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RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - Reno - 01-05-2018

Thanks for the explanation, but I'm really not that thick Smile

I just feel quoting Teddy Roosevelt in bold letters to be a somewhat bombastic analogy of making a simple YouTube video!

"...whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; "

Uh huh Smile

#nobodygetsmyhumor


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - C-Cat - 01-05-2018

Some people (like myself) enjoy watching other nomads experiences, trials and tribulations and there is always something to learn. Some videos can get boring I agree and that's why one can control it (skip ahead, watch something else or not at all). I make videos too and I'm always respectful not to get into people's private business without asking for permission first.


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - A Savage Adventure - 05-11-2018

I have watched many of Bob's YouTube videos before even getting interested in living the RV life. That spiraled into watching Carolyn's RV Life and even Caravan Carolyn. Many channels are about how to live this lifestyle, what you need, interviews with others and/or the day-to-day of it all. Since there are so many channels out there I was thinking I would focus on the places themselves. Photos and videos of the places I visit.

As a newbie I don't have much else to contribute. I could share my experiences I suppose and some people might find that interesting. But honestly I skip ahead when people post the foods they're making / eating. We all have to eat to live and we eat what we like.

There also seem to be a growing number of channels that appear fake. Seeing Bob and Carolyn and the people they interview you can tell the van life isn't "glamorous". You get dirty. Your vehicle gets dirty. Etc. But when I see these new channels with young, beautiful people who look like models and they van is never dirty. Doesn't look lived in and their videos don't really show them out in the thick of it, it seems unreal. Fake, even. And yet these people seem to have some of the highest numbers of subscribers. Not sure what that means yet...


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - ratfink56 - 05-11-2018

You are correct. More like "reality tv" than real life.


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - lenny flank - 05-11-2018

Many of the glamour vans are simply studio props--the channel exists solely to sell advertising and product-placement.

After my book came out, I was contacted by a TV producer who wanted to talk about doing a series on vandwelling. I told them that in the real world, vandwelling is mostly boring--I get up, I wash up, I go to a museum or whatever, I come home and sleep. Maybe one could do a travel show on the places I visit (and I wasn't all that interested in having a film crew following me around all the time), but vandwelling itself has no drama or excitement--unless they planned to artificially create it by staging confrontations with cops etc. They never replied to me, and apparently they never produced their TV series.


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - A Savage Adventure - 05-11-2018

I've seen some videos "roasting" some of these "fake" VanDweller videos by a channel called, Dave2D Vlogs, who seems to have been at the RTR. They're funny, even if his audio mixing is horrible. Anyway, I agree with you, Lenny, since I started living full-time in my RV I haven't done much. I plan to do some more travel, but still, my RV looks lived in and it's been 3 weeks. Wink


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - Tiny Metal Tube - 05-11-2018

I most enjoy the instructional and how-to style of videos, which means I usually enjoy people's earlier videos, when they were doing their builds or solving early problems. Later, when they go out on their adventures, I find I lose interest in many channels. This happened to her channel and Rolling Earth-Ship. Occasionally I go back and re-watch their older, better videos.

But not always. I find Carolyn's RV Life to be interesting, but far less than it used to be. I think I could enjoy them if they were shorter, but then some other people wouldn't. 

Bob's channel is PURE information. ZERO fluff. So I always enjoy Bob's videos.
But I do enjoy some fluff from a few specific channels. Nomadic Fanatic, AdventureVanMan, Campervan Kevin, TKVD / One Awesome Inch, etc. Because they keep their videos short and I watch at 1.5x speed.

I don't mean to attack anyone here. Different strokes for different folks. My content isn't great for a lot of people either.


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - A Savage Adventure - 05-11-2018

(05-11-2018, 04:30 PM)Tiny Metal Tube Wrote:  I don't mean to attack anyone here. Different strokes for different folks. My content isn't great for a lot of people either.

I value honest reviews / opinions on things. People always have to make up their own mind in the end anyway. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on those channels. I will have to peruse them and see if they appeal to me. They may and they may not. But I never heard of them until now, so that makes your post very useful on that point alone. Wink


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - wanderin.pat - 09-09-2018

Before I started living on the road, many of these videos were incredibly helpful.   Especially, for me, Bob's.  His How-to videos most especially.  But his encouragement was also what pried me out of the apartment, helped me cut the cable, and hit the road.  

I spent my first night in my trailer at the 2017 RTR.  Which Bob hosted.  I met a lot of incredible people, got a ton of great ideas, and made some long-lasting friends.  I will always have a debt of gratitude to Bob. 

In the time since, I've seen more and more YT videos from lots of people that seem to be produced for the purpose of generating viewing traffic.  If you watch some of the "YouTube Academy" how-to video's , you will see some telling folks how to generate more traffic.  The quality of the content will suffer when your only goal is to generate viewers, which directly effects revenue to that channel.  Someone mentioned the similarity to reality TV.  I couldn't agree more.  

This is not intended as a slam against any one individual, but against the trend itself.  I hope it smooths out while I'm still alive.  

Regards,

WP


RE: CarolynsRVLife ebook - How I got 20,000 subscribers in 40 days - Jack - 09-15-2018

Personally, I enjoy several of the van life youtube channels.  It's a matter of finding the ones that resonate with you.  

For those who mock them as "fluff" and say they're just people talking to themselves, that's what all the "learning stuff" videos you watch are, too.  And those same channels you learn from are also monetized "e-beggers." 

Here's what I don't understand: Normal people don't hang out in places they have no interest in unless they think highly of their own opinions.  I have absolutely no interest in the Matters of the Heart forum so I don't even click on it.  Why?  Because it would be a waste of my time and I don't care to rain on anyone else's parade.  It's common courtesy.  Since this thread is clearly marked as a YouTube van life topic, it's beyond me why anyone who hates them would even bother clicking on it... unless, again, they think more highly of their own opinions than common courtesy.

Not all van life channels are the same.  I'm new to van life, only learning about it just over a month ago at most.  Those videos have been an invaluable source of information.  As with everything else, there are the fakes, the trust fund babies, the nitty grittys, and everything inbetween.  As with everything else, they're not a one-size-fits-all thing.

I subscribe to channels based on the folks who own them.  I like personable, real people.  I don't like the over-exaggerated cartoon characters who act like game show hosts.  I don't like the Instagram versions that glamorize van life.  (Pooping in a bucket and showering in public isn't glamorous.)  I don't like people who ask you insincere questions just to get you to comment but never respond, or interact, with their subscribers.  But you know what else I've learned?  There's an audience for everyone and I don't begrudge anyone's success.

As for Carolyn, I think she's kind, sincere, fun and tells great stories!  When she sticks to van life topics, she's a hoot!  When she gets personal and political I simply turn her off because we wouldn't get along for a single minute.  But I wouldn't dream of saying anything about it because I would never attack her on her own channel, or frustrate the experience of her 78,161 subscribers.