About My Content AKA What I Do
2018 is here! And looking back over the last year, I’ve made some huge strides of which I am quite proud.
Just last night I was thinking about how to categorize my content. Each format is somewhat different because of the different audiences and different goals. So, I figured it would be a good time to take a look and give you a better idea of what I do.
My Blog: www.TaLynnKel.com
I am a writer. I don’t write news, fiction, or biographies. I write personal essays. I write essays about how current events and pop culture intersect and explode in my life. I write about my interracial relationship. I write about whiteness and the harm it causes.
I’ve seen that my blog does center around whiteness. As I became more and more aware of how egregious white people are and how fucking uncaring they are about it, my blog became a place for me to address it. It comes off as negative, as I use my writing as a way to purge the poison I routinely am forced to ingest simply by engaging with popular culture, social environments, and the workplace. It’s where I emotionally purge and occasionally educate. It is where I tell MY story.
At the beginning of 2017, I realized my content was draining for me and I wanted to do something that I felt was more informative and positive. I wrote some essays discussing the joy of cosplay, and interacting with more people in the community to give shine. I quickly realized that writing wasn’t quite going to do that and that maybe I needed to expand into video.
Truth is, I have been reluctant to get into video. There are so many people who do Vlogs and shows and such that I didn’t see how I could add anything to the mix. Not to mention that I strongly dislike hearing myself talk. Then I met a producer who wanted to do some video work and pushed me into giving it a try. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for her.
We did a trial run at MomoCon so that I could get a feel for being in front of the camera. Immediately afterwards, I realized that I wanted to use the video platform to promote Black independent creators. I’m constantly meeting them and learning from them, so I wanted to create something that would share them and their knowledge with more people. It also made me more comfortable with being on-screen, so now I’ve developed a few different products for my YouTube channel.
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Interviews with Black independent creators. We peruse the artist alley at conventions and ask folks about their experience as an independent creator. Everyone’s story is different, especially as we are all in different stages of our journey. I love hearing about how people are pursuing their dreams. There's also some cosplay content, too.
Unboxing of geek loot subscription boxes. I’m hoping to get some sponsors for this eventually, so I can get boxes more often.
Each one is straight up the first time I see something. There is no editing. No clipping stuff together. No do-overs. I wanted to do the First Appearance Avengers unboxing over because I clearly had no energy for that shit, but I can’t pretend I didn’t already open the box. I’m not an actor and I’m a terrible liar. What you see is what you get and sometimes what you get is a garbage response…just like the contents of some of those boxes.
Sometimes I want to react to some shit and film it. This grew out of the unboxing videos, actually. They keep dropping new trailers or new candy or some such ridiculousness. My S.O. loves to watch me try new food cuz it is instantly obvious when I don’t like something. Every once in a while, I’ll do it on camera, just for you.
Bad Gaming: Guild Wars 2, Secret World Legends, Elder Scrolls Online
Gaming is my true escape. It is incredibly time consuming, especially with everything else I’m working on, but it’s a lot of fun. I’m a filthy casual, which means that not only do I not care enough to improve, I also take such long breaks that I often forget how to play in between sessions.
Yeah, I’m that person.
So often people think all social media is the same but it isn’t and I use each one differently. That’s not to say there isn’t overlap. Pictures I post tend to go out to all three...well, four as I also have a tumblr account but I’m not an active user.
Anyway, here’s what you can find on those.
Streams of consciousness. Conversations. Shared stories. Self-promotion. Cosplay stuff. Mainly streams of consciousness, though. Outside of email, this is your best bet to actually talk to me real time.
Shit. Essays. Pictures. Cosplay. Self-promotion. Not a lot of stream of consciousness, though. If you want that, you gotta hit Twitter.
Pictures. That’s it. All I post are pictures. Pictures you can see on the other two platforms.
This is where I game. It's a hot mess. I have shitty camera control and I curse a lot. I also think it's hilarious when I die in game. New games scare me. I hate being freaked out. I won't do any research so I screw up missions all the time and I often get bored with story line and just stop paying attention.
Medium is where most of the essays curated by other publications tend to go. I've been published by The Establishment and Clay Rivers on that site and have grown a strong following that doesn't actually overlap with other social media. There are a few other publications I may pitch to on there, so if Medium is your jam, you can find me there, too.
Pictures and essays from my blog. That’s it. Literally nothing else.
The podcast is completely new. Hosted and produced by Dedren Sneed of Green County Creative, he, Robert Jeffrey II, and I talk about being a Black creative and the hustle game involved. It’s complicated and sometimes fun but a lot of work to try to do this thing. I’m not mad at it, but woo…it can be exhausting.
I may pop up as a guest on a few other podcasts so keep your eyes and ears open!
This is where you can pay me for my content development. Yup. This is the place. You get to see some of the behind the scenes with marketing, content creation, and product development and if you subscribe to the $10 tier, you get to see an unreleased product. In January, it was the recording of a panel I did at BlerDCon called Anti-Blackness in Fandom. It's good stuff, plus it helps me keep fund things like artist commissions and makes up for the free essays I post.
This is my content. Some of it is cathartic. Some is community-minded. Some is self-indulgent. Like with game play, I have no idea why anyone would watch that shit. But whatever…do you. No judgement here, especially if you’re watching my content. I need that shit. Like, a lot.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude for engaging with any of my content. I know you have infinite choices out there, so I appreciate that you are willing to come back and see what I’m doing as well as ask me about it.
You have my sincere gratitude!
Happy New Year!