On April Fools day, we published a video on our YouTube channel. We stood in front of the camera and told our audience that instead of setting sail in our Airstream, we’re selling Charlie and buying a yurt instead. There were just way too many RV-style YouTube channels.
The video was 2:30 long. Here, watch if you’d like:
To our surprise, we saw a dip in our subscription count. Several commenters who managed to remain watching until the end admitted their mouse was poised over the ‘Unsubscribe‘ button, but were glad they waited until the end.
It was a joke that lasted 2:30, but it had a way of reminding us how fleeting our connections can be to other people – especially online.
A noticeable amount of people immediately unsubscribed.
People are fickle. Emotional. Judgmental. I am too. There are those who couldn’t make it through a 2 minute and 30 second video on April Fools day to realize the video was a farce. Kinda like Go Curry Cracker’s post about buying a $1.6 million home.
Instead they were like, “They’re doing something else; I’m gone.”
I went: Wait, really? We’ve published hundreds of RV-style videos and you leave us because you can’t get through our April Fools joke?
Apparently, yes. I suppose that’s the nature of the Internet. There’s a lot of content out there. We ruthlessly wade through piles of stuff until we find what we like – and we stick with it. The instant that material no longer conforms to what we want to see, we leave and remove all ties to our former sources of entertainment or knowledge.
It happens so damn quick, too. Instant judgment. Boom, done. Decision made, moving on.
It reminds me that you can’t be all things to all people. We shouldn’t try to be, either. If we do, we’ll probably find ourselves in some never-ending spiral of misery always trying to please other people. But, we can’t. At least not all the time.
Most stuck with us, though!
To put a positive spin on this whole situation, it also makes us appreciate those who do stick with you – or at least those who aren’t quick to make rash judgments (can you make a “rash” judgment slowly?). We truly appreciate each and every view we get.
Imagine – people’s time is valuable. There’s a whole hell of a lot out there that’s vying for our attention, and we have thousands of people who choose to watch our video content.
It’s seriously humbling.
It keeps us filming. It keeps me sitting in front of my computer churning through endless minutes of video to put together a short film about where we’re going and what we are up to.
What about you people? Have a story about how rash some people can be without taking the time to…know all the facts? 🙂
Oh, and just for shits and grins, here’s an obligatory shot of our hike out to Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Aaaamazing.