Introducing 25 Gadgets of Christmas

Can you believe that it's already been ten years since I have started uploading Christmas videos to YouTube? So much has changed since 2006, including my outlook on video content and especially the YouTube community in general. I'm constantly looking for ways to improve my videos, particularly around the holidays. After all, December is the best month of the year, so it's only fitting that I do something special.

This year I have decided to challenge myself and publish one video every day leading up to Christmas Day, all part of a series that I like to call 25 Gadgets of Christmas. Every day from December 1st–25th, I will be featuring one gadget that I feel others would be interested in during this holiday season — each conveniently linked in their respective video description.

To get started with 25 Gadgets of Christmas, simply watch Day 1 right below! Each video will be added to a YouTube playlist, making it easy to watch the series in consecutive order.

You may have noticed the fancy new titles I'm using. For more information on how I made these, check out my newest post on Di Franco University — 30 Holiday Introduction Titles for Final Cut Pro X

Happy Holidays!

A YouTube Holiday 2016

Now that the holidays have arrived, it's time to start thinking about our third annual holiday collaboration video. Like last year, this is the community's chance to come together and make something to look back on and be proud of. But of course, this can only happen if we get enough participants. If you're interested, please continue reading.

Joining in on the collaboration is easy! All you have to do is record a short clip of yourself (preferably less than 60 seconds) and talk about one of the following:

  • A favorite memory of yours from 2016
  • One gift you are asking for this year
  • Something you would like to accomplish in 2017

Because consistency is important in this collaboration, please keep the following tips in mind:

  • Your video must be recorded in landscape orientation
  • No background music is allowed, as I will be providing the soundtrack
  • 720p video is the minimum resolution, but 1080p is recommended
  • Do not include titles, lower-thirds or text of any kind

Once your clip is recorded, upload it to Dropbox (sign up here) and provide your download URL in the form below. If you need help with this, please feel free to ask. You can also watch last year's video for reference of what to expect.

Good luck, everyone! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

A YouTube Holiday 2016

Important: The deadline for video submissions is Thursday, December 15.


Patreon Update: November 2016

Welcome to my Patreon Update for November 2016. This is my monthly report of how my Patreon campaign is performing, as well as my chance to thank everyone for their ongoing support.

As always, let's get started with last month's earnings. Below you can see my transparency report regarding all the pledges that were received and processed for October.

October 2016 Earnings

Needless to say, October was a great month for my Patreon campaign. Take a look at some of the numbers below:

  • Pledged: $2,645.00
  • Service Fees: $301.86
  • Processed: $2,343.14
Pledge amounts shown for the current month are not final.

Pledge amounts shown for the current month are not final.


Wow. That's what I keep thinking every time I glance at the performance of my Patreon campaign. Things have really started to take off since last month. Is it because I recently moved into a new house and patrons are curious about what goes on during the week in the exclusive vlogs? Or perhaps the community is feeling generous because the holidays are quickly approaching.

Whatever the case may be, please know that I greatly appreciate the overwhelming amount of support. I mean, just take a look at the above bar graph. I can't wait to see the final numbers for November. This is simply incredible! But okay, let's get down to business. What's in it for patrons in the coming weeks?

Well, it's November, and that can only mean one thing. It's time for Thanksgiving! And just like last year, patrons will get early access to my annual Thanksgiving video series. I'm going to try my best to get all three parts of "Thanksgiving 2016" up for viewing by that Saturday — a full 48 hours before they go public on YouTube.

And as for Black Friday? Well, I can't guarantee a series this year, but I am certainly going to try to make it happen. Regardless, patrons will still get first access to all my holiday videos, including "Christmas 2016" and even my annual birthday video.

So, what else has been happening? Ah, yes — I bought myself a little something called the Canon 80D, made entirely possible by my Patreon campaign. If you haven't seen it yet, check out my unboxing below. It's an amazing camera that will definitely last me for years.

Click here for a complete list of items that came included in the Canon 80D bundle.

$25+ Pledge Promotions

Every month I promote websites and/or services ran by those who are kind enough to pledge within the $25+ tier. Please take a moment to review anything below that you may find interesting:

Joel Shaw: Web Developer | Graphic Designer

SeekWiz | A Location Sharing Platform

Michael Eng's YouTube Channel

If your pledge is $25+ and you are not featured above, please contact me right away.

Monthly $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

For this month's $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, I would like to congratulate Nancy Price for winning November's drawing! You'll be hearing from me shortly.


I cannot express enough how much of a significant impact turning to Patreon has had on my life. It's an absolutely incredible platform and quite literally a game changer. Thank you for making all this possible.