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  • Both: Three, two, one, Happy 10 year YouTube anniversary!

  • Martina: That sounded smoother in my mind, but when we said it, it just went out forever.

  • Simon: So, on May 30th 2008 is the day that we landed in Korea

  • Simon: To start living overseas as teachers and it's also the very first video that we've ever shot

  • Annyeonghaseyo!

  • Martina: We're here in Korea and we're enjoying our first meal even though it's like 9 o'clock at night in Canada

  • Simon: What I have here is a kimchi soup and

  • Simon: And... it's spicy as hell but it's some of the most delicious kimchi soup I've ever had

  • Martina: The very first video we ever filmed we had just gotten off the plane and then we went for soondubu jjigae

  • Martina: Oh my god, you know what's funny is, I recently tried to imitate that video and I can't even fake that bad of an accent.

  • Martina: I'm like "an-nyeong-has-eyo!"

  • an-nyeong-has-eyo!

  • Martina: But, even now, I'm saying like "...haseyo!"

  • Martina: Like I've got the...

  • [playing around with saying the word in different intonations]

  • an-nyeong-has-eyo!

  • Martina: Oh my god. I have no idea that that video would go up online and be viewed

  • Martina: By anyone outside of like Mom, Dad, Nicole and like your family. That's it

  • Simon: So in our 10 years living overseas and in our 10 years of creating videos of YouTube, we've seen a lot change

  • Simon: We've grown a lot and a lot of different things have happened

  • Simon: so we want to spend this video rambling for a very long time about

  • Simon: many of the different things that we've learned from these 10 years of YouTube because our

  • Simon: Perspective is going to be very different from other people that might be a lot newer to the platform whenever we think about YouTube and the state

  • Simon: That it's in right now. We think about like the whole 10 years and let me tell you back in the days

  • Simon: It was grim, boy. There was no YouTube app. There was no notification bell,

  • Simon: There were no playlists there were no annotations

  • Martina: The comments couldn't be like you couldn't block or hide or

  • Martina: like all the things you can do now the listing of ordering from like newest to..

  • Martina: I mean, there's just so many things

  • Martina: You know what strikes me though as the thing that I recall the most

  • Simon: What was the biggest thing that changed on YouTube?

  • Martina: Oh, I think the biggest thing was for two years for two

  • Martina: years

  • Martina:There was no ability for us to make a single penny. That's right

  • Simon: Adsense was not available in Asia for two years and we were making videos. So we were just making videos

  • Because we enjoyed making videos. It was fun

  • We didn't go into YouTube to think that we're gonna make a career out of this.

  • We just had a quirky little hobby

  • We were doing this to connect with our families

  • and we were doing this also to connect with a lot of the community of people that were moving to Korea as

  • Teachers a lot of our first videos are about like how to use your washing machine

  • How to make lesson plans

  • How to, like, throw out your recycling

  • So, you might remember a couple of videos ago, we showed you our brand new super cool cellphones

  • Hi guys, I'm a T-money card

  • So, this acts as a re-loadable card for the subway, or the bus

  • And people have told us that it also works for a few taxis

  • So, this box is going to be right here, and right here

  • So back then it wasn't like a business idea was just for fun

  • What I was gonna say was not only was it not a business idea

  • It wasn't like a "hmm maybe in the future we could make money" because it wasn't even like an inkling of possibility.

  • So like nowadays, I think a lot of people that will join YouTube will go "this could be a career"

  • Like, "maybe if I try hard enough or I work hard enough this could be a career"

  • and then as things start getting rolling for them

  • it's kind of like starting a part-time job and then maybe one day ad-pocalypse happens and then you're like

  • Furious because what you've been paid has suddenly changed but for us we're like, "is it better than getting paid nothing for two years?"

  • For real, anyone that's complaining about demonetization. You haven't gone two years with zero dollars

  • So yes

  • Demonetization is an issue for a lot of people but for us we will always remember those

  • Hungry, hungry 2 years that we had. Nothing will feel as bad as that time

  • Simon & Martina: Fun fact!

  • Did you know that we used to make our own music from scratch because there were no YouTube library

  • Yup

  • Currently we pay for academic sound which is why our music library has changed a lot because we're actually paying for like incredible artists

  • Yes, the music's a lot better quality than what we used to make on our own. So we started using GarageBand Martina had a little keyboard, as she would

  • doo-doo-doo doo-doo-doo-doo doo-doo-doo-doo doo-doo-doo-doo

  • doo-doo

  • baaa- baaa- baaa- baa daa baa daa

  • Here are my favorite hit songs

  • [Light base tune]

  • [Beatbox-y rhythm]

  • This week's Music Monday is the godly edition with JYJ's "Ayyy Girl"

  • [upbeat trumpet sequence]

  • Okay, so welcome to our first episode of TL;DR Thursday's where we answer all your questions in video format the wonderful treasure find of

  • The wonderful treasure find of the week(week)(week)

  • [nautical piano theme]

  • [pixelated whimsical tune]

  • [Fast-paced xylophone sequence]

  • Spudgy! Spudgy, boy. You want to go outside?

