I really do not recommend DirectAdmin as a control panel

If you’re like me and you’re pretty much obsessed with blogging, (and really lousy at coding), you know that a proper web host is a must for hosting applications such as WordPress. There are tons out there to choose from and I think I’ve tried nearly all of them. At least it really does feel like I have during my years of blogging and being present online.

Oh, the struggles I’ve been having with my current web host and Direct Admin as a control panel… Oh, the horrors…

I started blogging for real with WP in the beginning of 2009. Since then I’ve changed web hosts and blogging platforms as often as a parent would change their kid’s diapers or something. I really do not know why I’ve done this so much, but now that I am more experienced and know a little bit more about what I personally need – I do not recommend switching hosts every so often. Do your research and stick with a great host to begin with.

A proper web host should have this:

  • cPanel as their choice of control panels. DirectAdmin works, but it effin’ sucks for various reasons. It could also be my web host’s fault, but I do not know.
  • Offer WP as both single installs and multisite with wildcards (*). As a user, a wildcard being added to your dns settings is all you should ever have to care about.
  • be able to point a domain to a folder of your choice; I.E point sub.example.com to user/domains/example.com/public_html/sub without any hassle. ¬†This also includes add-on domains and aliases.
  • Free SSL support that works for both subdomains and top level domains.
  • Full access to the database. With this I mean so you can change the table prefix etc. Also one login to rule them all or something. Not one user AND a database for every frickin’ login.
  • Being able to install WP (for example) manually, like the famous 5 minute install, as well ass offer a 1 click service.
  • Backups that do not drain your space every 5 minutes or something.

There are many, many other things as well that a proper web host should offer and the things mentioned above is what I personally need and prefer.

My struggle…

Like I mentioned before, I’ve struggled for various reasons with my web hosts of choice. In the beginning I changed hosts basically because I thought I had to or I did it for some other stupid reason. When I got to know WP for what an awesome thing it really is and when Multisite was introduced, I changed web hosts for other reasons and always thought that “this would be the final one”. Eh… that only lasted for so long…

All that finally changed, when I partly quit being an idiot and stuck with WP for ever and discovered a Swedish web host that almost did it’s job perfectly. I stayed with them for nearly 3 years. They were called Binero. Then, a few months back I started noticing that my blogs in my WP installations did not have SSL. I basically thought they did, but it was probably a Chrome extension that fooled me, because I started noticing this when that extension stopped working. It became a big deal to change hosts, and I finally switched to another Swedish based host. They’re called Inleed and they are almost illegally cheap, but you get what you pay for…

The move went fine, but almost from the start I’ve had problems and they haven’t gone away completely yet.

The issues

This is what I’ve had to deal with so far. A real pain in the butt…

  • Not being able to install anything on general subdomains, especially with SSL.
  • I’ve added subdomains as i.e sub.example.com but not been able to access the subdomain at that level, only at domain.com/sub which effin’ sucks balls! However, if I do this – everything works as it should, I get SSL etc but it’s not a pretty sight and makes subdomains completely useless.
  • Redirection issues to my main WP install if I have installed something on SSL. Even though I have separate installs this happens! For example; my main WP install is a multisite at domain.com and I created a WP multisite install for testing purposes at test.domain.com. If this test install is installed on SSL, it redirects or is not found at test.domain.com and it redirects to domain.com to the signup page or whatever other page I’ve set NOBLOGREDIRECT to. So frustrating!
  • I had to contact support in order to get WP multisite to work – which in part also created all the other issues I’ve been having.
  • The support have been struggling as well with my domains and subdomains, not answered all of my questions as far as I can tell, because I felt somewhat ignored sometimes. They may have read it all, but have chosen to only answer one question in a long email.
  • I do not have complete access either to my files, since I’m “only” a user. I do not know if it’s possible to upgrade, since I’ve asked about this and did not get an answer. Every time I need to “fix” something, I have to ask the support to edit the httpd.conf files etc and I do not like that.

After weeks of struggling I finally got proper help and I got my main installs I want to function properly, but I still can’t install anything properly on SSL, even though I finally can use real subdomains like you should always be able to. I will be contacting the support soon, after I’ve done some more testing.

