VLOGS, BLOGS AND SUPPORT

The Future of the Transgender Zone Vlog

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We will now run the show Monthly and in-between VLOG Shows we will have 3 weeks (every monday) of informal interaction via appear.in or Hangouts.

This will be posted on the Facebook page here every Monday and you can simply click the link posted!

You can join the host of the room and be safe in the knowledge that it is not being streamed live and will NOT be on Youtube!

Just a normal chit chat drop-in group.

Here is the Schedule

Oct 13 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Oct 20 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Oct 27 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Nov 3 – VLOG SHOW – Live and Recorded for Youtube! Chatroom etc… Live on this page.
Nov 10 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Nov 17 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Nov 24 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Dec 1 -VLOG SHOW – Live and Recorded for Youtube! Chatroom etc… Live on this page.
Dec 8 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Dec 15 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Dec 22 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Dec 29 – VLOG SHOW – Live and Recorded for Youtube! Chatroom etc… Live on this page.
Jan 5 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Jan 12 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Jan 19 – Hangout – not streamed or recorded – Hangouts URL – Click here on a Monday.
Jan 26 – VLOG SHOW – Live and Recorded for Youtube! Chatroom etc… Live on this page.
etc…

BLOG POST

OK we have been creating a video blog for some time AKA A ‘VLOG’.

From the early days of basic recordings the show has grown to quite a professional concept. And you can find out more about that here including a studio tour: http://media.transgenderzone.com/?page_id=44

So what am I complaining about?

The problem is when it began it was a virtual support group. A way for lonely and isolated people to get together and share experiences and friendship using new technology like Skype. However, transpeople are a very private bunch, and as the VLOG grew, it developed into what in effect was a Online Weekly TV show rather than a support group, with us up there and viewers down there – that’s not really our style as we are all in this together!  For those unable to join us on a Monday evening they could watch on catch-up on demand from your youtube channel here http://www.youtube.com/transgenderzone (of course what else ;)). We shifted the support element to those confident to call in or appear on camera. Or those in the chat room who understood how it all worked. But there was a problem. The chat room became a kind of comment and question environment to support the show. A bit like how television use Twitter for comments.  This is great for this TV show format but this also means we have got detached from our core goals.

Solutions?

Well I (Samantha) personally as host of the show cannot do any more than I do, I am truly burning out as I manage transgenderzone.com all the tech, all the studio, editing and emails, and on top I am a transgender TV Critic as you probably already know! So I cannot ADD anymore. But what we can do. Is make the VLOG TV Show a monthly Magazine and cherry-pick the best trans stories of the month to debate every 4 weeks peppered perhaps with special guest videos etc? As we have more time to do this between shows. But the topics would be the ‘Best of’ the month rather than one good one with padding every week – if that makes sense? The only fear maybe we cannot reat as quickly to any trans crisis, but that is what our social networks are for eh?

This leaves a 3 week space and the best solution is one we have tried before. That is to create a ‘HANGOUT’ (Google+) and place the link of the Hangout on Facebook in our TransgenderZone Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/150678705002143/ So Monday evening you can simply pop in and chat or … well ‘hangout? I guess.

On a Monday evening one of the Hosts posts a link there in that group to the Hangout and you can ‘drop-in’ and chat and make friends and discuss problems. However this will not be streamed live AND not recorded! So those that lack the confidence to engage with the more public VLOG can attend a private hangout (on audio only if you wish for extra privacy) but watch the VLOG on Youtube, monthly, instead.

This returns a support element to the environment with real people you can talk to. Or you can help others of course. Or even help host the Hangout yourself for us 🙂 If it was popular you could open a second Hangout for overspill!

But all the time safe in the knowledge that the TransgenderZone VLOG is still around, but it is now something you can look forward to rather than endure!

This idea is not set in stone – but it feels like the right thing to do.

With the spare time this will allow me I can do some other non-trans things to just have a breather I have been up full time now for 2 years without a week off and all this has to be fun for me too, be that online, podcasting, or coding apps etc. Or just generally losing myself in creativity. So keep a look out for some unusual podcasts in the pipeline! But they will be just audio ones with pals and nothing as fancy as this TV show  – just daft stuff. 🙂

Let me know what you think in the comments on Facebook!
Here : https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_150678705002143

Sam Johnson

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