BARBERVILLE, Fla. — It has officially been a year since I started vlogging on my YouTube channel.
For those that aren’t familiar, a vlog is basically a blog but in video form.
With that being said, you know what the most frequent question I get asked is — Why do you do it? Why do you vlog?
See, I have this problem where I tend to take on too much. I have an idea that I think will change the world, make a difference and want to pursue it. At first it sounded like a fun “once in a while” thing to do and then it turned into once a week and now it’s turned into twice a week and for special events — everyday. It takes quite the time and dedication but I promise you, you’ll understand when I say why I do it.
I started writing blogs a few years back on behind the scenes stuff at the races that people don’t typically get to hear about. It gained a lot more attention than I ever would have expected. I’m able to give them an idea on what happens off the track, in the race shop, at the dinner table after a long night of racing.
February of 2017, I took a different approach. I decided to record my trip to Florida for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. It was my first attempt; I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that writing about all of my experiences were such a huge hit, I thought — how awesome would it be to just put it on video?
This is the 21st century, people want the easiest way to find information, if anything, they probably wanted that information yesterday. So rather than doing a blog, I decided to give vlogging a whirl in hopes people would enjoy it just as much, if not more.
I’ve always had an interest in doing reporting or broadcasting in racing. I figured doing this vlog would help me get more comfortable talking in front of the camera and what better way to practice that than show different sides of our sport that not everyone gets to see?
I’ve done several trial-and-error videos, some were a big hit and other videos well, I try to forget them. But that’s all a part of it.
So, to answer the famous question as to why I vlog — I do it for the love of our sport. I do it in hopes to draw in new fans, bring back old ones, show sides of the sport not many people know about, show the grueling work that goes into everything, show people the love and passion that I have for it in hopes that someday they’ll love it just as much as I do.