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How to Get Big on Youtube: The 0% Bullshit, Truly Cynical Answer

I almost never look at the blog but I seem to get an email alert about a question that asks something along these lines every other day so fuck it.

Factor 1: How good looking are you?

Do people stare into your eyes the way ancient mariners looked into a gigantic whirlpool that was dragging them to their inevitable drowning?

Has a Hollywood starlet ever cried in the bathroom after meeting you at a party?

Factor 2: How’s your self esteem?

Can you stand every single aspect of your appearance, personality and speech being criticised by someone who lives half the world away?

This goes doubly for girls, who get the kind of fucked up abuse that would make even a hardened 4chan user vomit onto their laptop.

Factor 3: How much free time and cash do you have?

Do you have the money to sustain a hobby that will take up the same amount of time and a hell of a lot more personal investment than a full time job but offers none of the same returns?

Factor 4: How patient / persistent a person are you?

Can you handle being ignored for possibly years as you build up a bank of videos that will absorb a significant proportion of your time and energy day after day, probably while someone who records their cat taking a dump into their neighbours swimming pool gets millions of views and international media attention?

Factor 5: Can you do something better than everyone with 5000+ plus subscribers does that thing?

There are no new niches, all the niches are colonised; accept it.

Factor 6: Can you cope with being constantly shat on by a faceless corporate entity who’s sole goal concerning YouTube seems to be trying to redesign the website in a way that further undercuts the people who live their lives on it?

Factor 7: The factor to end all factors, do you own a time machine that can transport you back to the years 2006-mid 2009?

Cause otherwise it’s pretty much not gonna happen.

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Vlogging and Driving: An Accident Waiting to Happen?

Sometimes it takes a while for the law to catch up with advances in technology and the the changes in culture that accompany those advances.

Especially if those changes only apply to a small percentage of the population.

Like, you know, YouTubers.

Vlogging and driving is something that’s been briefly and occasionally talked about for a couple of years now on road trip videos and in comment sections.

Daily Vloggers

Most of the people who do vlog and drive -at least on a regular basis- are within the spectrum of daily vloggers or people who have a daily vlogger channel in addition to a main channel.

Viewers are often taken along for the ride instead of the vlogger sitting down at the end of the day and recounting their experience. It’s seen as a more interesting way to present the story, saves time and is an aide to those with poor memory for detail.

Texting

If there’s one thing that vlogging and driving is even remotely comparable to it’s driving while texting. Both text based communication and easily portable digital recording devices saw their advent at around the same time.

"I think it’s just as bad as texting, texting has caused many accidents and you see the commercials. I see people, you know they’re driving in their car, holding their camera in their hand over here and I mean they’re looking back at it driving and you’re not focused on the road. what’s going on?"

It’s been argued that if using a recording device while driving were as prevalent as sending a text while driving that it would also be banned.

Speculating about it doesn’t really help anyone.

For now at least it’s legal, although anyone using their phone as a camera shouldn’t be too surprised if they get pulled over and the cop isn’t in the mood to learn about new media.

Some YouTuber’s who vlog and drive have adopted dashboard and windshield mounts which much like hands free kits allow the driver to keep both hands on the wheel at all times.

Again, though, a lot still depends on the individual. Someone who constantly glances at the camera is going to be paying less attention than someone who keeps their attention on the road and simply speaks as they drive.

Doing that kind of raises the question of why you’re bothering to do it in the first place. It would seem that producing a video like that would be pretty unentertaining.

Attention 

What’s really the issue here is the amount attention that it takes away from the road, something that’s generally unclear and depends on the person doing it.

The driver must both remain focused on the road while engaging their audience. Even if it’s just telling people what you had for breakfast that seems like a bit of a stretch; let alone doing something that requires a large amount of thought.

Anything that takes the drivers attention away from the road is surely a risk. Whether that’s informing your subscribers about a give away or changing the station on your car radio.

Regardless of that risk it seems that vlogging and driving is unlikely to become a legal concern unless it becomes far more widespread or a high profile accident sparks a public outcry.

In the absence of hard data that proves once and for all how dangerous it is, if at all, the debate will continue.

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YouTubers Reject Traditional Media, Sort Of

^ An attractive idea, sure, but will it blend?

Following the recent high profile adaptation of the “Annoying Orange” web series to cartoon network you could be forgiven for thinking that YouTubers were lining up around the block to have their content featured on the screen that -for better or worse- still dominates the worlds consumption of audio-visual media. 