The Conclusion:

Well, basically I’m getting tired of this shit and a couple of weeks ago I decided that I will be downsizing my web hosting affairs a bit, which means I shall stick to simple blogging instead and I will start to learn to code for real. Don’t worry, I sticking to WP! What I mean is that I shall try and not hassle that much with my blogs and instead I’ll keep on writing good posts.

I’ve started to learn C# in order to give me something I really can use, and when I’m done with that I shall try to create games for both desktop and android using Unity. After that I shall also try and learn C++ and maybe .NET as well. All done in my spare-time of course, but if I succeed with this I might start to work with it later on in a few years. Who knows? All I know is – choose your web host carefully and stick to WP whenever possible if you’re a blogger like me and like control over your shit.

 

Stuff I’ve learned this week…

It’s been a “shitty week” or something, due to me having to change web hosts and struggling with getting everything to work properly. I had to change places because I noticed that my WP installs did not have SSL on them. I was so sure that they did but apparently not. Any who… This is what I’ve learned(in no particular order):

  • Don’t get angry (if you can help it) if it does not work the way it’s supposed to. Just call the support, and they’ll help out.
  • It’s okay to get upset if all questions are not answered. Just keep nagging the support until you do. That’s what they get paid for.
  • If you use DirectAdmin with your web host and cannot install applications on a subdomain, add the subdomain as a regular domain instead, wait for it to resolve with the dns & shit and then install as usual. However, if it still does not work after 24-72 hours – contact the support! I’m not even sure that it works for me yet ūüôĀ
  • If you can’t connect the amazing WordPress plugin called Jetpack’s sharing module to a Facebook page – make sure that your FB page is published! If it is not, publish it, reconnect and then it’s okay to make it unpublished – the connection will still work.
  • It’s really not worth paying nearly $9/month for a web host, when you can get a better one (hopefully) for like $2/month.

I’ve also learned a bunch of other stuff as well, but I’m to tired to think of all of them now. I’m sorry if you’ve tried to access my site these past couple of days and I’m even more sorry if you’ll see troubles here in the future.

Please leave a comment below if you’ve noticed i.e. security warnings (due to SSL not being properly setup etc) or photos or other images not loading.

Now – I’m off to bed. Tomorrow I’m gonna sleep in. It’s finally the weekend again!

The dangers of caring way too fucking much…

I haven’t written a single goddamn thing in this blog for almost 6 months or so. Nobody cares, barely a visit since the last post, and that’s all fine and completely normal. This post will be a little about blog stats, and other shit that’s been going on in my life since I last wrote something of use here.

Ze blog stats.

Yeah. I really don’t give a flying F*ck about not getting readers to this blog. It’s pretty rational since I have written basically nothing since the blog started somewhere during 2016. Basically I’m just happy I’ve got my domain back, and I intend to keep it no matter what. When I went back to WP for the last time ever during the summer of 2014, I made a personal commitment that I’d stop caring about readers, getting comments, and people caring in general about my posts. It has worked, at least for my blogging. Not so much for my disastrous YouTube career, but I don’t have the strength to care, really. Haven’t uploaded a video since May 2016 either, even though I’ve tried. Every time I do try to make a video or do SOMETHING, some thing has to happen, which means that I am unable to create a video at that point or do something else I’d like to do for that simple moment. It’s like fate is trying to intervene with whatever I want in life sometimes. It’s really frickin’ annoying when it happens as well.

Another annoying thing regarding stats are those found on my profile and pages on Google+. It used to be my absolute favorite social network, but since people started to not give a shit about me, or anybody else (really? I have no clue), I have simply given up on that social network. From now on, and basically for the past months and year I’m gonna be using it the worst way possible, which is to just post links to blog posts I’ve written and keep not caring about if I get +1’s or not. It’s just to tiresome to even care, and I keep mentioning whenever I leave a comment on somebody else’s posts that I’m boring, nobody cares and that G+, regardless of the past years fantastic upgrade, has become a thing of the past and I miss the interaction I used to have with all my G+ friends over hangouts and such.

