For a month or so now, I have been making YouTube videos on my channel mostly for my own amusement.

I have done screencasts of Haskell (starting with Project Euler solutions).

I have done basic vlogs and, more recently, I have been playing with vidlets which are video-form ficlets

I have yet to find my way entirely, but I am enjoying putting a little microcosm of my life up on YouTube. I got a modest number of viewers in the early days when I pimped my videos out quite hard by blogging, tweeting etc. But more recently I’ve only used whatever automatic pimping YouTube can do on my behalf, and my viewing figures have dropped as I expected.

Fortunately I’m not doing this to get adulation (although it does feel nice when it happens) but rather to help force myself out of my comfort zone. I even made a video about why I make videos for what it’s worth.

I am finding myself wanting to speak to people more. Admittedly currently still with the moderating influence of a computer between me and them, but I’m hoping it might extend to the real world eventually.

If you only take one thing away from this rambly monologue, let it be this: Breaking out of your comfort zone might hurt, but ultimately it’s very beneficial.

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