Why The Phrase “Doing It For The Money” is stupid.

It’s all about perspective honestly. Most people that use this phrase are young and lack responsibilities that adults have so they won’t be able to understand reasons why certain things are done the way they are. I’ll try to keep this within the areas of Youtube since that’s where majority of my following comes from so keep an open mind and just read.

I remember being 14 years old and attacking older and bigger Youtubers on Twitter and in comments about “click bait” thumbnails and news videos because those videos would get more views and make them so much money and my friends and I were constantly going at them. I was once the remarks I get daily. Eventually around the age of 16, I met the same individuals I used to attack under a different username and actually got to know where their heads were at and something clicked. I understood that these guys knew stuff about this system I had no knowledge of and were using it to their advantage with good reasoning. These are grown people that have families, bills to pay, mouths to feed so who am I to come at them for “doing it for the money”? These were guys I looked up to once I came to that understanding because they had it. The dream job everybody these days strive for, making money off Youtube, they had it and I wanted it too.

So I worked until I hit 17 where I got my first HUGE check off Youtube and I was so happy. This was something I thought would never happen, something that my friends and I would just day dream about, I did it. I got my first phone, upgraded the internet, bought some clothes and I was cool. It was until that became a trend that it finally clicked for me. This was my only source of income. I got more money than my friends working at the mall or at fast food restaurants just by playing video games on the internet. There’s also an amazing feeling when you can help your mother with a huge bill and act like it didn’t dent anything but enough of that I was just feeling myself when I was a teenager.

I’m about to be 21 now and I still pay my bills with Youtube money. I’m able to go to conventions here and there, visit friends across the country, and afford to STAY in those places for a set amount of time. Those news and click bait videos that I used to rag on bigger Youtubers about help keep what I do in life happen. Is it wrong? I guess that’s up to you but the real question is, is it necessary? With Youtube’s climate these days where those OVERHYPED AND ALL CAPPED VIDEOS WITH ARROWS in them prosper and fake personalities shine over the real ones, the answer is yes. So I look back on what I did when I was young and admit that the stuff that I did and said was stupid. You can turn fun into funds and anybody that doesn’t believe that is stupid just like the phrase people throw around.

That’s the end of my rant though. I’ve been staying up a lot and just thinking to myself so I thought I share some of these thoughts with you all for once this time. In other news, THE ROYAL ROUNDTABLE PODCAST STARTS SUNDAY! 2 NEW Let’s Plays start Monday and THEY’RE GOING TO BE HUGE!

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It’s been a GOOD minute since I’ve written on this website and that’s only because so much has been going on behind the scenes and I apologize for it. The whole idea behind this site was to basically be my own blog about stuff that ISN’T done on my Youtube Channel and I guess I dropped the ball on that. I’m currently conflicted though because the stuff that I want to cover on here were more than likely going to be discussed and talked about on this project in August. I guess I’ll take the time to update for the Summer since we’re smack dab in the middle.

  1. You already know we got to plan these kind of early but I’m most definitely going to be attending both Pax South and CEO in 2018. San Antonio is such a beautiful city and the convenience of having EVERYTHING around you in walking distance is so amazing. PAX South for me was always the trip before the BIG trip for some people because they attend South and then East months later and not a lot of people go to South so less of me having to go back and forth trying to see everybody and more enjoying the trip, meeting new people and making personal connections with them, and being around my friends. Youtube is such a stressful thing to do yearly so little vacations away from the computer are needed BUT I definitely stay active on my Instagram during these trips because certain moments just need to be shared. CEO is going to be in a different location and this time near a beach and let me tell you I’m so happy. Last time we went to Florida it was so humid and staying inside the hotel room with the air conditioners blasting sounded way more appealing than being in a hall full of sweaty and funky people. This time it’s being held at Daytona Beach and this would be handled in more of a vacation like fashion if anything meaning I’m turning the Youtube filter off and just enjoying time with my friends. I’m so impatient thinking about these trips now since they’re the only trips I’m attending as long as thing “adpocalypse” is going on.
  2.  I’ve been stressing less these days which is amazing to say. Since January, life has been doing this weird turn of negative events happening one day after another but there is this pause happening right now and I’m enjoying every moment of it. I recently binged through Persona 5 and it made everything seem not so important anymore. Everything I stressed over was gone and now I’m just enjoying my Summer. I guess that’s what happens when you play good games, right? There’s just no time for negativity in life right now for me and I hope you find that peace somehow if you’re going through something. I actually had some negative stuff happen to me the other day cause I “stole” a google image and instead of getting so mad and defensive like I’m so used to doing, I turned the other cheek. that’s just where I’m at mentally and it feels amazing.
  3. A LOT of channel projects have been pushed back. Unfortunately stuff that was supposed to go up months ago isn’t looking like they’ll see the light of day until August or September. I guess that’s why I don’t do a lot of collaboration stuff normally BUT I want this year to be all about them and unfortunately instead of the ENTIRE year, it’s looking like it’s only going to be half of it but what can I do? I’m not going to stress people over it though and we can get everything done when it needs to be done.

