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would anyone pay for a day in the life of Paul W?

 
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mike you should send out 10 or 20 of those emails and get back to paul on that im sure it could help him out.

if you could pass this along to paul i would be thankful had this thought a few minutes ago but it may be a good idea to have someone follow him around everyday with a video cam maybe you could get a kid or a volunteer to do something like that im sure there is someone out there who doesnt have enough money to go to his pdc or donate but they would LOVE to do that (not me but i have a friend who may want to get her foot into the door) like "24 hour style stalking paul" and when they are not they could be nearby sleeping or working on editing or garden work

if someone could message me at monkeymanwasd123@gmail.com i would love to hear paul's thoughts on it. (pay could be 2-5 dollars an hour+commission)
 
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Not only would that be incredibly annoying, it would create a huge editing hassle. Probably better to continue recording the planned speeches that are currently recorded.

Although watching Paul ask someone to pass the butter might be scintillating entertainment, we will just have to imagine that that sort of thing happens. He probably ties his shoes and walks to the car and does lots of other interesting things. But let's just imagine him doing those things.
 
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I think Connor has two ideas. First is make sure those Eco-Posters get made, and the second is another idea to further permies by doing a 24 hour stalking video. I'm wondering if these are popular types of videos in certain circles of the internet, and might draw a whole new segment to permaculture?
 
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Thousands of people watched eggs hatching in an eagle's nest and then they watched the baby's bicker over food. I think it was streaming 24 hours a day.

Tune in at 2 a.m.. Nothing......... still nothing..... then suddenly the snoring starts. It gets louder and louder until an elbow jabs him in the ribs. He rolls over and stop snoring. We watch breathlessly. Popcorn sales soar. A Star is Born.
 
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advertising and increasing the income from youtube. while it would be annoying you wouldn't have to do it 24 hours that was a exaggeration that i tried to point out with the quotation marks. for the volume of content that would need to be filtered through as long as you are there in person i dont think it will be much of an issue. though if you want to break up the videos into shorter videos in order to draw people to more specific topics that may take some work. the reason i posted it here is because this post was recently active with staff who would be able to think about the idea and make it potentially go though. i could have my friend and her boyfriend join this forum if there is a possibility of a "part time job" they are willing to be quite frugal and seemed accepting of early retirement extreme... we are 18 so realism wise we know enough that editing is quite natural to us and in her case she would likely want to learn that skill... actually i think they may be a year younger than me so i donno
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:Thousands of people watched eggs hatching in an eagle's nest and then they watched the baby's bicker over food. I think it was streaming 24 hours a day.

Tune in at 2 a.m.. Nothing......... still nothing..... then suddenly the snoring starts. It gets louder and louder until an elbow jabs him in the ribs. He rolls over and stop snoring. We watch breathlessly. Popcorn sales soar. A Star is Born.



LMAO you could also do that with the gappers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3W5S8J5uL0 they will likely work harder if they have a timelapse or a livestream of their garden XD though in paul's case it would be more like a video format for him to respond to stuff on permies faster. i think i remember hearing about him using a voice thing to write for him so it shouldn't be too much of a shift and video is much more fun to consume. enfisis on the word consume
 
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I am always in favor of watching anyone who is an employee or otherwise expected to get something done. And totally not a proponent of privacy,  if they are supposed to be doing one thing but they are doing something different or Nothing at All.

I've spent a lot of money on different versions of this guy. From Raspberry Beret... Prince

"I was working part time in a five-and-dime
My boss was Mr. McGee
He told me several times that he didn't like my kind
'Cause I was a bit too leisurely
Seems that I was busy doing something close to nothing
But different than the day before"...
 
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ok im seriously confused has no one talked to paul about this before? long form videos of raw content and then that long "24 hour" version is cut up and butchered for the tasty bits or the more interesting parts. im sure that many people would love to see any content that you would be willing to produce. i've also heard that the youtube algorithm gives more viewership to people that put out their videos regularly/often.
i'd love to see everyone brainstorming on content that you would be willing to watch or that you think other people would be willing to watch.
 
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I have no idea if anyone has, but I know that Paul is of the "try a thousand things, one of them will work" mindset. But, with something like this, it's hard to know if it'll be worth it.

I've seen Paul offer people jobs over the years, saying they'll get paid more if they manage to make a profit out of it. Most times, no profit is made. Sometimes, he pays them, and ends up further in the hole. So, for Paul to pay someone to record him, he would need to know it would at least bring in enough money to pay that person. His money doesn't come from no where--it comes from ventures that work. So, I'm thinking he'd want someone to do the research to find out whether it would be worth (1) the sacrifice of his privacy, and (2) at least the pay of that person, and hopefully some extra for him.

I think it's good to realize that, though Paul seems larger than life in many aspects, he's just a guy. Would you have money to pay someone to film you all day? Would you want someone filming you all day? Paul's had offers from various TV programmers to do filming of him in a sort of reality series like "Choppers" or "Survival" (you can read more here: https://permies.com/t/41675/permaculture-projects/million-dollars).

One time Jocelyn mentioned that she was amazed people would do certain things when they were guests in her house...and it hit me. This is their house and their life, and man, I sure couldn't handle having people over all the time. Despite seeming like some big permaculture institution, Wheaton Labs is primarily Paul and Jocelyn's home, and they're just people trying to make a better world, and they make a lot of sacrifices to do that. I'm not sure being followed around by a camera all day is something they'd be keen to, especially when they already have little privacy.

But, that's just my take on it. I'm not them, and I know Paul does believe in trying a bunch of stuff to see what works.
 
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I would like to see 500 little things make their way onto permies or youtube that have not gotten there yet.  When I did the basecamp tour on sunday, we were running out of time, but I had to stop and point out the relationship between a rhubarb plant, an apple tree and some surrounding alfalfa.  Rock solid proof of a nitrogen fixer sharing with other nearby plants while alive.  And not just nitrogen, but water.

And then a few steps further, about a dozen brand new baby apricot trees - from pits.  

So, I think there are hundreds of little stories to be told.  

But this sort of stuff isn't about following me around.  That would be super boring.  I spend most of the day processing emails and in meetings.  I try to solve problems here, and with the forums and with projects ...   but I cannot imagine that those are of interest to the masses.  

Maybe ten years from now my "day in the life" stuff would be more interesting.  

 
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I think following an ant or boot around could be way more exciting (no offense Paul).

I also love the short permies youtube videos of little interviews.  Using that format for the nitrogen fixers and the apple (and 499 other things around the site) would be nifty.  Good project for some day...
 
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To answer the question in a single word: No.

Not that I do not think Paul is awesome, and I have said from the start that I would love to shake his hand someday, but I suppose Paul's life is no different than mine, made up of 24 hours in a day, and thus it gets filled with tons of micro-deeds that get made up into an accomplishment at the end of the week, month, year or lifetime.

As I often told people when I worked at the shipyard and they gushed over the Billion Dollar technical Marvel that could thousands of people anywhere in the world...its neat what we build, but on a day to day basis, it is boring.

But that is why people do not stay in farming long, on average about 8 years, because quickly the newness wears off, and the drudgery begins. But it is working through the daily grind that powerful things happen. On a day to day basis, I do not do much, but after a decade of taking over this farm, it has made a radical change from where it was.
 
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Wearable camera or a multiple camera  setup?
 
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