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~Update 60~

May 3, 2017

Here are some updates! First of all, my surgery was successful. Apparently, I was able to hold a full conversation, make another appointment, and post a picture to Instagram (with relevant hashtags) without actually being fully awake or aware. 😄 I honestly don’t remember any of that. The first thing I remember after the surgery was resting my head against the back of the car seat. 😄

As I mentioned briefly in a previous post, the eye infection I had last year has returned, but it’s in my other eye. I’m using special eye drops for it right now, and I have another appointment on Friday to check on it. Because of this eye problem, I’ll probably be pretty slow to reply back to comments (AAARRGGGHHHH!). orz

As far as what videos I’ll be uploading soon, here’s a few of them:

5/4 – Vlog Bloopers #5
5/7 – SurimuChats #15 – Funny Quotes from My Mom
5/13 – Iroppoi Jirettai (Dance Cover)

Note: The “Funny Quotes from My Mom” is technically a SurimuChat even though I didn’t use the usual “It’s time for another SurimuChat!” opening.

So, that’s what you have to look forward to for now~! Also, the surprise that I mentioned in the last update post had to be pushed back a bit. Sorry about that! m(_ _)m Okay, I had better rest my eyes…

That’s all for this update~!

~ Surimu-chan

Surimuchan Recap – April 2017

April 30, 2017

Recap 4-2017

Here’s are links to all of the videos and blog posts I made this month.

April 1st – Abandoned April Fool’s Day Video Ideas
[[This video was posted before I explained my future plans, so I did not make a blog post for this video.]]

April 6th – New Plans / Upcoming Changes

April 7th – ~Update 59~

April 8th – Just Try! (Dance Cover) Trivia

April 17th – Outfit for Upcoming 色っぽい じれったい Dance Cover

April 17th – Surimuchan’s Terrible Tutorial Auto-Captions – Part 3

April 19th – Outfit for Upcoming かっちょええ! MINI Clip

April 20th – かっちょええ! (MINI Clip) Trivia

April 29th – Surimuchan [Now] #18 | Endings and Beginnings

And that was my April for 2017~. Thanks for watching and reading~! ^__^

~ Surimu-chan

~Update 59~

April 7, 2017

I’m actually super-excited that the changes I’ll be making were well-received~. Thank you~! ^_^

So~, here are a few things you have to look forward to:

4/8 – Just Try! (Dance Cover)
4/17 – Surimuchan’s Terrible Tutorial Auto-Caption Pt. 3
4/20 – MINI Clip (?)
4/29 – Surimuchan [Now] #18

Remember, there are only two more “Terrible Tutorial Auto-Captions” videos left (Pt. 3 and Pt. 4). Then I’ll have a blog post with more auto-captions that I didn’t mention in the videos. I have a question mark after the MINI Clip listed for the 20th because I don’t have anything learned yet… or even picked out… 😄 I could always upload a blooper video on that day, but I didn’t want April to only have one dance cover. =/ I’ll try to get something done.

I’m also currently working on the dance my mom picked for Mother’s Day as well as a Morning Musume dance, but I won’t say what either of them are until they’re done~~~.

Remember the scavenger hunt I did in 2015? Well, I have a surprise for all of you coming soon… not another scavenger hunt… but something kind of fun~. I’ll let you know when I get all of the details ironed out~! ^__^

That’s all for this update~!

~ Surimu-chan

New Plans / Upcoming Changes

April 6, 2017

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been looking into changing things up for a while now. I had multiple polls on Twitter and I’ve mentioned a few things on my blog.

When I first started this channel, I never planned for it to have anything other than dance covers. Heck, I didn’t plan for it to have anything other than Hello! Project dance covers. But of course that changed when I started doing Vocaloid dances; that changed when I started making tutorials; that changed when YouTube Red hit and I decided to make vlogs so my viewers in the US would still have something to watch. Another change was my use of social media. I used to just post dance cover trivia and random posts on my blog, but then I got a Facebook page, and Twitter, and Instagram, and a Wiki page, though that one wasn’t made by me. So now I have all sorts of different videos that I make and, like I’ve been saying for a while, you can find me in a whole bunch of other places besides YouTube.

At this time, however, I’d like to scale back on what I’m doing. The thing I’ll be scaling back on the most is vlogging and other videos in which I talk a lot, and that’s for a few reasons.

