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Hi,
I guess you have to figure out where to invest your energy since you have only so many hours a day. If your goal is to widen the audience pool, it is useful to look at just how far your blog/video blog travels. I find myself thinking a lot about education and the education of the young people in this world. I really think our children should know the concepts taught in permaculture and the survival skills taught by people like you and Paul and etc. I love that Matt Powers has written a book for school age kids. Perhaps you can direct some time to making videos that directly address college kids/young adults. You could also make videos that educators (and home educators) can use. We need to inspire them, shake them from their ennui, show them they can be useful.

How does one reach a younger audience, get them before they stream into careers they may or may not love and get mortgages that shackle them to jobs they don't love? (of course this is not the story of everyone, I know many people who are very happy with their chosen fields. But a lot of permaculture discussion seems to be about changing careers). You seem well poised to get these "younger" people.

Jackie
 
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Cassie....I appreciate your videos. I don't have time to read the forums. Your videos alert me to things of interest to me....so I can check them out. Keep it up! Thank you
 
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Great Stuff Cassie. Post only as often as you can.

Giving us a video window into Permies.com is excellent via the new venue, and I think as many have stated we don't all have much time to spend in here, so between Paul's almost daily offerings and your vids I think it is defintely casting the net further to create more fisherfolk / farmers ("fishers of men") in the long run.
 
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# 1 - WE are the normal ones, as far as I am concerned. (I have a strong preference for 'Muggles' myself.)

# 2 - I taught my spell checker that permaculture is a properly spelled word.

and # 3 - I think there are a lot more here who are not letting you know how much they enjoy your vlogs.

Keep up the great works, Cassie!



(edit) Oh, wait! I get it. You are using 'normal' in a not so flattering way. nevermind...
 
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So I feel like there's definitely two perspectives:

1) permies folk happiness

and

2) traffic to permies happiness

In terms of point 1 - I think your videos fulfill all requirements and are just plain awesome. They help people find cool threads (and even make lotsa comments which inherently makes for a richer website) and it's refreshing and gets people pumped about permaculture when things get stale etc. There is the potential that people could eventually get bored with it, but if you're always changing things up and what not, it probably wouldn't. Plus - people generally take in information a little better from a video than reading because that is the way of the internet.

Point 2 - Since this is more of the mission, it of course makes it more complicated. In talking to my smarty pants husband who's a marketer, (who actually found permies from seeing a PW video shared on FB) we discussed the things that usually make youtube videos work. Kind of seems to boil down to these things (which I think some have already been mentioned and most you probably know)

A) Title
B) Description
C) Tags
D)Time

Title, tags and Description are obvious ones, and having key words in there that people would want to find is an obvious one. Doesn't mean you're limited to stuff that is already out there, but titles, tags, descriptions etc seemingly should be clear and specific etc. the other thing (which is another you already know) is making it easy to get people to subscribe to the daily-ish mail and of course having the links back to permies (which you do already)

If all of those things are in place then it is possible it will just take time, especially since the SEO world has changed a bunch. So I feel like you could reduce the amount of videos you put out if you want to save yourself some time, and possibly change around what you put in them, like for example your tipi video got a staggering 11,000 views which by comparison some of your updates have only gotten 1000-3000. So, the specialized videos are definitely important as Jocelyn was mentioning. You could do like a big monthly roundup of permies awesomeness for the permies happiness and then try to brainstorm (maybe even in a different thread?) of other videos that could be more specific that would get more views and shares etc to address the traffic to permies happiness.

My two cents

 
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I am already missing the video updates and wondering if anyone has noticed any correlation between forum participation and these updates, and specifically, if it has dropped off at all since the last video? My guess would be that there is a spike in traffic to permies right after each video is made available and then a gradual decline until the next video. Of course there are a lot of other factors to consider including another potential recent spike in traffic with the release of the more recent kickstarter. Are there metrics that can be looked at that might show exactly what the results have been? Just curious. Thanks.
 
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she's back. not exactly a vlog, but the vlogs shall continue.

