The Daily Blog: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Hello, I’m going to start writing these as a way to show that I am paying attention to what’s going on in the WoW community and the internet in general. These blogs will be daily reflections on current events, my input based off my perspective, and various other things related to my own acitivities. 

If you find this interesting and want to show some support please follow me on Twitter and share the link to this blog when it is tweeted out with a retweet or reply. 

I’ve got a lot to say about things but I’ve just been busy with life and not had the time to make videos to provide my input. If you read my blog post on how to make good YouTube videos then you understand the amount of effort one must invest in making a video. Blogging is a bit simpler and I am an okay writer so this works out well so I can put out content regularly.

If I see things become more active I will start making videos again. However, I understand the lack of interest for my content right now due to the level of inactivity I’ve demonstrated recently. 

Though it is odd that they still say blogging is a popular way to get your content going. People’s attention spans are only getting shorter so I don’t know how well this will work but with good formatting and breaking things down into different sections that are easy to tell from one another I believe I can guide even the shortest attention span readers through this.

Thanks for reading.

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Zin 

How-To Make Good YouTube Videos

Hi folks, today I’m writing this guide to answer one of a community member’s question that I saw on the October’s Discord server.

They ask, “so I want to upgrade the video quality of my videos; does anyone know how”? I planned on replying to them on Discord but the explanation is a bit longer then I’d like to put into a chat message. So I’m writing this to help both them and anyone else who may be interested in getting started making high quality videos.

First off, good editing software is a good place to start. Something that lets you zoom in all the way down to mili-seconds to cut out any dead or empty space people get bored very quickly. I’ve used DaVinci Resolve which is free and has lots of free capabilities of most premium software being that it is a base version of a premium software. There are also other software editing tools such as Sony Vega Pro which I know other content creators use.

Secondly you want to have a good microphone audio is very important aspect of any video. If your microphone sounds a bit on the cheap sided and you can use tools such as voice meter banana or get a higher quality mic. I’ll leave links to some videos at the bottom of this blog so you can learn more about Voicemeeter Banana and DaVinci Resolve.

Third of all you want your videos to serve a purpose try to look for things that haven’t already been made or don’t have as many videos made for it. An example of this would be my WoWNav Guide series which shows players visually how to get from Point A to Point B. It’s something that is useful and not a lot of content creators have made so it’s not saturated on YouTube. Which leads me to my next point and final point.

Whatever videos you do make; make sure they’re unique and commonly valuable. Think of what it offers to the average viewer or the communities you’re a part of.

Bellow are the videos you’ll need to get started. If you enjoyed this blog post or found it informative please be sure to share it. You can also leave comments down below; thanks!

Voicemeeter Banana Setup Video:


DaVinci Resolve Editor Setup:


How I Deal with Failure

One way or another somethings going to end up going wrong. With that in mind I will be explaining how I deal with failure and focus on being better. First off I like to determine if the failure which has accorded due to circumstances beyond my control. If this is the case I consider if I can make that variable different or if I have to do something else. If I have to do something else then I will take some time off to clear my mind. Then I will look at working towards another accomplishment that will set me aside from the typical person doing what I am doing. 

Once I have figured out what it is I want to do I look at those who are currently doing it and how they do it. Then I consider what I can do different that will make me better. This requires being creative and making new ways to do what they do that is more efficient or better. If I can’t figure that out then I stop considering that feat and focus on another one.

By focusing on the excitement and happiness that comes from winning I am incentivized to do better. As some of you may know I’ve accomplished a lot. That hasn’t come from taking my eye off the ball and thinking about stuff outside of the game. Things move forward no matter what you do. Either you’re a part of that or you’re not. But you’ve got to make the decisions that get you involved with those who’re doing great things to potentially have the opportunity to learn from them. 