The secret…

I have a partial secret. Some people know this, but I’m really not allowed to talk about it officially, like it’s some big life-changing deal. The problem is that for, this “secret” is big. At least for me. It’s bugging the crap out of me that I’m not allowed to write about in in my blogs, or talk about it on YouTube. I have so many things to say about this, because it makes me so happy! Oh, well. Someday I’ll probably be able to let you all know what it is, and then I hope it’s another turning point in life, that’ll get me the attention I’m almost seeking, but more likely – to spread the news I’ve been wanting to spread for years now.

The fatness that is me.

I’ve gained more weight the past year and it makes me miserable for many reasons. I’m trying to do my best to make the pounds disappear, but since long, I’ve accepted this crap and I’m prepared to die young due to being overweight, with the dream of succeeding on losing weight if it’s possible. I know exactly what caused this weight gain, and I know exactly what I should do to get rid of them forever, but if that happens – we’ll see. There are too many obstacles in my way for me to be to hopeful about succeeding…

Why the F*ck isn’t the Google Pixel in my pocket?

I’ve ranted like crazy about this for the past months in my Swedish blog. The Google Pixel has not been released generally in Europe, like the Nexus series. My 6P is getting to big, due to my huge weight gain and now I’m going completely mad about what phone is gonna be my next one? I really frickin’ want a Nexus/Pixel, even though the price for the Pixel is batshit crazy high, but it’s most likely not to happen. I’m even thinking evil, pure evil thoughts about switching to iPhone, and it drives me nuts! I need a smaller phone, with a great camera and all other great stuff about smartphones, because if I do not lose weight, I can no longer have a bigger phone. I really like having a 6P, even though it’s starting to go “bad”. I’m having battery issues and I daily have to charge my phone twice now. That sucks. I’m also a bit curious about the next Blackberry phone, which will have a physical keyboard. I’ve missed that, but it’s far from important for me. I’m guessing that my next phone will either be the Samsung S8 or the horror of an iPhone, either the SE or the 7 or upcoming 7S/8. I really do not want an iPhone, but if worst comes to worst, it’ll have to happen, I guess, since iPhones are kinda good anyways. It just lacks the most used features I need, like the do not disturb system that can be set like a calendar, or sense calendar specific items. I also hate the iOS UI and all the struggles with logging in at the app store (I always have to log in a thousand times, and still not get access to the app store even though I have the correct password and username).

The move back “home”.

In the beginning of December of 2016, me and the BF moved back to Sk√•ne, which is the most southern part of Sweden. We now reside between Malm√∂ and Lund, and we like it here. The reason for moving back was because Henrik got a job at Unity 3d in Copenhagen, and I’ve been smart to save up my points so we could get an apartment pretty easily if we were ever gonna come back here. We’re not gonna stay in this apartment forever, though. The plan is to wait if it feels good and works fine for Henrik, and if it does, we’ll start looking for a new place during the summer of 2017. We’re really hoping to get a small house, like a town house (radhus in Swedish) and as close to Hyllie Station as possible, since it’s the closest one to Copenhagen from here. The next place, will however be as perfect as possible. Great Dane friendly, preferably with two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, storage, parking spot or garage for an electric car and also a lawn of some sort.

Generally, I’m fine. My life is pretty much exactly the same from when we lived in V√§xj√∂. I’m completely exhausted most days, yet still I have a new energy I haven’t felt for years. I guess it’s due to being back in Sk√•ne again, with all the lacking snow and better temperatures, not to mention all the stuff that’s a lot easier to do now, like shopping online and eating out.

Oh, and to answer the title of this blog post? The stuff that has been happening to me for the past months are shit I shouldn’t care about at all, really. Everything will work itself out eventually, but personally I can not stop to care about the itty bitty things that keep annoying me, and that’s why I go nuts and get angry, disappointed etc. And like I said, even though I’m in this “mess” of stuff, I’m actually happy. Who could’ve thunk?

I have no idea if the comment system works on this blog, so please try and leave at least one down there, so I’ll know if everything is in order. Thanks!

