Tags and Lists!

Hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here with a quick note on a wee change on the blog. I had previously used a tag cloud to show all the NZYT’ers I knew of on the right column. But I have now taken away that tag cloud and have replaced it with a neat list of all the NZYT’ers, with a click through link to their channel. I think this is a much more helpful and clearer way to find NZYT’ers, and this also allows me to utilise the tags to bring in more views to the blog, which will give NZYT more exposure!

Hopefully you guys agree with my minor adjustments and find them helpful. and since this is just a tiny post with little content, I’m going to stick Andrew’s (Strugsnotdrugs) video of yesterday’s random weather that is being called ‘snowmageddon’.

Thanks for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont


Vidcon: The “Everything YouTube” Event

Hola, mi amigos de YouTube! Es Andrés (Strugsnotdrugs) aqui. Jajaja.

I’ve been very interested in the recent Vidcon convention in Los Angeles this weekend. With star YouTubers appearing and meeting with hoards of fans from around the world, who wouldn’t be excited about reading stories and seeing photos and videos about this fantastic annual event?

The world’s first online video conference, Vidcon, was held last year in Los Angeles attracting an audience of about 1,300 fanatical online video lovers. The weekend has many speakers, workshops and concerts, which reflect the current state of the YouTube world.

Today I enjoyed watching a few live video streams from Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, learning from YouTubers about their experiences in creating engaging videos. Thankfully, the Vidcon YouTube channel has posted their live show for playback on their channel!

In particular I enjoyed watching Charlie Todd’s presentation about his involvements with ImprovEverywhere This is a seriously intriguing YouTube channel, and an excellent model for all flash-mobs and publicity pranks. You can see Charlie Todd’s video presentation at Vidcon here:

My VlogStory friend from Long Beach, Jen (childcontent), was lucky to be one of 2,500 punters to go to this year’s Vidcon conference, and I’m sure there will be some great first-hand videos coming from her channel very soon. She says there have been ‘shizzloads’ of freebies, and that she has even met some star YouTubers like Shane Dawson!

Check out the rest of the videos on Vidcon. I’m certain there is something you will learn from the conference, and run with when producing future videos for  YouTube.

For me, it’s this nugget of gold from ImprovEverywhere’s Charlie Todd:

“Figure out what it is you like to do, and just make it. Don’t wait for a big break. Don’t wait for some sort of opportunity to arrive. You create your own opportunity, and it’s already there, and it’s called YouTube. So go out there and make as many videos as you can, and do it because you love it – not because you want to make money, or because you want to be famous, but do it because it’s what you love to do. And I promise you, if it’s good, eventually it will rise to the top, and you will find a way to eventually turn it into your career, and you won’t have to ask anybody for permission at any point in the process.”

Amen brother! Hurray for YouTube.

Uno Brazo,


Andrew Cuts The Red Tape On Vlogstory!

Hey YouTubers, I hope this post finds you guys well.

I’m (Strugsnotdrugs) pretty stoked to have the opportunity to write for the NZYT Community page, and I look forward to doing so more in the future. Ryan (TheRyanLamont) says the floor is open to a variety of posts, so feel free to voice something you want to say about YouTube, and the community!

Some of you may be aware of my past interactions with the YouTube community. I started out on the channel aspiringphotographer, but was shooting myself terribly in the foot with all my usage of copyrighted music. Not only were my videos being muted and adverts appearing all over my channel, but I was no longer eligible to apply for YouTuber partnership short term. Bummer!

So in May 2009, Strugsnotdrugs was initiated to bring totally copyright-free videos for YouTube. Then in June the collaboration channel vlogstory was born, auditioning for additional three vloggers to join their channel. This caused an enormous influx of interest, mostly in the States. Ben and I, with our crazy Britt and Kiwi accents, were picked alongside Washintonian, Lucy, to make the team complete.

The six of us from around the globe completed all sorts of challenges together, created talking points, guest openings and made new connections – in many ways like vlogcandy. In fact, I even flew to visit two of the VlogStory crew in California in April 2010, last year.

Unfortunately, VlogStory became a big scary animal that took too much work to maintain and ultimately collapsed on itself in September 2009.

I’m glad to say, however, that the remaining Storytellers want to bring back VlogStory’s lovechild to be bigger and brighter than ever. Jen (childcontent), and Jennie (technicolorjennie) live in California. I live in Wellington, NZ. The vast time and space difference between us makes for some interesting challenges when planning our weekly vlogs together, but we’re pressing on to bring you Monday, Wednesday and Friday entertainment. The first Sunday of every month is when a special guest vlogger is invited to share their bit of craziness on the channel.