That’s it, I hope your Summer is going well. I know a good majority of people are going back to school in August and for some it’s their first year in High School or College and others are graduating. GET IT DONE either way! I’m out.

DON’T BE DISCOURAGED!

You know that feeling you get when you have a great idea or something you really want to push and put effort in but in the back of your mind there’s that voice telling you not to or you’re afraid of how you’ll be seen? Ignore it! I know that feeling all too well and it sucks but there’s nothing hold you back from potentially prospering besides yourself. It’s funny how I’m the one saying this when I need to practice what I preach the most but give me a few minutes to explain.

I had so many plans and ideas that I would love to do but there was always factors that would prevent me from doing them. Whether it’s myself or the people around me or situations that are out of my control, I always felt held back but something. I learned that some our my most prosperous and happiest moments in life were when I wasn’t thinking in that moment and I just did it. Whatever I wanted to do that would make me happy, I did it. Granted, some of them were at the expense of others I still did them cause in that moment that’s what made me feel good. I found myself caring about how people see me or if certain things would work and I got so stressed because at that point I was beating myself up mentally and getting nothing done. Do you really want to hinder possible growth for yourself?

Anything that you decide to do in life comes with some negativity. There will always be people there to ruin your happiness but it’s up to you to not let that work. You can’t please everybody and not everybody is going to support everything you do. It took me years of hiding behind the “I don’t care” facade to finally accept that because in the end I realized my happiness and my ideas won’t prosper if I’m constantly looking to people for acceptance. Do what makes you happy! Don’t let the voice in your head or the people that don’t care if you win or not get to you either. Stay the course and trust the process.

Ideas.

Well this is something different. It’s not some Youtube advice or a discussion post but who knows if it can spark something in somebody else’s mind so I’ll post it here. I’ll use it as like a checklist as the year goes by and I put all I have in mind to action. Normally I would keep most of my projects and collaborations to myself but I figured since this isn’t just me behind Sacred but a whole following, I could have some input on the stuff I’m looking forward to doing. Not everything is set in stone yet so these are just ideas bouncing from the walls in my head so don’t hold me to it but let’s just hope everything works out the way it needs to!

