I remember the last time I was in Bangladesh. I was sitting in front of my uncle’s computer and was trying to check my email. I was waiting. And waiting. And waiting…..
Now here I am, a few years later, and I am uploading videos onto YouTube, putting photos on Flickr, and watching TV streaming from back home in Canada. This upgrade in technology is pretty important in terms of Bangladesh’s future economic development. But, although things have improved – it’s still isn’t easy to put a video on YouTube.
I finally finished editing a new episode to put online and have actually been trying to upload it since 10 am on Wednesday. It’s now almost 4 am on Thursday morning and I’m still nowhere done yet. YouTube has a easy upload process – but that really depends on having a fast and reliable internet connection. My upload died with just a few megabytes left – now I have to start all over again.
What surprised me is that I’ve recently found other people in Bangladesh crazy enough to struggle with the difficulties for uploading video from Dhaka to YouTube. SGK Studios is a group of school kids who make videos in their spare time. They have ten videos up on YouTube now. Filmika is another local YouTuber I found as well.
Even if their videos may not be your thing – they’ve definitely put more effort to uploading their work than most people on YouTube. Now, if you excuse me, I think I will go to bed and just pray my video is done uploading by the time I wake up.