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I'm an over-40 YouTuber following my dreams and encouraging others to do the same. My channel covers real estate, business, hiking, backpacking & travel.
As of this moment, I have over 6000 subscribers and 84,000 video views per month.
Specific themes include the US housing market in 2020, living in Puerto Rico, backpacking the Sierra Nevada on the Pacific Crest Trail, living at Lake Tahoe, roadtripping the USA, and building a YouTube channel. Recurring sub-themes touch on retirement, where to live, financial independence, building a YouTube channel, and how to make your dreams a reality.
71% of my audience is male, 29% female and 82% from the US, the vast majority adults, with 23% in the 25-34 age range, 30% in the 35-44 range, 21% in the 45-54 range, and 24% are over 55.
I typically post 1x per week, usually on Sundays, sometimes more often depending on what's going on. I film on a Canon G7X and an iPhone Pro Max and do all my own editing in iMovie.
91% of the people who watch my channel are not subscribed. 29% of my YouTube traffic comes from search, 28% from external sources (86% from Google), 22% from browse features, and 14% from suggested videos. My overall channel average thumbnail click-through rate is 5.7%, with new videos in the high-low teens during the first week.
My biggest upload ever, with 216K views, was about the cost of living in Puerto Rico, followed by one about buying a house post-pandemic at 78K, when will house prices drop at 48K, the downsides of Caribbean life at 44K, and real estate crash or time to buy at 36K.
My hottest topics so far have been about the housing market and living in Puerto Rico. If you're looking for engagement around when and how to buy a house, whether or not to retire in Puerto Rico, how to make a big move or backpacking as an older person, my channel is the place for you!
Professionally I have a background in corporate communications, digital marketing and real estate sales, with over 4600 followers on LinkedIn.
On a personal level, I'm an empty nester with two grown daughters about to start an entrepreneurial venture with my husband that will hopefully fund our retirement dreams. Stay tuned… :)
But at the same time, it felt odd knowing that chapter of my life was over, that all my gear, which had been such an important lifeline out there in the wilderness, would now be packed away in a box under the house, suddenly immaterial. As G-Man, Belle and The Hubby got on with their workdays, the girls and I took off in the rental car. I’d been debating whether or not to ditch my sleeping bag and get a new one, but it’s such a huge expense, I decided to get a liner instead and picked one up in town. That evening, Belle, G-Man, The Hubby and I went to a dinner and music night on the clubhouse lawn at Old Greenwood.
Now I understand why old people talk about their pains, because it’s all so strange, you’re just trying to figure out what’s normal. We hiked past Mt Judah, where I’d gone on a Donner Party hike with my friend Irene, right after moving to Truckee so many years ago. Leaning on a rock, I finished off the last of my food, texted The Hubby and our friend G-Man, who would be picking us up at the trailhead. Nearing the trailhead, we passed a lot of day hikers and a big group of cute little kids on a summer camp outing.
Nice guy, very conversational, he asked lots questions as we were all lying in our Last night , a section hiker named Nobody joined us at camp. After texting The Hubby, I checked Facebook and found that my awesome friend, Sharla, who lives in Alpine Meadows, had seen my plea for a beer a couple days back at Barker Pass and had offered to hike one in for me at the Five Lakes Trail Junction! Years ago, I went on a rafting trip with a group of friends on the North Fork of the Yuba River, the day before I was supposed to graduate from UC Santa Cruz. Originally, I’d requested a trail permit from Mammoth all the way to Manning Park, thinking I might love it so much that I’d find a way to continue on to Canada with the girls.
While packing to leave at 7:00 am, a big group of obnoxious day hikers came down the trail, whooping and hollering at the top of their lungs. I tried to stay behind the herd of hooligans, still whooping their way up the trail, unsure about what kind of people they might be. Today’s trail menu offered up a stunning ridge walk past Blackwood and Ward Canyons and along the backside of Alpine Meadows. I need to do what I want to do, others in my life need to do what they want to do, and we all need to either accept each other or move on.