Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube Apologists

July 25, 2018 Eli 1

Ignoring the warning sirens is one thing. Telling others to disregard them too is evil… 

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Life After YouTube

July 12, 2018 Eli 4

Having spent 30 days away from YouTube I feel that I’m over the platform…

Modern Life

Swapping Digital Addictions

June 14, 2018 Eli 3

As of Tuesday I have logged out of YouTube for 30 days. Last Friday I learned to love my PS4 by rearranging the setup that I use to play it […]

Modern Life

No YouTube for 30 Days!

June 12, 2018 Eli 0

I’ve logged off of YouTube… for 30 days… I feel that I’ve been able to break my YouTube addiction over the past month or so, but due to my using […]

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Logging Out of YouTube

May 7, 2018 Eli 5

I juist can’t shake the feeling that this isn’t what we agreed to…

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

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Sound of Silence

January 23, 2018 Eli 9

Ending the open streams of communication for the sake of sanity.

Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube Cargo Cult

January 16, 2018 Eli 0

What happens when society starts praying to the AI?

Lifestyle

“Flexing” on Social Media

October 24, 2017 Eli 6

It is becoming more common to show off material possessions on social media.  Whether or not this is a good idea for you depends on what you are trying to […]

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.

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

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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… […]

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High Cost for Free Speech

September 7, 2017 Eli 1

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 7

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 […]

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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 […]

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Breaking the YouTube Addiction

August 17, 2017 Eli 7

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

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

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 […]

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, […]