“Oh? You’re going to to a blog about it? A blog about a blogger?” said Felix (my son, age 14) just now.
Charlie McDonnell, aka charlieissocoollike is a “Professional Internet Human” (his words), his content is pretty “Me Centric” (his words again) and he’s been video blogging since 2007. His was the first UK channel to break the one million subscribers milestone and he’s well on his way towards 300 million views of his video content. Impressive stats.
I’m not really target demographic (My Words) – he’s “One Direction for adolescent girls who prefer their guys a little on the dorkier side” (His Words) but I do respect him for what he’s done. It would be so easy to slate some of his output (and many do) but I say fair play to him – he started out making YouTube videos for the fun of it and people bought into it. He’s propelled himself to fame and fortune, thanks to the power of the worlds second biggest internet search engine and unique social network that is YouTube. He’s got millions of subscribers and he now earns a fair living from the advertising cut he gets from his videos.
The premise of tonight’s blog came about as I was starting to contemplate what to write for my daily. Up until that point, I’d not really been struck with much inspiration. I was going to write about Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse, the inventor of the hyperlink, pioneer of networking and writer and presenter of “The Mother of All Demos” concerning Augmenting Human Intellect, who died last week at the ripe old age of 88 after changing the shape of the world for ever.. but I wont.
Instead, I’m going to talk about tea. Tea was the root cause of this very blog post. After a few not so subtle hints (well, direct ‘asks’ really) my aforementioned son lovingly made me a cup of tea. I’m quite partial to A Nice Cup Of Tea, particularly, if I’ve got a blog to write and I’m flagging a bit. He told me about a video on the intertubes called ‘The Tea Chronicles’ and I thought, what the hay, lets give it a watch (whilst I sat supping my Yorkshire Tea).. The video is oddness incarnate, a little creepy and not exactly the best acting I’ve ever seen but never the less, compelling and charismatic in a quirky way. Charlie in a nutshell. Here it is. His first feature length (for YouTube standards – 10 minutes) movie…
I’ll say this for him.. he does know how to make a good cup of tea.