There’s a YouTube personality named Elliott Hulse who began a strength training channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/strengthcamp) about six years ago and in the last year, out of demand for advice outside fitness, setup a second channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/elliottsaidwhat). He’s actually someone that’s very inspiring for me, although his primary viewership is almost primarily comprised of younger males (naturally, his claim to internet fame is primarily driven by Strength Camp viewership). The way he positions things is always amazingly inspirational for me, as well as a few people I have exposed him to.
One amazing video called “Heart Break is a good thing” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xjULgwweVU) is still a video I watch from time to time, three months after it was uploaded. The message sticks with me and I remind myself of it when I think about how heavy things can feel, especially when they feel like there’s no end.
Recently Elliott’s seemed a little more tired and he’s actually acknowledged that he’s a little overwhelmed by the success of his respective channels. I was understanding, as I’m sure it’d be overwhelming for anyone. I was browsing his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/elliotthulse), and I saw a comment he made in response to someone where he basically said he’d post less videos on his Elliott Said What channel, and focus again on Strength Camp. I figured for sure that there would be some response to this from his loving fans, but all he got in response was f*cking fitness questions. It made me mad, but it made me feel a little sad because what I get from watching even a 3-8 minute video is invaluable. I posted some encouragement in the form of a comment on the main channel in the hopes that he can read it if nothing else and know that I think he’s awesome. As does everyone who watches his channel(s).
Upon revisiting this blog entry November 10, 2013, I’ve reconsidered my position on this. Through re-reading, I realized how inappropriate it sounded for me to make it sound like someone is so fragile that they depend totally on the feedback they receive – especially someone like Elliott Hulse. While I won’t delete the post because it was something I truly felt when I wrote it, my position is definitely different now. On a side note, he hasn’t really stopped uploading the kinds of videos I enjoyed haha.