It’s not really bad weather, its just rain so it makes uploading on our wireless system nearly impossible. In fact, it took an amazing 30 minutes and 6 refreshes to get out own website to load because of the weather. To download a 50KB file, it failed twice and on the third try downloaded in around 12 seconds. We had hoped to get more releases flowing today but is not going to happen. the new studio lighting has caused some nasty shadowing to which we are working on fixing.
We are on a waitlist from Eastlink to get the 4G connection to the studio which will be not only more stable but much faster.
Back to school has been a busier time than expected so we have decided to delay more releases until Monday the 9th. We should have everything back to normal tomorrow to get some episodes of produced and then Friday we are planning a scripting day.
The real severe weather is coming this weekend so we open to have things uploaded on Friday before the hurricane hits. When we are in production we don’t need access to the internet so as long as we have power, we should be good to go.
Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for the premiere release of NES Quest which will be live next week!
In the wee hours of August 22nd, 2019, we watched as our subscriber count hit 99 and then during a refresh it rolled over to 100. There was a brief pause in disbelief as its only been 2 weeks since we started our first uploads for our first series.
It might not seem like a lot of people but to us, it’s a HUGE step forward in building the success of our business. According to YouTubes rules, we cannot have a custom URL for our channel unless we meet this milestone. Well, here it is, our brand new custom URL from YouTube.
Over the past few days, we’ve been updating many of our templates and working on the SEO of our website and the YouTube channel. We’ve started to include our sponsor links on the upcoming videos are well. We are also preparing for the release of NES Quest that is currently planned for launch on September 5th.
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I’ve spent the past few days doing a lot of work, trying to get production values up and learn new software and streamline our production processes. I’ve also taken the time to understand what’s happening around the internet with regards to policies enacted by social media companies, the Canadian government and YouTube.
I want to go over each of these topics to explain what’s going on and what we are going to do about it.
Social Media policy updates – As many of you already know from my previous post on legal issues and getting permission from Facebook to publish content. There have been many more updates and we are “clear” to continue sharing most of our content on Facebook but Twitter has other plans. Twitter has stepped up its suppression of speech leading up to the Canadian election. Just about anything trending on Twitter is being suppressed if it involves political content of any kind.
I was personally suspended twice (24hours each) from Twitter for “Election interference”. I made 2 tweets about the election, telling people that if they want to change they need to go vote and another tweet telling Americans that here in Nova Scotia we need to show ID to vote, so voter ID laws are not that bad. Facebook as yet to let me know about its policies but God only knows what they will do.
Over on YouTube, a lot of other creators have been demonetized completely for news or political content. They have also been de-ranked and their videos are no longer getting shared. Tim Pool has been talking about this frequently and we find it very disturbing. It makes a lot of our planned videos a “financial black hole”.
Investing in production value – Since I’m technically the only person who really does any work, I’m under a lot of pressure to do things right and keep improving everything. I’ve invested a lot of money into this and have poured countless hours into learning how to use all the new software and tools. I’ve also had issues with things just not working due to some of the professional-grade hardware I picked up but have found solutions.
Now that the stress of the first release is gone, its time to take a look back and make some serious refinements to just about everything and you can see how much work was done with regards to the previous Mr. Reality Check into video as compared to the one that was released Tuesday.
I’ve got some new hardware coming and some software utilities to get installed, so keep watching for improvements. On a side note, I’m working on designing an entirely new work area here in the house and a proper production studio in the 1 half of our basement.
Suspension of 3 new series – It’s with great sadness that I have to inform you that I’ve decided to suspend the development of 3 of our political series. Due to some policy changes at YouTube and Twitter, we are going to suspend the Parliamentary Report, State of the Union and People’s Congress until 2020.
Parliamentary Report will not be published even though I’ve already written 17 episodes. It won’t be published due to issues with the already mentioned policies but also because the Canadian Government has issued new social media rules that could see our accounts “banned” or “restricted” even though we already have the approval to publish on their platforms.
The State of the Union may not be affected because it was due for launch in 2020 anyway.
People’s Congress is a major issue do to Hong Kong and threats from the Chinese government. I’ve made the decision to hold off until things calm down so there will be less risk to my family.
Profitability – It’s one thing to make videos that I enjoy, it’s another to make videos that will never make a dime. Due to the demonetization policies of YouTube I’ve decided that we need to focus on content that will allow us to make a profit so we can establish the channel and build a fan base.
We are going to focus on family-friendly content for now and have something in mind to save our News & Political commentary programs.
I guess what I’m saying is that I can’t produce something that I know is not going to make us any money and will not help grow the channel. Once we are fully able to monetize the channel, things should change.
Thanks for reading, Joshua Eaton President ~ Eaton Media Group
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Yesterday we announced that our first gaming series will launch on August 12th. We thought it would be a great time to explain how things have changed with regard to our gaming content. The different games will no longer be their own distinct podcast but will be integrated into one podcast called Played by Canadian Yeti, with each game representing a different series.
We are also revamping our studio to make production easier so we can now only produce more content but better quality content. We are going to be recording and publishing in 1080p but are looking into the ability to start producing in 4k as soon as possible.
Another major update to the series is that we’ve been able to get an official Japanese version of Super Mario 2, also known as The Lost Levels here in Canada. We are going to try and get it to work on our current hardware as we do not want to use the Mario All-Stars version of the game.
Our expert in Games & Play is going to be doing some voice-over work as well. She’s prepping her scripts and is very excited to start to publish on YouTube.
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We are still waiting for the writ to be dropped and for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to dissolve parliament but that does not mean we haven’t been hard at work.
Over the past several days we’ve been overhauling and fixing errors on the website but have also dedicated a lot of time to our podcasts. We’ve completed our into for Parliamentary Report and added a nice soundtrack.
Its nothing fancy as we want to keep things simple so we are able to focus on the content itself more. Click below to check our out video upload to YouTube and let us know what you think.
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