January is almost at an end, and to maintain the momentum from 2022’s early morning productivity, it’s time to start making plans for February. What can you expect to see next month?
Starting February 10th, the Proper Bard Podcast goes into History Mode, as it’s time to understand what happened to allow me to get to the point in a career that still defines me as an ‘Early State Creative’. There’ll be a chance to share my first publication poem (and the fact it got a round of applause at the time) plus my adventures in local borough history. That will keep us going well into March and possibly beyond…
Then it is high time I updated my YouTube Channel, which we will ‘soft relaunch’ with an upgrade for my Introductory Video. It’s a lovely excuse to flex creative muscles in ways I don’t normally have time to do, plus on this occasion I’ve written a poem to accompany the pictures, because honestly that’s what I do for everything now. You can expect to see this premiering sometime after I have my first proper break post-Pandemic… let’s say after the 21st. I refuse to be more precise than that.
#HashtagPoetry will continue, and I’ll also get back to poetry reviewing and wibbling about the World, which at present could easily be a full-time job if someone was prepared to pay me for it. Oh, and at the end of this month, expect a small passion project to emerge surrounding the subject of Imaginary Band Names…
So here we are, moving very much into video when I had assumed that audio would be the first step forward in my AV experience. I’m not lucky enough to own anything particularly sophisticated with which to produce video content either. It is all very much being made up as I go along. However, what the last two weeks has amply demonstrated is how easy it is, with rudimentary knowledge of working practices, to produce something hugely professional.
Therefore, the world is pretty much mine to exploit as I now choose. The only limit is my imagination and the raw materials available to me. I’ve set a notional target of one sub two-minute video a week, which means Twitter and Instagram are both available as advertising media. We’ll start slow, because I know if I go too big too early it just makes continuation and continuity impossible to sustain. Picking 24 poems from the vastness of my own output is the least of my worries. The possibilities are, quite frankly, infinite.
Recording live video, as it transpires, is not nearly as problematic as might be the case either. Of course, it would be lovely to be able to afford state-of-the-art equipment or the opportunity to learn new techniques but allowing these things to hold back my progress when so many techniques and possibilities are easily available to me would be foolish. The process, undoubtedly, is more important right now. It is learning about myself as a writer, a photographer and ultimately as an artist, bringing all these elements together.
I have a new notebook for 2020. It’s sole task is to help me keep track of the content I’m producing, and in the bottom right hand corner of that first page is a blue PostIt Note. The message on that is simple: One Video in January. I’ve borrowed a microphone from my husband, dug out the old webcam. There’s even a storyboard in progress. Everything is prepared. There is no escaping the inevitable.
The main reason for doing this is to find alternate means of expressing myself as an artist, which is what this ends up being. There might be some vlogging, I dunno, it will all depend on how well my first few bits of stuff are received. I have some form with video as well, but if honest an awful lot has changed in the two decades since that was a Thing. Needless to say, those principles are still largely sound.
I can do the whole visual media thing too. It isn’t hard: my skill in graphic design came from being a reasonable mimic, and as all are is by definition derivative? Really, how hard can it be? The plan, such as it is, to have something up by January 24th. Might be sooner, definitely won’t be later. Having said it now, that’s it, there’s no looking back. Things will happen.