This is a real question you should ask yourself and I present it here with no intention of being snarky. I receive so many questions from followers and one of the most surprising things I’ve found over the past number of years is how often my very valid advice is essentially ignored. How do I pay for college? How do I get experience? How do I get promoted? I give the exact same advice I’d give a family member, which is many times what I did to get where I am today and yet the advice is thrown out barely before the words can leave my mouth.
This is relevant to me literally today because of the issues I’ve had uploading videos to YouTube while I’m on the road. When I started this RV adventure two and half months ago I really didn’t think it would be that hard to upload content. I figured it would be a pain in the butt, but not as close to impossible as it has become. The wireless networks I’m dealing with are worse than any I have ever come across before. Simply pinging the default gateway only elicits a reply half the time, and when the replies do come the time is up to 4000.
I did a video about this, and have let my followers know this issue on my other social networking accounts. To this there have been many valid suggestions on what I could do. I could copy the new videos to a flash drive and then send it to my house sitter to upload. I could find a local business or coworking facility and ask to stash a laptop there to upload for the hours it would take. I could stay at a hotel every week or two and use their internet connection to upload. I could do a number of things. All the advice is valid, and if I was willing I could do it. Truthfully though I’m a bit happy just to have a valid excuse to stop.
I don’t know why so many people blow me off when I say it, but the fact of the matter is I don’t like being “famous”. Being recognized in public brings no happiness other than it’s a curious metric to mull over. I’m not overjoyed telling people that their half assed plans are going to end in a pile of debt without anyone being interested in employing them. And it’s rather frustrating to be continually called an asshat douche simply because I argue that employees should bring profit to the organization they work for, and shockingly that you should earn enough money to be able to pay for your mortage and a vacation once in a while. (I have been uttlery flabbergasted at how many people think a vacation is the highest of bourgeoisie concepts.)
In the real world I’m a rather quiet person. I’m not interested in what I think, because I already know it. I sit for hours talking with CEO’s and dock workers a like. Neither receives more or less respect. The dock worker needs the CEO and the CEO needs the dock worker. To the CEO I might poke and ask about quality of life and whether 60 hour weeks are really worth the money. And to the dock worker I’ll poke and bring up that with a bit of technical training that they could work less and be paid twice as much while still being “manly” (Diesel mechanics make stupid money). Overall though I just sit back and listen trying to extract that tiny golden nugget of knowledge that everyone possesses.
What I portray on YouTube are the thoughts that people have, but are unwilling to say. These thoughts drive decisions and have real and harsh consequences, but they are rarely spoken of because it would be considered rude. The fact is:
Worldwide, the number of hungry people has dropped significantly over the past two decades, but 805 million people continue to struggle with hunger every day. 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty — on less than $1.25 per day. Each year, 2.6 million children die as a result of hunger-related causes.
It is a cruel joke to state that the world cares about you if you don’t provide something society is willing to pay for. For me to say otherwise would be disgraceful, and yet when I say an A+ or CCNA alone isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on this is deemed insulting. I’m the guy having a cup of coffee with recruiters and CEO’s believe me they won’t give you an unpaid internship if that’s all you have.
At a certain point the YouTube project became tiresome. I found that video is a beast to scale. That YouTube is fickle and schizophrenic when it comes to making and applying rules. And lastly I’m not overjoyed with 500K viewers passing judgement on whether or not I’m an asshat.
As I’ve sat staring at the sporadic ping replies over the past few weeks I have to say I’m not as disappointed about the results as may be imagined. I’ve run through a number of possible solutions that have failed, and at the end of the day I’m finding myself to be content with a good excuse. As a professional projects will come and go, and sometimes a reason to stop is far more valuable than a solution that allows you to continue.
So ask yourself when you present a professional/ mentor/ guru with your problems, “Are you really asking for a way to overcome your obstacles, or deep in your heart are you really hoping a respectable person will give you a valid reason for failure?” All snark side… sometimes a solution isn’t the answer you’re looking for…
My YouTube channels are not “dead”, and I may go back to them. For the time being I’m happy to hide behind text and plug away at GeekBrainDump…