I miss podcasting. A lot. Mad Writer’s Union has been on hiatus for a long while and while there have been a couple of false starts as far as that goes, but it doesn’t look like MWU is coming back anytime soon, if ever. And I miss that, producing content of an audiovisual variety. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get back to doing something like it. Last year, to come out during Worldcon, I wrote 2/3 of a post very similar to this one, trying to decide if I should YouTube or podcast. Things have changed since then.
I’ve been trying to figure out what to do and if I should do anything since then. Back in April, I joined Foundations Revealed, which is a portal/collective for historical sewers. A whole host of people there either already have their own YouTube channels, or are talking about starting their own YouTube channels. This, in turn, has me wondering if I should document my wardrobe makeover project on YouTube, because that seems like it might be fun. A huge, huge amount of work, but fun work, none the less. I’ve got the equipment and what I don’t have, I don’t need as soon as I start.
My question as I write this is whether or not I have the time and the energy to do that. Of course I think I do right now, because I’m in the last gasps of Cold Burn edits. But there’s at least seven years of creative work with my name on it just in terms of prose. Do I really think that I’ve got the time and energy to make a 15-minute video to happen every week on top of all that and a demanding day job? The answer right now is I don’t know. Even that much video is going to require hours and hours of work. On top of the hours and hours that I’m putting into my fiction. And on the other hand, having to spend at least some of that time away from my computer might be good for me.
I think I’ve completely given up on the idea of a solo podcast. I would like to do something like I Should Be Writing. For that to make sense, I would need to be going to so many more cons than I do or what is going to feasible for me at any time. But the YouTubes still call for me. But I already have two time-intensive careers. Do I really need a third?
Ultimately, I think the question is going to come down to, can I enjoy doing something without turning it into a side hustle? Is this the thing that I really need to do with my life right now? Honestly, I was hoping I would have an answer by the time I would be done with this blog post. And yet here we are, without solid answers. Though I think some stronger leanings. But I think, ultimately, I’m going to have to make a trial video, see how I like the process. And then make the decision with more information.
What about you, dear reader, are you mulling something over?