Wednesday, November 23, 2016
i'm ending the vlog
Yes...that was a clickbait title - for my blog. YouTube personality Casey Neistat announced on Saturday that he was ending his daily vlog. With only a few missed days, Casey was able to post a well produced and interesting daily video log on YouTube for over a year and a half. Needless to say, some of his 5.8 million subscribers are a little disappointed. Since 2010, he has uploaded over 730 "films" to his YouTube channel with over 1.3 billion views. By comparison, I have uploaded 99 videos to my meager YouTube channel with 799 subscribers and just over 1,000,000 views.
His signature style - bold opening title graphics, time lapses, drone footage, perfectly matched soundtrack, a frantic daily schedule, and roaming around on an electric skateboard have been emulated by any number of other YouTubers hoping that "the Neistat formula" will work for them. Even the camera gear he uses is being copied. As someone familiar with film production, when I watch his videos I see things others might not when following his daily escapades. Although it may appear seamless, all I can think of is how much work goes in to setting up each "shot". When I first began my blog, planning the day and the photos was rather daunting but nothing compared to what Casey has accomplished. Like him - I have a formula that has become second nature (but a lot less work).
All that being said...today marks my 3,000th post and over 3,000,000 visits to my blog in a little over 8 years. I'm not ending the blog. 61,75,44,0,B