What is TTMT?
Talk To Me Tuesday (TTMT) was started by Jennifer Ofenstein, owner of sewhooked.com & fandominstitches.com, in 2009 as a way for a group of LiveJournal friends to interact “live” via YouTube. Each crafty vlogger (video blogger) shares crafty projects, life, and a little of themselves in a weekly Show & Tell style video.
I don’t know you, can I still share a video?
Yes, absolutely! Grab a webcam, your phone (remember to use it in landscape!), a camera, or camcorder & your WIPs and get talking! Once your video has been uploaded to YouTube, email the link to Jennifer so she knows you’re the real deal and not a troll or bot, and she’ll send you an invite to post your video here on the WordPress site. After your first moderated TTMT video, if you choose to stick around, you’ll receive TTMT “Author” status!
Is it okay to post on a day other than Tuesday?
It’s more than okay! Feel free to post any day of the week that is convenient to you. Tuesday is our weekly posting goal, but it isn’t a requirement.
What kinds of crafts do TTMTers make? Can I show any kind of craft?
TTMTers make all kinds of crafts! We’ve had quilters, cross-stitchers, knitters, crocheters, doll makers, make-up artists, and loads more share their crafty awesome. You can share absolutely any kind of handmade craft.
Can I share NSFW (Not Safe For Work) crafts?
You can share anything you like, but please be courteous to other viewers and share a warning that the content you’re going to show is adult-oriented and may be offensive or inappropriate for some viewers. Our crafts are almost entirely PG and have been so for over ten years. Be sure to check out YouTube’s Terms of Service if you are unsure about the content you’re posting.
Can I post a non-crafty post?
Craftiness is encouraged because it adds to the Show & Tell-ness of TTMT, but you can post anything you like because we love hearing from you, especially if you already share crafty posts regularly. If you’re already part of the community and just need to chat, we’re always here for you!
I don’t know how to edit videos, can I still post mine?
Absolutely! You can choose to record your video directly to YouTube. Videos uploaded this way are made in one take so you might try having a cheat sheet so you don’t forget anything you’d like to say.
I have posting access. Now, where and how do I post my video?
Upload your video to YouTube by clicking on the “upload” button. Copy the video’s address. Click the “Write” button on the top right-hand side of the talktometuesday.wordpress.com. Give your post a subject line, add the YouTube link in the body of the post (WordPress will automatically read it as a video), add any links or comments, and post. Easy peasy! Need more? Check out the Uploading and Sharing Your Video post!
Do I have to have an intro, music, etc., to post?
Nope, it’s totally optional. If you do, please credit where your music came from and be aware that YouTube does have rules related to copyright and will take down videos for violation. Creative Commons music is the best way to go if you want to add music.
I want to edit my video, how do I do that?
If you’d like to edit your video, check your computer for movie software like Windows Live Movie Maker (free download here) or iMovie. If you don’t already have the software, look on a trusted download source like cnet.com’s for free video editing software options. There are loads of how-to videos on YouTube for both iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Another great resource is YouTube’s Handbook for Producing and Uploading Your Own Videos.
Edited To Add: YouTube offers free video editing. Here’s a free How To from Google.
If you’re recording on your phone or tablet, check the app store for video editing software. There are some great ones out there. Many are free to use with a watermark.
Do you make money from TTMT?
Nope, though we do get lots of enjoyment seeing what you all are making!
What about Swaps?!
Talk to Me Tuesday video makers occasionally invited to swap. These swaps are generally organized by Jennifer O. Ideas and suggestions for future swaps are welcome. TTMTers are more than welcome to swap amongst themselves, too!