Three Years of Videos


I know I haven’t posted any videos yet, but they’re coming, I promise. They’re coming.

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome back! What do you think about the new intro (in the video)? The reason why I made that and the reason why I’m making a video today: I’m celebrating the fact that I’ve been making videos for three years. I’ve been on YouTube longer than that, absolutely. But I’ve actually been making videos for three years. Three years ago, I didn’t think I would be where I am today. My channel has changed a lot since obviously. If you go back to the beginning of my channel, it’s pretty much all vlogs. All casual, what I do in my life. Casual sit-down chats and things like that. But now, it’s completely different. Now, I do more educational videos, more actual research, more thought-about videos. Not just throwing together something. I still do that sometimes obviously, like the recent one – Olympic Adventures. But that’s not my primary type of video now. My aim, purpose for this channel has changed for sure. However, I am happy where I am now. Though I still want to change! I’m still not finished changing. I probably never will be. What I do now is kind of still following my original purpose, but not the way I was doing before. It’s been three years and I’m now almost at 2,000 subscribers. I didn’t expect to grow fast, no. But I did grow a lot faster once I started doing more of what I do now. So that’s exciting! I’m excited to see where I go from here.

Last year and two years ago, I did a summary of the year in one video. But this year, I decided no, I’m not going to do that because one, it’s a lot of work. And two, I wanted to do more of a reflection, “wow I didn’t expect to be here.” Three years ago, I didn’t picture what it would be now. Honestly, I wasn’t really expecting anything. This is way more than what I expected! But like I said, I’m happy with where I am now, and I’ve met so many great people (online). Became friends with some of them, even. I’ve become much more involved with the YouTube community, really. And Twitter! I use it WAY more now than I did three years ago. Three years ago, I barely even used it. But now, I actually often tweet something.

It’s really interesting to see how my channel has changed so much. You can almost see phases. The first year was all vlogs, very casual stuff. That was my last year of university. So I was a little more “I’m going to be casual, I’m not going to follow a schedule, I’m not going to try to do anything too fancy.” The second year, I was in Europe. So I didn’t really have much time for making videos. But when I did, it was still mostly vlogs, casual stuff, travel, whatever. Now in the past year, I’ve had a lot more time on my hands. (That’s not necessarily a good thing… Because I don’t have a job so there’s that.) I have more time on my hands to actually think about what I want to do with this channel and actually do it! (So that’s the positive side of no job, heh.)

I really appreciate every single one of you, whether you’ve been watching since I started or if you’re new. Thanks for watching. I look forward to seeing where we go from here, and for however many years. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

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VEDIM and Privacy


Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome. Today’s a really short post, because I just wanted to tell you something. I’m not sure if I will have another video up before May starts, but! I wanted to let you know that I’ve decided I will go ahead and do Vlog Every Day In May, or VEDIM for short. So that will be an interesting challenge for me. I will try my best to actually make a video every day, maybe not make, but at least upload a video every day.  I probably will pre-record several of them, just so I can have stuff ready to upload. (In addition to recording and editing, I have to do captions as well, so that takes a little extra time.) I already have a list of ideas for the days, like holidays or special days that I found from a website. So that’s good, but there are some I’m not sure if I really want to do. The videos will probably be short, like a max of two, three minutes. Maybe? I don’t know. That’s why I’m pre-recording! If there’s any videos you want to see me make during that month, let me know. I need ideas too. I’m not sure if I will do any of my regular videos for that month, like ASL Ponderings, or books, or whatever. I probably will, but we’ll see. Bringing it back to the beginning — this is why I’m not sure if I will have another video up before May starts. Because I do want to make a book video, but I want to finish a couple of books before I make the video. Cause I’m almost done with them– I say soon, I don’t know. What does “soon” mean, I don’t know. So. There is a possibility of having a book video up before May, but also a possibility of not.