All in all, we’re extremely excited to bring you a bit of what we love: the chance to encourage genuine, engaging YouTube creativity, and the opportunity for you to get involved and join in the fun. Video responses and Facebook integration is a big part of our goal to keep VlogStory an interactive global video community. Our current viewer base is primarily in the USA and UK.

Who knows? What if we, together, can continue launching this reborn movement to become another successful collaboration that shows some kiwi flavour and NZYT to the world? Your engagement with our crazy fresh new start is invaluable.



YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/vlogstory 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/vlogstory

Facebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/vlogstory

There’s a little joke that floats around here:

“VlogStory. The place for sports… but not really.”

YouTube: How money killed community spirit

Hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here with a topic that has slowly been spreading through the global YouTube community. The deterioration of the once blossoming and communicating YouTube community, into the world of money-hungry partnered content has been noted by many, but now someone has taken a stand and prompted many others to do so. The person I speak of is Andrew Bravener (AndrewBravener) and this YouTube revelation started with his video entitled “An Open Letter To YouTube”.

We’ve already had NZYT’ers join in this debate/conversation with video replys. These NZYT’ers include, Andrew (Strugsnotdrugs) and Rache (WizardNeedsFoodBadly).

I’ve watched quite a few of the video responses to Andrew Bravener’s video. But something no one has seemed to pick up on yet, is google adsense. The reason the community spirit died and YouTube dived into this money-hungry and fame-focused state is due to the introduction of YouTube partners, people who could gain money form advertising placed around their videos. Before the introduction of this the only motivation to be on YouTube was to have fun, express yourself, connect and communicate. But when the almighty corrupter of money came into the picture, the world of YouTube started to change. No longer did we see subscribers as friends, we saw them as numbers. Numbers which led towards an eventual profit.

Andrew Bravener seems to have reminded everyone of how youTube used to be. He’s reminded those that were there, and educated those that weren’t, and now we all have this image of communicatory awesomeness to head towards. All we need now is for this movement to pass through the community. More partners, with their huge audiences, need to make videos combating this issue. People need to be proactive and reactive. As Ghandi said “be the change you want to see in the world”.

I truly hope that Andrew’s video will bring about some sort of change, and that the community will stand up and support it.

Thanks for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont

Guest blog: YouTube Partnership

Hey guys its Tofu here (theTofushow) with a little look at something that we all probably know a little bit about and all want, you know, that shiny golden idol at the end of the Video making tunnel? Yup that’s right I mean the YouTube partnership program.

Look at your subscriptions. It is more than likely that you are subscribed to a couple of YouTube partners. This is all of the Phillip Defrancos, the Toby Turners, and the Charlie Mcdonnalds. All of the big YouTubers are Partners. It is because of this that it would be easy to see the Partnership program as a symbol of status. And is it not?

So if you didn’t already know, the YouTube partnership program is a higher level (of sorts) to being a part of YouTube. Specifically, it means that you get to make cold hard cash off your videos, along with other benefits (such as unrestricted use of YouTube features like having a customized channel page). But is it safe to assume that being a partner is better than the alternative?

Let’s have a look at what you need to be to apply for the program. Straight off the YouTube partnership page it states that:

A) You need to create original videos suitable for online streaming (the 2 key words there being original and suitable)

B) You have the permission to use any copyrighted material (this is definitely the strictest of the 3 rules)

C) You regularly publish videos that are viewed by thousands of people.

Now as for this last one, I have read and watched my fair share on the topic and the general consensus is that you must have around 1000 subscribers and get at least 2000 views per video. It is also said that you must have a certain number of friends but I wasn’t able to verify this. I can’t tell you the exact number (me and my 10 videos are not Partners) so these are just estimates, but it is easy to see why only the “cream of the crop” can be partners.

But there are restrictions to being a partner. The use of copyrighted material is very strictly prohibited and even the slightest reference can lead to removal of the video. Of course there is the fact that advertising is placed at the bottom of your videos, which can frustrate viewers to say the least.

