What's Happening With RedBlue Labs!
*Transcription for the companion YouTube video. What this blog post has that the video does not is additional pictures that will not be included in the video.
Hey, welcome back to RedBlue Labs! It's been quite a year and I wanted to take some time to share with you what I have learned. There were challenges, exciting moments and generally I have better idea of where I want to bring this channel in the coming year.
First off, you are watching a recording of me doing some photo edits on a picture of myself. I don't profess to be an expert in photo editing. At best I dabble in it because I enjoy it. It's pretty cool feeling creating something that never existed before.
I know legit professionals may see this and cringe and that's fine. At the end of the day as long as I am happy with what I have produced I think I can call that a win.
If you want to turn the sound off and just watch me edit the picture feel free!
So, what's the plan for the future of the channel? I'm going to stick with it. Truthfully I actually really enjoy it. I get to talk about cyber security, I get to be creative and I get to communicate and share my passion with the world.
I have learned a lot since starting, and looking back honestly makes me cringe a bit.
Let's actually chat about the beginning.
Why did I start?
It was a conversation with someone.
I was teaching a class and one of the assignments required the students to setup a moderately complicated network.
Someone came to me with a question, and from their questions I could tell they had waited a long time to start the project. I gave them the info they needed. I was not sure though how it would shake out.
They submitted their project and they nailed it!
Came back a bit later and had a frank conversation. "How did you manage it?"
The student said, "I watched this YouTube video." and sent me the link.
I watched it and I hated it. The music was pounding, it was blurry, there was no audio explanation at all, it wasn't abundantly obvious what was being taught.
But somehow this student understood it, was able to follow along and produce something of quality.
I was proud of that person.
I figured, since this video had 100,000 or more views. I could make something marginally better and be just as successful.
So I just started. I didn't research at all, I just jumped right in.
I had no idea how to make thumbnails, I still am trying to figure it out.
I was terrified of showing my face, which is why it took me about 50 or more videos before I started turning on my camera.
Looking back I went through some weird phases
Black background only white letters
A few with me smiling on the front in front of a flying numbers and big white "techy" font
A pretty serious phase of retro 80s theme....again with big white letters.