1) Coming up with content – I don’t really do anything or go anywhere, so I don’t have much to talk about (I do still have some ideas saved up, though).
2) Messing up a lot – I trip over my words a LOT and sometimes I’ll completely forget what I was talking about.
3) Tons of ambient noise – The furnace, water going through the pipes, others walking around or talking, the dog barking, dishes rattling, the washing machine…
4) Perfectionism – I will sometimes not use a perfectly good take because I have literally one hair out of place. I’ll just film again and again and again… orz
5) Lots of filming and editing for very few views – Surimuchan [Now] #16 has been up for over a month and only has 87 views; Surimuchan [Now] #17 took me 55 takes to complete. O_O
6) Lack of motivation to film because of all of the previous problems

Just to quickly go over the types of videos I have:
Dance covers and MINI Clips – These will be my main focus.
SurimuChats – These will remain, but they’ll be about as frequent as they are now (which is not very frequent).
Surimuchan [Now] – The last one will be up at the end of this month. The questions/categories will then be answered in monthly blog posts.
H!P Vlogs – I have a few more topics that I’d like to dicuss in videos, but then I’ll go back to just posting this kind of stuff on my H!P blog.
Matching Costume – I can still explain the outfits in blog posts, but I will no longer be making videos for them.
Dance Challenges – These will continue.
MINI Tutorials – These will continue, but will be few and far between because they take a lot of time and effort. Even though they’re shorter than full tutorials, I still need to write out the tutorial, record the audio, film the steps, and then edit everything together.

Another thing to be aware of: this is the 78th week in a row that I’ve posted at least one video. I will no longer be forcing myself to upload something every week. Instead, I have very specific days on which I’d like to upload videos. They could be just a couple days apart, or they could be over a week apart. Whatever the case, I’ll be focusing on those days from now on.

As far as Surimuchan on social media, here’s what I’d like to try for a little while:

– Instead of updating my Facebook and Twitter pages with every video, I will instead post all of my videos on my blog, and then link to all of the posts for each month in one post at the end of the month, and then I’ll share that on Facebook and Twitter. (I won’t start doing this until May.)
– I’ll update my Wiki page at the end of each month.
– Instagram will continue to be updated regularly.

I started my YouTube channel to have fun (and bring some attention to H!P music), but now I seem to be constantly trying to outdo myself or even just keep up with myself and my goals. For the past year and a half or so, I’ve been keeping very close track of the number of views, subscribers, likes, follows, etc. I have. I would actually do the math to figure out how much I needed each day/week/month to make my goal by the end of the year. I turned into a number chaser, which is exactly what I never wanted to be. I never wanted to be saying, “I want to make it to this!” instead of “I want to make this!”

So, like I said, I’d like to go back to how it used to be (in a way), by focusing on H!P dance covers and my blog. I’m not giving up the other stuff completely (at least, not right now), so don’t worry about that. I’d just like to try to get back that happiness that I felt in my first year of dancing. I’m sorry if you don’t like some of the changes, but this is something that I felt I needed to try for a bit.

I hope you understand! Thank you for watching and reading~!

~ Stephanie
“Surimu-chan”

Surimuchan Vlogs…?

March 6, 2017

Here’s another poll!

I feel like my vlogs are kind of dying, though… orz

~ Surimu-chan

Yet Another Twitter Poll…

February 25, 2017

Really rather curious about this one…

My first guess would have been tutorials, but I don’t think the MINI Tutorials are as popular as the full ones were. Maybe the dance challenges… because I know my vlogs are kind of flops. orz (Just to clarify, “Other” would be stuff like bloopers, outfit videos, Agent 36 clips, etc.)

Thank you~!

~ Surimu-chan

~Update 58~

February 24, 2017

Here’s what is (probably, most likely, not 100% but definitely up there) coming out in the next couple of weeks.

2/26 – Mind the Headphones Dance Challenge
2/28 – Surimuchan [Now] #16
3/3 – H!P Vlogs #9: How My Mom Remembers H!P Songs
3/6 – Internet Cupid (Dance Cover)
3/11 – Surimuchan’s Terrible Tutorial Auto-Captions Pt. 2

I still need to film Surimuchan [Now] #16 and H!P Vlog #9, though. (^_^”)> It’s also possible that I will upload a video with the full Agent 36 series (just the “drama” clips) the following week, but I’m not sure about that one yet.

That’s all for this update~!

~ Surimu-chan

Another Quick Poll…

February 17, 2017

Please let me know which one you prefer~!