Solving a redirect login issue with WordPress can take months…

And still it doesn’t mean that it has been solved or is about to. With this post I’m writing today, with nearly two whole months of being absent from my awesome blog in English, I’m keeping my hopes up that I have for once solved this crap and never have to bother with multisite issues (MS rocks otherwise!), cookies, redirects and not getting access or getting angry or upset.

Ze background…

I’m using WordPress to do my blogging. No secret there. I have currently 4 blogs, and three of them are active. It’s this one, my Swedish one and the Swedish one about Great Danes. My website is just a basic website with my CV, and career updates and I also have created an archive of my old blog in Swedish, which contains of posts written since January of 2009 and has been made and moved through out basically all blogging platforms out there. Now it serves as an archive because here on WordPress, I’ve made the decision two years ago to never, ever change blogging platforms again. Tumblr is not an active platform either…

Caring for multiple blogs in a great way…

Ever since Multisite became a reality in 2010 with the 3.0 update, I’ve been using it pretty steadily whenever I’ve used WordPress as my platform. Now, it’s really useful because I have 3 active blogs that I like to update as often as possible. No matter what, I regularly login to my Swedish personal blog almost daily and with that I also check in on my other blogs to see stats, look for spam or other issues so I basically hop around a lot. Until I started this blog (again) which is on a whole ‘nother domain, this was not a problem at all. But, when I got this domain back, I thought that I’d of course would like to have my blog together with all the others in my multisite install. And then came the cookie issues…

Cookies, logins and redirects, oh my…

WordPress is awesome. It can handle multiple domains without a plugin, so no domain mapping is necessary. That’s indeed great! So far so good. Well. Not for long. It’s pretty simple to setup, just change the site_url and you’re good to go. The issue is with cookies. Half-Elf has written a post on how to solve this and so have many others. I’ve tried basically everything, because since I seem to hop from blog to blog whenever I login to one of them, it’s a real frickin’ hassle to keep logging in to every, goddamn blog. I know it’s safer this way, but still. I’m like this close to ripping my hair out and throwing my computer out of the window due to¬†sticky stuff like this. Me not like problems.

What I’ve tried in order to solve this mess…

  1. ¬†Everything in Half-Elfs’s post that I mentioned before.
  2. Created multiple networks with the WP Multi Networks plugin and moved this blog over there.
  3. Moved the blog to a separate WP install, once with separate database, another time with separate tables in the same WP install (with shared users table).
  4. Tested with other domains on a test install to change from subdomains to subdirectory and with that I also changed the home_url, but kept a subdirectory url for backend purposes. This seems like the best way, but I hate the look of subdirectories…
  5. Trying as we write to only have this in my wp-config.php file regarding cookies, with the blog being part of multisite and on the correct url everywhere (aka both home and site url are the same and everything else is as it should be for MS setup).
    define( 'COOKIE_DOMAIN', $_SERVER[ 'HTTP_HOST' ]);

As of now, nothing has worked. It always has worked “for a while”. But after a few hours, days etc. it stops working. After the update to 4.6 my whole multisite install seemed to totally bug out. No matter what I did I had to login all the frickin’ time to even my subdomains! That was really annoying. And then I hadn’t changed a thing, except for the solution from Tom McFarlin! That solution, however, worked “somewhat”. It was a solution I could settle with. It meant that I could sign in to one of my subdomains once – and always be logged in to all my other subdomains, but whenever I had to access this blog on a separate domain, that’s when I had to login again. After the update to 4.6 this did not work so I had to start looking yet again for another solution.

