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How I Create My Video Reviews for YouTube

Let me cut to the chase: this week, my YouTube channel officially surpassed 10,000 subscribers. This is something I never really expected when I launched my channel a few years back and, while I'm not one to wrap my self-worth up in such metrics, I am incredibly proud of this...
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YouTuber Brand Deals: My First Sponsored Video Experience

A couple of months ago, I reached what I think is a YouTuber milestone: I completed my first brand deal. Okay, "brand deal" sounds very influencer-y, but I did make my first sponsored video. Previously, I'd made a handful of videos about products or services I'd received for free (but...
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#FinCon21 Recap: My Virtual Experience

And just like that, another FinCon is in the books. As I mentioned in my preview, although this year marked the return to an in-person event (taking place in Austin, Texas), I made the last-minute decision to go virtual. Of course, with approximately 20% of conference attendees choosing this option,...

#FinCon21: My 11 Most Anticipated Presentations

For weeks, today has been on my calendar as the day I was going to dive into the FinCon 21 schedule in order to prepare my annual look at the panels and presentations I was most looking forward to. Ironically, today also ended up being the day I canceled my...
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Cameras for YouTube (2021): What I Bought and Why

It's hard to believe that I've now been creating YouTube videos for more than four years. What's even crazier is that my channel has garnered more than 1.6 million views in that time! I share this not to brag but because I honestly just learned this information. Since starting my...
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Storyblocks Video (Videoblocks) Review: An Affordable Stock Footage Option?

When I started creating videos for YouTube, I quickly fell into a format that finds me on camera to introduce a section while filling out the rest with images and clips. While this has worked well for my app reviews and other finance topics overall, there are some limitations —...
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The Starbucks For Life Game is Back - How to Get Free Plays

Folks, it is time for yet another Starbucks promotional game. From now through December 31st, customers have a chance to win Starbucks for life via the game called, uh, Starbucks For Life. And, like other Starbucks promotions in this vein (such as the Summer Game or Bingo), you don't actually...
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Travel Tuesday: Donating Your Travel Currency on Giving Tuesday

Lest you think we're done with the retail holidays, today marks another — albeit quite different — one: Giving Tuesday. For those unaware, this is the day that emphasizes charitable donations over retail purchases. Incidentally, while travelers and credit card customers may earn various loyalty points and miles from their...
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Black Friday Deals 2023: Offers on Products I’ve Reviewed

Well, it’s Black Friday once again. And while I've had some harsh words about this "holiday" in the past, I've learned to embrace the online component of if as I tend to be able to score a discount on items I was planning to buy anyway. On that note, I've...
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Travel Tuesday: Sleeper Hold Travel Pillow Review

Earlier this year, I shared how I had contributed to a Kickstarter campaign for a new travel product. Well, just a couple of months later, that item arrived at my door: the Sleeper Hold travel pillow. As luck would have it, soon after the pillow's arrival, I ended up taking...