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

13 comments:

Rita B. said...

Well Thank Goodness! You had me scared there for a minute. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving John. Give Ben and all the critters a hug for me.

Todd said...

Been reading your blog since the beginning, and have always enjoyed everything you share with everyone. Thanks for taking the time to share. Keeping up a blog like you do, every day without skipping a beat is a chore.

What is your secret to preventing burn out? Do you keep a pad with spare blog ideas ready for the days you come up empty?

Dizzy-Dick said...

I have been reading your blog since the beginning, and that was way before we came out to visit the Field Lab and Benita.

John Wells said...

Doing the blog daily keeps me motivated to at least "do something". I always have spare photos just in case.

Sam Finn said...

I'm glad you're sticking around. I enjoying dropping by every day.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Gene Adcock said...

Don't even remember how I discovered your blog and TFL. Was in a time you were playing with wind generators for electric power, so I did not get in on the beginning. The point is, I have gotten a habit to check what John is doing today at TFL Please don't scare us.

Annemarie Gerber said...

Following your blog is a first for me.I love it. It opens up another world to me. I try to follow your live Ustream when I can though I have to consider data usage. As for the bloggers and reading their comments.. a virtual 'community' in a way.

JohnnyM said...

Thank you for the time you have spent sharing TFL. I've enjoyed these post, live posting for quite awhile.

I hope you have a good day today.
Cheers
JohnnyM

neil said...

Thanks Johnny Gizmo

Deborah Hall said...

Happy happy joy joy thanksgiving to you John & critters and so glad you are sticking around for us to enjoy your adventures..

Sam Finn said...

A long time ago I read about an artist who said he'd reached the point where just writing down his idea for a painting in his note book was enough to satisfy his desire to do the actual painting.

Deborah Hall said...

You know I so get that. I love to paint but takes me for ever to finish one. Me is just to picky...

phil127 said...

Thank you, John for all the sharing of your life and work at "The LAB" you have done over these many years! I found you near the beginning and also following your electrician friend from DMR who gave up posting several years ago. Your postings have filled me with many ideas for when my duties with elder care are over. Thank you.