My Thoughts On What YouTubers Should Be

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post: My Thoughts On What J-Vlogging Should Be.


I was talking to one of my friends on Facebook about how the current J-Vlog scene seems so artificial and he was upset that I would imply that the newer YouTubers (he thinks that the new wave of J-Vloggers aren’t J-Vloggers but rather YouTubers who live in Japan and make videos about Japan and talk about Japan. Yeah, doesn’t sound like something a J-Vlogger would ever do /s) are being lazy or cheap in their efforts. I want to make this its own post rather than just add it to my previous one, so let me do some clarification.


What?! YouTubers Are Lazy?!!


I’m not saying they’re not putting in any effort, quite the opposite.


The thing that’s bugging me about how “People Who Are Totally Not J-Vloggers Who Live In Japan And Make YouTube Videos Showing Notable Parts of Japan And Occasionally Making Social Commentary About The Culture of Japan” (yup, totes not J-Vloggers /s) is that their videos are too slickly produced and it creates a distance between the YouTuber and the audience because the YouTuber has made this idealized version of themself that the audience can’t relate to.


I feel that as a YouTuber, you have to be 100% yourself, warts and all. When I met up with other YouTubers in Japan, I got a couple comments about how “it really was me” when they finally met me in person, and that made me so happy. As Kurt Bell aka SoftyPapa once said, “The message sent is never the message received” and I was initially afraid that the YouTubers I was meeting would have the wrong impression about me from my videos, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Speaking of Kurt, he’s a great example of an authentic YouTuber!


I know a lot of people were upset that he left Japan and wants nothing to do with making videos about it anymore, but that’s his prerogative. He was upfront about his frustrations and shortcomings living in Japan, so he decided to move back to Cali.


If he wanted to be “a YouTuber trying their best to make big videos that will attract an audience”, in order to retain that large audience he gained, he would have either tried to stay in Japan or continued to talk about his time in Japan while in the States, even though he doesn’t want to do it. But he stuck to what he believes in, told everybody what was going on, and explained the refocus of his main channel, and I respect him a lot for that.


What About YouTube Shows?! 


I know some people might be thinking, “But Andy! What about the people on YouTube shows? Are the characters on these shows not real YouTubers?!”


There’s certainly a place for characters on YouTube, but you have to be upfront with your audience that this is a character you’re performing and not who you really are. Otherwise people are going to get the wrong idea about you and not take what you have to say seriously when you do try to be authentic.


What Are Your Thoughts On What YouTubers Should Be?


I’d like to know what you guys think about this! Let me know in the comments below!



Top 3 YouTube Tips and My Nickname's Origin

Top 3 YouTube Tips and My Nickname’s Origin


I reveal the origins to my online nickname Andy-San as well as give three very important tips for getting views and subscribers on YouTube in this video response to JLandKev’s video, “What’s In A Name?”




P.S: I finished editing the Green Line and vintage Silver Line videos and am currently working on the Taylor Guitars factory walkthrough. This past weekend, I saw Eric Johnson live at the House of Blues in San Diego so even more videos are on the way! Stay tuned!!

Vlog 100 – Vlog 100!

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Lots to talk about in this, my 100th vlog!


In this vlog, I talk about the status of Love Hina Abridged, bringing back WAR (Wednesday Album Review) and N-FAQs, possibly starting up a new series where I give you guys a Navy word-of-the-day, and an important announcement about me applying for YouTube Partnership.


By the beginning of 2012, I’m removing ALL of my flagged videos from my main channel (mostly concert videos and some vlogs) and moving them to my secondary YouTube channel.


As always, comments are welcome!!



Vlog 99 – YouTube Partnership?

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I ask if I should seriously apply for YouTube partnership again in this mobile video.


Pros of YouTube Partnership:

– higher priority in search results.

– customized Subscriber button.

– extra channel customization.


Cons of YouTube Partnership:

– My Adsense/AdWords account is banned so I won’t be able to make money off of my videos that way.

– I’ll have to remove/relocate ALL of the copyrighted content on this channel.


I look forward to hearing what you guys have to say in the comments below!



RIP Steve Jobs, 400th Video, & 500 Subscribers

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In this mobile video, I talk about the death of Steve Jobs, an update for the auditions for Love Hina Abridged, celebrating my 400th video as well as my 500th subscriber, difficulty in applying for YouTube Partnership, transferring my copyrighted stuff onto my secondary channel, my AdSense account being banned, the benefits of being a YouTube Partner, and buying a Gorillapod tripod for my camera.


Thanks again for all your support! I look forward to making Partner and making more videos in the future!



Vlog 66 Part 2-2 – Top 5 BlipTV Videos

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Continuing from where we left off, let’s look at my top 5 videos that are mainly on BlipTV. Here we go!!


05 – Movie Night 04 – Space Transformers

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Although this is the last of our Movie Night series, we definitely saved the best for last! We knew this movie very well and the riff came out well!


04 – First Impact Anime 09 – Naruto

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The Talkin’ Vedalken edited & uploaded this video while I was at boot camp, and he did a great job! He even added a counter for how many references I make to Little Kuriboh’s Naruto: The Abridged Series (15 if memory serves).


03 – Movie Night 02 – Defenders of Space

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I’m not sure what it is with us and space-themed shows, but I think our best riffs come from this sub-genre. It was pure ridiculum!


02 – Behind The Flop 01 – Movie Night 01 Blooper Reel


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I came up with an idea for doing a behind-the-scenes mini-series showing bloopers and extended cuts of the intro tracks, and the best one I think is the very first one we did!


