Here's some stuff about me, and some questions I've been asked in the past.
My main goal as a creator is to make content that make people laugh. If I can make content that helps other people, that's helpful too - but my main focus is the intersection of comedy and technology.
I think it's important for creators to outline their goals. Weirdly enough, I don't want to become a large full time content creator. It's a fun side thing for me, and I don't want it to lose that fun-ness. That being said, I want to be good at it, so I have a few goals that I'd like to reach:
1 million followers on TikTok
100 thousand subscribers on YouTube
More than one person who follows me on twitter.
Have more TikTok followers than my sister (120k)
Suprise! I've yet to make money with any platform. This is partly because I'm Canadian, and also because I'm picky about sponsorships. Money's never been the goal. The only goal I have around finances is to earn back the money I've spent on this project, which is likely close to $10,000.
This isn't so much of a goal than it is my policy. Nobody ever appears in my videos without agreeing to it first. A lot of videos I make that interact with the public have a section where "random" members of the public interact with a device I've created. Sorry to spoil the magic, but these people have always agreed to be in the video beforehand. While it would certainly be easier to film members of the public, I don't think it's the right thing to do.
Frequently Asked Questions
The reality is I just one day decided to.
If you're getting started, the thing that helps the most is having a project you want to complete. Mine was a bus schedule website - that showed the times of the next bus approaching my stop.
When you have a project idea, you also have the drive to complete it. The feeling you get from completing a project is way more rewarding than doing a tutorial. Of course you need to start somewhere, so pick a language (any of them are fine, but I always recommend python since it's easy to get started with) and watch a few youtube videos to pick up the very basics of it.
The things you build first will be boring, and they'll suck - but they'll get better.
Again just like coding, you've just got to decide to do it.
I would recommend you order an arduino starter kit and follow some basic tutorials for that. A raspberry pi is a computer which makes it more difficult to administer and setup than an arduino. The arduino is a microcontroller, so you write simple code that just repeats over and over again - and that's it.
Once again, your first projects will suck. It'll take you hours just to make an LED flash on and off - but like everything, the more time you spend at it, the more you'll understand and improve.
I use python for pretty much everything. I know many others, I just love working with python.
I use Visual Studio Code as my text editor. No other reason than I think it's pretty.
I just post weird shit that people like and can interact with - that's pretty much it.
Yes! And No!
Here's the thing. I make a lot of videos which "interact with the public", but I don't believe in putting members of the public on the internet.
Any technical creation or invention you see in the video is 100% real. If I'm making a video about a project, I've actually written the code and built the hardware - it's functional and I often post the code online. If however you see it "interacting with the public" in any of my videos, that's always staged, and the people are friends of mine.
Some fun facts and random notes.
People who put ketchup on mac and cheese are monsters.