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no usernames anymore
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wait

so like

are there like

no usernames anymore

like

??

darthxpanda said: Nononono. If I lose you and your videos... I hope you lose the Kardashians! Or were your tags a joke? Either way, my poor little black heart hurts :(

edwardspoonhands:

josephbirdsong:

To be completely honest, I cannot see myself making YouTube videos (on my personal channel) for another year, for a variety of reasons I assume I’ll talk about when the time comes. Or maybe I’ll just leave and never talk about it because most aspects have already been talked to death by various people (including myself) over the past several years. And I also think I’ve learned that talking about it doesn’t really help change anything. I always sort of thought I’d finally be ready to go when I’d come to terms with things and no longer felt the need to explain them.

It’s just a mix of companies trying to take a piece of out everything I do, ulterior motives, bad comments, bad people, bad vibes. Everyone I really care about left years ago, and I sort of admire them for that. It can really rip out your soul and make you feel like shit. YouTube is TV now anyway. All vlogs are just part of the same formula, and the viewers don’t decide on what’s good or not anymore. And the people who think any sort of communal aspects still exist are delusional beyond belief.

And then just some bad things have happened in my personal life over the past year that I’m not ready to talk about either. And it’s weird that there are people (and this isn’t directed at the lovely person who sent the question) who expect me to explain my personal life just because I happen to put myself out there in other ways. It’s all just very dehumanizing the way everyone treats each other on the Internet, and very damaging psychologically and physically.

It’s no secret my views are dwindling, and for the first time in years I’ve been in the red with my subscriber count a few times. I’m tired of my self-worth being connected to those things, and I’m tired of it making me feel bad, and of all the skeezy things I feel like I have to do to stay interesting or relevant.

I’m also not haughty enough to believe I’m some important figure and that it really matters if I’m there or not. I wasn’t generation 1, and I wasn’t generation 2+. I was some sort of weird generation 1.5 YouTuber, sandwiched between what the site used to be and what the site has now become. I will go someday and the site will continue and people will go on with their lives.

Meh, now is not the time to go into it anyway. I’m not quite ready to quit. As of now, my heart is still in my videos (and the videos I make for other projects) and I still have things I want to create, so I’ll keep making vids until that desire is gone. I just assume it will be in the next year or so, but who knows?

Anyway, none of those things were directed at the person who sent me this. Just rambling on.

This is a super duper bummer…I hope I am not delusional in my belief that communities still exist and are strong on YouTube, but Joseph is certainly right that it has changed.

But it remains up to us to continue doing cool things with the platforms we have access to. To require the people we watch to think about things besides how many views things get and to require the people who watch to not just stare vacantly at a screen.

Money and success and (yes) even fame can distort that, but not if we are dedicated to the idea that this thing doesn’t exist to make numbers go up, it exists to make interesting things happen. A lot of people I know remain dedicated to that.

So weird that I was just talking about this with John on Twitter.

I’m with Hank in that I, too, hope I’m not delusional for believing that the community is still thriving. I completely understand where Joe and John (and many other people!) are coming from, but on the other hand, I think we need to adapt. It’s true that certain aspects of the platform have changed, but I don’t think it’s wrong or futile or blissfully ignorant of us to try to work around the things we don’t like.

The community is still there, and it’s bigger than ever. The difference is that back when YouTube started, it seemed to be a more homogeneous group. Now, with the exponential increase in types of content and creators, the community has (and had to) spread out.

I started in late 2008, so I think I came late to the game and might be in that 1.5 gen that Joe referred to. I also enjoy that this makes us sound like Pokemon.

Anyway, before I ramble on too long, the TL;DR is that I don’t think anyone should be discouraged by unfavorable change. Especially amazing people like Joe and John. The community “feel” may have changed, but I still believe it’s there.

I’m also annoyingly persistent and refuse to give things up, so there’s that.

Buffer Festival is in A FEW DAYS and I reaaaaally want you to come if you’re in the Toronto, ON area! http://www.bufferfestival.com/

Buffer Festival is in A FEW DAYS and I reaaaaally want you to come if you’re in the Toronto, ON area! http://www.bufferfestival.com/

Youtuber Quiz thingy

1- First Youtuber you ever watched

morethanablog before I knew YouTube had a community, then jpmetz obv because I made her start a channel

2- Favorite Youtuber at the moment 

ChoNunMigookSaram

3- Favorite collaboration (if any)

Anything with Grace and Mamrie. I’ll also selfishly ship Tylola Foakley aka me and Tyler Oakley

4- Favorite Video

The YouTube RPG continues to be pretty great as is this relic of the past

5- Top 5 Youtubers

Besides my friends obv:

6- Favorite Ship (if any)

Miles Jai and Miranda Sings aka Milesanda Jings

7- Last Youtuber you watched

Quierd aka Hart

8- How many Youtubers are you subscribed to?

150

9- Where are most of the Youtubers you watch from?

US

10- How often do you watch Youtubers?

2-3 hours a day? Maybe more depending on how antisocial I am

11- Have you ever planned on becoming a Youtuber?

WELL NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT

12- Favorite Male Youtuber

gunnarolla

13- Favorite Female Youtuber

communitychannel

14- Youngest Youtuber you watch

Rebecca Black or NerdyAndQuirky

15-  How did you discover your favorite Youtuber?