I think maybe I’ll go ahead and take this opportunity to say something that’s been bothering me for a while. As a YouTuber, I put myself out there. You get to know me, but I don’t really get to know you. (Unless you comment on my videos, but that’s not for here.) You know me a little better than I know you, for sure. I understand you wanting to become friends, but I’m not going to add you to my personal Facebook. It’s personal for a reason. If you really want to contact me, you can through Twitter, Instagram, I even have a Facebook page. So you can message me through that. But my personal Facebook is off-limits. My personal Facebook is for only me, my friends, my family. Yes, I do add some YouTubers. That’s only because we’ve had a conversation, gotten to know each other some. Rikki Poynter has a video about this, talking about how it’s a little weird, YouTubers and friends. It’s really important that you know this. I’m not going to add just anyone. I don’t do that. Sometimes I will be fine with adding someone if we’ve had a conversation, or if I know that person and we have a lot of mutual friends. Like, we will actually talk. But if you add me just to be friends on Facebook, it just doesn’t work that way. So watch Rikki’s video, and respect my small bit of privacy (that I have left, ha). I will really appreciate it.

I guess that’s all for today. Fairly short post but I just wanted to update a little. I also want to mention that I am actually a little more active on Twitter now so… I know I’ve been saying that I have Twitter, but I don’t really use it. Well, now I am starting to be on there more often and talking with people. So if you want to talk with me, Twitter is the best. On YouTube, I do look at it if I get comments on my videos, but I don’t necessarily reply on there. If it’s Twitter, I will reply for sure (most likely). So go ahead and follow me on Twitter, Facebook (the page, not personal!), YouTube, Instagram. There’s also Patreon and ko-fi. Thanks for reading, see you next time!

Emotional Double Standard


Today I want to discuss a little about something that I’ve been thinking about a while. You’ll already know what this post is about if you read the title. Before I continue, I want to be clear I’m talking about the US, and I am fully aware this is different in other countries. I want to add that while I can’t speak for people who fall under the trans umbrella, I will be saying masculine/feminine presenting because I have seen several videos of trans people saying they face the same societal pressures, perhaps even more so than cis people. So I just want to be clear that I’m not talking about only cis men and women. I’ll go into that more later on. Alright, I think you can guess at what this will be about. What masculine-presenting people are allowed to do versus what feminine-presenting people are allowed to do. Basically, feminine-presenting people are allowed to show FAR more emotion, and be much more affectionate (both emotionally and physically) than masculine-presenting people. I personally think this is just a little ridiculous. Often, male Americans are so hung up on being seen as “gay” which isn’t exactly a bad thing… An example of this is masc/masc friends aren’t allowed to show intimacy beyond “bro hug” but for fem/fem friends, it’s fine. They can hug, cuddle, talk about deeply emotional topics, and be vulnerable. Masculine people are taught from birth to be tough, to be emotionally unavailable, and don’t be intimate with anyone except for your significant other and maybe your mother. Why is this the norm?

An article I’ll link below was written by Evan Porter who talks about his experiences trying to become better at actually sharing his feelings rather than giving the standard “I’m fine” answer. He includes a lot of links to research, a TED talk, and other things related to masculinity and feelings. I’m going to pick a few things from it, but I would recommend you read the whole thing. Ryan McKelley, an associate professor of psychology, did research on this and found that infant and young boys showed more intensity and range of emotion than girls! But that’s eventually socialized out as they get older. He also brings up a study that asked people to make a list of “culturally acceptable” emotions for masculine and feminine presenting people. I think you can guess what they found. Feminine presenting were allowed to display almost the whole spectrum of emotion, while masculine presenting seemed to be limited to three: anger, contempt, pride. However, despite that, our brains process things pretty much the same way. McKelley said that if you hook people up to equipment that measures everything and cause strong emotions, the gender differences vanish. The only difference is that masculine presenting people aren’t allowed to talk about it and are expected to bottle up everything inside.

Now I’m going to talk a bit about trans people. I won’t go in great detail, because I’m not trans, but if you fall under the trans umbrella, please comment below what your thoughts are! Trans people often experience a greater pressure to conform to their gender because they “have to pass” which is just BS. For example, if you are a trans man, society expects you to be hyper-masculine, and not look/be feminine AT ALL. Not all cis men are hyper-masculine so to expect that from trans men is ridiculous. The same happens the opposite way with trans women being expected to be hyper-feminine. To be clear… This happens not only in mainstream society, but the queer community as well. Yes, toxic expectations and behavior happens in the queer community too which is very unfortunate. I’m going to end here about trans people, but I’m going to talk a bit more about the queer community as a whole.

