James Pratters 2.0

James Pratters 2.0 is a new project I’ve been working on as an extension to my YouTube channel. I stopped making YouTube “vlogs” in May for various reasons (which I’ll explain in a later blog post), and I have been wanting to make something new since August. I thought to myself that it’s been so long since I made a video that it would be appropriate to have a “rebranding” of my channel and my online persona-  hence James Pratters 2.0. It’s like an update (nifty, eh?).

For more details on what the project consists of, please visit my About page. As for this blog, I just wanted to give an introduction and explain a few things to my potential audience.

First, YouTube, because that’s where I built an audience originally and I’m still very passionate about making content for it. Yes, I have been away for a while and yes, I will be coming back. I want to make some original content, and by that I mean I don’t want to do the same challenge, tag or Q&A video that every “big YouTuber” is doing. I don’t want to limit myself and say that I won’t occasionally want to join in on the fun, but I have plenty of my own ideas that I am hoping to create and I’m really excited about doing so. Just because I’ve been gone doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about content, I have over 100 video ideas stored on my notes app right now. I won’t be uploading on a set day anymore (no more fabulous Thursdays), that’s a promise that I’ve learnt I cannot keep. But I will do a video every now and then, maybe I’ll even get the chance to do some daily vlogging when I go on my travels in 2015. I want to be creative, I want to inform and I want to be positive & upbeat.

When you give something an update (2.0), you usually add new features, so I now draw your attention to my new website and blog. I can remember as early as March this year I was on a YouNow live stream and I said I’d love to have my own website. Well, in July I really started to think about that. Originally I started making one via Tumblr, because I was recommended to use this service by a friend (free hosting, right?). This friend messed me about, so I went on to do it myself. I spent August and September building it up to be perfect. I was almost ready to launch in October, however I soon realised Tumblr wasn’t the right place for what I wanted to do and I discovered a new found hate for the service- and many of it’s users’ toxic attitudes. Anyways, a good friend of mine on Twitter recommended I use WordPress. He helped me to understand WordPress, set up my hosting and he’s just a great chap. Thanks Dean. I had to wait until I was 18 to get my domain (pratters.com), but as you can see it’s all live now, finally!

Anyways, I will be using my website as a central hub for my project. I will link all my new content here, I will keep it up to date and I will use the blog regularly to express my opinions and such. You can expect me to write about technology, design, my project, my life and travel- as these are the things I enjoy. Maybe even human rights, philosophy and politics if I’m feeling opinionated.

I realise you’re not going to come back and check my website every day, so if you’d like to stay up to date with my project and myself please give me a like, follow or + as appropriate on my social networks (they’re all linked at the side/bottom of the page). I’ll keep these updated too, whenever I have something to share! I’m also hoping to use YouNow for livestreams occasionally- I’ll tweet when I’m going live.

I think that’s all for now, so thanks for reading my first blog post and I hope you enjoy my upcoming content.