Lifestyle

Self Aggrandizing

October 23, 2017 Eli 1

Self aggrandizing is a way many people try to make themselves look impressive, but it generally does not work out how people imagine it will.

Lifestyle

Honesty vs. Transparency

October 20, 2017 Eli 2

There’s a very real difference between honesty and transparency.  Being honest I can say that my revenue on YouTube has gone up by 30% since I started doing Mukbangs.  Being […]

Startup Life

Failing into Success

October 19, 2017 Eli 1

Failing may be the beginning of your success.  It sounds odd, but in my life has been true.  

Startup Life

Unexpected Metric Correlation

October 17, 2017 Eli 7

Metrics do not always correlate the way that you would think that they would.  As my YouTube channel bleeds subscribers the view count, and revenue has increased. Correction: Revenue has […]

Startup Life

Dancing Monkey

October 16, 2017 Eli 15

Sometimes the the future path only looks a tiny bit different than what came before. Those tiny changes may make a world of difference though.

Startup Life

Where Startup Ideas Come From

October 13, 2017 Eli 2

I’ve been pondering an idea for the past few days that I think is viable, that I have the skills to launch, and the resources to support.  The current name […]

Lifestyle

Listening to the Canaries of Tech

October 11, 2017 Eli 0

I have the reputation for being arrogant with many people which is ironic considering that I hold very few strong personal beliefs.  I come off strong, and sometimes condescending in […]

Lifestyle

Tech “Cool” Factor

October 10, 2017 Eli 0

Apple haters many times like to say that people who buy Apple products are “sheeple” that just want to feel cool. The argument is that folks are paying for a […]

Lifestyle

Mentorship Myth

October 9, 2017 Eli 1

I was in the mall yesterday and a viewer recognized me and approached to ask for help.  Their ask was for my mentorship.  They think by being taken under my […]

Tech

Smart Speaker vs. Bluetooth Speakers

October 6, 2017 Eli 0

Google has now come out with their Home Mini, and Home Max Smart Speakers to compete with Amazon’s Echo line.  A few years ago when the tech industry started talking […]

Lifestyle

Mukbang for Professionals

October 5, 2017 Eli 0

Having given up on YouTube I may have inadvertently found my way forward with the platform (At least until it sinks.) What I’m playing with now at first blush may […]

Lifestyle

What is “Real” Work?

October 4, 2017 Eli 4

Yesterday was a bit of a hard day. It just took a long time and a lot of brain power to work through a solution. Thankfully by the end I […]

Lifestyle

Boogie2988 and Non Scale Victories

October 3, 2017 Eli 1

Boogie2988 recently did a video talking about “non scale victories” on his YouTube channel that I think is appropriate for many tech professionals and entrepreneurs to take to heart.  Long […]

Lifestyle

Working on the Toilet

October 2, 2017 Eli 1

Last Friday I was the Tech Breakfast Ask a VC event in Georgetown and had the disheartening situation of the founder Ron forcing me to actually signup like a normal […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Vimeo Live: Live Streaming Freedom

October 2, 2017 Eli 0

Vimeo has been a solid alternative to YouTube for a number of years for professional content creators with their own methods for monetization.  A large appeal of Vimeo has been […]

Startup Life

Lead with Your Website

September 30, 2017 Eli 0

Yesterday I went to the Ask a VC event put on by Tech Breakfast in Georgetown.  This even offers startup founder the ability to ask questions directly to a panel […]

Lifestyle

The Financial Value of Playing

September 28, 2017 Eli 2

I was at a Meetup last night watching a presentation on Augmented Reality.  The presenter talked about his credentials, what he did, and how he became interested in AR.  To […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Cloudflare Stream to Kill YouTube

September 28, 2017 Eli 0

Cloudflare has now put into beta their own video delivery platform. On the surface level there doesn’t seem to be a lot to say.  Essentially this is their take on […]

Tech

Smart Coffee Machine from Smarter

September 27, 2017 Eli 3

One of the problems with so much of the technology that is currently being sold is that it does not in fact solve any problems people actually care about.  Tech […]

Social Issues

Are Race Focused Tech Meetups Wise?

September 26, 2017 Eli 0

I was on Meetup last night to see what’s going on in the tech scene in the Baltimore area and came across, “Baltimore Black Techies Meetup” for which the tag […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

PayPal vs. Patreon: Daily Income

September 23, 2017 Eli 4

I decided a long time ago for a number of reasons not to use Patreon.  The TL;DR is it’s a financial tech startup run by a musician. Do I really […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Milking YouTube

September 22, 2017 Eli 1

Let me clear.  I’m not “back” to YouTube.  I’m milking the hell out of something I spent years building until it falls in on itself. I did a Livestream today […]

Startup Life

Make Money as an IT Consultant

September 22, 2017 Eli 3

The good old days of making a pile of money for swapping hard drives, or setting up routers is long over.  Whatever value there remains is being eaten away by […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube Needs to Buy a CRM

