Now that we are reaching such a big audience, we have new responsibilities. Financial ones, personal ones, spiritual ones… everything is changing.
And I tend to just worry about it all. What if I forget something? What if I mess up? What if everything crashes and burns? What if it’s all my fault?
It scares me, to be completely honest. And don’t get me wrong, this whole thing is probably the most fun I’ve ever had. It’s just… what if I screw it all up? What if it’s my fault everyone’s fun gets ruined?
So this week, I’ve been learning to not worry. To not stress. To just rest in the assurance that the Lord has brought us to the point at which we find ourselves, and He’s continuing to guide our steps. There’s no telling what He’s doing! We just need to keep looking up and waiting on Him. That’s our only real responsibility.
Most of the stuff I worry about is out of my control anyway. Besides, didn’t God command us not to fear?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9
I’m just going to stop talking about our plans that are multiple weeks in advance. We always end up changing them. I don’t even remember what the original plan was. But anyways, one video is probably scraped. The one that was going to replace it is probably going to be next week, and Kelli and I are working on a new one for this week.
This week has been crazy and fantastic. Looking ahead!
T-shirts are in the works. I’m looking to get a partnership with District Lines. I could go ahead and just get an “everybody is accepted!” account now, but if we get accepted for the “Pro” account, we make a lot more off of the sales. Part of me wants to just start selling them now, but honestly, if we could make a little money to get some professional lights… that would be awesome. You people would laugh at what we’re using now. I laugh at what we’re using now. But with that said, the “Pro” account can take up to 90 days to be approved, IF we’re even approved. I sent them an email today too, trying to speed up the process. We’ll see. Hopefully I’ll know more in a week.
Anyway, along those lines, I signed up for monetization on youtube. It’s just for the little pop up ads that you can X out of during the video, not the full commercials before the video starts. Those are irritating. Everyone is trying to convince me that people are used to them at this point, but I still hate them and will keep them off of our videos for as long as I can, haha.
Next, I foolishly signed up for a YouTube Partnership two months ago. Got rejected. But! I think we’ll be able to get a partnership now. Hopefully. I think I can apply again on Sunday. You can only apply once every two months.
THEN, Jordan is coming over tonight and I think we’re going to shoot a video we’ll upload to Blimey Cow’s facebook page where we just answer some fan emails we’ve gotten this week (We have gotten so many emails… overwhelming and exciting). So look for that on our facebook page tonight.
And I think we’re going to work on this week’s video tonight as well. It’s already written, but I’m not entirely convinced that we won’t delay that one and come up with another one. But we’ll see!
Here’s something I wrote a few years ago in a Facebook note.
So what’s the point? I think we need more McGee and Me’s. Not literally, but you know what I’m saying. And of course they wouldn’t be carbon copies… but we need fun and accessible Christian kid shows that appeal to kids AND adults… with messages that aren’t dumbed down at all. Stuff that is interesting and relevant….whatever that means for this 21st century of kids.
And I realize how awkwardly corney that sounds. But hey… it’s true. I’m just beginning to realize that as cool as it would be to create the next great character study… or the next great thinker film… (Both of which I’d still love to do someday)… it’d be a lot more rewarding to make a cool kids show, and then years down the road, run into one of the kids who grew up on the show, and for them to say “dude, I still love those videos” just as excitedly as I’d say it if I ran into anyone that worked on “McGee and Me!” almost 20 years ago.
So…that’s really it. I’ll just continue delighting myself in our Good Lord… and if this is something He’d really have me do, then I’d be honored to serve Him in that way. That would…mmm… I don’t know how to explain it exactly, but I would be flattered and humbled by such a request.
I just found out that our video is the 7th most watched comedy video on YouTube today. Think about that. A video that sticks up for homeschooling is that popular.
I woke up this morning, and my eyes welled up reading through all the comments, emails, and tweets from parents saying they had stayed up too late watching all of our videos with their kids.
We are getting subscribers faster than I can refresh my email.
The homeschool video really resonated with people. That’s awesome.
Today has been a blast- just watching all of the responses and new people that are finding out about our videos. It’s just been a really good day.
I’m very thankful for my sweet wife who helps me keep track of all of this stuff. She helps me write these things, and direct them, and edit them… she’s perfect. I love her very much and cannot imagine how Jordan and I possibly did it before I was married to her.
Today has been exciting. Trying to enjoy it, but there is always the lurking “What about next week?” But mostly, it’s just been very exciting.
It’s funny how things can change in just a few days.
Not a week ago, I felt like we were running out of gas- I had a few ideas for Messy Mondays, but I couldn’t make any of them work that way I wanted. We ended up writing out a ton of titles, but not getting much farther than that.
Thankfully, Tebow came to our rescue and bought us a week.
This gave me a minute to breathe, and to figure out what to do next. So we’re going to tackle homeschooling this week. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while, but this week has been all about working that idea out. It helps when we have a solid plan at the start of the week. We can talk to people and get lots of different opinions about it.
