RecklessDisregard wrote:I agree Cullen has a hard time knowing when to drop things. I think it is driving him a little nuts to see his "friends" getting better numbers when it's Cullen who is more creative and amusing and going the extra mile with editing. It's kind of like watching a less qualified coworker get promoted over you... You begin wondering what you are doing wrong and how you can catch up. He has correctly identified it's the kid audience that he isn't reaching effectively, so unfortunately I suspect this will get worse before it gets better. I hope they are eventually able to make peace with their smaller audience and income, because they're still my faves and it would suck for them to fully cave and change their tone permanently
I think that has been an issue like you stated and way back he talked about it that their channel started off slow, but felt they learnt from this experience or appreciated the growth in comparison to those who had instant YouTube channel numbers that were unimaginable in a short time. Yet, the other "friend" channels with cross views have helped them when they've gone on trips etc. Cullen and Katie are my favorites too with their humor and just seeing the southern charm and culture. They have wonderful extended families and they are very blessed from what I've seen. The phone prank in this week's vlogs no one could pull off like Cullen and it was funny.
I think it will be difficult for Cullen to make peace with the "things" others have bought or big investments including new homes, new car (E+J given a car) and they just don't see the outside sponsors I think other channels have seen, but I could be wrong. So the kids he will go after to increase their viewers/subscribers and which is now part of YouTube business model.
I don't know if Jay and Kelly's numbers, which are not bad, doesn't give Cullen pause too in seeing them do well in less than a couple of week and this growth took them years. However, he is very gracious and promotes and helps with their channel and we all know how little Jared has helped Matt who is doing YouTube full-time with slow growth...can't figure out how they afford this with three kids, but that is another topic:)
It would be interesting to see the demographics with each channel and you could see why these channels are growing and more why sponsors are choosing them for advertising.