Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Getting Back Up
As they say in the movies, let's cut to the chase. Create Your Own Productions (CYOPro) now has a channel on YouTube. I created it today. I've been wanting to do it for a while, having a very good idea of the kinds of videos I want to make. Several months ago, I created a gmail account specifically with that in mind. That would be the email address to be associated with the YouTube channel.
I was checking my personal gmail account today when I skipped over to a folder to review a few of the videos I had made while on vacation. As I did that, it came to mind that I could use today, my last free day before getting back to work tomorrow, to create the channel - and upload the videos!
Next thing I did was go to YouTube to create the channel. I chose my user name "CYOPro" and proceeded to upload, tag, describe and categorize the video. I had done it! A few minutes later, as I browsed my latest creation, I clicked on the user name and checked out details of the account. Lo and behold, the email address that got associated (not "that I had associated", mind you) with that one special user name was my personal email address! I had been checking emails in another tab, remember? There had been no prompt (like, you are currently signed in to your email and will be linking x email address to this account. Do you wish to proceed?) I hadn't signed out! Oh, the horror! The shock. The disappointment. "I should have known better; I should have known better," also came to mind. I became so forlorn.
How did I let this happen? I had been so careful to reserve the email address and the username and now, the connection I had wanted was not there. Of course, I absolutely did not want the CYOPro YouTube account to be linked to my personal email account. I searched their help centre high and low for a solution - switch username to other email address; change email address associated with user name. Nada. Zip. Zilch. No, actually, they did have something to say about it - just not what I wanted to hear. In a nutshell, it couldn't be done. (Sounds like there was something about being able to do it if it were a legacy account - if it had been opened before early 2009. It didn't apply to me, so, that went in one eye and not the other.)
Remember Kipling's "If"? "If you can make one heap of all your winnings/And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss/And lose, and start again at your beginnings/And never breathe a word about your loss..." (Well, never mind the last verse - 'cause I'm surely breathing more than a word about my loss, here.) The rest of it, though, is kinda how I felt.
So, I did the next best thing - think of a new username; cancel the newly-created channel (at least I could have done that without deleting the email account associated with it); realize that the old username would not be available (even after cancelling the channel, people! Yep. This is the new Google-dom for you!) and link the new user name to the special email account I had set up months ago.
The name of my YouTube channel: CYOProChannel
Thereafter, I uploaded my first three videos. Using this new Blogger look, so, here I go, inserting one of these vids, glitch-free! Of course, I could have just used a link to the video, but, where's the fun in that?
Know what, though? After I uploaded the videos and watched them, I felt a swell of gladness. After all, this is a project I'd wanted to start for a long time (more in the channel description), and, I've done it! I shared it on FB and Twitter. I wondered a little about the public's response. But, having put myself out there (#byebyecomfortzone), I had a moment of reflection. What do I think about it? I think...no, I know I feel good about creating this production!