Saturday, March 23, 2013
Give Me Tiiiiime
I am not the only person who works hard on their videos. Lots of people put money into their channels, but I think sometimes we forget about how much time goes into making a video. Time can often be more valuable. We talk to a camera instead of talking to the people we love. We stay inside monitoring the progress on a screen instead of feeling the sun. We make insane messes (prepping and executing videos) that require clean up and work, instead of kicking back and relaxing on the couch.
And we do this because we love it. But sometimes it's hard not to get overwhelmed by how much time there isn't to do all the other things we love as well. Add that to the negative feedback people can leave, and it sometimes can feel like people are saying you wasted your time. I have seen a lot of content creators getting down over comments from trolls, and I although I might be part troll (on my mother's side), I'm not immune to being annoyed at the recent influx of negativity. As ASMR becomes more talked about/known, the viewers will increase, and so will the trolls. When there are a lot of them, it makes it harder to keep giving your time so willingly. It becomes a chore.
This is why I treasure supportive comments so much. What may take a person a few seconds to write, helps keep my head in a positive place. Every supportive comment translates into "your time is worth something to me, so much so, that I am giving up some of mine to watch it and write this." That's a special kind of exchange. It means something.
So I guess what this ramble amounts to, is appreciation for all those giving their time; content creator and viewer alike. If you are a viewer, thank you so much for making this experience feel like a beautiful use of my time. If you are an asmrtist, thank you for helping me stop time and rest. I value the seconds, minutes, and hours, you all give up to make others happier.
"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."---Anthony Oettinger