September 21, 2017 Eli 0

Here’s the thing… You’re only paranoid if you haven’t been screwed with consistently.  At the point you’re screwed with at an ongoing basis it’s no longer paranoia rather it’s just […]

Tech

SmartDesk 3 for Augmented Reality

September 21, 2017 Eli 2

A company called Autonomous has come out with an “AI” powered standing desk. Basically this is a desk that raises and lowers like a regular standing desk, but also has […]

Tech

TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 Videos

September 21, 2017 Eli 2

Do you know what’s better than flying across the country and paying a crap ton of money to attend TechCrunch Disrupt?  Sitting in my “may the forest be with you” […]

News

YouTube Sponsorships and the Adpocolypse

September 20, 2017 Eli 2

YouTube has started offering the ability for viewers to sponsor Gaming channels for $4.99 a month. This is supposedly in response to many gaming channels having their ad revenue tank […]

Tech

MacOS Text Autocorrect Problems

September 20, 2017 Eli 1

Because I have been creating text based content over the past month you have not been able to watch me slowly lose my mind as my shiny new MacBook Pro […]

Startup Life

Danger of External Validation

September 19, 2017 Eli 4

I was sitting at the bar with a buddy a few days ago and we were talking about business.  He looked over and said, “Tell me about this new site […]

Startup Life

The Danger of Examples…

September 18, 2017 Eli 0

I was talking with a founder the other day and they were espousing all the great things about their startup.  By and large I was sold on the idea, but […]

Startup Life

Listening to Tone Instead of Words

September 18, 2017 Eli 0

My career has put me into in an odd position when it comes to to the concept of “truth”. It’s not that “truth” escapes me, but rather truth is generally […]

Social Issues

Blaming “White” People is Dangerous

September 16, 2017 Eli 4

So apparently Fast Company has a “7 Lessons that White People Can Learn…” article about the brouhaha over the naming of the startup called Bodega. Now I think there are […]

Startup Life

What Customer Did You Lose?

September 15, 2017 Eli 1

I was talking with a startup the other day, and I thought everything was going well right up until they started talking about the paint.  The startup has done some […]

Startup Life

Advice that’s Replicateable

September 14, 2017 Eli 2

On a rather routine basis I get the question of why the hell anyone should listen to me, and to be fair this is a good question that you should […]

Startup Life

I Don’t Wanna

September 14, 2017 Eli 7

When I started working on Failed Normal the idea was that I was going to continue creating a large amount of video content.  I setup Vimeo so that I could […]

Startup Life

Bodega Startup Attacked by Hipsters

September 14, 2017 Eli 3

I woke up this morning, sipped my cup of coffee, and learned of the evils of a new startup called Bodega.  Bodega is essentially a fancy vending machine with a […]

Tech

Too Many iPhone’s

September 13, 2017 Eli 2

Can I be the first to admit that I’m lost?  I’ve been reviewing the announcements from the Apple event yesterday and by and large they seem interesting.  The Watch with […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Weaponized DMCA

September 12, 2017 Eli 1

So the story up until this point is that PewDiePie said the “N” word with a hard R (you can’t forget the hard R) on a live stream, and now […]

Startup Life

Churn and Addressable Market Space

September 11, 2017 Eli 0

The concept of churn and the overall addressable market space is something that many startup founders do not think about.  Founders use an odd variation of math where the minus […]

Startup Life

You Can’t Buy “Authentic” Marketing

September 11, 2017 Eli 0

Thanks for your reply. But your site FailedNormal.com is not very related to our products in general topics and other parameters like domain authrioty and traffic. I don’t mean that […]

Startup Life

Approaching People for Business

September 8, 2017 Eli 2

Knowing how to approach people in regards to business is a vital skill in the tech world.  You basically have to convince people with far more experience, clout and resources […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Building a YouTube Competitor…

September 8, 2017 Eli 2

So… I guess I’m having a Skype meeting with a founder who wants to create a competitor to YouTube next week… yup… I feel like I’ve had this conversation before… […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

High Cost for Free Speech

September 7, 2017 Eli 0

As I have said, a case like this is extremely draining — especially on an emotional level — and can create massive chilling effects on free speech. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170906/13431338159/case-dismissed-judge-throws-out-shiva-ayyadurais-defamation-lawsuit-against-techdirt.shtml Over the […]

Startup Life

Buying Art

September 7, 2017 Eli 3

I just spent a few days down in Asheville NC during which I spent some time shopping to add to my art collection.  I’ve been collecting art for a long […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube is Killing Valuable Content

September 4, 2017 Eli 5

Last week I was talking with my wife about the future of Failed Normal, and brought up that I plan to start doing video interviews again.  At that comment she […]

Startup Life

Giving Up on Best Buy

September 2, 2017 Eli 6

I’ve been buying items from Best Buy for years.  Long after Amazon became the far cheaper alternative I would trudge down to the local Best Buy because I actually believe […]

Startup Life

Tracking Goals in Google Analytics

August 31, 2017 Eli 5

Here’s the thing.  I don’t care what you think.  Frankly I don’t really care what I think. The argument that will either settle my anxiety, or change my mind is […]