Now at the time of this post, the only projects going on as of right now are Pokemon XG: Next Gen and Pokemon Adventures: Green Chapter.  I’ve done 9 total Let’s Play projects this entire year and only 6 of them are completed. I’m not going to redo them since I have no interest in the games themselves anymore but I need to find some consistency. For the longest I wanted to stray away from Pokemon but still keep people there with the Rom Hack/Fan Game Let’s Plays and I think I did a successful job. Unfortunately, I’ve done so much Pokemon and made so much money and views off Pokemon that’ll it’ll never get less than the other content I bring to the channel since that’s what I’m most known for. I’ll definitely want to collaborate with my non Pokemon friends more so more outside influences can help affect growth. One of these days I’ll break out of this shell of not asking for help and collaborating with others but I’m trying. I’ve already decided what the next 2 Let’s Plays are and you’ll see them soon enough once the current ones are over with but just be on the lookout. I want to take a break for like a week though since when I came back from PAX East I went on a HUGE push of content till now.  I know it isn’t smart to go on a hiatus with all this ad revenue stuff recently but I guess it got overwhelming for me to have 2 uploads a day, ricochet the Let’s Plays back and forth, and still have something you guys could be apart of like Dokkan Battle or Smash Tap. It got to a point where I just started rushing out content and I felt like trash for it because I was in the mood and out of nowhere it was gone. I’ve also decided to drop the Reactions for My Hero Academia and Dragon Ball Super and just do reviews of the episodes instead. I tried it for like a week or 2 but the reception has been negative but the views have been great. I’ll just take whatever traffic I get off the reviews and use that to promote the other content, I’m not going to stress over those as much.

For future projects though, I definitely want to do a Podcast. Since I was like 18, I’ve always wanted to do one and eventually it becomes like a Panel at events and potentially something bigger. I wanted to have a group of people with different fan bases that could contribute to it but nobody saw the long term vision and it was scrapped but since I’ve left that group of people I’ve surrounded myself with most of the people that still want to do it I thought I may as well continue. It would be every Sunday with multiple discussions that could go on for an hour or two about Gaming & Youtube. I want to have it live streamed and uploaded to Youtube so we can have LIVE interaction along with discussions in the comments surrounding the topics in the podcast. I’ve seen so many good discussions and just communities built off Podcasts that it would be AMAZING to do one. It’ll happened eventually I just need to stop being lazy and get everybody in mind assembled.

I want to start pushing Twitch more also. With recent events in Youtube, it’s only right to use my already partnered channel to expand me. I just don’t know what to stream sometimes. Overwatch is fine and all, grinding in Mobile games for the channel are cool but I just want to find a game I can commit to actually finishing. I guess I should keep myself a list of games I want to play and just say “screw it” and get to it! If people want to donate, follow, or subscribe is all on them and I shouldn’t feel pressured or discouraged when they don’t. i’m not trying to stick to one thing only with any of the content make cause then I just become unhappy and end up not knowing what to do.

Other than that, that’s it. It was cool doing this and venting my plans out to somebody besides myself so if anybody reads this and have some input it’s much appreciated. I definitely want to hear from the subscribers on what THEY want to see and hear feedback on what I have planned. Thanks so much for reading! :]

My Hero Academia: Smash Tap!

I’m pretty sure we ALL want a My Hero Academia game. Ever since Season 1 of the anime, everybody has been on the hype train and constantly supporting the series and that’s great! It let’s the higher ups know that this is what we want. Now unfortunately there hasn’t been an OFFICIAL My Hero Academia game for consoles BUT there is a Japanese mobile game for iOS and Android devices out there you can check out and it’s pretty simple to understand! No clue on whether or not it’s getting a Global release but I’m pretty sure somewhere in the future there will be one if it does good over there. Japan now has two My Hero Academia games (My Hero Academia: Smash Tap and My Hero Academia: Battle For All) and we have zero. Here’s hoping that we get something announced at E3 or Jump Festa because I know Bandai Namco is cooking up something! We just have to wait.

Youtube: Optimization Tips for 2017!

I’m pretty sure we all want to show up on search for people to see our videos. Big or small, we all want the same thing, views. I’ve made some tips you can use in your videos that I’m sure you have probably seen bigger Content Creators on Youtube use in recent videos that should help you get more out there for your channel to grow. I do not recommend going back to old videos and making any changes, I would just encourage you to keep the below in mind moving forward. Changing previous videos will cause your channel to be re-indexed and may negatively impact views.

See below for some notes! KEEP IN MIND that this is for the general Youtube channels out there and it may change for whatever genre your channel is. I’m pretty sure everybody is smart enough to change a few things around where it fits themselves but don’t worry I got you!

