Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Currently, Hout Bay, South Africa
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Re: Have sailing Youtubers jumped the shark?
Being a member of the Face Book, "YouTube Sailing Channels-Creators Only", from comments there, I get the feeling most creators do not watch many other sailing channels. So I would agree with SanderO's and Mike O Reilly's earlier comments about a cruiser not having much desire to watch someone else doing what they do every day. It is rare I watch other sailing channels. Since Rebecca and I are out crossing oceans on our own boat, I don't need to watch someone else doing the same thing. I will watch the occasional sailing channel to get creative ideas to see what is working and what is not, and why some channels will never succeed. We have met a number of sailing YouTubers who can't understand why their channel has not become the next Delos. It isn't just a difficult, competitive forum, it is very difficult to get a grasp on how to make a good video with lighting, sound, steady camera, interesting topic and a personality to carry it all. "Look at us, join our adventure", videos, would be the most difficult, requiring all the above. Look at how many TV shows get cancelled every year; all produced by talented professionals. What chance does someone suddenly picking up a video camera and learning how to do basic editing, have to succeed. Sailing on their boats, we have met professional movie and video producers who had a great career in a distant genera but just can't make their YouTube sailing channel work. They can't get the subscriber numbers to increase substantially and only get several hundred or thousand views for each video. They keep at it though. But this YouTube thing adds another fun aspect to living on a boat and crossing oceans, whether the channel succeeds or not. I won't say why we make "how to" videos, as the answer would be too long, but, one side and unforeseen benefit, is the people we meet. We just got back from doing a visa run to Maputo, Mozambique, where we stayed for 5 days with great new friends we met through Youtube. He just sold his business and with his girlfriend, is getting their catamaran ready to sail to the Med. Here in Richards Bay, S.Africa, when we asked around for a car to rent, a YouTube subscriber just lent us his old Jeep Cherokee, he hadn't got around to selling. We have had that vehicle for our entire stay here which has been a tremendous benefit. And it is just fun having a beer with people who have seen our videos and are planning their own escape. So the money is a pittance but the side benefits are real.