A survey from 5 Years Ago: Part 1

So I’ve recently discovered and became obsessed with the Vlogbrothers, who are Hank and John Green, two brothers that embarked on a project in 2007 to exclusively communicate via daily vlogs for an entire year. That turned into a sort of Internet empire that, to be honest, I’m a little bit afraid to interact with. So, naturally, I have opted for the path of least awkwardness: research. In that vein, I’m watching as much of their back catalog as I can possibly stand. Between yesterday and today I’ve watched from Jan 1, 2007 to Feb. 20, 2007 (which is playing in the background as I type this.)

I’ve realized that watching videos while I do other work doesn’t actually save any time at all, rather it takes just as long to watch a video and write a blog simultaneously as it would to do both consecutively. The only real difference is that I feel like I’m being extra productive.

Anyway, I’m watching these videos (I’m up to Feb. 22 at this point) It’s kind of hilarious watching Hank get excited for 53 comments, seeing as how the most current Vlogbrothers video has received over 2,000 comments in the last 24 hours. Another cute thing is when, in answering this survey (oh yeah, I’m about to take a survey from a 5 year old Vlogbrothers video because why not?) Hank says that his perfect day would be to wake up and check his email and find out that he’s become famous for something that he did that’s really cool and that he’s really proud of. It’s kind of great when you can actually watch someone become who they want to be right before your very eyes. I’m used to this process taking years, and not working for most people, and having backslides and upsets and interminably long periods of stagnation. But thanks to the power of the Internet, I can watch Hank Green talk about wanting to be something, and then I can watch him be it in front of my very eyes!

On a purely self-centered note, that’s kind of what I want this blog to be for me. Actually, I just realized that I’ve been blogging since 2005. Not Monday through Friday like I’ve been doing lately, but still, I have a record of myself preserved in blog form since 2005. At some point, I’m going to have to go back and see how embarrassing that is.

Editor’s note: This turned out to be amazingly long, so I’m splitting it up across two days. Stay tuned tomorrow for the dramatic conclusion of the Vlogbrothers/Hank Green survey from 2007.