Queer masculine people have a whole other level of difficulty with this. It’s hard enough for straight cis men to say “I love you” or even be affectionate with each other, but what about when you’re queer? Those same straight men are even more averse to it, because you might be attracted to them, and they don’t want to give the wrong idea. Queer masculine people also have a fine line to tread, we have to be careful to not make straight people think that we’re making a move on them. And if it’s towards other queer masculine, we also have that worry. It’d be nice if we could just let things be, and ask if we need to.

Say I love you. It’s not that hard. Okay, I know some of you consider this to be a phrase you only say to your significant other. But I feel like there are quite a few situations where it would be right to say it. The Deaf community actually does this frequently, with the ILY sign, as a casual goodbye gesture (with only people you actually know and love). I think we all need to be more affectionate in general. I like hugs, I want proper hugs and not half-hugs.

I have several links below, some I referenced for this, some I didn’t. They’re all related to this topic so check them out! Let me know your thoughts on this, and what else you want to see from me. My next video/post most likely will be either an ASL Ponderings or a book review! I was surprised by how many of you wanted to see book reviews, so I guess I should’ve just gone ahead and done it, and not even bothered to ask! Anyway, that’s all for today, thanks for reading, see you next time!


The Human Senses



There’s a video for this blog post, linked above. Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to the Science channel! Nah, not really. I’ve just always wanted to say that. I wanted to do a fun facts video today, talking about the human senses. Of course, we all know about the five senses: sight (ophthalmoception), hearing (audioception), taste (gustaoception), smell (olfacoception), and touch (tactioception). But what if I told you that was just the beginning? Science!

There’s also temperature (thermoception), kinesthetic sense (proprioception), pain (nociception), balance (equilibrioception), vibration (mechanoreception), and time (chronoception). There is debate about what exactly constitutes a sense, so this makes it difficult to define what a sense is. And there is a reason why I specifically said HUMAN senses at the beginning of this video! There are quite a few that humans don’t have, but animals do. Maybe I’ll do a different video about that later, but today is all about us. You all already know about the traditional five, so I’ll just focus on the additional ones.

Temperature (thermoception): sense of heat and the absence of heat (cold) by the skin and internal skin passages. There are two different types – on the skin and internally. The skin thermoceptors detect external changes in temperature, while the homeostatic thermoceptors in the brain give feedback on internal body temperature changes.

Kinesthetic sense (proprioception): provides the brain with information on the movement and relative positions of the parts of the body. Neurologists test this sense by telling patients to close their eyes and touch their own nose with the tip of a finger. Assuming proper proprioceptive function, at no time will the person lose awareness of where the hand actually is, even though it is not being detected by any of the other senses.

Pain (nociception): signals nerve-damage or damage to tissue. The three types of pain receptors are skin (cutaneous), joints and bones (somatic), and body organs (visceral). It was previously believed that pain was simply the overloading of pressure receptors, but research in the first half of the 20th century indicated that pain is a distinct phenomenon that intertwines with all of the other senses, including touch. Pain was once considered an entirely subjective experience, but recent studies show that pain is registered in a part of the brain (anterior cingulate gyrus). The main function of pain is to attract our attention to dangers and motivate us to avoid them. For example, humans avoid touching a sharp needle, or hot object, or extending an arm beyond a safe limit because it is dangerous, and thus hurts. Without pain, people could do many dangerous things without being aware of the dangers.

Balance (equilibrioception): sense body movement, direction, and acceleration, and to attain and maintain postural equilibrium and balance.

Vibration (mechanoreception): I’m not sure if the name of this is entirely accurate, because I couldn’t find much about it, and I can’t find the original place I saw this one. Essentially, it’s the ability to feel mainly mechanical vibrations that are on or nearby the body. An example would be feeling the rumbling from a truck passing by.

Time (chronoception): This is not based on a physical sensory organ. Chronoception refers to how the passage of time is perceived and experienced. Although the sense of time is not associated with a specific sensory system, the work of psychologists and neuroscientists indicates that human brains do have a system governing the perception of time. One particular component is responsible for the circadian (or daily) rhythm, while other cell clusters appear to be capable of shorter-range (ultradian) timekeeping.

That’s all for today’s post! Hope you enjoyed it, and let me know what you want to see from me! Don’t forget, I have Patreon and ko-fi. Social media too: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time!