  • *bark!*

  • Okay.

  • Spudgy be nice to people come on.

  • kids want to say hi to you come on

  • [groovy playful electro-synth]

  • Welcome to this week's kpop chart update

  • So this ties

  • into the question that we asked for our sponsors in the community tab happy hauser wound up asking have there ever been times even

  • Now we felt that continuing a career on YouTube could possibly no longer be a viable option

  • For the future of the company and for us the answer is every damn day

  • Every day I keep on expecting

  • YouTube to just like shut down not because of I'm noticing any trends in YouTube that make me think that way but I just

  • Remember there not being anything like this before

  • So if things go back to the default of 0 ad dollars and zero possibility, really. Yeah, it figures

  • Yeah, we kind of feel like we had a good run

  • Yeah

  • you know never thought never thought we'd go this way so we could so I think that's why that whole

  • Stressful side that's happening with newer creators

  • like I think that that stress that they have is because um

  • It was kind of locked in the mode that

  • YouTube will succeed and YouTube will always be there, but because we entered in before there was YouTube possibility

  • Then it started happening if we were like, whoa, this is pretty cool

  • Woah! Holy smokes!

  • We've always been like strap on the helmet. We're gonna enjoy this bumpy ride

  • And that mentality sticks with us to the stage a lot of our opinions of YouTube are going to be tainted by that so

  • They might not be fully applicable to you or to other youtubers

  • But maybe this could offer a different perspective as opposed to what you might be hearing online

  • Tuesday, we are moving out of Bucheon into our new apartment, in Seoul.

  • We just have so many places here that take care of us for so long

  • Simon: Are you crying already?

  • Simon: Ducky!

  • We have our *Korean* shop, and the *Korean* place.

  • and the Japanese restaurant, and the

  • And we have to say bye to all of them

  • I know we're not even leaving Korea, but still...

  • Don't be afraid to change

  • But it's scary

  • It feels scary to change.

  • Because for those of you that have been watching us for a long time

  • You've seen very many changes with us including like how we physically look like back when we started

  • I was like a dorky looking pudgy little teacher with glasses and a little

  • like crappy hair and then like I had a red mohawk and I shade the side of my head and then I became like a

  • Twig and I was super skinny. I like a 180-pounds and then after the red mohawk, I went to the struggle bun

  • do you remember me holding on to like my hair and then I

  • Accepted my baldness and I shaved my head and now I have a big beard

  • I've changed so much fun fact back when I had a red Mohawk, male demographic was only 7%

  • So small, but since I started growing my beard the male demographic went up to 40 percent

  • I think we know what that means. Hey, boys. You like my beard. Yes, you do. Oh you meant

  • Hey men, don't unsubscribe. Like this!

  • and when we say don't be afraid to change

  • we're not just talking about like physical appearance because obviously

  • Everyone's gonna change in like a 10 year span right when we're talking about don't be afraid to change your contents

  • Yeah, when we first started doing YouTube videos

  • We were really focused on the X hat community and then we started to get into music reviews

  • Right we started to do kpop reviews and that was actually for our students. Yeah

  • A lot of people don't know that

  • Yeah

  • It was really hard to connect with our Korean students because at first they were really excited that you were there that you're like an English speaker

  • Uh-huh

  • But then that fun wears off after like three weeks when they realize that you have to actually teach them something so we got into

  • Kpop for our students and then we started making these reviews and then we show our students these videos like Acts

  • at the end of class and it was in English and when we were doing these k-pop videos who did it for a while until

  • Afterwards when we learn more about the kpop industry how dark was how people are being treated terribly

  • We just kind of started falling out of love with it and it was a big move for us to say

  • Hey, I'm not passionate about this topic anymore

  • I don't want to do it and we stopped and there was like people that were pretty upset about it

  • But that didn't mean the end of our channel

  • We kept growing we kept trying to change we kept on trying new things and it's so scary

  • I know if you have a

  • formula that you've got down pat you think this is what my audience likes but sometimes if you don't feel it in your heart you

  • Can't keep pushing yourself to do it. It's like people feel like well, it's working

  • So I guess I'll just do that and you know exactly what I mean

  • When I say this, you definitely see if there are some youtubers that you watch that

  • You know that you see that the love has died from their eyes

  • and they're just churning out their videos because they think that's what their audience wants and

