Hello to the people who are running the Less than Famous Panel at VidCon 2015. My name is Garrett Robinson, and I thought you might want to take a look at me to, you know, maybe be on the panel.
I’m 28 years old, I’m a husband and a father of three kids, I write books, and I’m a YouTuber.
My YouTube channel is called TheGarrettRobinson, and I’ve been vlogging there for just over a year, since January 2014.
I just passed 1,200 hundred subscribers. That’s not 12,000, that’s 1,200. So, definitely LESS than famous, which is kind of the point of, you know, this.
I vlog five times a week, Monday through Friday, and I also do two weekly podcasts that are broadcast live to YouTube through Google Hangouts.
I ALSO have another YouTube channel called VlogaNovel where I live broadcast myself writing books, and another YouTube channel I’m trying to get started called Garrett’s Games, which is, obviously, about gaming.
So I make a lot of videos, obviously. Actually in 2014 I posted 446 videos total, and from all that work across three channels I gathered…a total of less than 1,500 subscribers. But I’m MORE than okay with that, and here’s why.
To me, YouTube isn’t how I hope to make a living. If it makes me good money at some point, great, but that’s totally not my long term goal for it.
I’m an indie author. I’ve actually written all these books right here. And YouTube is my favorite place to hang out with people who read my books.
It’s also the number one place where I meet new people. After I started making YouTube videos for my readers and spending a lot more time on YouTube, I found the vlogbrothers.
And since then, I’ve met so many awesome nerdfighter friends online and in real life. I’ve had conversations with Diamond Nater in the #LittleYouTube community, and I’ve become friendly with Zoe Harlen, who did that Dave Green cover song last year.
YouTube’s also introduced me to buddies like Perry North, and Quotidianlight, and Dave Higgins, who are all other small YouTubers with shared interests, and we’ve become good friends.
And to me, that’s what I want out of YouTube. Meeting friends, hanging out with people who like my books, and discovering new things that other people are talking about.
If it wasn’t for YouTube, I wouldn’t have found Tumblr. Tumblr is now my favorite social media site, but I wouldn’t have ever experienced it if I hadn’t heard someone on YouTube talk about it.
YouTube let me help decrease world suck with the Project for Awesome project last year, which I found through the vlogbrothers.
YouTube’s how I found out about VidCon and went there last year, and was just blown out of my gourd. I got to see my favorite creators and hear their advice for my channel, and they all said the same thing: do what you love with YouTube, and the rest will follow.
Vidcon is also where I met some amazing new in-real-life friends who I still keep in touch with and can’t wait to see at THIS year’s VidCon.
So yeah, that’s YouTube to me. it’s a place for friendship, for community, for getting together and geeking out about the things we love to do.
I don’t make videos because I want to make money at it. I make videos because it’s my favorite way in the world to talk to the people I love—and to meet new people, too.
So with all that being said, I hope you’ll think of me when you’re picking the panelists for this year’s Less Than Famous panel. I’ll see you there regardless, even if it’s from the audience.
Thank you so much for putting this together and giving small YouTubers like me a chance to be heard, and good luck with VidCon this year. I’ll see you then. Byyye!