Taking a bit of a break from YouTube.

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With YouTube’s changes to what people discuss topic wise it’s sort of put a pause on my YouTube videos along with it not really having any negative affect.

As no doubt other have experienced as well you start to see videos having monitization removed due to not fitting a criteria that was once fine. It was never about myself making money on YouTube but simply showing it was possible to do so. But if its a constant changing of goal posts which see’s things produced last year finding they are no longer in favour this year it sort of becomes a pointless exercise.

For example I like discussing topics on the Philippines president Duterte as I often think he is misunderstood due to manipulated media. Does this make it no longer advertiser friendly? I think so, yet previously not an issue but also you find that anything related around terrorism or groups associated with it even if just discussing say how it influences a region or economy. Could find itself also being removed from being suitable.

In all essence you start to see what was a platform of freedom of speech starts to become a very sanitized environment as politics of the day becomes unwanted. Which may seem fine to many but its often interlinked with everything we do.

For example living in Spain the Brexit has affected relationships between the UK and the whole of Europe along with affecting the currency. So it simply leaks in to every day life if we like it or not.

Do we just want YouTube to become a platform of sales pitches and holiday videos is the question. For me it’s already got me thinking if I should continue on the platform due to what I see is censorship.

But also an inconvenience as you have to be careful what you bring into a conversation. As well as having some strange things happen. I had all my videos removed from monitization then reinstated. I have had certain ones de-monitised that had been fine up until the recent changes.

Then you get the pinging emails of people claiming copyright to then have it revoked by the YouTube team. I don’t do this as a business and it certainly doesn’t make enough money to justify the time of having to alter things to suit new changes.

It’s a Vlog, its information about what we have done over the years and experienced. So I have simply reduced my video output to updates at the moment if anything of interest occurs.

I have to admit the time I have had back from reducing my videos produced significantly has actually been time well spent. More time with the family as well has being able to focus on business. Which sort fo gets back to the point of is doing YouTube videos worth my time?

 

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The Shengen Route or maybe not?

Shengen route - matt wilkieWhen I first looked at Europe I knew nothing about the Shengen route but the more I researched the more I could see it was an easier option.

The Shengen route appears to be far easier to get into the UK with the family but being back in the UK I see Spain as a better location long-term. Even for immigration only reason I looked at Spain was the Shengen route and now looking at full time immigration there for the family.

But also being in the Shengen visa groups there is 3 types of people. Those like myself who are financially stable and capable yet bewildered by the hassles of UK immigration. Those who don’t meet the financial criteria of UK immigration and then those which the media love to write about.

You see the third group are a burden of state, unemployed and not looking to change. Everyone else wants to pay they’re way. Which does make it difficult to even want to help people who wont help themselves. But worse than that they create problems for everyone else.

So all I can really say if your one of those who don’t pay your way your not only affecting yourself your affecting everyone else.

Be Happy!

Matt Wilkie - Be Happy!Being happy is something I have found ultimately being sacrificed in the West by things that really do not bring happiness.

Family bonds are replaced with Facebook chats, brands of goods made in China swap out businesses in the West and lead to the death of the high street and a loss of community.  But its not all doom and gloom.

Because its about promoting happiness and realising that many things that are sold to you be it in the media or by purchasing do not make you happy. But seeing the best things in life as always are free and better for your well being.

Spending time with the family doesn’t need to be in Disney World but having those meal times together and going to the park on a Sunday. Doing things without electronics and other disruptions of modern life. Getting back to the roots of happiness, family values and being content with things in life.

Been thinking about this a lot this week as I have spent a lot of time up in my hotel room in Glasgow in the evenings. Been a bit wet and dreary to be walking around taking photos and looking to generate a happiness brand. They won’t make your day change drastically but hopefully create some products and insights on happiness and what makes people really happy in life.