“You’re giving the public a hand-drawn map to all your weak spots, trigger words and pressure points, so why do it?” Tom Ridgewell makes his return to vlogging and we’re very happy about it.
Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell brought his much loved Last Week series to an end in February after 100 episodes and we were pretty sad it was over. However, the other day, Last Month appeared in our subscription box and we got a little bit excited. After a month’s break from vlogging, Tom decided to pick up the camera again and start a monthly vlog series.
In the video he shares a lot of thoughts about vlogging, explaining that “if you want the privilege of making a living simply sharing your life, you’re signing up for the opinions of strangers on every single thing you do, say or even wear.” He points out that while it’s not a physically demanding job, it does leave you open to scrutiny.
Following this, he went on to say “[so why do it?] Well, maybe it’s the opportunity to bring solace to those sharing your struggles or maybe it’s an inherent need for attention and validation. Or maybe it’s a stupid fucking hobby and not worth thinking about this much!” Whichever it is for Tom, we’re definitely glad he’s back (honestly, we weren’t sure if we could deal without monthly updates on his dogs).
Pointing out the importance that vlogging has in his life, he adds that “I don’t remember what I did last month. I took a month off from vlogging and I don’t remember anything I’ve done.” We can imagine that after a while, vlogging turns into a sort of lifestyle- if you’re vlogging your day to day life then it is part of your routine and you become accustomed to it.
Last Month feels a lot more jam packed as Tom is putting various days from over an entire a month into a single video, compared to putting just a single week into a video. In terms of the transition between weekly and monthly vlogs, he shares that “something tells me 12 videos is slightly more manageable than 100!” It may involve more planning and figuring out what will flow between periods of time but we couldn’t be more ready to see what he gets up to this year!
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