) and The Sims 4, and so will still be releasing the odd video / doing streams on these as a breakaway from whatever ‘main’ Let’s Play series I’m doing at a given time.
As mentioned at the top of this post, it pains me that this blog gets neglected the most as I love writing stuff as much as the camera-based stuff. This leads into the final point below.
The main goal going forward for content is to release it when done, not on self-imposed deadlines to appease ‘the algorithm’ and erode mental health in attempting to do so. That way, it’s more quality over quantity, more desire to make stuff than give up completely.
Basically, it’s time to be kinder to myself, but still do ‘all the things’ in a balanced way.
Thank you for reading and most importantly, thank you for consuming any content I’ve pushed out over the year; it really means a lot!