This post is going to be a little bit different. I’m not going to write about art in this video. Instead I’m going to share my youtube story. Okay, my youtube story, where do I begin?
Unlike most youtube stories, I imagine, my story does not have a happy beginning. If you’ve watched my videos “My Artistic Journey:Parts One and Two”, you know that I had a very controlling stepfather. He wouldn’t even allow internet in our house until 2008, when I was twenty. Even then, I could watch youtube videos, but I couldn’t create a youtube account, not without his permission that is.
Then, when I was twenty-two, my former stepfather suddenly decided he wanted me to have a youtube account, which was to be called “Aspiechick”. On February 11, 2011, the day after my twenty-third birthday, my first youtube account was created. I couldn’t use the name Aspiechick, since it was taken, so my mom put my username in as Aspie232. My channel began as a way to talk about my art and my Autism, which we called Asperger’s Disorder at the time.
From day one, my stepfather at the time, controlled everything about my youtube channel, just as he controlled everything about my art. He decided what videos I would make, he would dictate messages for me to write to people, and he even told me who to subscribe to. He had so much control, that I honestly didn’t know how I would do youtube without him.
On top of all of this, I wasn’t allowed to edit, and my videos generally had to be a minimum of five minutes, preferably, ten to fifteen minutes.
The thing is, I’d wanted a youtube account for a long time, and now I had one, but it wasn’t really mine. It was his.
If you’ve been subscribed to my youtube channel since the beginning you might have seen some of the videos that that person orchestrated. I have those on private now, for good reason.
Anyway, my former stepfather got out of my life, and I talk about how awesome that was in part two of My Artistic Journey. Now, I was not only free to do what I wanted with my art I was free to do what I wanted with my youtube channel too. Next week, I’ll tell you what I did on youtube after my stepfather left.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife