19 7 / 2014

thesejokesdontcount said: I think this whole transition with the ads is really cool, and I like that you're doing it. However, seeing people make it their business to know what exactly you do with however much money you make kind of irks me. Nerdfighters can be so enlightened and caring, but does it ever frustrate you how intrusive they can be, analyzing every statement you make and now even analyzing your money?

No. I see our business as being owned by Nerdfighteria more than it is owned by me. If I have an unofficial board of directors with 200,000 passionate, caring people on it, that’s fine with me.

19 7 / 2014

thetardisin221b said: Is there any way we can see the total made from the pre-roll ads as a running total that we can view whenever we like? Or is there anyway you could put the total in the description or mention it in the Vlogbrothers videos so we have a more updated version each time?

Alas, there’d be no way to do this except to give everyone in the world the password to our YouTube channel…which seems…not ideal.

But here’s our first day of data! (there is roughly a two-day delay in YouTube’s reporting, and we turned on ads on the 17th.)

Not bad you guys!!!

19 7 / 2014

knowitall-granger said: With the addition of pre-roll ads on Vlogbrothers videos, would Nerdfighteria have access to see exactly how much money is being earned monthly/annually for The Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck and different educational enterprises? I'm fully supportive of the change and I think it's a great idea, but I think a lot more people would be willing to sit through the whole ad if they can see the larger amount we can raise as a community rather than the fraction of a cent for each individual viewing.

Yup. We’ll be releasing that information, at first here on Tumblr, and after a while, just through the newsletter

19 7 / 2014

jessicasburningupasun:

edwardspoonhands:

ninthdoctorisbestdoctor:

thetumblr-thisisatumblr:

enstarprise:

alegbra:

being 17 is weird because you can get hit on by 14-year-olds and 20-year-olds and it’s THE SAME AGE DIFFERENCE

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It’s also weird because you can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen

Half your age plus seven is so much better than a legal, binary switch between 17.99999 and 18.

Half of 17 = 8.5 + 7 = 15.5

Half of 20 = 10 + 7 = 17

There is a much larger difference between the maturity of a 14 year-old and a 17 year old than there is between a 20 year old and a 17 year old despite the number of years being the same. Half your age plus seven is remarkably accurate in reflecting the reality of this (at least in cultures I’ve been a part of.)

Also, is there a single 17 year old on earth who has seen “Threes Company”? This seems like a weird thing for there to even be a GIF of… but you never know, maybe there’s a huge Jack Tripper fandom on Tumblr? If not…let’s make it happen…

Brah, get off your high horse. TV Land and Nick @ Night exist. Three’s Company isn’t some lost to the ages gem. 

I’m not on a high horse! I’m on a “I haven’t had cable since 2002” horse. I admit, this is a weird horse to be on, but I don’t think it’s any higher than average.

I figured Nick at Night had just started running “newer” old shows like Seinfeld or Home Improvement or The Cosby Show or Friends.

I’M AN YOUTUBE GUY DAMNIT! I CAN’T KNOW EVERYTHING!

19 7 / 2014

ninthdoctorisbestdoctor:

thetumblr-thisisatumblr:

enstarprise:

alegbra:

being 17 is weird because you can get hit on by 14-year-olds and 20-year-olds and it’s THE SAME AGE DIFFERENCE

image

It’s also weird because you can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen

Half your age plus seven is so much better than a legal, binary switch between 17.99999 and 18.

Half of 17 = 8.5 + 7 = 15.5

Half of 20 = 10 + 7 = 17

There is a much larger difference between the maturity of a 14 year-old and a 17 year old than there is between a 20 year old and a 17 year old despite the number of years being the same. Half your age plus seven is remarkably accurate in reflecting the reality of this (at least in cultures I’ve been a part of.)

Also, is there a single 17 year old on earth who has seen “Threes Company”? This seems like a weird thing for there to even be a GIF of… but you never know, maybe there’s a huge Jack Tripper fandom on Tumblr? If not…let’s make it happen…

(via lizziekeiper)

19 7 / 2014

melissaanelli:

edwardspoonhands:

I didn’t.

