A couple months ago I posted a journal about shifting away from my MrWartburg name (at least on the content side, I’ll always be Wartburg on here, I think). In fact, I took nearly the whole two months of April and May off to get moved into my new place (that has its own studio space!) and get prepped for a thing. But before I can get to that, I first should start with the end of another thing.
Just about three and a half years ago, I started a YouTube channel based off my username here on RT. Not even two weeks before I uploaded my first intro video I had dealt with strep throat so my voice sounded like shit, but I put it up anyway. Just an Elgato HD and a USB mic and I was off to the races, making anything I wanted to, like a Peggle Christmas video with my cousin, trying, and failing to make a GTA video, or sharing the mic with my buddy Joey for our first run through of a full season in NCAA 14. I learned a lot in the first year of content, eventually adding in streaming to Twitch on top of the let’s plays towards the tail end of 2014. That too was a long slow learning process. In 2015 I partnered with Joey to start a new channel, Farm Nerds, which was equal parts fun and frustrating for both of us. That was definitely the biggest ‘learning experience’ I’ve had in making content. I refocused on my personal channel in 2016; starting a weekly vlog series that ran for the majority of the year, and almost a full season in Madden 17 with some fellow RT community members (curse you technical difficulties for ruining the attempts to record the last three!), chief among them being @LoZelda, @Newbs, @MrFusion, and @IAmAaron.
I have learned a crap load of stuff over the last three and a half years, like podcast editing or putting together multi-camera let’s plays to name just a couple things. But, barring one final blowout (literally) video, I’m going to be putting any and all content for the MrWartburg channel on hold. Granted, my channel’s super, super, small time, so that’s not exactly a shocking revelation worthy of a journal all its own, but that statement isn’t the point of this particularly long winded piece. The main thrust of things is that I’m once again starting a new group channel with my friend Joey. And now that we’ve both gotten more experience under our belt from our own productions, and actually starting with a plan, unlike the admittedly scattered approach to Farm Nerds, we have high hopes for the project.
That endeavor is called Bottom Shelf Nerds. Now, initially, I wanted to have BSG be the initials because of course I fracking did, but turns out, that that all the iterations of Bottom Shelf Gaming were taken. But hey, at least Chris, a.k.a. @Birdman84, made us some dope freakin’ art, like this here logo:
The project has a more Twitch focused bend, with Joey and I taking equal streaming duties each week. There will also no doubt be some haphazard let’s plays thrown up on the YouTubes and once we get into a production rhythm, Joey and I will also sit down once a week to stream and record a live show where we’ll discuss a wide variety of topics, like Drunk Joey’s anime exploits, nerdy news items of the day, the big two Iowa Hawkeyes sports teams (football and basketball), and Joey’s live reactions to trailers and videos because he’s always super behind on things. Basically it will be a Twitter DM conversation with Joey, but on camera. For format, think OG Colin and Greg live but only once a week and with bottom shelf (I seriously couldn’t help myself) production values. What’s not to love? I mean seriously, it’s not like I’m going to not use this basement set up to it’s fullest.
TL;DR - Made a new channel, putting my old one on hold except for one last video next month. You can find that new channel here: https://www.twitch.tv/bottomshelfnerds