I have no clue. Probably just poking around and clicking on stuff!

Thank you! It’s easy to use a one-dimensional stereotype to get laughs, and I won’t deny that I’ve done it in the past, but overall I do try to be mindful of the content I’m putting out there and the implications behind it. Due to recent backlash that certain YouTubers have been experiencing, I’ll go into a little bit more detail than I usually do in outlining some of my characters.
Keisha is a spoiled, rich, self-hating Arab-American. She tries her best to conceal her ethnicity because she feels that people would not accept her if they knew where her family was from. She conceals her insecurity with an inflated ego.
K8 is an Irish-American who grew up in a lower-income, urban area. She educates people about topics such as the importance of caring for the environment, inequality, and dangerous social constructs, albeit with an attitude. She is the voice of reason on the soundlyawake channel.
Frankie is an oafish Italian-American from New Jersey. He’s ignorant and oblivious to the fact that he is so. His character never gets his way, hopefully asserting that ignorance gets you nowhere.
Tina is Frankie’s sister. Like her brother, she’s oblivious, only to her invasion of other people’s privacy. She also represents the people that refuse to take anyone’s advice and thinks everything she does is perfectly acceptable.
María is a Latin/Dutch-American who once tried to act tougher than she was so that people would think she was cool. She admitted to it in this video. She represents the “recovering bully” type who occasionally gives into her impulses.
Rita-Robin Smith is a middle-aged Midwestern woman who won a garden-themed reality show competition. Like Frankie and Tina, another out-of-touch-with-reality type, Rita doesn’t seem to grasp sexual suggestiveness and unintentionally drops some risqué double entendres.
Harriet & Larry are an older couple that constantly bicker, but somehow have stayed together decade after decade.
Reggie is a pompous hipster-type. Explainable in one sentence.
I do have more characters, like Manny, Darlene, Bubba Joe, Vagina, Sam Starr, Martin Crosby, Peppy, Grape Suzette, Angie, and Dani, but I don’t use them often, or haven’t in a while. Another character I had was Timil Deeps (“speed limit” backwards) who was an Indian tech support guy that I discontinued for obvious reasons once I realized (thanks to chescaleigh) that I was perpetuating a stereotype without providing any real depth to the character.
Of course every video I make doesn’t have to “have a point” other than to entertain. I like to laugh about things in everyday life that sometimes go unnoticed and hopefully create things that people can relate to. If I can slip in something that brings light to a certain issue here and there, and not have the message get lost in translation, perfect. And I’m glad to have done so.
Hopefully this super long response answered your questions and feel free to respond with your thoughts!

Thank you! It’s easy to use a one-dimensional stereotype to get laughs, and I won’t deny that I’ve done it in the past, but overall I do try to be mindful of the content I’m putting out there and the implications behind it. Due to recent backlash that certain YouTubers have been experiencing, I’ll go into a little bit more detail than I usually do in outlining some of my characters.

Keisha is a spoiled, rich, self-hating Arab-American. She tries her best to conceal her ethnicity because she feels that people would not accept her if they knew where her family was from. She conceals her insecurity with an inflated ego.

K8 is an Irish-American who grew up in a lower-income, urban area. She educates people about topics such as the importance of caring for the environment, inequality, and dangerous social constructs, albeit with an attitude. She is the voice of reason on the soundlyawake channel.

Frankie is an oafish Italian-American from New Jersey. He’s ignorant and oblivious to the fact that he is so. His character never gets his way, hopefully asserting that ignorance gets you nowhere.

Tina is Frankie’s sister. Like her brother, she’s oblivious, only to her invasion of other people’s privacy. She also represents the people that refuse to take anyone’s advice and thinks everything she does is perfectly acceptable.

María is a Latin/Dutch-American who once tried to act tougher than she was so that people would think she was cool. She admitted to it in this video. She represents the “recovering bully” type who occasionally gives into her impulses.

Rita-Robin Smith is a middle-aged Midwestern woman who won a garden-themed reality show competition. Like Frankie and Tina, another out-of-touch-with-reality type, Rita doesn’t seem to grasp sexual suggestiveness and unintentionally drops some risqué double entendres.

Harriet & Larry are an older couple that constantly bicker, but somehow have stayed together decade after decade.

Reggie is a pompous hipster-type. Explainable in one sentence.

I do have more characters, like MannyDarlene, Bubba JoeVagina, Sam Starr, Martin Crosby, Peppy, Grape Suzette, Angie, and Dani, but I don’t use them often, or haven’t in a while. Another character I had was Timil Deeps (“speed limit” backwards) who was an Indian tech support guy that I discontinued for obvious reasons once I realized (thanks to chescaleigh) that I was perpetuating a stereotype without providing any real depth to the character.

Of course every video I make doesn’t have to “have a point” other than to entertain. I like to laugh about things in everyday life that sometimes go unnoticed and hopefully create things that people can relate to. If I can slip in something that brings light to a certain issue here and there, and not have the message get lost in translation, perfect. And I’m glad to have done so.

Hopefully this super long response answered your questions and feel free to respond with your thoughts!


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The Sleepwalking Mom responds to a tomato cage sighting

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