Then, last night, I was about to hop into bed when a flurry of thoughts for one specific new idea kept jumping at me. I told myself I just needed to sleep and that I’d write it all out in the morning, but it was writing itself in my head, and I liked everything I was coming up with. So I stayed up the extra thirty or so minutes to write the whole thing out. It is a pretty decent rough draft, I think. I haven’t looked at it since last night. I’m kind of afraid to, haha. But my wife read it today and said it’s good! I’m sure I’ll talk more about that idea as it gets closer to when we will actually do the video. Which I thought was going to be next week, but…
Tonight, as my wife and I set out to finish writing the homeschooling video, another idea come to my head- one that I think, if we can work it all out, could be next week’s video. We’ll have to see. It’ll be a very different, but potentially very funny, Messy Monday video. We’ll see. It’ll be more about coordinating it than actually writing it. I haven’t even talked to Jordan about it yet. But Kelli and I love it.
All of that to say, we have a completely script for this week (And I am PUMPED about it!), a great idea for the next week’s video, a rough draft for the following video, and…a script that’s maybe a quarter of the way done that we were going to do this past week before the Broncos took down the Steelers. That’ll get us into February easily! And we’ll have that time to come up with more ideas. It feels really good to be ahead.
Our dad graduated from the University of Florida before getting married, having kids, and moving us to Tennessee where we have all resided ever since. My wife’s father grew up in South Florida as well and has always been a big Gators fan. So we enjoyed watching Tebow’s time with the Gators, and have enjoyed watching him now with the Denver Broncos.
For anyone that reads all of our posts on here, you know we were planning on doing this last week’s Messy Mondays video on smart phones. Well, by Sunday, that plan had changed to something else. I had told myself I was going to finish writing it while I watched the Broncos/Steelers game, but the contest stayed so close, it was hard to think about anything else. So once it ended, we were all riding high on the adrenaline from the game, and I set to work trying to finish work on the video.
As I did, I could hear my dad and Jordan in the other room making jokes about how Tebow’s win was ordained by God. Eventually dad walked into the room in which I was writing and told me about Tebow’s 316 yards, as well as “D. Thomas” being the touchdown receiver.
I knew the whole “316” thing was going to be all over the internet, and as much as I didn’t really want to make a video about Tim Tebow, the idea had some promise.
So Jordan and I sat down and decided to try and write it. The original idea was to actually do TWO Messy Mondays and release them both at the same time. But I started to really treasure the idea I’d been working on before the game started, and didn’t want it to get lost in all the Tebow mania, so we decided to put all our chips into a Tebow video.
We began writing, and didn’t get very far before we realized we just needed to just make it up as we went along- ride high off the adrenaline and emotion from the game, and just make a video.
I think it turned out pretty decently well. I wanted Tebow-haters to be able to appreciate the sarcasm, and I wanted Tebow-lovers to be able to enjoy it and laugh at the good-natured jokes. Hopefully that’s how it came across. I talked to big Tebow fans that really liked it, and people who hate Tebow-mania that liked it just as well. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud we pulled that off.
And that’s the story of the Tebow video- the one that didn’t exist at all, and then about an hour later, was completely done.
Next week’s video isn’t the smart phone one, or the one I was working on before Tebow… it’s one I’ve been putting off doing for a while, but I think people will really enjoy. I’m hoping so, at least.
Jordan and Amy are coming over to our place shortly to start braining storming a few different ideas I came up with this morning. When it comes down to it, I’m just not excited about the Smart Phone idea I mentioned in the last post. I’ve got some stuff for it that I think is solid, but I’m just not feeling it this week.
All that being said, if come Monday, you hop on YouTube and this week’s video is related to cell phones, it’s because we came up with enough stuff for it today that we got excited about the idea again.
But more likely than not, it’ll probably be about something else, and “My Smart Phone Made Me Stupid” will sit on the back burner for yet another week.
We seem to have good success with videos that have a moral at the end of them. That’s not even the best way to put that, but ones like “Ten Ways to Get girls to Like You” and “Like vs. Love”… people respond really well to those one. I’ve been putting off thinking about this week’s idea, because I’ve been hoping something might hit me along those lines. But alas, it’s Thursday, and nothing.
So more than likely, this week’s video is called “My Smart Phone Made Me Stupid” and it’s going to be more along the lines of “Stupid Stuff People Do on the Internet”. We’ll try to come up with a new adjective next time.
I’m sitting here beginning to write it, but still wondering if something else might pop into my head. If it does, we may delay this one. We’ve had it on the back burner for a while, and I always like to have one solid idea in the works. If we use it up this week, I’ve got nothin’ for next week. We’ll have to start from scratch.
But that isn’t the worst thing. This video is gonna turn out pretty good, I’m hoping. I think you guys will enjoy it when it’s done.
I guess I should sign my name at the end of these so people don’t assume jordan writes these posts, haha.
thank you for posting the like vs. Love video this week. I am in the military stationed away from my wife now for a year and I have been having some hard times. Both of us have suffered a lot. But that video I showed her and it reminded us we aren’t doing all this just because we like each other and neither is God. It reminded us we love each other. Thank you so much for your words it means a lot. I’ll be able to move back home with her in a couple months these are the hardest months. But you helped make it all the better.