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TITLES: The order of the words in a title does not matter as much as it used to, the first three words can be used to ‘entice the viewer’  (for example, “WORST DAY EVER!” or “WE DID IT!” to grab their attention), followed by key terms, important phrases, etc. Be sure to include words or phrases that summarize your video, if it discusses a specific trending topic, challenge, game, current event, etc, definitely include in the title.

TAGS:
 Tags matter once again! Include up to 500 characters worth of tags, but use the most important three key words first. Google’s Keyword Planner can help, you can also explore VidIQ. Try to think of the types of terms and phrases people might use to search for content like yours, you can even include common misspellings, etc.

DESCRIPTIONS: The description has a 5000 character limit, and I would follow the below structure moving forward as closely as possible. Again, be sure to include LOTS of key words that match your title and tags!

First Line: Description Text of Video Content
Second Line: Continued description, separate sentence
Third Line: Social CTA or Subscription Call to Action

Paragraph: 4-5 sentences about the video; include keywords or phrases that are likely to be searched for.

Video Links: Include 3 titles and links to relevant related videos

Social Links: Include titles and links to each of your social accounts

Creator Bio: Include short form bio about your channel

Business Inquiries: Contact form or email

VIDEO DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE (fake video):

WORST DAY EVER | Disneyland Family Trip Fail | Mickey and Minnie Fight My Dad

I can’t believe what happened on our most recent Disneyland family trip.
Who would have thought Mickey and Minnie could get angry?!
Subscribe for Daily Shenanigans → bit.ly/disney

Today I took my family to Disneyland and California Adventure. During Mickey’s Holiday Parade, Mickey and Minnie fell off the float. My dad decided it would be funny to shout “It’s Winter, Not Fall!”, which led Mickey, Minnie and Goofy to confront him. Donald Duck took a swing at him. I’ve never been more embarrassed at the Happiest Place on Earth.

You might like these videos from my channel:

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS SPOOKY TIME – youtube.com/asasdada

Crazy Old Guy Dancing | SIX FLAGS GONE WRONG – youtube.com/asadsdfasfas

Where’s Santa? | NO GIFTS FOR YOU PRANK – youtube.com/asadsfas

TWITTER: twitter.com/mychannel
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/mychannel
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/mychannel

Business Inquiries: contact@me.com

POSSIBLE TAGS: disneyland, disneyland fail, disneyland parade fail, bloopers, fight, amusement park fight, crazy dad, crazy father, disneyland (amusement park), mickey’s holiday parade, minnie, mickey

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Hope you find some of this helpful! Let me know if you have any questions.

Youtube: Branching Outside The Comfort Zone.

This title isn’t even enough for all I’m going to get into but I’ll try to put as much information in this for any Youtuber having issues with branching out to different avenues of content outside their comfort zone and tackling that doubt that not everybody is going to watch. I’ll leave some tips to help anybody in need below but let’s try to start from the beginning.

When I was young, I didn’t think I’d be getting views and different opportunities off just playing Pokemon. It really just happened to get views so I kept uploading it as much as possible and the people I’ve met along the way soon followed. At one point I started to feel trapped in a box with my channel because at the time there was Dragon Ball Xenoverse coming out, Dragon Ball Super getting announced, and then Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution coming out near my birthday. There really was a sudden WANT to upload content on other stuff besides Pokemon that I just started feeling frustrated at my own channel. The best piece of advice I can give you when you feel that feeling of not being able to do what you want is just do it.

When you look at channels at the top with over millions of subscribers you start to notice they don’t stick to 1 type of content or a specific franchise. Anybody can grab an indie game and be the next PewdiePie or Markiplier but that takes something a lot of people seem to lack nowadays and that’s patience. There’s something a lot of people won’t tell you when it comes to branching out of that comfort zone and it sucks that people try to ignore it but your channel will slow down. Unless you get really lucky and build that audience while you’re still a small channel, not everybody is going to watch ALL the new types of content you upload. You may be a Pokemon only channel at 50,000 subscribers pulling in between 1,000 – 5,000 views per video on a NON Pokemon video and then 5,000 – 10,000 on a normal Let’s Play episode, Collaboration project or, Online battle.

