Tween. What a weird word. But apparently my child is now a “tween.” Scary.
Regardless… we are a cable-free house, I’m proud to say. Thanks to the power of the Roku and the ability to stream, we said goodbye to our massive cable bill and the 500+ channels that had absolutely nothing on them to watch. The only problem was that our son had to say goodbye to his favorite TV shows that he watched on Disney and Nick.
I don’t know how he did it, nor do I remember when, but he soon discovered You Tube, and he replaced Disney and Nickelodeon with those oh-so-famous You Tubers you occasionally hear about. If I didn’t have a child, I still wouldn’t know what a “You Tuber” was, or what they do, or even why ($$$). However, to stay involved in his life, I have sat through many mind-numbing videos of these famous You Tubers who make way more money than they should, doing stuff I just don’t get nor understand, albeit I have laughed at quite a few of them.
Following are a few of my favorite You Tubers. When AJ and his friends get together, they often times will just hang out and watch You Tube. They ALL know who the good ones are, and if your child has access to You Tube, guaranteed they’re finding a way to watch them too. You Tube even has its own “unofficial” Wiki site called “Wikitubia.” (Where was this stuff when I was that age?!)
Dan TDM or The Diamond Minecart: This guy is 23 years old, creates Minecraft videos and various series, and is probably one of my favorites. No bad language at all. He’s really quite entertaining. If you have a tween, then they are more than likely very involved with the Minecraft game play and might even know about Dan. He makes around $1.4 million per year and has over 8 million subscribers.
Ryan Higa: He’s just silly. He has some older videos from when he first started that are a bit… green. He’s matured into a skilled film maker with better editing and material. AJ still gets a kick out of his older videos though and sometimes prefers to watch them over the newer ones, perhaps because Ryan looks closer in age to him than he does nowadays, who knows. Ryan is 25, has over 15 million subscribers and makes about $2.3 million a year.
Jack Septic Eye: This guy makes me laugh. He plays all kinds of video games and records himself playing these games. Of course, we all love it when he messes up because he goes into an absolute rage. Jack can get a little … explicit … with his language, but perhaps that’s some of his Irish charm. Another 25-year-old, over 7 million viewers, and makes around $2 million per year.
Ryen Lung created Life After College. All he does is vlog about his life and his sweet little corgi dog. AJ loves watching this series. Because of it, he now wants a corgi when he grows up. I don’t know the stats on this one, but it can be quite entertaining. No bad language.
There are two other You Tubers that I find extremely funny, Comedy Shorts Gamer and KSI, from the UK. They’re actually brothers, each have their own channels, but they are extremely R-rated. A bit vulgar at times, but can be hilarious. I have no idea how much these two make, but I’m sure it’s a boat-load.
Have you heard of PewDiePie? He’s the number one You Tuber, 26 years old, over 40 million subscribers and makes $12 million a year. Playing games. On You Tube. And this isn’t even one of AJ’s favorites!!
So what are the morals of this blog?
- Actively share in your child’s interests to stay involved in their life no matter how mind-numbing you think the activity is, especially when they hit the scary years… it’s not about you, it’s about them.
- I’m in the wrong freaking business.