I worked with a talented team of people who had experience running cons

People keep asking me how I did it in my Tumblr asks, and here’s the truth: I had a built-in audience of my own, friendships with a couple dozen successful YouTubers, and a relationship with Melissa Anelli and Stephanie Dornhelm who had created and successfully run LeakyCon from scratch. 

So if you want to know how someone could possibly start a con from scratch, ask those women, because they’re the only people I know who’ve done it and I want to be very clear that I did /not/ do it. They are the reason VidCon exists, and I had no idea what I was doing but they did and VidCon is forever in their debt (actually literally, since they are entitled to a permanent share of all VidCon proceeds.)

I’m not saying starting VidCon wasn’t hard, or that I didn’t literally bet my house on its success…I’m just saying I didn’t know how to do it so I paid people who did to help us (though they gave me a ridiculously inexpensive rate). They are the literal best and I feel shame when people assume I did it by myself.

HAIL MELISSA AND STEPHANIE AND THEIR WHOLE TEAM!

OK, so, I get to respond to this properly now:

Hank Green, you are the reason that VidCon exists. We are extremely flattered that you would put that on us, and maybe we helped identify a venue and negotiate for reasonable contract details and order pallets of balls for the ball pits and barter with A/V companies and manage volunteers and liaise with special guests and that sort of thing BUT the creative vision was yours. While it is true you can’t hire just anyone to see your vision into reality (they should and I would even go so far as to say must be people who believe in that vision), you can’t do anything without the vision. And that was all Hank.

I don’t mean to imply that we only did the minutia: I sincerely hope we helped broaden and define and refine and actualize that vision in its infant stages. The driving force for every member of our team, in every decision and order and conversation, was faith to that vision. Every first con has its share of mistakes, and we did as well; but when you have excitement about and commitment to the vision, that tends to rise out of the madness.

And if you want to know how it all went down, I now have a great excuse to tell this story! How We Started a VidCon With Just One Year of Experience:

About twoish months after LeakyCon 2009, two things of note happened on the same day:

I missed a Skype chat from John Green
I missed a phone call from Hank Green

It was fall of 2009: the brothers Green were busy folk then but nowhere near the empire-leading media giants they are now. Still, it was far enough along in their worldbuild that I knew these things had to be related, and neither was an accident, and they either had something really cool to tell me or ask me, so I fumbled to answer.

“So, you know LeakyCon?” Hank asked me as though it was something at which we had greeted each other in passing, as opposed to something at which we had danced together so hard we had collapsed on the floor in a heap. 

“Yes,” I said, cautiously.

“Can you do that for us?”

He had a tiny laugh in his voice when he said it and then quickly explained his concept, which is what became VidCon. We hadn’t done much with these guys yet - we were barely past the Accio Deathly Hallows craze - but were easily excited to work with them further, easily able to see what worthy partners they would be. When Hank asked, though, I had two warring thoughts: a) he is a genius and this was an idea that is begging to be made into reality and b) I am still tired from LeakyCon 2009. So here’s what I said.

“No. But I know who can.”

I meant by that not myself but a triumverate: Steph Dornhelm,  MJ Harper, and me as a group. (Since late 2010 MJ has since been focusing on personal matters and no longer participates, but we still care a lot about her as a friend and former associate.) And, of course, legion of stalwart Leaky graduates alongside us. 

We were purposefully taking a break in 2010 from LeakyCon to shore up for 2011, and so when I called Steph and MJ and relayed the proposal to them (which would erase this gap year) it was met with that same sort of “oh, why not, what’s having a life, anyway?” sort of reaction that means “this is going to make our lives completely nuts but holy heck do we want to be part of building this thing so let’s just make it happen.”

We had a ton of help. We grabbed some of our favorite LeakyCon staffers and pulled them by the hair right into the thick of things. Not that any of them needed much convincing; they were all on board in an instant. In fact, one of them (Laura Chernikoff) is now the head of VidCon’s special guests, wrangling some ONE THOUSAND GUESTS LOL EVERY TIME I HEAR THAT I LAUGH SO HARD, IT’S LIKE MADNESS ONLY FUNNIER.