Thank you~!

~ Surimu-chan

~Update 57~

February 9, 2017

I got five days in a row off from work, so I have been working like mad to get some videos done. Most of what I’ve done has been “filler”-type videos, but, hey, that’s still something, right? Here’s a list of the videos that I have edited a ready to upload whenever I don’t have anything else ready.

– Vlog Bloopers 5
– Vlog Bloopers 6
– Terrible Tutorial Auto-Captions Pt. 2
– Terrible Tutorial Auto-Captions Pt. 3
– Terrible Tutorial Auto-Captions Pt. 4

I won’t actually have any more of the “Terrible Tutorial Auto-Captions” videos after those ones that I listed. I felt like the reception for Part 1 (with the auto-captions from the “Balalaika” and “Renai Circulation” tutorials) was lukewarm at best. Also, I realized that I don’t do well with the off-the-cuff humor that fits with those videos; I always sound forced and cheesy. orz It’s also quite a bit of editing, so it’s kind of hard to justify doing them if there’s no real interest. So, even though I had enough to fit into probably a dozen more short videos, I just chose a handful for those three longer videos. The rest of the auto-caption mistakes will be posted on this blog after all of those videos have been uploaded.

I also finished filming one vlog early: How I Got into J-Pop. Whether it wins the poll/voting video or not, it will be ready to upload.

A MINI Tutorial for “Oh my wish!” is done being written; now there’s just audio, filming, and editing to do. I also started writing the MINI Tutorial for “Mukidashi de Mukiatte.” I’m not sure which MINI Tutorial I’ll actually get done first, but one of them will be uploaded this month.

And, of course, “Ran Ra Run ~Anata ni Muchuu~” will be uploaded on Valentine’s Day~.

Thanks for reading~!

~ Surimu-chan

~Update 56~

January 25, 2017

What’s this?! An ~Update~ post?! The last time I made one of these was… over three-and-a-half years ago! O__O So, what the occasion? … Nothing really. 😄

That poll that I posted the other day had the results I expected (even though the turnout was pretty abysmal orz); it seems most people know about my new videos through YouTube (subscription notifications, I’m guessing?) as opposed to it being shared on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else. However, there were still votes for Facebook and Twitter, so it looks like my original plan (to stop using the two altogether) wouldn’t be the best idea. (^_^”)> I was a little sad to see that no one mentioned Instagram or this blog, because those were the two things that I was always going to keep. 😄

Anyway, you may have noticed that I made a few updates to the Surimu☆Channel blog. On the side bar, you can now search my blog for specific words (try typing in “cheese balls” or “botan” or “chipmunk”… can you believe they all have results on this blog? XD). I’ve also added my Twitter feed on the sidebar (though I usually only post links to my videos on Twitter… (^_^”)), and (I’m rather excited about this one) I changed the Archives to a drop-down menu~! SO much better~.

Well, since you have been kind enough to visit my blog (which holds a special place in my heart, because I had it long before my Facebook page or Twitter or Instagram or a Wiki page and before I was doing tutorials or vlogs… where was I? XD), I’ll let you in on a little something or two… I’ve already mentioned a couple of times that this blog is the first place that I post my dances after they’re uploaded (even before I officially make them public), but I’m also planning to make it the first place to find out what videos/dances are coming up next. =D That being said, here’s what you have to look forward to in the next few weeks:

– January 30th – Surimuchan [Now] #15
– February 1st – Mukidashi de Mukiatte (Dance Cover)
– February 14th – Ran Ra Run ~Anata ni Muchuu~ (Dance Cover)

A few things to note: I’ll only mention upcoming dances that are already done being filmed. I just finished filming “Mukidashi de Mukiatte” a little over an hour ago, and I filmed “Ran Ra Run” super-early in the morning this past Sunday (the new header on this blog already shows the outfit and background for that one~). I’ll get full outfit preview pictures up on here for both dances before I put them up on Facebook.

I also plan to have something uploaded between the two dance covers, though I’m not sure what yet. I could do another Terrible Auto-Caption video or a Vlog Blooper video… maybe I’ll get another MINI Tutorial done by then… who knows? I may also eventually put the entire Agent 36 series into one video (just the “drama” parts); I’m debating as to whether or not I should do a commentary or just do a trivia post like usual… *shrug*

So! How’s that for an update? =D Thanks for reading~!

~ Surimu-chan