This week, our Sunday Scribblings prompt is Skin. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…

I find myself with a lot of down time these days. Working from home has allowed for that possibility. And I know that there are a lot of productive things I could be doing with that down time. I could be reading the plethora of books I own that I’ve never gotten around to reading. I could be binge watching those shows on Netflix and HBO that everyone says are fantastic that I’ve just never gotten around to watching. I could be playing through all the Final Fantasy games so I can cross that item off my bucket list.

Sure, some of those things are happening… But, honestly, I keep finding myself falling into a YouTube black hole. You know what I’m talking about?

It’s where you start watching a YouTube video and then you just let YouTube keep on playing the next recommended video. I probably wouldn’t do this so much if I were watching these videos on my laptop. But since I can watch YouTube through my PS4 or the Roku on my television, it’s like I’m watching real TV.

For whatever reason, I’ve found myself really drawn toward videos telling scary stories or showing potentially haunted areas. I cannot help myself. And so many of these videos absolutely make my skin crawl.

It blows me away how many videos are uploaded by people who explore abandoned locations by themselves. There are some YouTube channels where it’s teams of 2 to 5 people entering abandoned homes or schools or malls. But there are a lot where it’s just one dude and his camera (or cameras).

Say what you will about the paranormal and whether or not it’s real. I just can’t fathom how people put themselves in these situations alone. Because, as I’ve seen in these videos, there are sometimes when these explorers encounter potentially dangerous people, rather than the supernatural. Obviously, they come out of it okay because they made it home to edit and upload their videos. But there have been some channels I’ve come across where they abruptly stopped uploading and the user just stops being active with no explanation. So what happened to them?

The ones I find myself watching most often are the “Top 5” or “Top 10” kind of videos. These are the ones where the owner of the channels have either found or been sent creepy videos that they sort of curate and then throw together as a compilation. If that sort of thing floats your boat and you like that skin-crawling feeling like I do, I suggest Nuke’s Top 5 channel. Scary stuff.

Thanks to everyone who participated this week and shared your links! Please visit their blogs, give them a follow, and take a look at how they interpreted the prompt.

  1. Authoress51
  2. Gigglingfattie
  3. Catherine
  4. For the Love of Books

Be sure to come back on Wednesday for the next Sunday Scribblings prompt! Encourage other bloggers to challenge themselves with the prompt!

Feature Photo by Amanda Dalbjörn on Unsplash


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