A Fresh New Look

It’s December already? Good Grief, where did the time go?  Ok, let me start by apologising for the fact I haven’t posted here for a while.  The truth is, this page has been getting a major overhaul.  I’ve updated the look and added a few extra things to it so I really hope that you like it!

Over all, what I’m working on is starting to take shape. I’m really happy with how things are coming along. For a while there it seemed I had reached a sticking point and I had come to a grinding halt. Whether I wanted to or not – I had to step away from everything and re think what it was that I  wanted to do.  Under the name “Ranpotjam” – while it was fun to play with… It was kind of difficult to work with and didn’t really make any sense.  Therefore, the decision was made to let it go.  I decided then to go “el -natural” and go with using my real name across all my social media channels ( and believe me, I have a few). Interestingly, I discovered, that using my real name wasn’t as cut and dry as I thought it would be. Changing it on Twitter was especially hard as just about every variation of my name with either not accepted or already taken by someone else! ( Seriously, how many CJ Crosses are there in the world?) but eventually I found one that A) Twitter accepted and B) wasn’t in use by another person named CJ Cross.


As a result the “rebranding” if you like, of myself on the internet began taking shape and over the last few weeks I’ve been slowly going through all my social media channels and changing them. I’m far from done, of course but that’s OK. I’ve still got a good four weeks till I want to start getting this project off the ground. I’ve got plenty of time.

The only thing I can’t change is my Word Press domain name – I’ve paid for a year and to be honest,  referring to what I’m doing as Project RanpotJam is still kinda cool.

I’ll be working on Project RanPotJam this weekend. I’m so excited for this. Working on this makes me happy. And its the best feeling in the world.

Thanks for reading,


Break through!

At Last!


This morning I had a break through and everything I’d been trying to absorb re editing videos finally starting making sense! ( The only thing I did do was accidentally delete my audio off the test video I was editing and now I can’t seem to get it back..)

This week I made the decision to stay away from everything computer related ( With the exception of social media) and not bother with working on anything because I felt I needed a break. I was so mentally exhausted from trying to learn everything all at once – that nothing was sinking in any more. So, I took a step back. So glad i did. Everything seems so much easier now 😀


Don’t get me wrong – still have a lot to learn but I’m not so stressed about things now.

What else has been happening?

Work has been insanely busy and it’s just going to get worse as we get closer to Christmas. We’ve hired more people, sure, but training them takes time and sadly, they’re not getting trained up fast enough to keep up with demand.  There are lots of things I could say here but ….. It’s probably best that I don’t.

Tomorrow I am going to visit  my Dad. Looking forward to that.

Have a good weekend everyone,



And so it continues

This weekend sees me tinkering with everything and ….forgetting how it all works. Which is frustrating to say the least.

I really want to start on this project – ( Sooner rather than later) but I’m having difficulty in trying to remember things – especially with both IMovie and Final Cut Pro. My trial run of Final Cut runs out in 16  days and I am no  where near as ..” advanced” ( and by advanced I mean understanding the basics on how it works – and yes, I have watched the tutorial more than once.) as I want to be. There are times I wonder if I should really be doing this as I do find it all a little overwhelming. I hate not knowing how to do something – especially when i see everyone else being able to do it and making it look simple.

That being said, the little victories I do have with this – are worth it. So, you know, it’s not all bad.


In other news, life goes on as normal. No complaints there.

Enjoy your Sunday  regardless of what you do


Getting there.. Slowly


This weekend has been spent tinkering with internet related things. ( Let’s be honest- that’s what I’ve been doing nearly every weekend for two months) and I just want to go on record to say that …. It seems things are finally starting to get somewhere. I’ve been mostly mucking around with my social media accounts and finding ways to link them all together. I’d like to think that I’ve been pretty successful at it.

Still got a lot of work as far as creating content is concerned. I’ve down loaded a few free trials of editing programs and such and I’ve been playing with them all in one way or the other – finding out how they work ( after watching the related You Tube tutorial about what it is I’ve downloaded)

I’ll have a clearer understanding of what it is I’m using in a couple of weeks when the trials run out – I’ll know what works and what doesn’t. What to buy ( If I need to) and what to delete and dismiss completely.

As for ideas? God, I haven’t even got that far yet. Granted, I’ve had a few thoughts and wrote them down – but nothing in concrete for the moment.

It’s hard work – but I’m loving doing it ( To the point Hubby tells me to stop and do something else.. just in case my brain explodes! HA!)  I haven’t felt this excited about something in a long time. And, I get the feeling, the level of satisfaction I’ll get from doing this – will far outweigh any that I am supposed to get from the job I currently do for money.

But, that’s the way it goes.