Contra Mundum – Episode 2: Epic Star Wars Discussion

Hey guys, remember when I said I wouldn’t have any guests on the show for a while. Apparently, I lied. A friend of mine came up to visit me for my 21st birthday, so I asked her if she wanted to record a short podcast.

Well, we ended up recording a not-so-short podcast, but it’s definitely worth the listen. We talked for about an hour about Star Wars. The conversation covered everything from the old movies to the new movies to the expanded (not extended, as I thought) universe.

This was just an audio podcast, so I’m just leaving the SoundCloud file. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to post to SoundCloud, since they only allow so many hours of audio, and this podcast took a huge bite out of what I have left.

Luckily, I’ll still be able to upload to Youtube, so I can just host the audio files on there and you’ll  be stuck with a boring photo for the duration of the show.

I’m sorry about being a day late, but it’s my Spring Break, and I’m trying to have a little fun before I have to go back and start filming Flicker.

Next week’s podcast will feature my friend AJ, and we’ll be talking about technology. I promise, that one will just a bit shorter.

 

Contra Mundum Podcast Episode 1

I told you in my last post that I’d be starting a podcast. Here is the first super short introduction teaser episode.

Follow my YouTube channel for future podcasts, or you can just subscribe here because I’ll be posting every episode here.

If you don’t want to watch a video, then you can follow me on SoundCloud:

Future episodes will include guests. The idea is that everyone is an expert about something. So I’ll have my friends come on to teach about whatever subject they’re an expert on. Some of the future subjects will be on graphic design, history, and journalism.

I probably won’t have any guests until after my spring break (ends March 19th) because I have another massive project, which I’ll probably be letting you all know about in a few days.

Why I’m (sort of) leaving Facebook

It’s March 1. I know it’s a little late for New Years Resolutions and major life changes, but to be fair, this is something I’ve been planning for a while.

I’ve had a Facebook for a little longer than I’ve had this blog, but I think it’s time to quit. Facebook, that is. I’m keeping the blog. And it’s mostly because of the blog that I’m leaving  Facebook.

I feel like Facebook has become something of an addiction for me. I check it every day, and I start to feel nervous when I haven’t checked it in a while. Which is absolutely ridiculous. I know that on a subconscious level, but I still feel the lure.

But more than Facebook being addicting; it’s also an incredible time-suck. If I’m not careful, I can spend hours on Facebook between looking up news articles, reading about my friends’ lives, and watching stupid videos. It’s not so much the news articles or my friends’ posts that bother me. It’s good to keep up with those. No, it’s the stupid cat videos and dumb listicles that do nothing but waste my time that I’m tired of.

I don’t need to read any articles about “10 things employees have done to get back at their bosses” or some such nonsense. I don’t need to watch yet another video of a cute animal. These might be good in moderation, but when I spend hours reading and watching nonsense, it just makes me feel like I’m wasting way too much time.

Now, I’m not actually quitting Facebook entirely. But from now on, I’m going to use in a much more efficient and thoughtful way. First, I’m limiting my mindless wandering on my personal page to just the weekends. Those are my rest days anyway, so I’m not trying to be productive. I don’t mind watching dumb stuff then.

Next, I’m going to be using my author page a lot more. I’m well aware that success these days has almost as much to do with quantity as quality. I made the page for a reason: to help build my personal brand. But the way I use it doesn’t do me any favors. I’m going to be actively searching out and posting actually good content for my author page.

And a few memes. I am a millennial, after all. We can’t just not post memes.

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If this seems like it’s coming out of the blue, it’s not. I’ve been thinking about this for a few months. Leaving Facebook (mostly) is actually part of a larger plan to revamp my writing practices.

It’s been bothering me that I haven’t been writing as often as I used to since I arrived at college. Writing makes me happy like nothing else does, and I’m pretty sure that my mood has suffered for not doing it as often as I’d like to. I know that I can spend more time on it if I just don’t have as many distractions.

I’m also pretty terrible at self-promotion, so that’s another thing I’ll be working on. I recently learned that, for people my age, Snapchat is almost more popular than Facebook. I know that for authors, Pinterest is a big part of their promotion. Now, I do have a Snapchat account and a Pinterest page, but I never use them.

I just checked my Pinterest account and I have 300+ notifications. That should let you know how long I’ve ignored it.

So, now I’m making a schedule for posting to my Facebook author page, Pinterest page, learning Snapchat, and probably Instagram. The Facebook page and this blog will be the main two platforms, but posting more consistently to the other ones should help with coming up with content for the main two.

Finally, I’m going to be posting MUCH more consistently to this blog. Yes, I know I’ve said that before, but now I have an Excel sheet to back it up. For now, the schedule will be once a week on Wednesdays at about noon. I have a lovely (read: long and incredibly boring) 4 hour break in between classes on Wednesdays, so that’s probably when I’ll make most of those posts.

I’m also starting a podcast that I’ll be posting here on the weekends probably. So you might get 2 posts a week. The podcast might be too labor-intensive to do every week, but I guess I’ll find out.

 

Do you still use Facebook? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.