With the plugin, I also added this to my wp-config.php file:
// Cookies
define( 'COOKIEHASH', md5( 'yourdomain.com' ) );
define( 'COOKIE_DOMAIN', 'yourdomain.com' );
define( 'ADMIN_COOKIE_PATH', '/' );
define( 'COOKIEPATH', '/' );
define( 'SITECOOKIEPATH', '/' );
define( 'TEST_COOKIE', 'thing_test_cookie' );
define( 'AUTH_COOKIE', 'thing_' . COOKIEHASH );
define( 'USER_COOKIE', 'thing_user_' . COOKIEHASH );
define( 'PASS_COOKIE', 'thing_pass_' . COOKIEHASH );
define( 'SECURE_AUTH_COOKIE', 'thing_sec_' . COOKIEHASH );
define( 'LOGGED_IN_COOKIE', 'thing_logged_in' . COOKIEHASH );

And I also added/changed this:
// Multisite
define( 'MULTISITE', true );
define( 'SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', false );
define( 'PATH_CURRENT_SITE', '/' );
define( 'DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE', $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] );
// Likely not needed anymore (your config may vary)
//define( 'SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1 );
//define( 'BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1 );
// Uncomment and change to a URL to funnel no-site-found requests to
//define( 'NOBLOGREDIRECT', '/404/' );
/**
* These are purposely set for maximum compliance with multisite and
* multinetwork. Your config may vary.
*/
define( 'WP_HOME', 'https://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] );
define( 'WP_SITEURL', 'https://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] );

Now I’m just hoping that this setting has solved it. I do not believe so. Not in the long run at least. If it stays the same until tomorrow, I might be able to let this one go. When I think it is solved it means that I can continue to hop around to and from every blog without the hassle of logging in every time. If it works the way it usually does, it means that I can do this for a couple of hours, days or maybe just until I close my browser and try to login again to one of my blogs. Often, however I’m getting the redirect loop where it’s impossible to even access any dashboard and that happened earlier today. I just hope it was due to another mistake I made, regarding changing the site or home url. Everything at the moment is the way it should be, and that’s good. This blog doesn’t get any viewers anyways. 4 in one day is like totally amazing stats! But I’ve stopped caring about that. Or at least I try to…

I just really hope it stays this way now. The only dislike I have about every blogging platform out there (yes, even WordPress) are those tiny, little things that makes it difficult to get everything I want out of a platform. It’s all due to me of course being a noob, who hasn’t learned how to code. All I do is copy and paste. I have not learned the terminology and I have no idea what the Frick I’m talking about. All I know when I’m creating the snippets for my WP blogs is what I want the result to be. I’ve solved many issues and a lot of them are baked right into WordPress itself (i.e. Custom Fields, categories and tags). I’ve managed to create single posts whenever I post something on Instagram and shipping them over here, thanks to If This Then That and a simple trick using Jetpack’s Post by Email module. Amongst other things. Fingers crossed that this shit works now. Otherwise I’ll lose my mind a little bit more…

I’m on Tumblr… and my YouTube channel got a proper URL, if anybody cares?

Yep. Just created an account there again. Haven’t been there for years but do not worry. For those who know me and have read my other blogs for years, know that I’ve changed blogging platforms as often as normal people change their underwear. Or something like that anyways. I’ve been on every single blog platform you can think of, if not for blogging purposes, then for pure testing ones.

This time, however – it’s different. The Tumblr blog will only act as a curator for posts. Nothing more. I’ll test it and see if I like it. I’ll probably not, so don’t say cheers just yet. I’d prefer it if my shared posts to Tumblr were only in link form, instead of spoiling the whole posts. I’ve got less readers than I’d like already. I actually thought that my previous posts would be a lot more popular, but I guess I was wrong.

The other thing I’ll mention is that my YouTube channel moved (yes, again) to another G+ page in order to get a proper channel URL. I know got my old username back, which is great. It’s the one I started my whole YouTube “career” with, which is the same url as to this blog, greatdanemaniac. I also noticed another great thing today, which is that YouTube finally got rid of a very annoying bug that prevented me from deleting shared playlists that I’ve created. I’ve waited like 5 months or something for that to happen. YouTube sure are slow.

That’s why I decided to move the channel. I wanted a better name, url and also a better brand while I wait for the real thing to happen with YouTube. The split between Google+ and YouTube will surely take forever, but I don’t care anymore. It takes me as well forever to upload videos that are interesting enough to watch.

Well, that’s the news for this time. I hope it was interesting enough for you.

How hard can it be to find a royalty free song without any help?

