How I Don’t Write

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There are many ways I go about not writing. You might say that not writing is my main hobby, much as are not collecting stamps, not playing golf, and not training for a marathon. But not writing is different than those others in that it’s something I actually engage in not doing rather than just . . . not . . . doing.

There’s . . . it’s a huge difference. Just trust me on this.

I’ve split off the podcasts section of this page to a new page of its own, and will “soon” (for certain values of “soon”) split YouTube off onto its own page, as well. You can either click here, or access it through the menu above, under About -> How I Don’t Write (this page) -> Podcasts I Listen To.


And that brings us to YouTube.

Sigh. I subscribe to 264 channels. They fit roughly into seven categories, shown below. Not all of them are daily or even weekly. Some are “faded,” but on YouTube, it’s sometimes hard to tell. For instance, ZeFrank was gone for years and then came back with a vengeance with little to no warning. Of that total, I’m only listing the ones below where I watch them “consistently.” Quotes are because I’m currently months behind on watching videos, because right after I posted the original version of this page, I realized I needed to back away, and did so. :)

  1. Comedy (12)

    This is a loose category. It’s basically the stuff that I think exists just for comedy, with no other purpose. This will become clearer later when we get to “Fun.”

    • Barely Productions
    • Batdad Blake
    • Convos With My 2-Year-Old
    • Explosm Entertainment
    • Fatawesome
    • Glove And Boots
    • Jason Farone
    • Mediocre Films
    • Mediocre Films 2
    • Ray William Johnson
    • Southern Women Channel
    • Tripp and Tyler
  2. Education (41)

    Even though these are all entertaining and fun, their primary purpose (as far as I am concerned) is to educate their audience.

    • Acapella Science
    • Acapella Science 2
    • Animal Wonders Montana
    • Artifexian
    • AsapSCIENCE
    • AsapTHOUGHT
    • Backstage Science
    • Best Of Science
    • Big Cat Rescue
    • Brady Stuff
    • BRIT LAB
    • CGP Grey
    • Computerphile
    • Crash Course
    • Deep Astronomy
    • Deep Sky Videos
    • Earth Unplugged
    • Funner Every Day
    • George Hart
    • IFL Science
    • It’s Okay To Be Smart
    • Kurz Gesagt
    • Metro Richmond Zoo
    • Minute Earth
    • Minute Physics
    • Nottingham Science
    • Numberphile
    • Numberphile 2
    • Periodic Videos
    • SciShow
    • SciShow Space
    • Sixty Symbols
    • Smarter Every Day
    • The Good Stuff
    • The Bad Astronomer
    • The Brain Scoop
    • Tom Scott
    • Veritasium
    • Vihart
    • Xidnaf
    • Zoo Atlanta
    • Zoo Borns
  3. Food (3)

    I admit it. I watch people on YouTube cook food. But only a very few. :)

    • Food Is Key (rarely)
    • RuleOfYum (weekly)
    • SORTED Food (dailyish)
  4. Friends (~8)

    Some of my friends have YouTube channels. I won’t mention them here, because . . . well, just because. But there are a few. All of them are infrequent updaters.

  5. Fun (46)

    A few of these are very science-y/informative, but I think their main goal is fun, not education. I could be wrong. But they’re my categories, so nyah. :) Also, a significant number of these almost never update.

    • Brad Gage
    • Captain Disillusion
    • Chris Hadfield
    • Corey Vidal
    • Dark Matter 2525
    • David Firth
    • George Hrab
    • Hello Internet
    • Henri Le Chat Noir
    • In 59 Seconds
    • Jeremiah McDonald
    • Jeremy Illustrates
    • Joanna Penn
    • Joe Penna
    • Kassem G
    • Mark Rober
    • Matthew Santoro
    • Mental Floss
    • Mister Deity
    • Mugumogu (aka Maru the cat)
    • Mystery Guitar Man
    • Paul and Storm
    • Pets Add Life
    • PTX Vlogs
    • Quirkology
    • Rhett & Link
    • Rob Dyke
    • Rob P Rocks
    • Science Friction
    • Simon’s Cat
    • SMP Films
    • smyke4me (comedian Paula Poundstone)
    • SUPERFRUIT
    • Talking Animals
    • The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
    • The Moth
    • The Muppets
    • The Slow Mo Guys
    • The Mean Kitty
    • Think Fact
    • This Exists
    • Vsauce
    • Vsauce 2
    • Vsauce 3
    • Welcome To Night Vale
    • Zefrank 1
  6. Music (72)