Now I’m not saying ALL channels are like that, it just depends on the creator and how they build their audience. Some people have it lucky to where they still pull the same amount of views on every video but that’s the rare minority. If you branch out, you appeal to a broader audience therefore more traffic to your channel from different communities and then more subscribers. When I FINALLY took that leap of faith to do those Anime games, I met so many amazing people (Rhymestyle, AfroSenju, Toastie, OmegaPro) that welcomed me with open arms to their community and as I became friends with them, I became more comfortable uploading their type of content. I would have never met those people and been able to branch out to their communities if I hadn’t taken that risk that my channel might slow down or die. Just do it!

Here are some tips;

  • Tag your videos so that they resemble important keywords in the title and description.
  • Find something that isn’t TOO FAR away from what you’re used to so nothing is forced on the subscriber.
  • Talk with your subscribers! Let them know this is what you want to do and take whatever suggestions they give you and execute it.
  • Try a different style of video/editing on the new content. Things like Top 5’s, random Speculations, or News videos always seem to get new people in while informing the older subscribers that this is the direction you’ve chosen.
  • PRACTICE PATIENCE! Remember not everybody is going to watch the content and if it gets really bad, have another upload ready with what you’re accustomed to and you’ll be fine!
  • Do things with your friends! I think the easiest way to branch out is with a friend your channel is used to seeing playing it with you. For example, for me it was NumbNexus.

In the end, all it takes is patience. Be bold and brave when you take that leap of faith. Know how to optimize your videos so they show up on these various search menus and be honest with your subscribers cause in they end they enjoy your content for you and want to see YOU happy so if sticking to one thing is making you unhappy then tell them because chances are they’ll embrace it more than hate it, It’s all about execution! Thanks so much for reading, hopefully it helps!

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom [Thoughts]

I remember getting up in the morning and receiving a business email offering me a chance to get a review copy of Shiness: the lightning kingdom and I accepted it. I was able to get 2 copies so my friend Mikey and I could play it together and I was not disappointed. Shiness is an Action RPG title for the X Box One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It gives off a Avatar: The Last Airbender-ish vibe when it comes to the environment and I personally LOVE IT. The feel of the game is very similar to an old PS2 game but obviously for the newer generation consoles.

What I like most about it is the immersive universe it has. The characters themselves and just the way the game opens up is capturing. You start off with a cinematic explaining of the main character, Chado, and his companion, Poky, caught in a storm and crashing into a war and eventually exploring the area and meeting the rest of the main cast and eventually visiting other countries WHILE being hunted. One thing I also got to applaud it on are the puzzles. Remember when I said it had a PS2 feel? Well yea, it has those same RPG complicated puzzles and just the settings where they’re placed look amazing!

Now onto the gripes. Now I enjoy playing through Shiness. It’s a refreshing Indie title BUT I have to point out probably the biggest flaw and that is the battle system. You walk around in a team of 3 but it’s 1v1 format with the ability to switch in and out. The Gameplay is stiff. I thought to myself if I got through the beginning at some point it would get better and more easier to move around and connect better combos but nope. I will say the Spells you can use in the battles are unique where the arenas change color and the color powers up your magic. Other than that I haven’t found anything else to gripe with.

I guess that’s my 2 cents on the game. I will continue to play it to see how everything unfolds with the story but in terms of just gameplay there’s nothing else much to talk about. I highly recommend picking it up if you see it anywhere in stores or the online shop!

More often.

YO! It’s been a while since I actually used this website BUT since all this recent Youtube and Twitch transitions I thought it’d be cool to start using it again as the central platform for all my social medias outlets. I went ahead and changed every link in my bios to the actual website link so it’s definitely time to see where this goes. I use my Tumblr for more PERSONAL blog type post and since Twitter is like a instant 140 character thing I didn’t have any other outlet so WHY NOT MY website that my mom got me? Anyway, this is just me saying I’ll use this more often, thank you for coming through and reading this and checking out the site since IT’S STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION but we’ll reach perfection eventually.