I just thought it would be time to break down the ongoing process when it comes to never promotion of the book that I've been playing to release for a few years at this point. I've said this before and I never really knew the amount of work that goes into not just writing a book, but I really started learning the process during recent months and it has given me insight on why I really couldn't wing everything when it came to the book. I was getting annoyed last year when I kept getting told to edit and edit and edit even though it should be something positive I didn't want to keep editing the book to the point that I was ready to send it to the publisher.
I knew those people were right and that's why neither book has been published as of right now. I remember going on podcasts two years telling people that the book would be done within a couple of weeks and that it would be released soon after, but the reality is neither book was ready and one actually sucked at the time. Looking back then I was extremely naive to any sort of process being in place when it came to writing a book I though I could just write and publish it like I did with blogs or this website.
I know it's crazy to think someone could be that naive, but I am the same person that thought making a magazine in 2018 was a good idea. This won't be a long article, because it doesn't need to be as I've learned a tremendous amount in the last year about the process and that I know I've got a lot to learn and some of the process will just come as time goes on, but other things I've got to learn myself.
I can finally say that I am getting there, because I made a mistake of leaning on one book even though that one has more work to be done. As some of you might know I've spent a lot of time working on "The Sale that Changed Wrestling" which focuses on the sale of WCW. Another book I've been working on is called "Wrestling with Generations" which focuses on a love of wrestling being shared through generations. The second book was the first one I started working on, but it landed in developmental hell for around a year when I worked on the WCW book. Even though "Wrestling with Generations" was further along and closer to being done I wanted to finish the WCW book first even though it would take a lot more work to finish.
For the longest time "Wrestling with Generations" was always the second fiddle until recently when I realized how close I was to finishing it. There is no doubting now that "Wrestling with Generations" will be first and it's only a matter of time before I will be able to call myself a published author. I've never realized how much I wanted this to happen and will give the promotion everything I have this will work out as I plenty of faith.
For the most part the only series that has stuck around for the channel next to the Let's Play series is the Inside TEW series. The difference between the Inside TEW series and regular Let's Play's is that the Inside TEW series consists only of my personal saves and weren't started with an end sight. In the past my go to for this series was the longstanding personal save I had with WCW. This video though explores my save with the WWF where I have finally landed in the mid 1990's and started to make a move to a more attitude focused product.
Recently, Total Extreme Wrestling 2020 went on sale and that might've took some wind of the sail for the previous generation game. The reality is I've been focusing on preparing a new database for 2020 as my return to Let's Play's, but it's going to take a while to complete. I have been trying to move forward with a variety of content on the channel to take it in a more diverse direction, and even though wrestling will always have a place on the channel it will shift from being the main focus of the channel once I figure out a steady way to publish content.
Back in the spring of 2016, Sam and I started a new Let's Play series as we went back to the original brand split in 2004. This was the first time that I actually attempted to work together with someone on a consistent basis. Starting with the just a video focused on signing new talent to WWE and figuring out what plans or ideas we had in mind for the series.
After four years and many breaks in content due to real life getting in the way and forcing us to put the series on hold multiple times. Now with the next installment of the Total Extreme Wrestling franchise finally arriving it is time to move on past the longest running series on the channel. I think that it might be time to move on from the Let's Play concept and welcome new content channel. It was fun while it lasted but I think that if anything you could see a one off return, but never a full return to this series, because life has made it impossible for us to put TEW first like we use to.
After around a year or so of recording a semi weekly podcast I decided after recording one final episode that I thought a monthly discussion would be better then trying for a podcast. Basically I thought that having one person to work with would be better then trying to keep finding a new guest for every new episode. This way also allowed for that type of content on the channel, but it would require a little less work then the podcast did to produce.
It was very easy to set aside an hour to just talk about wrestling, and follow an outline based on the amount of news that had taken place in between our videos. It is hard to transition from having such an organized video to really winging it, but we did it and even though it might've taken a couple of videos we got a handle on it. A part of burning out last year this is one of the series that went away, but with rebuild it's time to give somethings another look.
For those who don't know anything about this series, I decided to show how I would handle the move from the new generation to the attitude era. I have taken the slow approach to changing the weekly programming for WWE from family friendly to infusing a bit more attitude. However, I will not be shifting to the style of booking that Vince Russo was known for, because it's not my type of booking. I think wrestling should be portrayed in a certain way to not insult the fans or the sport of wrestling.
