Teach Your Kids to be Scientists

Youthful curiosity is a good thing…

Kids are curious…we should foster that. I do my best to encourage my kiddos in things they are interested in. My oldest seems to want to be a scientist…so this day we built an elevator out of a cereal box.

Song for the Weekend (Andrew Applepie)

You have probably heard his music and don’t even know it…

If you have watched any Vlogs on YouTube, then I would bet that you have heard music by Andrew Applepie.

He first got some notoriety in the United States when Casey Neistat started putting some of his music in his own vlogs. People liked his music so much, I think his reach just started growing. (I even emailed him and got permission to use his music in my own vlogs)

I am going to try and write a bit more about this creative musician but for now enjoy his music.

My Reaction to a Cody Wanner SHOUT OUT!

Getting a shout out from another creator is always fun…

Again, this video was up before I deleted my last channel and a shout out from a (now) bigger creator drove some folks to my channel. It was just kinda cool to get a shout out back then. I think Cody’s channel exploded just after this.

Patreon for Bloggers

I’ve only ever heard of this for YouTubers…

One of the things that I have been very honest about when I started up this website was that I was going to try and make some money with it.

The tricky part is making money without being obnoxious, bringing down the quality of my site, or generally putting out garbage. I refuse. I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand websites that are riddled with ads and hurt your eyes with all of the click bait and pop-ups.

My initial goal is to be able to get enough income streams from various sources (affiliates, Medium.com partner plan, tee spring, etc) to be able to remove ads from here and break even on the cost of keeping the site going. The google Adsense advertisements that come with wordpress plans are ugly in my opinion…but I’m still trying to see if they have any benefit. If they don’t…perhaps I’ll get rid of them anyways. Luckily…quality content is always king.

When I was going hard on YouTube in 2018 and pumping out vlogs, I saw a lot of YouTube creators talking about their Patreon pages. I finally got curious enough to check them out but never signed up for one. It never really clicked for me until I came across Dusty Porter and his YouTube Creators Podcast. He is always talking about his Patreon page and calling out his patrons, encouraging folks to join his Discord channel to chat with likeminded folks.

After gaining a bit of inspiration from this creator…I have launched my own Patreon page.

But Scott…you post everything here for free…why a Patreon page? First, I do plan to offer early access to my longer form write ups. I haven’t mentioned it often, but I’ve posted some of my longer articles over on Medium and made a few bucks along the way. One thing they give writers that write for their partner program is a family and friends link for each article writen and published behind their paywall. This gets anyone with the link behind that paywall.

Medium has a ton of great content and I pay for the annual membership. I’d check it out if I were you. Hopefully $1/month is worth early/free access to articles I spend more time writing up. They’ll still get posted here, just a week or two after they go up on Medium.

Patreon Benefits

  • Get free access to my Medium.com longer form articles with a  Friends and Family link posted for Patrons only
  • Get a shout out on my next YouTube video
  • Access to chat with the community in our Discord channel

Not a bad start in my opinion. Honestly, I’m going to try it out and see where it goes. Let me know what you think about a Patreon channel and writing. I’m not sure how it will work out…but stick around and I’ll tell you.

Scott from California Patreon Page

What does Cody Wanner mean with FIND YOUR YOUTUBE VOICE???

Everyone has their own style, voice, story, etc…have you thought about yours?

Before I deleted my previous YouTube channel, I had started making these videos and stumbled across Cody Wanner. He started a daily Vlog and was able to keep it up for a year…crazy right!!

I really enjoyed his channel and watching him find his way to his core message (one of “encouraging the doers” as he says) and the #nosmallcreator movement was quite unique. I made this video as a “thought piece” of sorts, and it had actually caught his attention and he shouted it out at one point, but the core message of what I am saying here is still the same.

If you start a vlog, blog, writing on Medium…you have to find your own voice and not try and imitate (too much) others that inspire you on any sort of medium. That can be tricky, but there is an audience for all sorts of folks. I realized that while Cody Wanner has a much faster paced, non-linear style…my “voice” or style of vlog was very different. Not bad, just different.

After you watch this…I’d encourage you to check out some of Cody Wanner’s early stuff…it’s lots of fun.