Turns out – really frickin’ hard. But I finally did it. And I had to pay for it but I trust that it was worth every single penny. The song I’ve been looking for is called Spread your wings by Stereobird and I heard it for the first time (or maybe the second) in this video below made by Odigo Travel:

Me and the BF are interested a lot in Japanese Culture so we started to watch the videos of this channel since we follow many of those who are going on these trips around Japan while vlogging about it. Rachel & Jun, Kim Dao, Abroad in Japan to name a few. My favorite channel however, is probably Sharla in Japan. Oh, well. Back to the song part.

At 2:23 in the video the songs begins playing and I was hooked from the start. There’s something special about songs who are uplifting, inspirational etc. Just like the song in the video. The day after I watched the video I left a comment, asking about the song. I called it the “hey, hey” song because that’s all you hear. A guy singing “Hey, hey”. In the description of the video nothing of this song was mentioned. Only the site bensound.com and a song by a group called Kontinuum. Yes, with a K. I went to the first site and listened through all the songs and I did not find it. I googled for it. Nothing. Not even a clue. About 3 weeks later I left another comment on their YouTube channel, since I did not get a response (and neither did anybody else who left a comment on that video) saying I still wanted to find that song. Still not a peep. I continued to search for it and I browsed through a couple of the biggest Royalty Free websites out there. I tried Epidemic Sound, Jamendo, Bensound (again) and a couple of others I don’t remember the name of. I also left comments on the Odigo Japan Facebook Page without a response so far and today I sent an e-mail. Yes. I’m quite the stalker when I want to be… I also emailed the guy at bensound and he responded fairly quickly and said it did not belong to him and he added that the credits were also wrong on their video.

Finally, today I continued to google more sites with a huge database of songs and I found Audiojungle. On that site I could search really easily and after I’ve listened through a couple of songs I saw that I could search by length. I’ve calculated how long the song is and I found out it’s just over 4 minutes long. When I narrowed it down to 4 minutes, the list was a lot shorter and only after a few songs I found one that sounded really, frickin’ familiar to what I was looking for. I kept on listening and yes. Finally. I found the song. The funny thing is that the name for the song “Spread Your Wings” is actually a name that is really suitable for this song. It kinda feels like it’s what the song is about. To spread your wings and fly.

Stereobird’s logo. It’s a link to the original image I found online. Not stolen.

I bought the song for $19 + taxes and handling fees and now I’ll start using it as often as I can as a theme song or something for my upcoming YouTube videos. The song is like fate, or my destiny somehow. I get so inspired when I hear it and the feeling I have regarding the future of my life and my YouTube/Blog/vlog career is just this. It’s sort of amazing, really. Listen to the song and hopefully you’ll get an idea of where I hope I’m heading with everything.

Now, what’s your absolute favorite Royalty Free song? Put them in a comment below with links to where to get them. Preferably free (a.k.a no need to pay money, but credit the author etc. is fine) songs that works wonders with YouTube.

Now I’ll go to bed, happy and satisfied. Well, at least satisfied knowing all that “hard work” paid off. I’m pretty annoyed that the Odigo site (at least the Youtube channel & FB page) never gave a crap about answering me. Answering comments when you have a YouTube channel is like the most important thing after you’ve uploaded videos. It’s totally understandable if you got like a million subscribers and you don’t have time to answer all of them, but nobody got a reply on their comments to that video. That’s just baaaaaaaad… I hope I’ll get an email from them, but I’m not counting on anything.

What bugs me about YouTube these days…

Well. First of all – a lot of things. YouTube itself is awesome and I use it daily to watch videos and learn new stuff about the topics I care about. Also, of course I’m trying to make something out of myself as well on that platform and after years of doing nothing but mistakes, I think I’m finally starting to learn and accept things. Or if not, they bug the hell out of me, som now it’s time for some ranting again about the biggest and most annoying things about YouTube that I’d really like to change. Or make Google change, at least. Most of this stuff is out of my hands completely.

