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I prefer the articles. Mainly because I'm a quick reader and can probably read the articles 2-3x and truly GRASP what you're saying by the time I get through one 20 minute video of the same content (that i'd probably have to rewatch a few times to gain the same level of understanding). This is just due to the natural pace of you speaking into a camera, pausing, going on a quick side story (which i'm not critiquing at all/it shows the human side to you and is what makes the videos memorable!), and then retracking to the original point. From a reader's perspective, article's are the most EFFICIENT means of delivering your point because it's 100% CONTENT.
I read 100% of the articles posted here, but I only watch maybe about half the videos. I'd say keep doing your thing Chris, the website has helped me develop so much in just four months and I'm really grateful to you for putting out all this content and bringing everyone here on the forum together. You da man!
The thing is about the habit and brand. I am used to go to GLL for articles. I rarely watch the videos more than once because I get the gist quickly, I'm also not particular fan of Soundcloud, since I get the idea quickly and move on, I listened to those maybe once or twice. Not much of a fan of podcasts.
Sometimes particular brands push for a change in medium despite fans protests. I particularly remember cracked.com (before they become a SJW haven, I read them casually at school). Well they started forcing videos down everybody's throat. A particular link would not indicate if the article in question was written or was a video, but they continued to push it. 90 % of comments we're "I thought this was a written article, moving out" , "it's a video, skipped". But the motherfuckers never learned.
The thing is I know brands where the preference is opposite, for example there is a youtube personality Aaron Clarey. He has a youtube account, a blog and a podcast. I watch his videos, but do not look into his articles or podcasts. The podcasts are too longwinded and the articles are not as engaging as his videos. Also his videos are entertaining, concise, on point, and also give invaluable life advice, which is why I love them.
The thing is I understand your struggle between quality and quantity. But personally, I don't give much attention to your videos because the articles are always on point and I see videos mainly for demonstrational purposes.Your videos on different topics require mental effort to digest and are not as engaging, which is why I missed a lot of them, idk. For example I realized I haven't watched many of your older videos while browsing through your youtube channel yesterday, like "How not to pickup as a rich dude"(good one), and some older ones where Scotty creeps chicks. Your videos serve mainly as an appendix to your articles and I like that, they are dry and on point.
As a solution I see 2 options:
1) make quick videos and then write the articles later in your free time. This way the guys that want the info as soon as possible, will look towards the videos or pods. Everyone else will wait till you make it into a written article
2) change the style of your videos to be more engaging. Your videos aren't bad, but they take some effort to digest, I think it is because of the way you present. I'm not sure how to change it, it's a thing of communication, and also because the subjects are not easy.
For example, this Aaron Clarey guy makes a ton of videos, so he often shoots them in his car since he is short on time. For example, here is a video "One way to deal with student loans" : (from 1: 30)
He is a good conversationalist, so he makes things simple and quick to understand. It's probably something one needs to practice.
Also, a 3rd option is not to hurry with content. I think everyone appreciates your vast knowledge and wants access to it, but if I had to choose between 1 well-written articles a week or 2-3 of them, but of lesser quality, I will choose the first option. The thing is, your articles are timeless. I still occasionally browse the older ones. They never get old. And making good content is sweat. I think most won't mind if you don't hurry and take your time to write the articles.
I understand this urge to be more productive but good writing is really a mentally and physically excruciating job, but the rate of return is higher.
Personally, I don't mind if you start making videos. Try it as an experiment, see how it goes.
It's easy of course to comment as an armchair brigade guy, but we all appreciate the work you do. I think most will let some leeway for you to experiment, so why not give it a try. Try to make more videos and see how it goes.
But articles are definitely not to be abandoned. They are what make GLL. They are a goldmine of knowledge, timeless. And of course they are what attract people to GLL. They will still bring the most value. I think people on youtube might browse through, but they stay for the quality of posts on GLL(I think so). Either way, your biggest fans and recurring viewers definitely love articles above all else, so those should be made from time to time, at least 2 times a month, methinks.
Either way, keep up the god job. Hope you don't blow under pressure. Blogging ain't easy, with the effort it takes to make good posts and the amount of knowledge Chris has , better have a bag of kratom near you, cause otherwise the effort it takes can make you ragequit.
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I personally like listening to podcasts when I do my morning cardio. I listen to you and Mike Cernovich a lot. Videos are okay but I just like listening sometimes. Articles are how I originally found GLL and they do take sometime to read but they were definitely worth it. I'd say for your more important content you should write an article and do a video/podcast. For the quick/tips type posts you should definitely do podcasts.
Articles, mainly because an audio or video are so time consuming... I naturally read fast and a lot, so articles are very time-efficient for me. Why watch a 30 minute video when I can read the article in 10 minutes or less?
guides and structured information with several smaller points -> article
stories, basic ideas, single principles, and general concepts -> video
for example, the kratom guide or the guide for giving ridiculous orgasms probably wouldn't do well as videos, while your talks on success principles or basic ideas (especially your older 3-5 part videos, which I really miss) certainly do. the "opportunity means nothing" two-parter article I would've preferred to see in a video - because I don't like reading stories, I wonna listen to them
I generally prefer videos to audios because they transmit more of your vibe
Good Looking Loser wrote: I take great pride in writing extensive guides and long posts that literally cover every aspect of the subject (often to the point where there are very few questions in the comments section). It's just not practical to do 3-4 high-quality posts a week. Especially not if the post has an audio/video with it.
This is what's best about GLL. The articles you do are so comprehensive and detailed, I know I have a solid understanding of the topic when I'm done.
I occasionally watch the videos, but the articles are definitely the best.
I think the videos are more engaging than the podcasts. It sounds stupid because it is just you sitting there but it feels different. Sort of like the person is actually talking to you (I know sounds weird)
This is a tough one because I think I retain the information better from the videos but the articles are better for looking up information after you have already consumed it once.
Honestly, i think you should just do whatever method is going to get the most content out there at the quickest rate. Whether it's an article or video or whatever, I will watch, read it etc. I don't really care. I just want the most info you can possibly put out, especially with the get paid section.
rippedsmart wrote: I definitely prefer articles. I can read them any time, I don't have to be sitting in my room with headphones on, and its easier to go back and scan for specific pieces of info. As some others have said, I tend to zone out with the audios in particular. I always read all the way through every article.
Ranked my pref
1. Articles of any length
Thats actually a good point,
I look at GLL like an encyclopedia moreso than a "rolling blog" of fluffy daily new content
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I didn't think that your exercise and diet advice would have girls checking me out. It did.
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