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You know that scene in "Empire Strikes Back," where Han cuts open a tauntaun and shoves Luke inside for warmth? I'm the tauntuan.

 


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i deserve to be beaten.

A couple of years ago I started rambling to my iPhone for some reason. Now people are hasslin' me to do it again. Just remember ... you asked for it. And for those who didn't, I apologize SO HARD.


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So long, Somedays

Sometimes you have to stop saying "someday" and actually get off your keester and do the thing you want to do. I've recently had a couple of "somedays" become "todays," when I finally got tired enough of getting nowhere to actually step up and take action.

The first Someday got its walking papers about 30 days ago. I went to the doctor for a checkup, the same doctor who was the first and only one to spot my bradycardia a year ago, and was told that my blood pressure was too high.

"It's always high when I come to the doctor," I said. "White coat syndrome."

"It's been consistently high too many times in a row. It's time to get it under control."

What could I say? She saved my life once. Was it inconceivable that she would do it again?

So, starting that day, I had to go on blood pressure meds. This was a wakeup call.

My grandparents had been on this stuff. And though they were far from disabled or incapable of having a life, I did see the abject misery and discomfort and unhappiness that being overweight brought them. And for years, it's brought the same to me. Being overweight is like being in prison. Once you're there for so long, you tend to forget what freedom is like. You become "institutionalized." You stop trying to dig your way out (unless the exit happens to be at the bottom of a big bowl of mashed potatoes).

For the past ten years or so I have been hideously overweight, and I knew it. I could blame it on my heart, and I'd probably be right. But what was my excuse now that I had the pacemaker? What reason or justification did I have, now that my heart worked properly and I was all healed up from the surgery?

It was time to face facts. Eating fried chicken three meals a day, drinking gallons of sweetened something-or-other, eating piles upon piles of candy bars and fries and cookies and whatever else I could cram into my gullet and refer to as "food"-- it all had to stop. It was ridiculous, what I'd been doing to myself. I was wasting my second chance, among other stupidities.

So, as of the day I started the blood pressure meds I started changing my lifestyle. I changed what I eat, going for lots of fruits and vegetables, cutting out all fried foods, cutting out sugar and salt, limiting my calorie intake each day. And I changed my level of exercise, going for three-mile walks each day, doing resistance training (starting to -- working on consistency with that), taking the stairs more, even jogging a little. I started keeping a food journal, to help keep me honest. And I started learning everything I could about creating a clean diet and lifestyle. I don't smoke, and I don't drink, so that wasn't an issue. But food was. And now it's not.

For thirty days I have done this, and I have lost nearly a pound a day since it started.

Yeah -- it's true. I started at 278 (stop gasping!), and as of yesterday morning I weighed 250. I look trimmer and I feel better. And like everyone else who finally says "enough is enough" and changes their lifestyle, I'm wondering, "Why the hell didn't I do this sooner?" [NOTE: I foolishly wrote these weights as "178" and "150" the first time around. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Heather, I now feel much heavier, and am far less impressive. But also, I appreciate her pointing out the goof.]

Easy? Sort of. Not "difficult" anyway. I eat like a king, actually. Any worries about being deprived of food are just ridiculous. I just choose better food.

So that's one Someday I changed this month. The other was YouTube.

For months I have considered starting a vlog. Actually, it was more like years. I have thought about it since vloggers started appearing online. I have even filmed a few "episodes" from time to time, but never posted them, because they never felt "right." But a few days ago I decided I'd had enough. If I really wanted to have a presence on YouTube, I would just have to do it. And do it now.

So I started vlogging. Just like that. I got my iPhone rolling and just spewed a lot of randomness onto YouTube.

Is it clean and polished? No. I could produce something better. I could write sketches, do some editing, use my really expensive equipment and lights. But the problem is, I've had that stuff all of this time, and I've plotted and planned and prepared all this time, and yet I have never actually followed through.

So, I used my iPhone.

Now I've started. And that s all it takes. Will I do more polished videos later? Sure. I think so. I mean, why wouldn't I? Will I still do these iPhone videos? Yeah. I think so. I mean, why wouldn't I?

The point, really, is to start something, and to build momentum. If I do this often, then I have momentum. There's no reason I can't improve what I'm doing. Or, if people seem to like it (and many seem to, so far) then why change it? I can throw in some polished pieces from time to time and just do it for the fun of it. I can put up anything I want, after all. It's my channel.

