20 months ago this journal was chugging along sharing the journey of caregiving and living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Then a special education teacher planted a seed and pushed me to be more as a communicator. Jackie of AOL Journals, Life in Bama nudged me toward You Tube.
Yesterday Caregivingly Yours videos on You Tube crossed the 40,000 viewer mark, running circles around this original journal views in half the time.
These are not videos of pop culture but rather a hidden or private view of life, caregiving. Some have been the first of their kind and it has been a pleasure to watch the ripples of others sharing their lives.
More outstanding to me has been the world wide views. Backtracking links I have found Caregivingly Yours videos embedded in journals and sites written in French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Turkish, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and languages that have stumped Google translator. Plus our English speaking cousins in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia, and New Zealand.
You Tube demographics of world wide video views of Caregivingly Yours videos paints a picture quite different than the You Tube stereotype, not youth but an aging population:
It is impossible not to wonder about the appeal of video communication vs written. Maybe it is the visuals of seeing real people with real challenges? Maybe the 21st Century simply demands multi-media communication?
Whatever! A special education teacher, AOL journal writer, caregiver emeritus, and most of all a friend in Alabama gets the “muse” credit for this benchmark.
To paraphrase Boston’s Brahmin, Henry Brooke Adams (only seems appropriate for a ‘Bama Woman) “A teacher affects eternity, she can never tell where her influence stops.” … Thanks, Jackie! Y’all take care now!
Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer
(also available in Blogger edition, Caregiver Blog: "Caregivingly Yours")