We didn’t buy a yurt

Published April 26, 2017   Posted in Having some fun

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 howย 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 aย 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? ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and just for shits and grins, here’s an obligatory shot of our hike out to Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Aaaamazing.

Angels Landing in Zion National Park

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13 responses to “We didn’t buy a yurt”

  1. I definitely agree that you can’t be all things to everybody. Trying to do will drive you crazy. Keep having fun and more importantly keep those awesome pics coming!!!

  2. It’s really human nature to jump to conclusions. Our brain is hard wired to view situations based on certain heuristics of what we’ve seen before. This is why its so hard to do things like active listening. Our brains want to apply meaning to what someone is saying before the finish saying it. As such we don’t hear what they say.

    • Steve says:

      Very true, FTF – “active listening”. Something that so few of us (me included) do all that well. But when you DO do active listening, you definitely benefit from it.

  3. A Yurt Greenhouse?? Really?? Don’t folks realize that’s, um, kind of impossible?

    SO funny. And so sad.

    Be who you are. Folks that love you (Me!!), will continue to love you. Even if you decide to move into a Yurt. (They are kind of cool, actually!). I’m really enjoying your journey. Your photos and videos are AMAZING. Thanks for helping all of us (for now) desk bound corporate warriors keep our dreams alive!

  4. Retire by 40 says:

    Heh heh, I missed that Yurt video the first time. People have such short attention span these days. Nice picture of Zion.

  5. So you’re not going to move into a Yurt? You could corner the market on people looking for Yurt content. It could even become a lifestyle brand with exclusive apparel, a perfume deal, and a custom affinity credit card. I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the opportunity! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Daaaaamn, internet. I would have thought people would consume media with more care on April Fool’s Day, too. Sucks about the subscriptions, but I guess they weren’t diehard followers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I won’t lie–I’m actually still tempted to buy a yurt. Land is cheap in Texas, yurts are cheap. It seemed like a natural fit. Mr. Picky Pincher wasn’t for the yurt and we got a boring traditional house instead (grumble grumble).

  7. Mrs Groovy says:

    I was going to suggest you re-think the Yurt thing. You could invent a Yurtbar, like a Cliff Bar for yurt dwellers. Imagine the side hustle! Put enough protein in it for humans and dogs! Then I googled yurtbar for fun and found this, a totally different concept but very cool. http://www.yurtbar.co.uk/

    I back out of new websites more often than I move past the home page. But I’m a bit surprised by your experience. I would think people who were already fans wouldn’t be as rash.

    P.S. you had Mr. Groovy going for a bit on that video.

  8. That’s pretty bad people couldn’t sit through 2 1/2 minutes. I missed the video but think I would have been to curious to click off it. (Heading to subscribe now). And seriously PLEASE keep the photos coming, I could look at your shots all day!

  9. Miss Mazuma says:

    You’re so right!! People are fickle, attention spans are limited. I missed the yurt video but I’m pretty sure if you guys did go the yurt route you would gather just as many fans of that lifestyle…all you did was weed out the lame ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That being said, glad you’re sticking with the airstream!! I’ve never been inside one and am hopeful I will meet Charlie at some point…oh, and you guys too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Steve says:

      You’re probably right! In fact, the Yurt idea might actually be a better niche on YouTube because far less people are doing it compared to traveling around in an RV. Perhaps in our next life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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