It was only the second event we’d ever run. But we learned for sure what we already suspected after Leaky 2009: when you have people at the helm (like Hank and John) who are actually devoted to their attendees and who put their needs first, who are adults with good intentions backed up by common sense, credibility, maturity, and belief in the value of what they are doing, you have the best chance of pulling that first event off. And people will get on board with that real fast.

People can sense capability and positivity. You will quickly find yourself surrounded by other capable and generous people, be that volunteers with spectacular talents and abilities (who will easily make themselves known to you) or special guests who can’t wait to get involved and help in whatever way they can.

That means for most first events, the inevitable flubs are completely understandable and forgiven in light of the greater goodwill of the event. Audio mixups get forgotten; happy special guests spend hours and hours signing autographs or playing pranks on each other that go viral on YouTube. It means sponsors throw themselves into bag stuffing (a repeated phenomenon, we’ve found) and when you forget to order an amp for a band, the front man does the opposite of freak out: he drives to a store and lays out $300 for one without complaint. (That was Dave Days, btw. I sometimes have trouble remembering the names of famous YouTubers, but those who were incredible to us that year will stick with me forever.)

So with that said, and realizing that this post doesn’t come out of a vaccuum, I made a little how-to, and it’s linked here. How We Started a Conference with No Experience.

I hope it is useful and informative, though what I really think will happen if you read it is you will be forever sworn off ever trying to start a conference.

May the cons be ever in your favor!

Oh God…remember the time Dave Days had to buy an amp for us? Thannnks Daaaave.

Also, never forget that VidCon 2010 began with the Gregory Brothers singing into dead microphones.

Thanks to Melissa for putting this little history together!

18 7 / 2014

mtv:

nominee 3 of 6
like or reblog this post to vote harry potter for best fandom forever!
scope out all the other nominees and see who’s in the lead. then watch the mtvU fandom awards on sunday, july 27 at 8/7c on mtv to see which o.g. fandom takes the crown!

I love Sherlock and everything, but c’mon…

mtv:

nominee 3 of 6

like or reblog this post to vote harry potter for best fandom forever!

scope out all the other nominees and see who’s in the lead. then watch the mtvU fandom awards on sunday, july 27 at 8/7c on mtv to see which o.g. fandom takes the crown!

I love Sherlock and everything, but c’mon…

18 7 / 2014

"

YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.

In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.

"

"For women on the Internet, it doesn’t get better" by Samantha Allen (via femfreq)

—-

If there are any psychology / sociology grad students looking for research projects, I bet it would be very easy to find a bunch of internet douchebags who would gladly spew their effed up world views onto your carefully designed surveys.

I would really like to know more about these people…whether they’re “otherwise nice guys” IRL, or whether they have no friends because everyone has figured out how much they suck, or whether they have a social group where it’s acceptable to be, like, a terrible person. 

That would be simple and useful research to do, and also probably pretty easy to get published. 

I personally often find myself assuming very specific things about people who leave these kinds of comments, but up to this point I’ve never seen anyone do any actual research on what sorts of people they are. My assumptions could be entirely incorrect…and, indeed, probably are (since, in my experience, an individuals assumptions about sociological phenomena have a very low chance of matching with the complicated reality of culture.)

If anyone does this…put me in the acknowledgements! 

(via hermionejg)

18 7 / 2014

effyeahnerdfighters:

Hey Nerdfighters! If you’ll be at Leakycon this year, stop by the DFTBA booth to pick up a sweet nerdfighter badge ribbon.

effyeahnerdfighters:

Hey Nerdfighters! If you’ll be at Leakycon this year, stop by the DFTBA booth to pick up a sweet nerdfighter badge ribbon.

18 7 / 2014

effyeahnerdfighters:

EVERY VLOGBROTHERS PUNISHMENT!

So I got a little confused about who owed what punishments and then we went a little overboard and with the help of a team of Nerdfighting researchers rooted out the cause and effect of EVERY SINGLE PUNISHMENT ON VLOGBROTHERS SINCE JANUARY OF 2007!

Here’s a playlist of all of those videos.

The thing I realized while doing this is that we have been doing this for a very….very….very long time. Holy monkey butts…a long time.