Sure you may be doing the same thing and copying someone else for a little while but as they say imitation is the greatest form of flattering; it’s a compliment. That being said if you’re doing it to an extent that is annoying people may have a problem with that but you can figure that out by observing how the community works. Look at the highest performing people in a good community and ask the most available ones what they do. 

Ive done this myself for a long time and it has to do with not having to deal with the fear of being a stranger or outsider. Once you’re considered an active part of the community you chose then you can start asking more questions about how things work. But until you’re considered valued or noteworthy it’s best to just take notes and be respectful; being humble is important.

So bottom line is I deal with failure by looking for new ways to win. But it’s not such a simple thing to do but it can be done. I can’t promise success from doing this in getting into whatever it is you want to be great at but in my personal experience it’s gotten me a long way.

How to Start Exercising

Today I’m going to be talking about what I do to get my cardio going and on track to being ready to work out at the gym.

What I like to do is find a nice place where I can walk several miles. This could be a local track or park. Over time I build up how many miles I’m walking each time I go. I’ll try to go there 3 times a week to make it a habit. 

Once I’ve gotten up to a good amount of miles 5-7 I will start looking at hiking trails. First I’ll start with the shorter trails and work my way up to the longer ones. One thing I find really useful for hiking is a large two liter bag of water with a hose on it. Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do. If you are unfamilure with trail lengths in your area I’d recommend checking out an app called AllTrails. It’s very helpful and provides you with a break down of what type of terrain you’re dealing with, how far the hike is, e.c.t..

Also it doesn’t hurt to bring some trail mix with you. But what are you supposed to carry all of this in? Well I bought myself a smaller hiking backpack to reduce bulk. I’d advise that once you’re ready for hiking to visit a local outdoors store and get some advice on some good things to take with you. 

Above all else safety is important and if you live in a questionable area or you’re in the middle of no-where hiking it’s going to help to bring some protection with you. Depending on your state you may be able to get a concealed carry permit which lets you carry a firearm. If you don’t have time to go through the paperwork limbo you can also carry something like bear mace. Just be sure you are trained on how to use it properly through a good video or by asking a parks ranger who would probably know about this.

Aside from all of that it comes down to making the time to exercise. If you’re very busy and not able to find much time consider some alternatives. Perhaps start a stair climbing group at work or just by yourself. Catch the bus instead of driving and walk a few extra stops down. With a little bit of creativity you can find ways to bring except use into your life. 

Good exercise better prepared you for the challenges you may face in life by making sure you can be ready to do the tough work if you’re in a rough patch. I hope that you found this article informative and feel free to share some of the steps you take to stay healthy down bellow!

How to Save Money and Cut Fast Food

Spending money on fast food is an easy thing to do. I do it a lot myself but I want to give you all an alternative. First, you will need to set a rule for yourself to make this work. Every time you go out to eat open a notepad on your phone and enter how much you spent. Try doing this for an entire month. 

After a month you’ll realize those five dollar meal deals at lunch are costing you quite a lot per month. If you spend five dollars every meal at lunch for five days a week that’s one hundred dollars a month. 

Think of what you could spend a hundred dollars on right now. 

Chances are you’ve got food in your fridge and could bring your food into work with you. Consider setting a calendar reminder or if your phone has it use the reminders app to tell you every night before bed to prep your lunch for the next day. Think about the grab and go lunches you can buy at the grocery store for some culinary inspiration. 

It can be something as simple as a sandwich and some veggies in a plastic re-useable container or pasta with some good sauce and seasoning. It also depends on what you have available where you work or wherever you’re having your lunch; is there a microwave or fridge available?

If not consider dry alternatives that just require adding hot water. These can be found at your local grocery store and are things such as macaroni with cheese, cup of noodles, and much more. Some days you may not want to eat this so it’s good to have backups like trail mixes, protein bars, granola bars, and various other dried packaged food that is ready to eat.

When it comes down to fast food you’re look for something that is ready to eat quickly; with a little bit of prep the night before you can have your very own fast food.

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