How we got started on YouTube

We are often asked how we got started on YouTube. The story begins LONG before YouTube even existed. Unfortunately, we didn’t decide to start uploading videos other than piano concerts etc., until 2015. …but let’s rewind…

Tim has always had a passion for home video. Shortly before Katriel was born, he bought a $2,500 “the best you can buy” consumer level Mini-DV camcorder. This device recorded the family fun for many years to come. Video editing was difficult (and expensive) at the time. Tim wasted many hours and $$ trying to make decent videos. Each of these videos would be put on DVD, and mailed to the ‘grandparents’ so that they could see the exploits of their brilliant and beautiful grand-daughter 🙂

In 2014, Tim finally convinced Christy that he NEEDED a tractor! This was no small feat, as the < 1/2 acre plot where they live could be mowed with a push mower (assuming Tim didn't eat so many cheeseburgers). Since both sets of grandparents were farmers (more on that in Christy's write-up), they were intrigued by the tractor and our (lack of) need for it. Technology had moved ahead, so now we started posting videos on YouTube for them to watch since it was easier than creating and mailing DVDs. These early videos (Cultivating Corn with the 1025R, John Deere 1025R Hilling Potatoes and Corn with Disk Hillers) had no editing whatsoever. This is the footage shot from the camera, with nothing removed. We had learned from years of experience to "stop shooting when it gets boring" so that we didn't need to edit (remember how I mentioned that editing was 'painful'). I'll link those first videos here in case you haven't been forced to watch them yet 🙂 [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvvL2IMjriQ[/embedyt] [AdSense-B] [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anRT_VSTJgM[/embedyt] [AdSense-C] Anyway, shortly after posting these first videos, we noticed that they had 150+ views. "Hey, we don't have THAT MUCH family! Who is watching these videos?" So, we uploaded another set of videos (John Deere 1025R Tree Moving)...again, no editing at all. We saw the view counts increasing, and folks began to comment on our videos. We decided to monetize the channel, and it became a challenge to earn our first $1. We had a family party (over cheeseburgers of course) at 100,000 views. It just seemed like a fun challenge at first. Later, we noticed how rewarding it is to provide some wholesome (some folks say therapeutic) entertainment. Viewer comments have been our primary motivation through this whole process. Certainly more motivating than the $226 we earned from YouTube in that first year (2015). Thanks very much for your positive feedback, and for becoming our friends. In some cases, almost family.

6 Comments

  1. Please keep posting these awesome videos. You and your family are an inspiration on many levels

  2. Hi Tim,

    Keep the videos coming. They are both entertaining and relaxing. Good examples of how life should be lived. Farm people and truckers are special.

    My son’s truck was hit by another truck at a truck plaza when he was with us – 20 miles away. The driver of that truck waited for us to get there. The damage looked to be just the bumper, grill, A/C compressor and some odd parts. Curtis left and headed to WV from OH to pick up his load on his RGN from an Army depot. All was well until he started to leave and the engine failed. He called his new buddy who was on his way to SC – take a nap, I’ll come and get you. He did, unhooked his trailed and tied onto Curtis’ load and they team drove to deliver it, returned to WV, picked up the CAT (Kenworth) and took it to the vet in Nashville – well that’s how the photo ccame in.

    Te expected $18K repair job has turned out to be $41K. About $10K not insured to get a “Gold CAT repair and warranty. He’s driving for his friend until his truck is repaired. Oh yes, his friend’s family farms 4,000 acres so farming is in his blood. Curtis is buying a little farm 111 acres. MHC Kenworth in Nashville, great people, are doing the work. What a community! Curtis’ friend was losing money trucking, then my daughter took over dispatching, for free, to teach him and in two weeks losses are turning to profits.

    And this is what I like about your videos. You teach probably more than you even realize. And I thank you for it.

    • Thanks very much for the kind words. We needed them today. We’re seeing summer doldrums in view counts, and we needed a pick-me-up!

  3. Awesome page!! Keep posting!! Because of you I got a 1025R & I love it!! I paid it forward too.. Watch the video of me & my co-workers cleaning up a yard for a retired Marine Corps Vet & it would not have been possible without my 1025R.
    Thank you sir!!

    https://www.facebook.com/OfficialECSO/videos/2105108102895477/

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