No.1 – Moving videos between channels

I recently created a new channel, made for vlogs and video games mainly. Or basically any other type of video that is not about Great Danes. It’s sort of a “my other channel”, so it’s not my main one. The one about dogs is. The big problem I have there is compiled of different sets of issues that no matter what I do about it – I’ll lose a lot. I’ll fill you in below.

The history

My channel, “In the mind of a Great Dane maniac” was before connected to another G+ page and had the name “Aimee Vlogs”. Before that it was called “Aimee Vlogs (in English & Swedish). It’s had a lot of names and had the tagline – “Shitty vlogging at its best!”, because I really was a shitty vlogger. Nobody cared – until I finally got my teeth fixed with the Inman Aligner dental braces treatment. Then my subscribers, viewers and comments grew like hell. Especially the views. That’s awesome. Thanks to that success, I finally got brave enough to move the channel into the direction I’ve wanted all these years – into having a channel all about Great Danes. So far, so good?

Keeping it relevant for everybody

Now, I’d like to move all my former videos to my other channel, since those videos have nothing to do with Great Danes. None whatsoever. How can I do this? By losing. Either views or subscribers. Perhaps both. It makes sense to have themed channels on YouTube. That is how you succeed. I’ve also overcomed my “fear” of having multiple channels. The reason I feared it before was due to struggles with getting notifications properly and getting subscribers. The subs part is always a struggle though, as long as you’re boring. The notifications part I fixed a while back. I’d just like to have the best of both worlds. People interested in Great Danes to be subscribed to this channel, and people more interested in my life in general or other vlogs and videos to be subscribed to that channel. It’s better that way.

The struggles, besides getting noticed

Ok, so how do I fix this issue? Like I’ve said before. By losing. As long as YouTube does not let you move videos properly between channels that you own, this is a struggle we all face who owns several channels, where one is more popular than the other. This is how you’ll fix it today, by doing one of these 3 options below:

  1. Download all your videos that you’d like to move, re-upload them to the channel you want. Lose all the views, comments and other shit that came with it and hope people will keep watching and commenting. If you have many videos this will also be a very time consuming challenge as well.
  2. Start another channel and do everything you can to notify your subscribers and let them know you’re moving. Hope that all of them follows you. In my case they’d probably not. I’m to scared to even try.
  3. Wait and ignore all the subscribers waiting for Inman Aligner vlogs when all you’ll upload are Great Dane related videos. If I’d take a guess, 99% of all my current subscribers are there due to the Inman Aligner videos, or because they’re friends of mine and care enough either way to watch what I’ll upload.

No.2 – Why you can’t move videos, when you can move entire channels?!

Since over a year ago, moving a channel to either a G+ profile (now, really to your Google account) or a G+ page was made possible. And it should only be a matter of time before YouTube lets you move videos and let you keep all the views, comments and all that other shit that came with it. The question is – can we wait that long? Or really, can I wait that long? I’m struggling each day I sit in front of my YouTube channel to think – should I do it anyway – move all the videos and lose all the views, comments and other stuff? For now I’ve managed to wait and that’s probably good. I have notified my subscribers that I’ve got a new channel, but basically none have cared. Still I try not to be bothered with it. It’s really frickin’ hard, but I’m doing my best to not obsess with getting views and subscribers.

No. 3 – The disconnection between Google+ and YouTube

In July last year, YouTube and Google announced that connecting G+ with YouTube was a massive failure and that they’ve listened to our feedback. Soon you’d be able to disconnect and remove your G+ profile and YouTube would return to what it was before. Ok, some stuff has remained – the good stuff we liked. Me, on the other hand absolutely loved the G+/YouTube integration, but right now and since this news, I’ve been waiting for the disconnection to happen. And what Google means by “Soon” is more like = “This is gonna take forever”.

