Lifecasting Asylum — is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side?

NOTE: Remember, there are often links embedded within the blog. If you run your cursor over a word with a link, it will pop up in a snapshot and you can click on the word or the snap for a larger view. I do this often with recipes I find online or other links that you may find of interest. People have asked for the recipes for last night’s Halloween Treats, and you can find them under the links in the paragraph from last night’s blog which I have posted below:

We cooked up some Halloween treats — Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls and Pecan-Caramel Spiders. I had a lot of caramel left over after making the spiders, so I went to the fridge, pulled out a Granny Smith apple and proceeded to make a giant caramel-chocolate apple with nuts. I wrapped up the popcorn balls for the ladies that work at the front desk tomorrow and will trim the spiders and wrap them up as well and give them to a friend for his birthday.

Defections

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The world’s largest caramel, chocolate apple coated in crushed pecans

I’ve often wondered how it feels to be in such despair about the conditions you experience living in your country of origin that you need to leave for good and that you need to do it so quickly and possibly under the cover of darkness or in secret or without communicating to most people you know. And once you arrive at your intended destination, what would it feel like? Would you feel immediately welcome? Would the officer or figure of authority waiting to receive you care that you endured such pain, emotional or physical? Would he or she have empathy and help you every step of the way in your quest to make a better life outside of your former home? To this author, it seems adventurous, dangerous, exciting, frightening, threatening and purposeful, but it’s something I only imagine. Reality is probably something far different.

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It’s with this thought of escaping oppression that I turn to the defections from JTV. I was brought up to never be a quitter. Following this axiom has done me well over the years, while at times causing me great conflict. I have stayed in jobs that made me miserable, that were in no way the right fit. I have made pacts with myself such as with this blog … to post something every night, and something more than a brief paragraph summarizing the day’s events on JTV and have sacrificed sleep and more, but once I commit to something, I am hard pressed to find a good enough excuse to wrangle my way out of what I consider an obligation.

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Louisiana Jambalaya with Andouille Sausage, Chicken and Shrimp

And this brings us to the recent instances of JTV broadcasters that have decided to explore other live streaming video sites available on the internet. I have written about Stickam in the past. I have touched on Ustream in a very limited way, noting my frustrations with chat, but have not gone into detail because I have not spent any measurable time in Ustream, mostly because it just did not grab my attention. Again, the differentiator for JTV is Community. It was instant community and although the players have changed over time, the idea of being able to come in, pull up a channel and chat with old and new friends does seem to be the draw.img_4290.jpg

Salad with Fresh French Dressing

ECV Tries Life Outside of JTV
ECV came back to JTV tonight with a new site — EastCoastVegas.com, but also to Mogulus. He tells us he is not defecting, that he will keep the channel running out on JTV, but sent people out to Mogulus either through the embedded stream on his Justin.tv channel or by informing people during his broadcast. Some were excited about the new application, but unfortunately, it seemed if you ran a poll, most people would respond with less than flattering reports of the program. From my view, the chat app that was added on was a real dog. Typing was so slow, small and difficult to follow. The live video stream did not appear to be an improvement. As a matter of fact, it seemed to be more choppy than on JTV, but what was outstanding was imported video. Also, it was interesting to watch as ECV put Jon Valenti on the show.

I noticed much frustration in the room and ECV had some technical difficulties with his stream both in JTV and in Mogulus, but it appeared that for a while there was a problem with JTV overall tonight. On a side note, I’d like to say that Justin did pop into my room to let us know that they were going to reboot the service tonight. It was just as I was getting ready to begin cooking, so I really appreciated the heads’ up. It helped me plan for he disruption just a bit which made it very helpful to know prior to the event. The experience last night was so frustrating that I was not looking forward to the prospect of much of the same tonight, but it ended up being a very smooth broadcast in technial terms.

Stay the Course

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Because I stick to the personal goal of not quitting until I’ve given something new a good try, I am not ready to just up and leae JTV. I feel almost as though I have invested too much of myself in terms of energy and emotional commitment to leave at this point. From what I see in my limited research, the community that has created itself on JTV does not exist on the other sites and community is not necessarily something you can build a process for, or can mandate or dictate. Online community is made up of like-minded individuals, or groups with similar interests finding themselves in the same social situation on the internet and building relationships from behind their monitors and keyboards.

While Justin and team did not set out to create this community, it evolved on it’s own and is the glue that seems to keep the site going. I am not quitting — not today. I will stomp my feet, will throw up my arms and grit my teeth, or verbalize my extreme frustration when I am in the throes of cooking something that requires my undivided attention, but for now, I am still loyal to JTV.

It is a shame to see so many walking away, but there is no holding people back as long as Justin and team do not do anything proactive to keep people from walking out the door. I’d rather not be sandwiched between scantily clad, or barely clad women or men on the channel bar, but for now, I will just keep my head down and launch my broadcast and hope that the people that have found our evenings cooking and chatting will continue to find it fun, interesting and worthwhile enough to put up with some of the technical challenges.

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for sticking with JTV. We need you there! While most others are broadcasting soft porn it’s nice to tune into a channel with valuable content. After ECV’s big return last night I realize you are a dying breed. So many anxiously awaited his broadcast, I have to wonder how many of those were expecting to be tuning into what sounded like a “900” call. I couldn’t stay in the room although I was looking forward to hearing Jon Valenti, I just couldn’t stomach anymore sex talk. Sorry ECV, I expected more! Again, thank you Justopia for being there each night with a clean, helpful broadcast. You are what JTV should be.

  2. Hi Texgal!

    Thanks for checking in. I was looking forward to it as well. It looked like a lot of people were disappointed, but I am not so sure if it was content or the move to Mogulus. To many the new interface was confusing and difficult. The video quality was about the same, if not a bit more choppy, but the chat was not good and later in the broadcast he had major technical issues so he was really not on much to speak of at all after Lexi. I resist change like this, but usually after a short while I get used to something new, however not all are willing to ride the ups and downs.

    As far as I am concerned, I am comfortable with JTV, I like the community there that I interact with and I have the ability to ignore the channels I am not interested in. I may pop into one, but if I don’t like it, I leave and that’s that.

    I have fun doing what I am doing, but I do worry about the life of JTV. I just want to see JTV continue. They are onto something and these other programs like Mogulus and Stickam and the others seem to invite the smutty stuff and people were talking about getting PM’s from people they did not know with nasty messages. Ick! Although it’s not perfect, I feel comfortable on JTV.

    I will see you tonight!

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