If there's a point to be taken from this, I'd say it is this: Start now.

I have a lot of Somedays, and you probably do, too. But what makes them "somedays?" Why are they even there? What's the point? A someday is always going to be imaginary. Today is real. So if you're holding back on something you want to do "someday," just do it. It really is that easy. If you fail, you fail. But you won't fail. You'll succeed in starting, and that's usually all it takes.

Check out my new YouTube videos in this playlist: http://bit.ly/eM27TB

Here's one to get you started! Enjoy:


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YoM: I vant to vatch your vlog

Yesterday I posted a Facebook link to a vlog entry by Shaytards in which he and his family announce that they are out of debt. They are making that coveted call to Dave Ramsey to scream loud and proud, “We’re debt free!”

That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment by itself, but what makes it really extraordinary is how this guy did it. He went from being a contractor in the granite countertop business making $45-50K per year to being a vlogger making mid-six-figures.

Whutzitwhozat?

You might remember that I have proclaimed this the “Year of the Maker"(YOM). I bet you thought I only meant tinkering together little bits of hardware and technology, right? Throw in some gears and leather, maybe a little bit of wood and steel? FAR TOO LIMITING.

Being a maker means being a “creator.” And that category can be nice and comfortably broad. For example, I consider it to include not only physical doohickimabobs, but also intellectual property like books, movies, and music. It also includes blogs and video logs (or “vlogs”).

So, whether Shaytards wants the title or not, he’s now officially a Maker. You’re welcome.

Vlogging is an interesting phenomenon. Thanks to YouTube (and, to a lesser degree, sites like Vimeo or LiveLeaks or a few million others), reaching an audience directly, through video, is easier than at any other time in history. You can literally wake up at 8 a.m., sit in front of a camera (say, your phone’s built-in cam?), talk for two or three minutes, and post it online. Then you gently roll back into bed and sleep until noon, when you get up and check your analytics to see how much money you’re rolling in.

Thanks to Google, creating a profit-generating business is as easy as buying a video camera and having a winning personality. Oh, and an Internet connection.

Guys like Phil DeFranco (sxephil on YouTube) not only do this every day, but also turn it into a media empire. DeFranco has spun outward from his quirky, sometimes self deprecating but always funny rants and takes on current events and into celebrity interviews, movie reviews, and more.

Similarly, Natalie Tran (communitychannel on YouTube) has created a quirky and damned amusing show that features her along side … herself. One of her standby bits is to start off with some observation or pet peeve (“You know what I think is weird? People who ask questions but then figure out the answer for themselves and then just leave”) and then create a scene in which she plays all of the characters. This is done through some pretty convincing split-screen technique. It also helps that she’s a very good character actor.

These are two of my favorite examples, but they’re hardly the end-all of the list. Charlie McDonnel (charlieissocoollike), for example,  is a young talent from England who is more entertaining to watch than most of the BBC programming I’ve seen. He’s funny and quirky, and clever as hell. He’s also in his early 20s (though he looks quite a bit younger), and already landing gigs like shooting official behind-the-scenes videos on the set of “Doctor Who.”

The vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green, are a couple of amped up geeks with actual, no-foolin’, interesting opinions on everything from literature to conjoined twins. They tag-team their vlog, trading off days and addressing each other instead of the audience. It’s different — a bit like sitting in on a private conversation between to uber-smart geek siblings. Come to think of it … it’s exactly that. I need to work on my interpretation of “literal.”

All of these vloggers have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of followers. They all produce their own shows, and they all started right where you are. Sitting at a computer, showing an interest in something. They became makers when they first turned on the camera and then uploaded the result to YouTube.

Now … monetizing their makery … that’s quite an accomplishment.

What I love about their stories, though, is the fact that they have crafted for themselves a niche in a new market. They have created something powerful and world changing. And they did it with just the resources they had at their disposal.

Good on all of them. It makes me want to try it myself, which I think is also a Maker’s accomplishment. We’re like vampires that way. We recruit from those we have in our thrall.

If you would like to start your own vlog, let me know. Fire off some questions, and I’ll see if I can get you some answers. I’m working on nailing down some interviews with a few of these folks, and you’d make my life that much easier if you did all the work of question writing for me. I’m empowering myself through laziness.

Seriously … send me any questions and I’ll will find you and me some answers.

 

Until then, keep on Making.

 Wow .. that’s the lamest sign off ever.


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