Aftermath and Moving Forward

This morning, I woke up. The sun was shining, the birds were singing. The ground was slightly damp. Nothing terrible happened to us here. However, all along the east coast there were high winds and loads of rain. It looked like most of St. Augustine was flooded, and some people were even seeing sea live in their front yards! Pretty crazy, if you ask me. I’m glad to hear that my family and friends are all safe, especially thanks to the check-in system on Facebook. However, I think the check-ins are a little preemptive, considering Hurricane Matthew could take a second swing at us, and there’s also Tropical Storm Nicole still making her way towards Florida. Either way, everything’s looking good for now.

Since I had to take today off, I couldn’t just sit idly by, so I got to work on figuring out what’s to come for me and my side hustles. I’ve got a basic production schedule not only for Attack of the Beards, but also for this site.

All that I’m trying to do is set something in stone, so that if there are ever any sorts of questions, I can answer them at the drop of a hat, especially when it comes to serving our patrons on Patreon.

Now, as you may know, a few weeks ago, I launched the Attack of the Beards Patreon page, which you can find at http://patreon.com/attackofthebeards. However, today I’d like to also announce my very own Patreon.

Now, in my head, me having my own Patreon doesn’t exactly make sense because of how poorly the Attack of the Beards is doing. No more lying about it, it’s there in black and white. We only have one person supporting us. On the other hand, I am a creator in my own right. I’m almost writing every day. I am taking photographs every day, and I’ll even be posting those every day, soon. Granted, of course, if all goes well with this campaign.

Pardon me for a moment while I open up a bit. All of this is not easy for me. I don’t like asking people for help. In fact, I do many things on my own, and I’ll be stubborn about it forever. Unfortunately, though, after having poured thousands of my own dollars into Net Nothing Media, with absolutely no return, I need to do something different. I’d like to think that there is at least one person out there who enjoys the things that I work on. I’d like to think that something that everyone sees as my little hobby that I waste my time and money on can actually move someone, can inspire a person. I’d like to think that my art, my photography, my view of the world around me, can be seen the way I see it by the people.

These pictures. These bundles of pixels, ones and zeros in a server in a closet somewhere in a nondescript warehouse on the west coast. They may not mean much to you, but even the slightest of feedback that I get from even just one of them, even if it’s negative, brightens my day; because it means that when they looked at the photo, it made them think.

By supporting me on my Patreon at http://patreon.com/specialkolin you’re getting me one step closer to freedom. Freedom to do what I do best. Freedom to make my own choices, go wherever I need to go, so I can tell the stories of the world. So I can show people the things that they don’t normally see. I’m not doing this to get rich, I’m doing it to get free.

I don’t want to sound like I’m begging, and I don’t want to pressure people for money. I know it’s not easy out there. Fortunately, there are non-monetary ways you can support me or the Attack of the Beards. Tell somebody. Just share a link to either website: SpecialKolin.com or AttackoftheBeards.com. It’s that simple. Put it on your Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, Twitter, whatever you’re into, and I will thank you a thousand-fold.

I should probably get to bed. It’s practically 2:30am local time, and I’ll be awake for almost 20 hours soon. For now, though, start to expect some great things. As long as I have the energy to do them, I’ll continue to create.

Thank you all. I appreciate each and every one of you. Especially if you read this all the way through. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that I can most definitely be long-winded, and I know that in this day and age it’s practically impossible to find a person who’s willing to read long, drawn-out pieces such as this. Your support, simply by reading all that I’ve written means the world to me. Thank you.

The Future of Attack of the Beards

After typing the title of this blog, I realized it makes it sounds like we might be shutting the site down, but I want to start by assuring everyone that I’m not. In fact, quite the opposite. 

Over and over, you keep hearing that we’ve got big plans, and we’re going to be doing more and more stuff. Being that I am directly responsible for the progress that Attack of the Beards makes, I apologize for taking so long. I am glad that I was able to get the shirt store up, at long last. Even now, I am hoping to design more shirts for the masses to enjoy. That’s not what I’m here to chat about real quick…

Attack of the Beards was never meant to be a one trick pony (Seth is very multi-talented, in fact). Having just one weekly show is actually killing me inside. Not literally, figuratively…okay, maybe literally… Look, I haven’t been to a doctor is years, who knows what’s going on in my body. 

This upcoming episode of the Attack of the Beards podcast will, in a way, be a test run for a podcast which is hosted by David in which Wrestling is discussed weekly. You also may have noticed that episode 25 of the BeardsCast was me on my lonesome, which is similar to how The SpecialKolin Podcast was usually done.

By the end of April, will there not only be the Attack of the Beards Cast, but there will also be weekly updates for the SpecialKolin Podcast, David’s still untitled Wrestling Podcast, and another untitled Magic the Gathering show hosted by me.  

Starting in May, given if these four shows are in full swing, we will be looking to possibly hire an editor, just to take some of the weight off my shoulders. This, however, has not been determined just yet, so don’t get too excited. 

In other news, if you follow my Instagram (http://Instagram.com/SpecialKolin) you might have noticed that I have starting to post many many more photos as of late. This is mainly because I have recently purchased a new camera, and it’s really gotten me in a good flow. I hope to have a full review on the camera soon for your ears and eyes to enjoys, so stay tuned for that. 

2016 is the year of content creation, and we are rocking it so far, and I only want to do better and better. I am achieving my goals thanks to all of you guys. Thank you all for your help and support through all of this. 

What to Expect – The iPhone 6S

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 10.22.03 PMThere’s a lot of hype already building up for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Here’s a realistic approach to what we can really expect to see in the updated version of the iPhone 6.

Force Touch – This is a definite possibility, especially since the Apple Watch and most MacBooks have this feature now. So, it would only make sense for them to add it onto their big money makers, the iPhone and iPad.

Performance – It will be faster. Realistically? Probably somewhere around twice as fast as the previous model, possibly around 1.6 times the current speed. Also, the camera will be slightly improved. I wouldn’t expect to see a huge jump until the iPhone 7.

Screen size – Some are saying how there will be 4″ model, like the iPhone 5 and 5S. This would not happen. The iPhone 6C (because that’s what it would be called, if it ever exists) will have the iPhone 5S internals, with the body and screen of an iPhone 6, or something similar to it. That’s how the iPhone 5C was, so I can imagine the trend will continue.

iOS 9 – At this point, with iOS 9, it’s anyone’s game. I have no idea.

Overall, you can expect to see a mixture of Apple Watch features and iPhone 6 features coming together. The 6S will be like every S-edition iPhone; just like the last one, but a little bit better. Personally, if you own an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, I wouldn’t upgrade until the 7 comes out, but that’s just me being practical. If you can more than afford to get a new iPhone every year, then why are you even researching the next iPhone? Just buy it, dummy!

What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below, or tweet @SpecialKolin!

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Almost 8 years ago, I started a web site where I just posted about stuff and whatever I wanted, and that’s just how it went. It had a readership from around the globe, and I put a lot of work into it. 

About four years ago, I shut it all down, and I’ve always regretted it, so here it is, once again. Special Kolin dot com. 

At this time, I have no clue what I intend on posting here, other than the typical tech news and opinions. I would definitely enjoy doing a video blog and/or a podcast, but only time will tell when it comes to that. 

Anyhow, I’ve been awake for 20 hours, and I really do need sleep. Goodnight Internet.