I love Google+, I really, really do. It’s awesome, but recently it’s become boring since people are fleeing the place like crazy, or at least just the Swedes… That makes me sad. However. The reason I’m waiting for the disconnection to happen, for pages now, since the G+ profiles have disconnected is… I have no idea. I’m just really frickin’ curios as to what will happen to my channel when it does. What I’d like to see is this:

  1. The Legacy url system coming back. I really dislike the way you claim a custom url today. It’s like either have a gazillion subscribers or buy a url that you might not need. What kind of logic is that? And a gazillion subs is actually 100, but if I would ever make that mark – I’d be the happiest person on the planet, since I’ve struggled for years to get a decent channel. I haven’t even reached that yet…
  2. My G+ page that is connected to my GD channel, can go back and act as a page for my blog in Swedish again. That means with the new translations features I can change the name of the channel as often as I’d like and the G+ page won’t be bothered.
  3. Some other amazing thing I haven’t thought about yet.

Now, how do you feel about this? I know I’m not the only one asking for the moving of videos feature on YouTube. A lot of people have been asking this over the years and all the videos claiming moving videos is possible (like the way it should be handled) are lying. It’s basically only downloading, re-uploading and losing all the stuff that came with the video. The video below has probably the best “today” solution for this. It adds something to the original videos, where she shortens them and ads a message that the full video can be seen “over there” instead of here. That would take a lot of time, but if YouTube never lets us have the option to move entire videos with all the analytics attached to it – then this is certainly the way to go.

Another video on YouTube talks about this as well. It’s a fairly new channel on YouTube called Idea of the day. Check out his video below:

So… What’s your idea about all of this? Let me know in a comment below and keep a look out for new videos coming up on both my channels.

Status Update | may 18th 2016

This blog is now available at a new url; greatdanemaniac.com. I used to own it when I first started my own website and blog, but due to my stupidity I said farewell a couple of years ago to it. Some idiot bought it but never used it, and I found out by surprise yesterday or so that the url is actually available again. Now I will never ever let it go. The only issue now is how the hell I’m supposed to figure out 301 redirects and/or CNAME use for the old url. Well… I’ll make it work somehow.

Why Google Spaces?!

Yesterday Google went out with another big news, that they’ve created spaces. My first thought, along with pretty much everybody else on G+ was something like: “eh… What?!”. Now, don’t get me wrong. The idea of it all is awesome. The timing? Not so much. If you don’t know what Spaces is, I’ll explain it to you now.

According to their help website, Spaces is a service for “small group sharing for everything in life”. That means that you can create a space instantly for comic books, trips or a study group. It’s also really easy to invite people to a Space. All you need is a link to the space (which is created when you make a Space) and a Gmail account for Google. It does not currently work with Google apps accounts. So you can basically just send the link to a friend on Facebook, twitter, or any other clickable place for links and that’s it. You’re in! If you’d like to try out my testing Space, click here. It’s nothing special, just to try out the features and such.

The whole idea is to “share all the things” without leaving the app. Leave comments, photos, links, search Google and find YouTube videos. Then talk about everything! The conversations stay on topic this way, and you’ll get notifications so you won’t miss a thing. If you create many Spaces you can search your Spaces so you’ll find everything you need. It works by using keywords and Google says it’s magic. I don’t know if I believe them.

Ok, so here’s to the why question. Like I mentioned before – I love the idea itself. However, lately, as a major G+ user I might add, that social platform has started to become somewhat boring. I’ve discovered that G+ is no longer a place for personal stuff. Nobody cares! And even if I post topics that interest me, people are like “meh.” and they move on. I should be glad to get 2 +1’s these days. I guess it’s like that for many people. Many do complain about this phenomenon. A lot of people I follow from Sweden has left the platform, moved on to only focus on other social media, or they’ve left the Internet completely. No matter what excuse – it has made G+ something less that what it was before. It’s even more sad now since it got a major upgrade a while ago, and updates are finally back to often instead of “how ’bout never”.

Spaces seems like partially another messaging app, but also like a mini-social media platform as well. The plusses are that this kind of gig is something people want, so that might mean that people will actually use it and love it, since it’s easy to do all the things I explained before. If I used Spaces I have no idea on what kind of Spaces I’d create, since the only things in my mind are Great Danes or my own YouTube failures/successes. I guess both are perhaps not that interesting? It would probably be perfect for just what it is. Small group sharing for everything in life…

Now, will you try this thing out? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.