    The thing about the music channels is that they’re not updated very frequently (for the most part), and when they are, the videos are very seldom more than 5 minutes. So they’re like candy. :)

    • Accent Vocal
    • Alan Key 86
    • Andrew Huang
    • Andy Lange Music
    • Anna-Maria Hefele
    • AV Byte
    • Avi Kaplan
    • Basement Alchemy
    • Brett Domino
    • C-Bomb Music
    • Chase Holfelder
    • Chris Thompson
    • Collective Cadenza
    • Daniel Ferri
    • Dan Wright 32
    • David Choi
    • David LeDuc
    • Duwende Music
    • Eric Whitacre
    • Evynne Hollens
    • Forte Femme
    • Gerald Ko
    • Hasan Guitar
    • Home Free
    • Home Free Vocal Band
    • Iron Horse
    • J Rice
    • JB Craipeau
    • jibcraip
    • Justin Bryte
    • Justin Robinett
    • Kevin K.O. Olusola
    • Kevin Lien Music
    • Kurt Hugo Schneider
    • Kutiman
    • Lake Street Dive
    • Lance Bass
    • Luke Conard
    • Malu Fenix
    • Malukah
    • Melody Sheep
    • Nataly Dawn
    • Naya Marie 2009
    • N Bluhm
    • Nick Pitera
    • Night Argent
    • OK Go
    • Paint
    • Peter Hollens
    • Peter & Evynne Hollens
    • Pomplamoose
    • Pomplamoose Music
    • Postmodern Jukebox
    • Poupipou 23
    • PTX Official
    • Rob J Madin
    • Roc La Bete
    • DJ RozRoz
    • Ryan Narciso
    • Salut Salon
    • Sam Hollyman
    • Schmoyoho
    • SD Stever
    • Straight No Chaser
    • Teak Wood Gallows
    • The Gregory Brothers
    • The Overtones
    • The Piano Guys
    • The Sam Tsui
    • The Swingles
    • Vektor Music
    • Walk off the Earth
    • WeSauce
  7. Vlogs (a lot; 18)

    I’m only listing the ones that I watch “habitually.” I’m still subscribed to a lot more, but I just don’t watch them anymore, or get email notifications when they update. It turns out that there is only so much of hearing about other people’s lives that you can take. Who knew?

    • 2 Veritasium (randomly, infrequent)
    • Ashley Mardell (weekly)
    • Chester See (weekly, but in spurts)
    • Dude Like HELLA (dailyish)
    • Hank’s Channel (monthlyish)
    • James Chats (semiweekly)
    • James Chats TV (randomly, infrequent)
    • Laina (weekly)
    • Liz To Go (randomly, infrequent)
    • Mike MGTV (weekly, but in spurts)
    • Nathan And Rose (daily)
    • Paintchips (randomly)
    • Sound Proof Liz (semiweekly)
    • Steve Cash 83 (randomly)
    • Steve Cash Blog (rarely)
    • SupDaily06 (daily)
    • Vlog Brothers (semiweekly)
    • Wheezy Waiter (weekly, semiweekly, spurts)
  8. ASMR (8)

    It’s hard to explain. Look up ASMR. :)

    • ASMRGAINS
    • ASMRrequests
    • Deluca ASMR
    • Ephemeral Rift
    • FeatherBrainedASMR
    • GentleWhispering
    • Heather Feather
    • Paris ASMR

So that’s how I don’t write. How don’t you write? :)

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