This page is a work in progress. Please feel free to make suggestions if you think of additional topics I should touch upon here. I will continue adding to this page as more FAQ’s pop up!
What kind of cameras do you use?
I am currently using a Canon Rebel T4i DSLR style camera with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens to film my videos for OLJ and TBBB YouTube channels. I also sometimes use a Tameron 17-50mm lens. I used to use a Sony Handycam HDR-CX150 for the videos on those channels prior to April 2013. I currently use a Sony RX1003 Camera to film my vlog style videos for MHWL and some secondary shots for my other videos. It also takes amazing photos! I use my Canon Rebel T4i to take the majority of my blog photos, including this blog and Winnie The Tzu. I also use my iPhone 5S camera quite a bit for Winnie’s photos as well as Instagram pics.
What program do you use to edit your videos?
I used iMovie for all videos prior to mid-2013, which comes standard on Macs to edit. It is a very simple and straightforward program, which I found relatively easy to learn how to use. I currently use Final Cut Pro to edit my videos.
What apps do you use to edit your Instagram photos?
There are so many wonderful apps out there that can help you customize your photos. I use PicFrame (for picture framing) & A+ Signature (to apply a watermark) the most frequently, as well as Instagram‘s built in features. Sometimes for special effects I’ll turn to A Beautiful Mess, Rhonna Designs, Lumie, Bokehful, & PicFX.
Who designed your blog?
Designer Blogs is the place to go for all of your web design needs! I can’t say enough great things about these ladies. Not only do they create beautiful graphic design content & web/blog layouts, they’re competitively priced and quite reasonable compared to other design services out there. I recommend checking out their website even if you’re not in the market for design work to simply peruse their portfolios.
Another shout out is to Miss Pickle’s Design Studio, who designed Winnie’s cutie-patootie logo on her blog. Miss Pickle also designed the custom logo for Positively Polished, a tumblr blog dedicated to my great love of (and slight obsession with) nail polish. Her website is a must see to simply peruse or to commission custom graphic likenesses for your blog or business, also very reasonably priced.
What does your husband do for a living?
Don was a trader and then manager for an electronic trading firm for over 10 years, but he left that job for a new adventure in the spring of 2012. He worked for a year and a half on building a financial software services startup company with his father and brother-in-law, which they ultimately had to shut down. Don is now working for a trading firm once again.
Do you work outside of the home?
I work from home. I have been a housewife since graduating from college & getting married in 2005. I did hold part time jobs during my high school & college years and volunteered for awhile after graduating. I started posting videos on my original channel, OrganizedLikeJen, in the summer of 2010. I started earning a salary from my online efforts in the summer of 2012. I now consider being on YouTube, blogging, and all of the related social media I produce to be my work. I think of myself as an Original Content Creator (if you’re looking for an official title of sorts to assign to what I do).
How do you make money from posting videos on YouTube?
Anyone can now become a YouTube Partner! Whereas you used to have to apply (which I never did), now all you have to do is start posting content on your channel & monetize your videos. By doing so, you are granting YouTube permission to advertise on or next to your videos. Once you do both of these things, you are technically a partner! YouTube pays ad revenue through Google Adsense. You will need to set up an Adsense account before you can earn revenue through YouTube ads. It’s as simple as that!
How do you get subscribers on YouTube?
I honestly don’t think there’s a guarantee for this one. My best advice would be to pick topics that are interesting to you, let your true personality show in your videos, and post as consistently as possible. For me, YouTube has never been about the numbers and I think that’s a healthy way to go about building a community. If your number one motive for being on YouTube is to share some of your passions and ideas with others, your genuine interest will shine through and people will want to subscribe and follow your channel regularly. Do what you like and like what you do!
How often do you look at/reply to comments on your videos?
I make every effort I can to read your comments. Your input is important to me! You can imagine, however, that due to the sheer volume of them based on how often I post videos, that it can be difficult to get to each and every comment. My general practice is to visit the comments for any particular video a day or two after posting.
How can I contact you?
The best place to reach out to me for a quick reply is on Twitter. I try to reply to my Facebook wall posts a couple of times a week. I’m a bit slower to reply to email (link to the right) and YouTube messages due to the sheer volume of them, but I do try! I love receiving your snail mail! I cannot promise to reply to each and every person who sends me mail, but I do read and treasure everything you send me.
To send mail, write to:
2516 Waukegan Road, #384
Glenview, Illinois 60025
* Updated December 2014 *