Sunday, 9 February 2014

YouTuber Focus #6 | The Shaytards

Ooo look! It's our first post focusing on vloggers from across the pond. And there's a whole lot of them to get to grips with.


Subscribers: 1,878,263
Views: 780,258,533
Most Popular Video: A BABY IS BORN!


Imagine having every day of the last five years recorded on camera to watch back whenever you liked. Well that's exactly what  Shay and his family decided to do, and thankfully for us, he uploaded the daily vlogs to YouTube for us all to see. Ok, I get it, on the surface this seems a little odd. Watching a family of seven live out their day-to-day life doesn't sound like the most exciting thing in the world. It's like the whole Big Brother debate, why would you want to watch ordinary people just living their lives when you could be doing something else with yours? Well let's just say the 'shaytards' aren't exactly what you would call an ordinary family. When they made the move to start daily vlogging wife and mother Colette asked their current internet audience 'Are you ready? Because this might get boring'. Needless to say, two births, a move to LA and several million views later, it did not.


At the head of the family is hyperactive and self-confessed obnoxious Shay, in other words the loud guy with the beard, and 'hotter than expected' ultimate supermum, or 'mom', Colette. Seriously, I don't know she does it. 10 year-old Sontard is the eldest of the five children, followed by Princesstard, Babytard, Rocktard and new addition Brotard, not ignoring great dane puppy, Zeke.

If you're wondering what all the bizarre 'tard' names our about, the nicknames were originally used to protects the children's privacy. After a couple of slip-ups over the years though the names are generally well known. I'm not going to spoil the surprise for you though.

It's crazy to think that so far both Rocktard and Brotards whole lives have been recorded and viewed by thousands worldwide. Every day of their WHOLE lives. Madness. That's beside the fact they'll actually be able to watch themselves being born, minus all the gory details of course. They were internet stars before they had even left the hospital.

Oh and if that's not enough people for you to get to grips with at once there is grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and a whole heap of friends to get your head around.
The success of the daily vlogs has allowed Shay to make YouTube his full-time job, fund the families move from Idaho to LA, and led to the creation of video production company Maker Studios. Oh and if five years of vlogs isn't enough to keep you busy, it doesn't all stop at the Shaytards channel, with plenty of other channels from family members to keep you busy and the ShayLoss channel where you can join Shay's mission to shed the extra pounds. If you want to know what the fuss is about just google 'Shay Carl before and after'. I know, right?

So if big families, adorable moments, and positive attitudes are your thing, you won't be disappointed. Hopefully that's enough background info to get you started and you can click on the links above for some Shaytards highlights. If the vlog of Brotard's birth doesn't bring a tear to your eye then quite frankly there is something wrong with you. I'm not sure we can be friends.
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