So how are they doing it?

nophix

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The two are not mutually-exclusive.
I agree to the point. It's most definitely an adventure for them, but not in the traditional sense of what we would consider. They're rarely going to get lost in the moment, because they have to be constantly thinking about what is essentially work. There's no disconnect. Experience, sure, but it's still a job at that point. We can go on rides and forget everything and lose ourselves to the environment for days without any real concern. Not so much when you have to be always aware of camera shots, B-Roll, etc.
 

Adrian

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've had a previous employer fly me to Miami, Washington DC, Quebec City, Montreal, etc. You set up to get what you need done, and you do it, and then you forget about it and enjoy the rest.

Looking at what Itchy Boots does, six hours of footage shrunk down to 10 minutes of video, I'm sure there's plenty of time, maybe even too much time, where she's not even thinking of the camera and just in the moment.

But let's say she's only 2/3rds as into it as I would be, but she's doing it about 100x more than me. I'm no mathematician, but by my count, she's got me beat on time spent enjoying herself on two wheels, so I can't snub my nose at how she's doing it.
 

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It's most definitely an adventure for them, but not in the traditional sense of what we would consider. They're rarely going to get lost in the moment, because they have to be constantly thinking about what is essentially work. There's no disconnect.
Amazing to see how many videos there are in the search "I quit vlogging".
Clickbait? Maybe. Burnout? Most likely.
 
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Dewey316

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'Looking at what Itchy Boots does, six hours of footage shrunk down to 10 minutes of video, I'm sure there's plenty of time, maybe even too much time, where she's not even thinking of the camera and just in the moment.

I really think she has gotten a lot more focused and honed this skill. Her early videos, it was clear she filmed a lot of her ride. Her newer stuff, she seems to turn the cams on when she knows it will be interesting, and shows that bit, but less in between destinations.

I would be really interested in how much time she spends editing and her schedule. When I do rides longer than about 10 days. I put a down day or two in the trip, because the fact is, riding all day, every day for days on end wears on you. Filming or not. The is the reality of long term riding, is needing breaks. I plan to do a trip like hers, and I know that every 4-5 days with riding, I will take a day off the bike. I bet she does it similar to that, and the off day, she edits, uploads, and walks around and relaxes in the place she is stopped. Most long term riders do this, you just can't ride every single day for months.

On another note. Her success isn't 100% dedication. Its a mix of skill, dedication, and luck. I watched every video a guy made doing a 2 year long ride around the world and then AK - Argentina. He made fun videos, but never got above 500 subs. It wasn't for lack of dedication, he filmed, edited and rode around the world for 2 years, and never came close to Itchy's success. It is a mix of factors that had made her so popular, and not all of it is ever her doing.
 

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Since there is this whole tug of war between chucking it all vs. being based in a real world most of us know (at least according to what folks have shared about their days jobs). I am going to throw a name out there that started being a biker vagabond long before social media. He is a good example of what @Dewey316 points out "It's a mix of skill, dedication, and luck." The last one really is important.

Scotty Kerekes aka Scooter Tramp Scotty. Been rolling around since 1995 everywhere from Alaska down to Mexico. I have read some of his stuff he wrote about his adventures and misadventures way before he started his YouTube channel. I can say it is not all sunshine, rainbows, and things looking so good. Some of the fellow drifters he meets along the way are interesting too.

Like he puts it -

"The point is, I did not hit the road to impress anyone but myself and had been out for years before the idea came to offer a glimpse of this offbeat lifestyle to the public. Even then it was only in attempt to inspire, entertain, and possibly share with those of similar interest."

"Before the road, I was a roofing contractor who lived in the ‘burbs with three bedroom house, two cars, truck, etc. The story of journey from that place to this is longer than can be told here ..."

Given when he started and that he wrenches at times throughout the years to pay the way - I believe his motivation was his own self. Over 20 years and still going.
 

Adrian

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There's working hard, and there's working smart. The two are not the same. The success that working smart brings looks a lot like "luck" to those who don't see what goes on behind the scenes.

I run a website, YouMotorcycle. It's not a very big one, but it's about to hit three million pageviews. That sounds like a lot until you realize it took over a decade to get there lol.

Over the past thirteen years running the website, I've had a lot of people reach out to me. I've featured artists, models, contortionists, musicians, artists, authors, experts, and several adventurers.

Usually by the time they reach out to me, I'm sure they've already reached out to a couple dozen bigger publications before me. I'm sure I'm not exactly on the top of the list. I'm a small fish in the pond.

Itchy Boots was one of the people who reached out to me long before anyone heard of her. I'm sure she reached out to plenty of bigger sites too.

It's amazing how the ones who do the work, to reach out to a wee little site like mine, seem to get "lucky".
It's amazing how the ones who don't do the work, and don't do outreach, don't get "lucky".

It's almost as if those who aren't "lucky" think we live in a field of dreams world where "if you build it, they will come" as if there aren't a hundred or a thousand other people doing the exact same thing...
It's almost as if the people who are "lucky" think that it's their own responsibility to cold-call (or cold-email) everyone they can find because they know it's up to them to make their own "luck"...

Moving forward, when anyone emails me that they would like their content featured, I'll say no. I will not feature your content because you don't need to work hard to promote your content. All you need is luck.

(He said, facetiously lol)
 

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I live by "work smarter not harder". But let's not kid ourselves and act like luck doesn't play a part in success.
Look at how many fail vs how many succeed with the same drive to succeed. People can devote everything and not make it, but they're less heard of because nobody cares or ever heard of them.
I've worked with quite a few companies over the years that have either taken off and made it big or have slowly run out of resources trying to make it happen. A lot of people and companies never make it off of the sidelines because they weren't in the right place at the right time.

Back to the main topic. I can't speak for around the world vloggers, but I know a few who travel the states in different genres and they tend to use up their mobile data plans / pay overages, or if it's something not time sensitive, they are bulk uploading and scheduling videos out as they can at places along the way that have good connections.
 

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Im thinking if they are uploading while out there, and I'm positive some of them do, perhaps they have a satelite account, because in places like the middle of the amazon jungle or the Narobi Desert, you can't even get a cell signal much less any wifi, but maybe satelite works anywhere? Many of them often mention having to stop and pick up data cards at the stores in town, so it loads up their data allowance using satelite, maybe even roaming charges? Expensive! I don't know enough about the tech to be sure.
 

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