Okay, so we realize that today is probably a sad day for a lot of you, considering that we just broke the news…no more daily vlogs. We knew for quite some time that our wedding would probably be the final daily vlog that we post. After all, how often does life give you moments that feel like the series finale to a TV show? It seemed like a perfect opportunity to end stuff on a high note and leave everyone feeling hopeful and positive instead of sad.
But still, I’m sure a lot of you guys would like to know why the daily vlogs are ending, even after watching the announcement video. Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen it, here it is:
So yeah, like we said, the daily vlogs were always meant to be a temporary project. Those of you who have been around from the very, very beginning know that they were originally supposed to last one month. Then it was two months. Then one year. And then, before we knew it, we were starting year number five without any end in sight. And we have you guys to thank for that. Seriously. The daily videos were literally you guys’ idea from the very beginning. We embarked on our first month of doing it thinking that no one was going to be interested in watching. Or worse yet, we thought it was going to tank the channel, since we thought people wouldn’t like us spamming their feed each and every day. We’re happy to say that we were dead wrong. Once the love and the comments and the traffic and the letters started coming in, we knew we were on to something.
But like we said: you can only post the same kind of video, day in and day out, for so long before things start to get a little redundant. We get that that’s why a lot of you guys liked our videos, because watching our routines helped give you guys a sense of routine. But for us, the entire process was starting to get mind-numbing. To wake up every morning and edit together yet another video of Will going to the office and me running errands and playing with Dobby and going to the gym…and then try to think of an interesting title and find an engaging thumbnail…and then posting a video to only start that entire process all over again… It got to the point where it felt more like a chore than something we enjoy. And it was made doubly difficult by the fact that we couldn’t go anywhere without our camera, or even spend too many hours without recording. We’d find ourselves leaving places and going, “Shit, did we record at all? Well we have to record something. Hold on, let me get the camera out…”
But remembering to record was only part of the struggle. As we started sharing more and more with our videos, a lot of people started to feel like they were entitled to make comments and judgements based on what they saw. Make no mistake, you should always be ready for feedback whenever you post in a public forum. But some took it to a new and pretty excessive level. Critiquing a video is one thing. Making comments about how “Will doesn’t deserve RJ. Will’s been gaining weight. He’s so fat and bitchy. RJ should just leave him…” and so and and so forth. Not okay. And then there were the select few who would take it upon themselves to take the stuff that we revealed in videos and try to use it to invade our privacy. We’ve had people hop our fence before. We’ve had people try to post our address before. We’ve had people try to steal our banking information before. We’ve had people attack our home network before. So instead of it being a daily struggle to remember to record, it became this daily struggle to share enough, but not too much, and to try to keep some sense of privacy intact.
Add to this the fact that we both deal with anxiety disorders, and things started to get even harder. If we didn’t have something interesting to post every single day, we’d put our channel at risk. Not to mention that the intense scrutiny that comes with posting your life every single day is a pretty tall order for two people trying to tackle PTSD. I can’t speak for Will, but I know that I spent many hours in therapy sessions trying to cope with all the pressure and anxiety that came with not only posting 7-8 videos a week, but also with constantly trying to make content that was interesting for people to watch.
But I don’t want to make it seem like we didn’t enjoy daily vlogging at all. For all of it’s headaches, there were also times when it was an absolute blast. There were so many moments that we had that mean that much more to us because we got to share them. And a lot of our own personal struggles have been that much more meaningful too, since sharing them has given us a chance to help others. And let’s of course not forget all the love that we’ve gotten from you guys from all over the world. So many of you guys made it a point to send your love and gratitude. And to be honest, that has kept us going for as long as we have. Seriously. Every time we asked ourselves “why the hell are we doing this”, the answer has always been “because we’re trying to help people.
But then we hit another obstacle. One that prompted us to start looking for ways to move our community away from YouTube. A lot of you are familiar with the algorithm change they made some time ago. If you watched my “YouTube Has Changed” video, you already have an idea of what I’m talking about (skip to 4:32):
This algorithm change has made it so much harder for us to keep reaching people and keep our community intact. A lot of you guys were even complaining about how our videos weren’t being delivered to your sub boxes. Some people had even turned notifications on and still weren’t getting them. Suddenly we were fighting with two hands tied behind our backs, all because our format doesn’t play nice with the way they run their site anymore. If our goal was to help people, YouTube was making it so the number of people we reached kept getting smaller, and we didn’t want to see that happen.
But the thing is, there are so many new ways that we can be helpful to you guys and build our community. Not to mention that, after all this time, we’re itching to make other types of videos for once. Will we still make vlogs? Of course, from time to time and when interesting things happen. And in the meantime, we can post other types of videos that we’ve always wanted to do. Not to mention that we have other projects beyond YouTube that we want to work on. And since daily vlogging is so time consuming, we haven’t really been able to pursue many of those.
So while I’m sure that a lot of you guys see this news as sad news, I hope that you guys will soon feel as excited by our new direction as we are. Like we said before, we’ll still be sharing our days on Snapchat (@rj4gui4r and @shep689), and we’ll still be posting content daily on all of our various platforms, and also on here! So while you may not see us on YouTube every day, know that we’re still here and we aren’t going anywhere.