I'd like to take a moment to explain to those of you who are new to my site a little about the philosophy I apply when creating tutorials.
If you already know about my philosophy, I would still suggest you read below as I have added a new concept to the whole idea behind them.
Tutorials for "mere mortals"
not so many years ago video tutorials were few and far between. In today's IT world there is a vast jungle of video tutorials available through the Internet. Unfortunately, although the numbers have increased by leaps and bounds the quality seems to have gone in the opposite direction. Looking at video tutorials on my main interest - video editing - I find that to follow many of them you have to have extremely quick visual reactions in able to follow the cursor as it shoots around the screen, clicking all over the place as a muffled voice speed reads a voice-over which is usually out of synchronisation with the visuals.
In other words you have to be some sort of superhuman to be able to follow and digest the information without having to replay the tutorial over and over again..
I am not a superhuman. I am a "mere mortal" and I prefer watching video tutorials which have been created for "mere mortals".
Taking my own preferences into consideration I always try and create my own tutorials in such a way that they can be of benefit to "mere mortals".
Bring a Fishing Rod
Many of you already know that my main philosophy in making tutorials for "mere mortals" can be summed up in my paraphrasing of the old Chinese proverb;
Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish and he can feed himself for the rest of his life
with that in mind I guess you could say that my idea of making video tutorials is to teach "mere mortals" how to fish!
. . . and a Spade!
Starting in 2017 I am going to use a third concept in the construction of my tutorials.
To understand the concept you have to study the behaviour of dogs!
Most dogs, as you know, if given a bone, will bury it somewhere in the garden. At a later date they will go sniffing around for it and when they locate the spot they will start digging happily and eventually dig it up. If you were to watch the dog sniffing around for the bone and then, when it located the bone, you were to push the dog aside, take a spade, dig up the bone and give it to the dog, The dog would not really be very happy. The reality of things is that dogs like digging up their own bones. They they get a kick out of enthusiastically uncovering the bone by their own efforts.
In the case of my tutorials, you are the dog and the tutorial is the bone. In the tutorials I will try and point you in the direction of the bone by giving you pointers and clues. Then it will be up to you to enjoy digging it up completely so that you feel satisfied with your efforts. I am not going to hand you the bone on a plate.
So there you have it.
To get the most out of my tutorials and to, hopefully, expand your skills and creativity in a stimulating and satisfying way you are going to need a spade and a fishing rod!