Life on the YouTube Plantation

Can Philip DeFranco Leave YouTube?

April 17, 2018 Eli 1

Philip DeFranco, creator with 6.1 million subscribers, is losing patience with Youtube: https://youtu.be/4_jkeWgtZ18

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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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

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

Personality Prism on YouTube

August 16, 2017 Eli 2

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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]