Just this week, however, the people behind two of the most influential YouTube channels Hank and John Green of VlogBrothers and Alex Day of Nerimon have individually spoken out about their reasons for rejecting TV and major record labels respectively.

Creative Freedom

In a tumblr post John Green explained why the Vlogbrothers had never made a television show 

A lot of it boils down to the limited creative freedom offered; often you’re working with other peoples money and unless you have a track record paved with melted down emmy awards they’re going to want a say in how it’s spent.

Despite the fact that they may have next to no knowledge in what does or doesn’t succeed.

"In one conversation with an anonymous cable network, an exec said to us, Crash Course would be PERFECT if you were a little less nuanced and stuck to topics that interest people. Like, you know, Hitler and sex.”

Even the creator of Annoying Orange Dane Boedigheimer has no illusions about the rigidity of the development process in network television

"If we’d taken this to a traditional network we’d still be talking about ‘Who’s gonna play Annoying Orange?’ and ‘How do we make him less annoying?’"

Day in particular has no love for the behemoth of traditional media; his recent crusade against the major labels in the form of chart success has been well publicised.

Community

Another massive factor for YouTubers is the effect any projects might have on their communities of viewers and/or listeners. 

"if we were on TV, I worry we’d lose that sense of connection, which Hank and I have enjoyed so much the last five and a half years. Like, the Sherlock fandom and the Doctor Who fandom are great communities, but they are about Sherlock and Doctor Who. Nerdfighteria isn’t about Hank or me”

The ability of viewers to comment on videos, to read the tweets and tumblr posts of people whose content they enjoy and then be able to respond and have them respond back is something traditional media simply can’t compete with.

Albums Are Dead

Even the formatting of some forms of media are coming under question; In a somewhat less than critical article by Forbes Magazine Day says

"Albums are dead as far as I can tell. The concept of an album seems redundant when you can cherry-pick any individual track you like on iTunes anyway. Putting out singles means each song has its own artwork and its own video; it gets its time to shine"

Singles are certainly a stronger format than albums. In 2011 sales of singles rose for the fourth successive year in the UK 177.9 million copies, versus 86.6 million in 2007.

However, it’s seems unlikely that the desire to blend a group of songs into a creative whole greater than the sum of its parts will ever really go away.

The true fans will always enjoy listening to an album the whole way through, listening out for common themes and tones of emotion and discussing them with others.

Whether they do that on a laptop at 3am while browsing tumblr or listening to a 12” vinyl in a dark and smoky room is kind of superfluous.

 

^ Are big studio albums like Abbey Road a thing of the past?

Risk

There’s also the small matter of YouTubers quite reasonably thinking “well, why should I?”. You don’t find yourself in a phone conversation with a high level exec unless you’ve already gained a large amount of success already.

In a time of increasing competition in an already crowded marketplace dividing your attention and creative energies could be a fatal move. 

There’s always the chance that you could alienate your current subscriber base and gain almost nothing for your efforts.

The Future

So are we going to see YouTubers increasingly collaborating with the giants of traditional media or are they going to stick with what they know?

More of both probably.

Some will decide to steer clear of traditional media and the people who control it regardless of how many lucrative deals are dangled under their collective nose; others will embrace it wholeheartedly.

It’s likely that most however will decide purely on a case by case basis, cherry picking the opportunities that appeal to them.

In that case the gatekeepers of the TV and music industries are going to have to work a lot harder and be a lot more flexible if they want to infuse their industries with the creative energy that abounds on sites like YouTube.

I swear to god if I have to type the words “traditional media” one more time I’m going to hack my hands off with a rusty penknife.

Your Editor

John Mortimer.

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YouTuber Who Eats Glue Banned From Internet Competition

^ Because chaining yourself to a fountain is real gangsta, apparently

Chris Schewe a.k.a Shoenice22 is a practitioner of perhaps the most lowbrow form of entertainment imaginable. He’s eaten bottles of glue, tampons, whole pencils, pokemon cards, bubble bath, candles and downed entire bottles of vodka.

While it’s a less controversial kind of content than the somewhat similar FoodForLouis -whose eating of live animals gained him a visit from the RSPCA and lost him his advertising revenue- he still hasn’t managed to steer clear of controversy.

It’s his conduct rather than than his content that’s attracted ire however.

Expletive Filled Rants

He was running in the web competition King of the Web; I say was because the website disqualified him for repeatedly violating their community guidelines

As a democratic platform that seeks to ‘Reward Internet Awesome’, we try to maintain a hands off approach to moderating the creative content of our campaigners. We realize that what may be offensive to one person, may not be to another”

"However, there are occasions when campaigners can go beyond normal smack-talking and competitive banter"

He posted multiple expletive filled rants in the form of videos and comments made on both his videos and the videos of his competitors (many have since been taken down); allegedly even going so far as to make death threats against them.