 
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You are great!!! I love your great warmth and energy, I hope one day to be able to fly to attend PVs
 
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Thank you! I've missed your updates!
 
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Thank you so much! You will continue to get them!
 
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She's back!





Links I referenced:

Where to ask Joshua Trought questions and Win a Copy of The Community Scale Permaculture Farm:
https://permies.com/t/45654

Growing Clothes from Kombucha:
https://permies.com/t/45508

Home Grown Food Summit - Free Online Event:
https://permies.com/t/45098/

Pre-order Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective (permaculture documentary):
https://permies.com/t/45502/

Chef Seth's Permaculture Cooking Videos
https://permies.com/forums/posts/list/80/38614#360855

 
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Hello fellow lovers of permaculture. Long time fan, first time commenter.

I couldn't help but have a hearty laugh when you mentioned
" Yeah it's awesome that we can grow 500 Daikon radish but, what the heck are we gonna do with it to make it taste good"

I live in south Florida and have been throwing as many different kinds of seeds and plant starts into my sandpit of a backyard as i could for the past 3 years. Back in January, I bought a pound of cover-crop grade Daikon seeds for about $2.50 from peaceful valley farm supply and pretty much just spread them anywhere I saw open ground in an under-informed attempt to shade the ground and create more organic matter for my little postage stamp sized sand trap. If I can figure out how to attach this picture of the back yard you will see the astonishing result.
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From left to back to right to front: Miracle fruit, pigeon pea, scorpion pepper, jaboticaba, and Daikon all over flowering. :)
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Left to right: jaboticaba, snow peas, (invisible) tomatoes, lemongrass and pomegranate.
 
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Yay!! Welcome back Cassie!!! Great vid.
 
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You guys gettin' sick of me yet?



How to Win Laura Allen's Book The Water Wise Home:
https://permies.com/t/45888/

Home Grown Rabbit Feed:
https://permies.com/t/9966/

Permies Thoughts on the Flow Hive:
https://permies.com/t/44308/

Natural Dentistry:
https://permies.com/t/45249/

What Breed of Duck to Get:
https://permies.com/t/44107/

Shiitake Thread:
https://permies.com/t/35987/
 
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Are you kidding? You're a breath of fresh air.
 
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People get sick of boring, negative, narrow minded, and money grubbing. You're nice, helpful, fun and interesting. People don't get sick of that.
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You are a doll, Cassie!! I am delighted every time I see a 'daily email' from you. I'm afraid that it is you who might be tired of what might seem like our lack of appreciation.... but we DO appreciate you! Each of these 'thank you' emails represent dozens of others who are too busy and tunnel visioned to take the time to remember to say 'gracias'. Studies have shown that this is the ratio of 'actual contacts' to 'silent fellow sympathizers' ... so there are lots who love you and your messages :)
 
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nancy sutton wrote:You are a doll, Cassie!! I am delighted every time I see a 'daily email' from you. I'm afraid that it is you who might be tired of what might seem like our lack of appreciation.... but we DO appreciate you! Each of these 'thank you' emails represent dozens of others who are too busy and tunnel visioned to take the time to remember to say 'gracias'. Studies have shown that this is the ratio of 'actual contacts' to 'silent fellow sympathizers' ... so there are lots who love you and your messages :)



*blushing*

Thanks nancy. I appreciate that a lot. :)
 
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Enjoy.




Links that I reference in the vid:

Which books do you want to win? Or which authors do you want to hear from?
https://permies.com/t/45951/

Raising Chickens Picture Thread:
https://permies.com/t/45948/

Cold Hardy Nut Trees and Where to Get Them:
https://permies.com/t/6745/

Permaculture Projects for $20:
https://permies.com/t/45911/

Greenhouses with Hugelkultur:
https://permies.com/t/21842/

Paul's Ant Village Idea:
https://permies.com/t/44793/

The First Ant Has Arrived at Wheaton Labs:
https://permies.com/t/45960/

Super Weeks at Wheaton Labs:
https://permies.com/t/46052/labs/

Organic Lawn Care for the Cheap and Lazy:
http://richsoil.com/sandbox/lawn-care.jsp




 
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