Several months ago I announced here that there was going to be a shift from the blog to YouTube videos. I was a little nervous at first as YouTube and video are new media formats for me. Sure I’ve done a random YouTube video here and there over the past few years, but that’s not the same as deciding to put up a series of videos.
I’m proud to say that I’ve sat down and really dug into producing some regular YouTube content now. My most recent project, “7 Days of Solar,” came to an end a few days ago. You can see the whole series in the link below.
Moving to video isn’t for everyone.
I’ve always been aware of the time that goes into well produced online videos. You don’t just sit up, film for an hour and have a polished product for subscribers. Instead, many of the video projects you see out there from other RV’ers are pretty big jobs. Hours of shooting video and stills, recording voice overs, and of course editing for hours and hours on end. Even lower end ones like mine consume a lot of time. I’m learning, and the stories will improve, but it takes a ton of time. I have a lot of respect for other full time RV’ers out there who are doing multiple videos per week. And since I started on this journey myself, I’ve got even more respect for them.
It’s a lot of work!
So why move to video? Why not keep blogging often?
I’ve been blogging on The Airstream Chronicles since 2006. The original site, Gadget’s Airstream Chronicles, had a post a day for well over a year. Then I moved to several posts a week. And in the past few years only a few posts a month. Bottom line, you can only write so much about full time Airstream life before you burn out. Add to that the fact that I spend a lot of time writing posts and content for clients and you have the perfect storm of blogging burn out.
The videos definitely take longer than blog posts, but in the videos I can show and share more about living full time in an RV, and more about working from an RV as well. I know that many people are full time RV’ers now, and they’re working from the road. It seems the interest is ever-growing in this lifestyle, so I thought I’d take a shot that some of the things I’ve learned over the years might be of value to folks. We’ll see how it goes.
The Airstream Chronicles isn’t dead, just changing format.
Each month going forward I’ll be posting a catchup blog here. I’ll also be linking some of the latest videos that I post here. That way long term visitors will still get some updates in text form. Watching the daily stats here I know people still find and view this blog (well over 100 a day), so I won’t abandon this altogether. But to keep up with current events it might be a good idea to subscribe to my YouTube channel as well. Below is the full playlist of the 35 videos that have been posted recently about Full Time Airstream living and working. Enjoy!