Even after finding all the facts about YouTube Partnership I still had quite a lot of questions, which Is why I talked to YouTube partner and Fellow NZYT’ers Andrew (Strugsnotdrugs) and Matt (MattMulholland26) about the matter. Here’s what he they to say


“In October 2006 I started a YouTube channel called ApsiringPhotographer. It became pretty successful, and I enjoyed making YouTube contacts through this channel. I did however want to become a YouTube Partner to supposedly take my channel ‘to the next level’, but I was constantly turned down by YouTube because my videos had too much copyrighted material in them.”

“I then created a new YouTube channel called StrugsNotDrugs in May 2009. My goal – to create videos that didn’t infringe copyright laws and could potentially create funds in the future through YouTube Partnership.”

“Sometime down the track I received an e-mail from YouTube Partnership inviting me to join their Partnership programme in November 2010. I was gob-smacked – and actual e-mail FROM YouTube? I signed up straight away and was accepted into Partnership instantly. I got a letter from Google in the mail, and I was then able to receive revenue from the adverts that can now be posted from adverts that I allow Google to put next to some of my videos. I also loved the customizable banners that I could put on my channel too.”

“To be honest though, I have many questions still about the integrity of the YouTube Partnership programme. Before I entered Partnership, I thought that it was the high-class, premiere status of YouTube… but I don’t think it’s living up to all I thought it would be. For a start, not all of my videos are 100% copyright free. Secondly, I thought I would have a whole wave of viewers come surging through my channel = more views, more subscriptions, more clicks on my adverts and more money… not quite the case (although, the subscriber-base has increased a little more than it normally would). The pay you get through YouTube Partnership is very low. Depending on the number of clicks your adverts get I would estimate maybe 10-20 cents a day?”

“Lastly, what baffles me most is that I received yet another e-mail from YouTube inviting my AspiringPhotographer channel (remember, the channel I abandoned in May 2010) – to YouTube Partnership too! Of all channels on YouTube, my AspiringPhotographer channel breaches all copyright laws in terms of music and video usage that does not belong to me. That being said, YouTube Partnership is a mystery. The good record I kept on the Strugsnotdrugs channel did pay off – my lack of copyright infringement paid off and I was invitied to Partnership. On the other hand however, I received an e-mail from YouTube two weeks ago inviting AspiringPhotographer to Partnership too – the most copyright infringing channel I have. There are three YouTube channels in my Partnership under the same account – which has some very cool branding and funding perks – but – in all honesty, Partnership isn’t as glamorous as it is lived up to be.”

“By all means, I still encourage you to apply for Partnership. Just don’t feel down if you aren’t accepted – the perks of Partnership aren’t THAT high.”


“For me, it’s been only an awesome thing. It gives me (a little) money and motivation to take things more seriously and release more videos more often… So I can get more money. You’ve got the big guys who are making big fuck off six figure incomes from it and it gives me the thought of “holy shit, I could actually make a living from making videos for the internets”. Obviously to get to that stage you need a miracle or a sex tape or something crazy to get the huge amount of subscribers needed, but fuck it, it’s possible.

When I was trying to figure out if I was gonna do it or not, I looked online to see other experiences and opinions and I found a lot of people bitching about how it limits you in that you’re really only allowed to use fully original content. I see that as a good thing. If anything it’s encouragement to go and create shit. It’s like google and youtube are pretty much rewarding you for being creative and original. That doesn’t happen in the real world.

I know that’s not what actually is going on, they do it for legal reasons and they want to make money out of you but who cares. If I can get paid for singing about penises, and not have to work 9-5 for some cockmaster company, I’ll die happy.

Without being too corny I would say it affected my life more then my videos. It was kinda like “hey I must be doing something OK if this is happening, I’m gonna give doing it properly a go”. I quit my job and now spend most of my day working on songs, making videos, and trying to reach a wider audience online. May have been a bit premature because I have no money now but, again, fuck it. Life is good.”

There are two quite different views about being a YouTube partner. While the perks are there perhaps this program is being idolized as “winning on YouTube”.

Personally, I aim for the YouTube partnership program, but not because of the various perks, or even the motivation to use original content, but more for something Both of these successful YouTubers have. Passion. I aim to look at my videos and think to myself: “I’ve done something that has made somebody laugh” and perhaps this will come when I’m a partner but maybe it won’t. I think this is best put in Andrews’s words:

“Continue to create great, captivating and fun videos – just rest in the fact that YouTube Partnership is not what makes you a great YouTuber.”

If you have any thoughts, why not write a comment, every comment gives Ryan (TheRyanLamont) just that little bit more satisfaction! Thanks for reading guys and remember to keep it cool!