Startup Life

Talking About Money is Not Evil

August 31, 2017 Eli 4

One of the things viewers tried to gig me on most while on YouTube was the fact I talk about money in almost all of my videos.  There is this […]

Startup Life

eBooks vs Membership Blog

August 30, 2017 Eli 2

I’ve been asked for years why I don’t write books, and now that I’ve dumped YouTube the question is more relevant.  There are a few reasons that revolve around my […]

Startup Life

Constant Worry as a Founder

August 30, 2017 Eli 5

“Aren’t you worried that…?” Let me stop you right there.  Before you, my wife, or any other reader goes any further.  The answer is, “Yes”.  I’m absolutely worried.  I’m utterly […]

Tech

VR Price Drop is a Bad Sign

August 29, 2017 Eli 3

As a child of the generation that sat in awe watching the Lawn Mower Man I have to say that VR has not lived up to expectations. In the 80’s […]

Ponderings

Weather Considerations for Startups

August 28, 2017 Eli 0

Running a startup, or any type of tech company requires a tremendous amount of commitment. There are long days, long weeks, long months and many times very long years of […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Why Tech Journalism Is So Bad

August 25, 2017 Eli 4

It’s pretty easy to agree that by and large tech journalism is in a horrible state.  Although you do have the MIT Technology Review, most tech webzines are sophomoric at […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Spee.ch Provides Video Sharing Without Permission

August 24, 2017 Eli 5

https://spee.ch/IMG1602-puppy/d6c7e0c0f1df95c2fcaccc9ab3f544a21e9397c5 Holy crap my stock in LBRY might actually be worth something!!! Is basically the TL;DR of this post. My advisor meetings with LBRY over the past number of months […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

LBRY’s Killer Feature (TOS)

August 24, 2017 Eli 6

Yesterday afternoon I was having an advisory meeting with the CEO of LBRY to talk about why I’ve left YouTube, and where LBRY fits into my calculations as a creator. […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Grateful to YouTube?

August 22, 2017 Eli 7

Having posted my “I Left YouTube” video yesterday one of the arguments I have been receiving is that I should be “grateful” to YouTube and should not complain about them […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Morality of Paywalls

August 21, 2017 Eli 6

The paywall for Failed Normal has been built, and we’re close to posts and videos being moved behind it. I’ve decided that for this site we’ll keep somewhere between 1 […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube’s Numbers Problem

August 21, 2017 Eli 3

Over the past two weeks since leaving YouTube I’ve been doing a lot of math.  It’s not fancy calculus or trigonometry, but rather good old basic math.  Two plus Two […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

PR People and YouTube Creators

August 18, 2017 Eli 0

Have I told you how much I hate PR folks?  I don’t mean that I slightly dislike them, but really detest them in a deep and profound way. They’re the […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Breaking the YouTube Addiction

August 17, 2017 Eli 6

I made it half way through the latest Boogie2988 video this morning.  I was able to finish a DramaAlert, but then… hit the unsubscribe button. I flitted through a few […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

How to Get Free Review Items for Youtube Videos

August 16, 2017 Eli 2

Reviewing products on YouTube is what many creators rely on for video topics.  You’ll notice many of the big channels, especially in tech, are essentially review channels.  When you’re starting […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Personality Prism on YouTube

August 16, 2017 Eli 1

People’s personalities change dramatically based on the situation and the people they are interacting with in real life.  You speak to a lover differently than you would a friend, and […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Emotional Prostitution on YouTube

August 14, 2017 Eli 7

Let me tell you a secret… are you ready… it’s going to come as a shock… I don’t care about you… nope… I don’t give one iota of a crap […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Nakedness of YouTube

August 14, 2017 Eli 5

When you have a project you visualize who you think your target audience is and then you build your product around assumptions based on who you’re targeting.  When I started […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Self Deplatforming

August 12, 2017 Eli 3

I was on the edge of publishing my Failed Normal content to Medium until I read a few posts talking about the CEO essentially running Medium as a vanity project. […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Content Inventory for Creators on YouTube

August 11, 2017 Eli 0

There are 2 simple words that are the key to success in any technology related business, “ship product”.  Whatever else you do in your day the only thing that really […]

Ponderings

The Human’s Zoo

August 11, 2017 Eli 1

I find it odd how people who make up a society will share a tid bit of wisdom, and yet many times will not think about the ramifications beyond a […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

How to Make Money on YouTube

August 9, 2017 Eli 0

When I told people my job was making content for YouTube there was really only one question anyone really cared about, “How do you make money?”  The answer is rather […]

Tech

MacBook Pro 13″ 2017 Review

August 9, 2017 Eli 2

I think the picture really says it all.  The 13″ MacBook Pro is now my primary computer.  The 15″ MacBook Pro, and my Mac Pro are now sitting in storage, […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Broken by the YouTube Plantation

August 9, 2017 Eli 5

I think I’m broken.  After 8 years of toiling for the YouTube Masters I think my creative will for video has left.  This is not a screed against YouTube, platforms, […]