01 – [TIE] “Movie Night 00 – Teaser Trailer”

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01 – [TIE] “First Impact Anime 00 – Teaser Trailer”

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Pure win!! ‘Nuff said!


Well guys, I hope you enjoyed this fun look back at my back catalog of videos! I’ll put up links and stuff sometime this weekend when I have a bit more time to work on it. Until then, have a good one! Bye!





BGM Artist: Marty Friedman


BGM: Perpetual Burn

BGM Artist: Jason Becker


BGM: Fuzz Universe

BGM Artist: Paul Gilbert


BGM: Steve Vai Solo LIVE at Monsters of Rock 1990

BGM Artist Steve Vai (with Whitesnake)

Vlog 66 Part 1-2 – Top 5 YouTube Videos

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Well folks, I can’t believe that five years (and a week) ago today, I signed up to the biggest online video distribution website in the world, not to mention the breeding ground for up-and-coming talent in the media industry.


Now granted, I have nowhere near the large subscriber base of people who joined YouTube around the same time as me (sXePhil, TokyoCooney, RodgerSwan, etc), but despite that, I still make videos chronicling my life and how it has changed over these past 5 years.


Heck, I can even go back a year and look at the kind of videos I was doing then and see the differences between then and now. I believe that my videos underwent a major change after I graduated US Navy boot camp in late August 2010. I also started doing the N-FAQs series on a regular basis around this time as well.


Now before I get all gushy-eyed, let’s begin our trip down memory lane and look at my Top 10 videos of the past 5 years! Due to the time limits on YouTube (15 minutes as of 03-08-2011), I split up the video into two parts. In this video, we’ll be going over my Top 5 videos that are primarily on YouTube. Here we go!


05 – Vlog 04 – Going Around Town

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This video marked my very first attempt at using video editing software (Sony Vegas, which I still continue to use even today, although I keep it up-to-date), whereas my other videos were filmed in one take and sometimes compiled via Total Video Converter, like in my very first guitar video. Vlog 04 is also a very early precursor to the Life In…Video series.


04 – Pie In The Face (Navy Style)

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This video, while it was an editing nightmare due to YouTube’s 15 minute time limit and the very large amount of footage that I took, was and still is a blast to watch!


03 – Life In…Video 02 – Celina & Coldwater Ohio’s Bike Path

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This video to me was the beginning of a more refined editing sense in my videos. I had done a bunch of at-the-time new things like add music & record while riding on my bicycle. Although I replicated it on videos afterward, I feel that I haven’t quite recaptured the mojo of this video!


02 – Vlog 21 Part 1 – Life Plans Chipotle Finders

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02 – Vlog 21 Part 2 – Goin’ Downtown To Myles Dairy Queen

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These two videos I believe are my most under-rated of all time! I had to split this video into two parts because of YouTube’s at-the-time 10 minute time limit, but it seemed to work out just fine. I did things a lot differently in this video that I haven’t done before or even since, like add those pixelated transitions ala Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. I had a blast recording & editing this video, and I believe it really shows! Even Rodger Swan, one of my YouTube heroes, gave it great praise and always referred to it as one of my better videos!!


01 (TIE) – Al Di Meola LIVE at Anthology San Diego [02-19-2011] – Midnight Tango + Medley (Full HD 1080p)

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01 (TIE) – Al Di Meola LIVE at Anthology San Diego [02-19-2011] – Race With Devil On Spanish Highway (Full HD 1080p)

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Although I didn’t edit these videos AT ALL, they recorded a very special moment in my life and they’re also my first set of videos in Full 1080p HD!! Great meal, great music, unforgettable times!


In the next video, we’ll go over my Top 5 BlipTV videos. Stay tuned!




BGM: Song of Solomon

BGM Artist: Animals As Leaders


BGM: Red Moon

BGM Artist: Al Di Meola



BGM Artist: Marty Friedman

Vlog 62 – Happy Five Years on YouTube!!!!!

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In this mobile video, I talk about my 5-year YouTube anniversary taking forever to render (resulting in a super-belated release), my irregular uploading schedule, my allergies from hell, the status on my debt repayment, and the possibility of resurrecting Life In…Video as a series of short videos ala Kurt of the softypapa & lylesbrother channels. Check it out!



TheAndySan – My YouTube Story

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Today, I’d like to talk about how I first came to YouTube and how I’m currently using it.

Around late 2004-early 2005 when I was still in college, my friends and I would browse around site like Fugly, KillSomeTime, and eBaumsWorld to watch funny video clips as well as pictures. They were basically like the YouTube of their day, but minus the vloggers.

When Lazy Sunday exploded all over the internet, we discovered YouTube. At that point, we just added it to our list of sites to browse around for funny clips. It wasn’t until around 2006 that I began watching people like TokyoCooney, RodgerSwan, and SxePhil. I then wanted to get involved with the community so I signed up for my own YouTube account on March 1st 2006.

Although I had already posted some videos, it wasn’t until I got my own camera in September 2008 that I really began to do stuff, and I’ve been putting out videos ever since.

Well, that’s pretty much it for now. Like I said in the video, more new stuff is on the way (including more Navy videos) so stay tuned. Peace!


Response to Hyunwoo's YouTube Language Exchange 001

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In this response video for Hyunwoo’s YouTube Language Exchange, I talk about the different ways you can say the Korean phrase, 너무 걱정하지 마세요. [neo-mu geok-jeong-ha-ji ma-se-yo] which basically means “Don’t worry too much” in English.

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I first watched HirokoChannel’s response video (above) and it seemed fun so I decided to get in on the action!