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    There was a time when I had 134 videos on YouTube and 2000 subscribers (when 2000 meant you were really building traffic - it's small beer now most instruction channels are either professionakl or semi professional and brand name sponsored) and you could build a ukulele start to finish by watchingn them. Many did and I have emails offering thanks but more angry and disappointed that I took them down. They had become an albatross and a focus for some savage trolling and flaming. I got criticised for everything from my strongly held views (expected that) to petty things like, 'Why don't you put your videos in order?" I had to stop; it was doing things to my attitude towards people and what I was trying to do - share my craft.

    Well I have never stopped sharing my stuff. I now do it through a group page on FaceBook called Pete Howlett Ukulele Club. ANyonecan join but I operate it like a blog and direct peoople to my eprsonal page if they want to talkk about their stuff or what they are doing. It is my wondow into my workshop and is not a forum so I control the content very strictly.

    Rather than producing those sharply edited early vidoes I used to put up on YouTube, that took the best part of 4 hours to set up, shoot and produce I now braodcast live. You get a live showreel, very amateur by the now very slick standards being set by others who have a production team but one which is honest, contains all of my miss steps and every single one of my gems. I try to broadcast regularly and have to do it in the early mornings when I am alone in ther building where my workshoop is - during the day, the constant tapping of the silversmith below really bleeds into the filming. Usually I am broadcasting between 8.00am BST and noon. This is too early for US citizens but it is always psoted so you can watch it recorded in full.

    Today I am broadcasting at 11.00am before I go to hospital to visit my wife who has just had major cancer surgery... It will be on hand sanding. There is more to this process than meets the eye and it will be a hard shoot because it is the one process most people think they can do without training.

    Please join me if you can - it goes out live. If I have a camera operator I can usually answer questions live but since I will be shooting and directing at the same time using Mevo technology I usually have to leave answering live questions till it is posted.

    I will continue to broadcast, repeat stuff, make blooper laden vids and generally share my knowledge over FaceBook. YouTube is now such a slick channel that I simply cannot compete with what is now a 'professionals' platform.

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    Sorry to hear of your wife's diagnosis. Regarding YT vids being professional, not all of them, because mine are up there.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
    Formerly known as uke1950.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    I will continue to broadcast, repeat stuff, make blooper laden vids and generally share my knowledge over FaceBook. YouTube is now such a slick channel that I simply cannot compete with what is now a 'professionals' platform.
    I have always found Facebook somewhat unappealing: cluttered, invasive, poor signal/noise ratio, and YouTube useful and informative, accessible, more navigable (that is, I can find stuff and don't need to "befriend" people who aren't friends). Most of what I watch on YouTube isn't of professional quality as far as cutting and presentation go. I just look for information and demonstrations. A personable presenter is a plus, but it's more about the meat for me than the entertainment.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery of your wife!

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    I tend to stay clear a facebook for reasons I can't logically argue. However I regularly check into your club page as it does not require me to have a Facebook account to view... Which is great.
    There are definitely a good few gems of info in your video posts so thanks for that!
    Not to be ungrateful or anything but recently the ability to read the comments sections on the club page has been disabled... Guessing I'd need to sign in but is a shame not to be able to read them anymore.

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    I think this is fantastic, Pete, and I look forward to tuning in!

    Thank you!

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    Sorry folks. No return to YouTube because it drives me towards production values I don't want to get involved in. I just no longer have the time or patience to record, re-record, cut and edit 20 minutes rambling into 3 minutes.

    I also struggle with technical set-ups so am looking for simple solutions which FaceBook provides me. And lets face i, my work is not compulsory viewing. It is just a question of settling on what I feel comfortable with. I like the Mevo streaming technology that interfaces with FaceBook. I simply point and broadcast.

    Thanks for feedback.

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    Keep doing what you're doing and all will be fine

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    It's all good Pete . I enjoyed your videos when they were up and am very appreciative. Can't imagine why people would criticize the videos!! Too much time on their hands
    So sorry to hear about your wife. You've gotten a double whammy and don't deserve it. Hang in there man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    Sorry folks. No return to YouTube because it drives me towards production values I don't want to get involved in. I just no longer have the time or patience to record, re-record, cut and edit 20 minutes rambling into 3 minutes.

    I also struggle with technical set-ups so am looking for simple solutions which FaceBook provides me. And lets face i, my work is not compulsory viewing. It is just a question of settling on what I feel comfortable with. I like the Mevo streaming technology that interfaces with FaceBook. I simply point and broadcast.

    Thanks for feedback.

    I always wondered where you found the time to do that. I do most of my sharing on Facebook as well. In my case it's because not only would I rather spend my time at the work bench but I don't have the skills necessary for video production.
    Please give our Alohas to Helen.
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    Moore Bettah Ukuleles
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    I use to keep up a blog page on my website, but that was way too much work to keep current. Now while the website is still there and I keep it updated with all my instruments, pricing etc. The day to day blog type info is on Facebook as well.

    I'm still amazed at the amount of time you are able to devote to video's. And good to sit down and watch a bit while I'm having a cup of tea.

    I wish Helen a speedy recovery.

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