Cyber Bullying

Before Schewe was disqualified many users even complained that the website itself was complicit in cyber bullying by remaining silent on the issue.

They denied this, saying that

 ”We unequivocally do NOT support bullying of any kind. It’s almost certain that you will not like every contestant but only when a campaigner is unwilling to work with us and repeatedly refuses to follow our community guidelines will we suspend them from the competition”

In a post on his personal tumblr King of the Web employee and YouTuber ThatZak went even further, saying that users had misjudged the company

"I get to see things from the perspective of a high level user, a low level user, and an employee. There is a huge discrepancy between what users think goes on behind the scenes and what actually goes on behind the scenes"

In the greater context of the YouTube community this may not seem like such a big deal but it’s important to note that just as with any young society the community is forming the basis for a general view of what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour for those who create content.

Cases like this will provide the precedent for that view.

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#SaveYouTube and the Continued Power of the YouTube Community

[So far I’ve given you a heap of news, a web TV review and a little dab of opinion here and there. So here’s that great big slab of journalistically questionable content I’ve been promising. With icing and a cherry on top. Enjoy.]

In the light of some slightly panic stricken videos (x,x,x) precipitated by that big ol’ nasty sub purge you’d be forgiven for thinking that the YouTube community had become a fractured, cold place for partners to eke out a living.

A Stalin’s Russia of online video; where guys called Igor offer sub4sub on the black market while big YouTubers ride past in limousines on their way to a meeting at YouTube headquarters.

Existing Issues

In addition to the alleged “active” subscriber losses a lot of the issues raised concern format changes to YouTube’s homepage layout -which Onision describes as “absolutely disgusting”- the integration of the social network Google+ into the account registration process and ongoing problems with subscription boxes.

None of these are new issues but the confusion caused by the sub purge and the subsequent handling of that confusion by YouTube has brought them to the forefront of people’s minds once again.

Communication

YouTube’s lack of communication with their partners and the dismissive tone inherent in what communication there has been certainly hasn’t helped

"We’ve also heard some viewers are concerned that they’ve been unsubscribed from channels. This isn’t happening"

Regardless of whether their concerns are valid worried people aren’t going to be producing their best content and flat out denying everything isn’t the most productive way of engaging with the people you’re supposed to help.

Collabrakadabra

^ A large group of Vloggers gathered behind Collabrakadabra’s campaign and many fans created art in a show of support

If the YouTube community really is falling apart nobody seems to have told the large group of YouTubers and the collab channel they gathered around in support of last month.

They’re called Collabrakadabra and they were competing on King of the Web -a competition usually dominated by the giants of online video- in last months special “Viva La VidCon” category to claim two VidCon tickets and hotel accommodations.

That’s all they were in it for, they had one member who couldn’t make it VidCon this year and they wanted everyone to be there so they could meet each other and hang out.

Community Support

Vloggers like Liam DrydenMorganPaigeLoves and Voldy along with prominent tumblr blogger Vondell Swain reblogged appeals for votes and asked their own followers to vote for the channel.

Some even submitted their cheesy endorsements of the “collabradors” to be edited into their campaign videos.

Australian make-up tutorialist and comedy vlogger Louna Maroun also pledged her support despite originally running against them in the Viva La Vidcon category.

She later went on to abandon her campaign altogether and forwarded all of the votes she got from that point on to the collab channel.

"I recently discovered a gorgeous group channel called "Collabrakadabra" They are 5 lovely people on there who all met online, and would like to meet each other in person. The only way they can do this is at Vidcon"

Change

YouTube is going to continue to expand as the world of web TV and user generated content begins to claim a lot of the viewers currently held by traditional media.

It’s going to change quite a bit too; YouTube is already becoming more business like and is moving towards a network style format. A lot of channels will focus more on entertaining the masses than on holding a conversation between themselves and a small group of subscribers.

There’s also the chance that all of that could turn out to be completely the wrong choice for online video and that everything will change once again or even several times over.

What holds the community together during that time won’t be perfect homepage layouts but the connections between creators and the people who view and engage with their content.

The YouTube community doesn’t need saving but maybe creators like onision do.

Large scale change over short periods always precedes extinction and perhaps the top 100 are already too similar to the t-rex of old. Massive, powerful and ultimately unable to adapt to a changing environment.

I’m back, baby

John Mortimer.

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