In this episode I show the aftermath of our last PPV and the recent mind games someone is play with Ric Flair. At this point it has been a couple of weeks since I recorded an episode of the series and it's not that I've given up on the series it's more I've just taken a break. With the current situation I've been working a lot more often it's been harder to set aside time to record especially with the other ideas that I've been thinking about recording. It's like I want to record, but don't really know exactly what I want to record and instead of just recording anything I recorded only certain videos. I will get back on track eventually especially with TEW 2020 out now some new content will be filing in some blanks soon enough.
After my computer crashed I had to settle on the original game from Grey Dog Software. It'd been a long time I had played Extreme Warfare Revenge and there is a massive learning curve with the game and normally around when you understand the game is when you get fired. It is very easy to do everything right in this game and still find a way to get fired for no real reason or without even trying.
In my opinion, this is a good game for people who just want a basic experience of what it is like to run the creative of a wrestling company. The next game Total Extreme Wrestling is a far more in depth look into the world of running a wrestling company and having creative control. I've always had an interest in the backstage side of wrestling and finding a game like EWR that would give me a taste of what it's like well I enjoyed it. Then finding TEW and the added depth that the game brought to the table was enough to make me want to try a new game and I loved it. I remember this video and it was great throwback, but I don't know that I can go back after playing TEW. Enjoy this trip down memory lane!!!
Recently, I began a series on YouTube were I search the web for a quote someone said and include it in a video and then pose the question what does it mean to you. It's meant to be a simple series with more of a focus placed on your opinion rather then mine like every other series on the channel has been to this point. Once I decided to change the name of the channel and break it off a little bit I knew that some new content had to come to the channel. I wasn't expecting to do a series like this, but after seeing these headlines I thought it would make for an interesting video for you.
Right now I will begin to branch off this series to other sports as well including MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, UFC, and others. I will also still be focusing some attention on the initial series which focused on quotes that people have said. I know that this could do better with a different title, but I prefer uniformity over click bait titles and this was more of a test run then a full launch for a new series.
For the last five years I've had this site and have been developing this site from the ground up. The website has always been the main focus of my attention and YouTube has just existed in the background. YouTube has never really been given any sort of attention or the spotlight at all, because writing has always been my main focus.
How I view YouTube hasn't changed over the years I still view it the same as I did when I first started, because it isn't about the views especially if you aren't enjoying what you are doing. This is the reason that enjoying what you are doing and the content you are creating matters more then the views you get on the content, because people can see or hear that you are enjoying what you are doing and not forcing it. Views will come eventually, but helping get the word out will help the views come a little quicker.
Promotion or social media push will help expand views, but that is something that I haven't done at all in the last five years. Now I'm giving YouTube the chance to stand on it's own and try to establish a main brand name through YouTube to help not just expand the site, but give the videos more exposure they deserve.
After five years I felt it was time for a change and after how things went last year I knew I couldn't go back to the old structure. I got burnt out and needed to rebuild my interest in YouTube from the ground up again otherwise it would always be a question of why didn't I start over when I had the chance. Back in February I published my first YouTube video in two months and it was the return back to TEW. From the start though I was thinking about new content that would allow me to take the channel in a different direction.
At this point I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that this series is just my way of trying something extremely different. I wanted to make a simple video that was more focused on promoting a simple message and sort of a call to action. The extent of this series to educate you on a quote that someone said and attempt to get you to share your opinion on what you think the quote means. This is the first step in a different direction to not totally get away from wrestling, but to move to a more well rounded variety of content on the channel.
You can find the channel here
I can tell just by looking at the thumbnail of the video that this is not just an early video, but one that I filmed when I was still using my video camera to capture footage. See when I first started recording videos five years ago I would set my video camera up in front of my computer on top of well anything I can stack. It didn't matter if it was DVD's, pads, books or a mixture of all three as long as the camera was high enough to see the screen from a good angle. I didn't know a lot about screen capture software, audio recording, or microphones when I first started recording and it would take a while to figure that stuff out, but when I did you can tell the difference.
In my opinion, the style of recording made the videos look a lot different then other videos, but as with anything the style changes over time and it's made to look better and better. I just found the best software to record the type of content I wanted to record and don't need anything more. Last November, though I put recording videos on the shelf and I thought at the time that I would never go back to recording, but things changed and found a reason to enjoy it again. This is the main reason that I decide to start this section as I wanted to share what my journey has been like over the last five years.