How I turned a coping mechanism​ into a successful youtube/fiction channel!

As mentioned in a recent article, I have a very successful youtube channel that now has over a million view.

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It all started in 2009 when my mom died. I found myself at my godparents’ with nothing else to do but binge watch my favorite shows and…. a lot of fan-made videos.

The show I was obsessed with at the time was Criminal Minds and my favorite character was SSA Emily Prentiss.

As I sat there watching amazing fanmade videos it occurred to me that I too could make videos like this.

So I did.

Here’s how I proceeded :

  1. I started by bine watching the show and taking notes of moments I thought would fit well with certain topics (friendships, women kicking down doors, characters being hurt etc…).
  2. I would use screen flow to record the passages I had taken notes of. (I found it for free at the time but if you do not wish to go through the trouble, you can use QuickTime to record the videos and then import them in IMovie).
  3. I would pick a song that I thought fitted the theme of the video perfectly.
  4. I would then edit all the bits of footage together making sure that the transitions between each different piece were smooth and unnoticeable.
  5. I would export the video and upload it to youtube.

I know I make it sound easy but this was my process and to this days my videos still get thousands of views every month and even though I have not made videos in years my monthly views do not seem to drop at all.

I do not promote this channel anywhere. Quite frankly, I started making these videos as a way of coping with my mother’s death and decided to upload them as a way of saving them somewhere they would never get lost. I had no idea they would be that popular.

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Here is a concrete example of one video I made that is one of my favorite.

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The App that convinced me to send postcards again!

Disclaimer, I was not paid to write this. I am just a happy user!

If you are a traveler like me you probably enjoy sharing your memories with your loved ones. The problem is, not everyone has social media. Also, I found that parents or grandparents often prefer receiving postcards they can pin on their fridge or show their friends so they show them to their friends and brag about what a great world traveler you are.

Wait, did I just say postcards?

Yes, for those who weren’t born when they were popular, postcards are little square pieces of paper you send to your loved ones whenever you go on vacation!

The problem with postcards is that nobody uses them anymore but why.

1. It is a pain to find the one you like, find a post office to buy a stamp and post it.

2. You can never find the right one.

3. They’re everything but original. Imagine you’re going to NYC , you will have the choice between a postcard of the statue of liberty, time square or the Empire state building or other touristic monuments. That is everything but personal or remotely interesting.

4. They are still quite expensive.

5. Depending on where you send them from you never know when they will be received.  As a matter of fact, as a child, we had this joke in my family “ we’ll send you a postcard and will pray that it will arrive before we come back.” So we often ended up sending them on the first day which sucks because we did not get to write much!

So what is the solution?

Fizzer!!!

Fizzer is an app that will allow you to send postcards all over the world.

Okay Céline, great, very original.

Well, let me tell you what fizzer have that others don’t have.

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