I am going to take a wild guess that 99.998% of my readers have no idea who ShayCarl, Mommytard/Katilette, PrincessTard, BabyTard, SonTard, FetusTard, and Malachi are (and before you get all upset at the names, the tard is referring to unitard. I promise I’m not making that up- if you watch the videos far enough back, you’ll understand).
A lot of my readership is not going to understand who these people are, but they are the “cast” of the number 44 most subscribed channel on Youtube. Now, 44 sounds pretty far down the list, until you realize that youtube has an estimated 1.2 BILLION users.
See, Shay came up with a simple plan. He was going to film every single day with his family, who are referred to by their “youtube” names in the videos (such as SonTard). This has included his wife’s pregnancy with the family’s fourth child, a move to LA from Idaho, and a move from LA back to Idaho, vacations to Las Vegas, and even things as minor as getting kicked out of walmart for filming in store.
He’s gotten a lot of criticism for the show, yes, but then when you think about it, ShayCarl is a youtube partner. This means he makes money by people watching his videos, commenting, and more. Since he is so popular on youtube, youtube makes money from ads viewed while watching his show, and youtube gives some of the profits back to him, for making their website more popular. I’ll be honest, before I started heavily watching shows like Shaytards and SXEPhil, I visited youtube on a probably bi-weekly basis (meaning twice per week, not every other week). Now, I am there every day, sometimes more than once a day. So clearly the ads are more noticed, etc.
But that’s the key… shaycarl makes money from having a popular show on youtube. Because youtube, and just carrying a video camera and taking time each evening to edit and upload videos, is Shay’s full time job…. he can actually spend more time with his family. He doesn’t have a day job anymore. He films his life. He makes money via youtube. His family gets time with him. All the time. Every day. I seriously applaud Shay. He found a way to provide for his family, AND get to spend time with them, constantly. And, at the same time, he’s preserving family memories. As a scrapbook enthusiast, I hold memory preservation in high regard. Most people have home movies, he has backups of all of his online videos. People who do home movies, a lot of them film special events. Shay films every. single. day.
A close friend of mine recently suggested I do what Shay does- film every day. Edit the videos. Post them on Youtube. Now I never have any intention of becoming a huge youtube celebrity. I will never make money from youtube for posting anything. I’ll be lucky to get a few viewers out of the deal. But I want to know your opinion. Should I do it? Should I film each day? If I’m to do this, and I mean… REALLY, TRULY do it… I’m going to have to go all out. That means new blog page relating entirely to the show. That means twitter, facebook, youtube accounts for my show. That means changing my life style… filming as I do every ordinary task, taking time out of my day to edit and upload each video at the end of the day, and starting the process all over again the next day as I wake up. It means truly changing my lifestyle and really committing to it. The positives are this: I have changed so much just in the past few months alone. Think of how many of the changes in my life I could capture on film- I could see how I’m growing and changing as a person. How my life is growing and changing. I would actually wake up in the mornings knowing “I have to get dressed, get ready, and DO SOMETHING…” What viewer wants to watch me do nothing? So I feel like maybe I would actually start accomplishing more.
I mean, if I did it, I’m sure I would start in small chunks. Maybe filming enough each day to really deal with things, and then starting to keep the video camera with me more. I’d start small. The equipment I have, the programs I have, and work my way into something bigger… the same way I did with scrapping. With scrappings, I started with free kits and a free program. Now, I have Corel, and a bunch of purchased kits. I’ve gotten a lot better at it, but it’s taken me a year of effort.
I think the same could go with vlogging, if I committed to it. But I want to know your opinions… should I do it? Should I put myself out there and film each day?
I have a poll below… so tell me what you think! I’ll definitely take your thoughts into mind. The poll expires in one week, so let me know…
And, in case you’ve not seen a Shaytards video and want to see what it’s all about, before you make your decision, here’s a video from Shaycarl.
So yeah… let me know what you think! Do I vlog? Do I not vlog?