You might have noticed that Iâ€™ve uploaded a couple videos, but no blogs for a couple weeks now. So what gives? Well, times are changing for me. I waited a couple weeks to announce this, because I wanted to make sure it wasnâ€™t going to turn out to be a total bust. But while it can hardly be described as a big deal (for the time being anyway), itâ€™s safe to say that itâ€™s at least not another Pittsburgh Against the World. And if you donâ€™t know what Iâ€™m talking about there, thatâ€™s probably a good thing.
Iâ€™ve been hired by Channel Frederator to make videos for them. Itâ€™s a job based on ad revenue, and I mostly still have to figure out how to get people to watch on my own, so while my â€œfanbaseâ€ is growing slowly, it can hardly be called my job. But itâ€™s definitely now my #1 shtick as The Second Opinion. So what kind of videos did they hire me to make, after the two years Iâ€™ve spent experimenting with subjects? Why, the non-brony reviews of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, of course!
Yeah, not exactly how I wouldâ€™ve expected things to work out. But when you really like doing this, thatâ€™s the name of the game. You do what works. So right now, Iâ€™m nearing the end of the showâ€™s run, reviewing it episode by episode and trying to improve the format as I go. Iâ€™ve posted a couple of my â€œspecialâ€ episode reviews here already, but they were older attempts from before the series was picked up. Iâ€™ve changed it up since then in attempt to improve it. Iâ€™ve even added a viewer appreciation side to it, spotlighting my favorite fan material that viewers send me every month, if youâ€™re interested.
So, what does this mean for my stint at Manic Expression?
When I started here, I was a writer, not a video producer. Whether thatâ€™s still true is up to those who follow my content. But I just donâ€™t have time to do it all with the same dedication. So while Iâ€™d like to think that my written work wonâ€™t disappear altogether (I still owe at least 3 of you crossovers, after all), this does mark a switch to videos as my primary medium, probably for a long time.
However, I have no intention of downscaling my presence here at Manic Expression. This site and all of you here got my reviewing career started and kept it going, for all intents and purposes. I admit my 2+ years here havenâ€™t quite made me a main character in this sitcom (inconsistency and all that), but Iâ€™ve always enjoyed feeling like part of the team, and I was sort of hoping that this could be everyoneâ€™s triumph, small as it may currently be. Iâ€™ve already started putting my link to Manic Expression in my video descriptions with Channel Frederatorâ€™s. Plus, since some of you here are the biggest bronies I know, Iâ€™d like to think a crossover or two, introducing you to a new crowd of bronies and vice versa, is in the near future. In fact, considering that my two biggest tasks at hand â€“ selling myself and building a community â€“ are not exactly my strengths, I probably need Manic Expression and any other help I can get more than ever.
So hereâ€™s hoping that this tiny stroke of fortune can bring us all closer together and benefit each one of us. I intend to give it everything Iâ€™ve got.