Why Do I Always Watch the Vlogbrothers?

Why Do I Always Watch the Vlogbrothers?

Hello Rebel, and welcome back to my life.

So doing VEDA has made me strongly consider and/or regret several of my life choices.

But in particular, it’s really made me think HARD about YouTube. Like, what IS this website really?


I have this weird relationship with YouTube. I capital-L LOVE certain vlogs, but then sometimes I’ll stop watching them for long periods of time.

Meanwhile, I only kind of like video game streamers and replays, but I watch those consistently, all the time.

The only non-video-game channel I watch every time, without fail, is the vlogbrothers. It’s not because I think they’re the BEST vloggers.

In fact, I don’t know why they’re the only ones I always watch every time they put something out. I mean, they were the first vloggers I started watching, period, and so they were my introduction to YouTube culture.

And after that I discovered people like Hannah Hart and Gunnarolla and Michael Aranda, all of whom I REALLY like, but sometimes I’m just not in the mood.

There’s a couple of reasons I can think of that MIGHT contribute to why I always watch the vlogbrothers.

The first is that, they were the first ones I started watching, so they became my standard.

Second is because I’m a really huge fan of the things they do outside of YouTube. I love John’s books and all of Hank’s entrepreneurial-type stuff, and I haven’t seen those two things from ANY other YouTubers.

But there’s another reason that I THINK has more to do with it. At least it feels more right to me.

AND, I think it might also have something to do with why they have been SOOO consistent for the ten years they’ve been doing YouTube. Consistent both in terms of their posting schedule and their quality.

It’s because they’re talking TO each other.

Now yes, I realize that sometimes—maybe most times, they’re really talking to us, to the people watching, to Nerdfighteria.

But boy if they don’t keep up the conceit of their channel that they are just talking back and forth to each other by way of video.

Sometimes this means that a single topic will be dealt with in multiple videos across the channel as they talk back and forth about it.

Other times they do something completely non-sequitur and random.

But that’s also something you do when you’re in a conversation with someone. You’ll just go off on tangents saying something you thought of, or showing them something you think is cool.

And that’s the key: it really is a conversation between the two of them. We’re eavesdropping on that.

John and Hank themselves, as well as other YouTubers, talk about how their favorite part of YouTube is being part of a conversation with their AUDIENCE.

And sometimes yes, you can see that they are addressing something their audience brought up first, or their audience wants them to talk about.

But I guess I feel like I don’t necessarily have that. I feel like I’m always trying to bring you, my Rebel, something crazy new and exciting and WEIRD!

Like I’m trying to JUST entertain you, or motivate you, or be something for you to look at rather than to talk—not to, but with.

I don’t feel like I’m part of a conversation on this channel. I feel like there’s lots of awesome conversations that happen in the comments—

—and thank you for that, seriously, to every single person who has ever commented on my videos—

—but that never translates to the camera and screen the way it does on vlogbrothers.

And since I feel like I’m always trying to think up something CRAZY AND WEIRD for you, that can be why I sometimes feel like I’m out of things to say.

And I don’t really know how to fix, or just to change that. I don’t know how to start or maintain a conversation where I talk to you via video and you can only really reply via text.

But I guess I can start by saying that if you DO have any ideas … let me know?

I’d love to get to the point where we’re closer to actually TALKING, where there’s more conversation than CAN be crammed into a four-minute video twice a week.

As opposed to some videos coming out that … really just feel like filler while I wait for something more interesting to come along.

Anyway. That’s what I’m thinking about today, Rebel. You can check out yesterday’s VEDA video right up there, or check out my Patreon to see my secret weekend videos. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you tomorrow. Byyye!

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at garrettbrobinson.com.

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