  • then when people stop watching them when their numbers start dropping or their

  • Subscribers start dropping. Here's the next thing they start blaming the algorithm for it people get bored of content

  • It's natural like we've had favorite TV shows that we like like we used to love 30 rock

  • I watched like three or four seasons of it and afterwards I'm like, yeah, I get it

  • It doesn't it's not really that new for me more on Brooklyn nine-nine

  • Yeah, and then after was like man, I've had enough of Brooklyn nine-nine. That's not the algorithm

  • Sometimes you just need to change and so you have to accept that you're not maybe everyone's cup of tea and so for us

  • When we started doing kpop we enjoyed it

  • We loved it and then it started to get really dark and it started to drag us down right we got bored

  • And we change and it was scary. Scary. People told us like 'Oh, everyone's gonna leave your Channel, right?' 'Okay

  • well if they do, they do' because I don't want to be making videos that I don't wanna do it

  • Right and then two and a half years ago we decided

  • Hey, let's stop making Korean videos all together and move to a new country. Let me tell you that's terrifying as well

  • We had a coffee shop. We had a studio we had staff

  • we got rid of all that so we could come and try something new and a lot of people have noticed in the coments that

  • We look a lot happier. Yeah, there's a joy in her eyes again. There's a spark you have to be true to yourself and not

  • Just make videos for a machine

  • Be yourself, be yourself

  • My snow globe collection. I dont want to be myself

  • No one no one's seen it? Fun Fact: Even though we're often talked about for reviewing kpop

  • We also introduced less or no Korean indie music from February 2012 up until when we left for Japan

  • During the Korean indie playlist and then later on during Martinez mixtapes

  • honestly

  • It's always disappointed us that Korea only pushed kpop while ignoring the super talented Korean musicians and artists that they have right under their noses

  • If you're sick of kpop but you still love good music

  • I really urge you to check out our past Korean Indie playlists to discover some new musicians

  • And we have a very, very special edition for you. Because it is

  • I think the biggest weakness that we've had in our 10 years of YouTube

  • Even to this name we struggle with it is how we handle negative comments. I feel like we're such a strong couple

  • Otherwise, we're so driven and we work hard but negative comments are just so tough to handle

  • We are a lot better at it now than when we first were because I remember like when we first started getting negative

  • comments

  • we actually wanted to

  • Just delete our YouTube channel and move back to Canada and live in the woods away from society

  • Because I thought that everybody in Korea had seen our videos and had little prison shives and they were gonna stab us in the streets

  • Yeah, we did not handle the criticism well at all. Oh my gosh when Shinhwa made a come back. Oh my god

  • We just simply said Shinhwa even though we immensely respect them for doing all that they did back in the past are more relevant back

  • In the past not so much right now in the era of kpop boy bands Shinhwa is more of a man band

  • And so when this song came out on the kpop charts, it only got sixteen hundred votes

  • Which is good but compared to in Lhasa and EXO. They got around nine and ten thousand votes

  • You see what I'm saying here. So I think that the noonas are totally digging the song but younger people

  • I'm not really all too sure. Now, please correct me if I'm wrong here

  • It's just that

  • Shinhwa didn't crash our site and take down our server the way SHINee did let us know what you think in the comments

  • so if you haven't seen it yet check out Shinhwa's Venus coming up next

  • I mean, the death threats rolled in

  • I was like, "we can't leave our house"

  • No, we were still living in Bucheon. Yeah, I was like we can't leave our house

  • We were looking out of our Window like, "does anybody know where we live? Are they looking at us?"

  • Are there any like..." it was weird like, we were not comfortable with the negativity at all

  • And I think that something that really woke me up and kind of like shook me out of this

  • Perspective was actually my friend Jackie

  • Yep and I was ranting to Jackie about how scared I wasn't help said I was and I mentioned the word tumblr and she was like

  • What's a tumblr and I was like, I'm sorry. What what do you mean? What's the time?

  • What's a tumblr and so I realized right?

  • there's a divide between

  • The real world that everyone functions in and the internet world and sometimes you need to take a step back and go

  • This is not your life

  • not a

  • Representation of the whole it's not a representation of people who care for you or your friends or your audience members that like you this

  • is a representation of something on the internet that's like

  • It's a program that you can close. I can close Twitter. I can log off of time I could walk away

  • I could go have a meal somewhere to talk to my friends. I could go play some baseball

  • yeah, they're like

  • it just feels like hard it felt for us because we were just like

  • Starting and we were growing and like our careers depend on this

  • It makes us afraid that we're gonna be able to keep on going and we're not that way anymore

  • Yeah, we stepped back from that kind of a fear. Yeah

  • The very first time that we actually went to a Google office and we met YouTube employees was back in Google Korea