Author Topic: Tom Scott Calls It Quits  (Read 16957 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline EEVblogTopic starter

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 37925
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« on: January 02, 2024, 07:38:49 am »
After a video a week for 10 years he's calling it quits:

« Last Edit: January 02, 2024, 07:42:00 am by EEVblog »
 
The following users thanked this post: SeanB

Offline RoGeorge

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 6395
  • Country: ro
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2024, 09:49:34 am »
My understanding was he's saying he quits YouTube.
 
The following users thanked this post: Ed.Kloonk

Offline Retep

  • Regular Contributor
  • *
  • Posts: 99
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2024, 09:59:36 am »
Lately quite a lot of YouTube content creators I regularly watch have announced "changes to the channel", meaning fewer (or no) videos and different focus.
 
The following users thanked this post: Ed.Kloonk

Offline Peabody

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 2056
  • Country: us
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2024, 03:56:14 pm »
6.3 million subscribers.  That's quite a bit to be walking away from.  But maybe he's made his fortune by now.
 

Online langwadt

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 4501
  • Country: dk
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2024, 04:02:31 pm »
6.3 million subscribers.  That's quite a bit to be walking away from.  But maybe he's made his fortune by now.

or maybe subscribers don't count for much anymore, it's all been tiktokified
 

Offline janoc

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 3803
  • Country: de
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2024, 04:15:20 pm »
6.3 million subscribers.  That's quite a bit to be walking away from.  But maybe he's made his fortune by now.

Likely at the expense of own health and personal life. Not sure you realize how much work it is to be able to produce a video a week. For 10 years.

Burnout is a thing and it is not fun.
 
The following users thanked this post: Ed.Kloonk, SeanB, bitwelder, schmitt trigger, 5U4GB

Online schmitt trigger

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 2257
  • Country: mx
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2024, 04:25:24 pm »
I believe Voltaire said it better:
“One starts writing because you love it, then to impress your friends and finally you prostitute yourself and do it for the money.”
Or words to the effect.

Replace writing with making videos.
 
The following users thanked this post: Retep

Offline Bud

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 6956
  • Country: ca
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2024, 05:45:39 pm »
This guy has always looked to me nervous and kind of being on the edge.
Facebook-free life and Rigol-free shack.
 
The following users thanked this post: tpowell1830

Offline Bud

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 6956
  • Country: ca
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2024, 05:49:46 pm »
or maybe subscribers don't count for much anymore, it's all been tiktokified
The 8-Bit Guy said same.
Facebook-free life and Rigol-free shack.
 

Offline boB

  • Frequent Contributor
  • **
  • Posts: 321
  • Country: us
    • my work www
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2024, 05:53:07 pm »
I saw Tom's video and was surprised.  Will still get his newsletter at least.
And I see there is a new  Lateral with Tom Scott  video.

But Dave !  Don't succumb to retirement just YET !

There are more great videos to make.

Besides, you look like you are still having a bit of fun with your videos and channels. 

Would be nice to take a break from all that editing though I would guess.

boB
« Last Edit: January 02, 2024, 05:59:54 pm by boB »
K7IQ
 

Online langwadt

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 4501
  • Country: dk
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2024, 06:25:33 pm »
I saw Tom's video and was surprised.

he announced quite a long time ago, some time last year he asked people to send in ideas for the final 26 weeks of videos
 

Online ataradov

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 11381
  • Country: us
    • Personal site
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2024, 06:44:55 pm »
And I see there is a new  Lateral with Tom Scott  video.
He says right in the video that Lateral and other projects will continue.

He retires from going all over the world for a 10 minute video. I'm surprised that worked for as long as it did.
Alex
 

Offline SiliconWizard

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 14690
  • Country: fr
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2024, 02:25:18 am »
It's always best to call it quits when you're at the top of your game rather than wait till it's going downhill and waste your health along the way. And it's not just true for Youtubers.

 
The following users thanked this post: coromonadalix

Online T3sl4co1l

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 21861
  • Country: us
  • Expert, Analog Electronics, PCB Layout, EMC
    • Seven Transistor Labs
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2024, 02:38:53 am »
It was never going to be forever, that would be foolish to think; and it's not goodbye forever either, he'll likely be back -- just more sporadically.

To have done it so consistently, is excellent; for so long, superb; and with such quality and engagement throughout the run -- legendary.  Bittersweet, perhaps, but congratulations are certainly in order!

Tim
Seven Transistor Labs, LLC
Electronic design, from concept to prototype.
Bringing a project to life?  Send me a message!
 

Offline pickle9000

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 2439
  • Country: ca
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2024, 03:13:48 am »
Yup, I wish him well.

And I hope he finds what he needs, and for my sake I want that to be YouTube.
 

Offline EEVblogTopic starter

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 37925
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2024, 12:23:09 pm »
6.3 million subscribers.  That's quite a bit to be walking away from.  But maybe he's made his fortune by now.

At around 2M average per video every week, that's around $5k-$10k per week for new content.
Probably $5k/week from his back catalog alone. How long that continutes without new contant remains to be seen.
Throw in some sponsorship money over the years and spead it out over 10 years when he was earning much less, he didn't exactly make a fortune when he has to travel every week.
And that's why he's stopping, the constant travel got too much. Maybe he wants to settle down and start a family or something.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2024, 12:49:37 pm by EEVblog »
 

Offline EEVblogTopic starter

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 37925
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2024, 12:46:18 pm »
He retires from going all over the world for a 10 minute video. I'm surprised that worked for as long as it did.

Indeed.
And that brings up, for me, the most infurating thing about his content.
To go to that sort of effort only to shoot that 5-10min video (which he pre-scripts and rehearses before he gets there), I just find madening. No 2nd channel content with extended interviews with people etc.
Maybe that's just because if I did the same effort to go somewhere I'd come back with many hours worth of material.
But hey, it worked.
 
The following users thanked this post: thm_w

Offline EEVblogTopic starter

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 37925
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2024, 12:47:47 pm »
or maybe subscribers don't count for much anymore, it's all been tiktokified
The 8-Bit Guy said same.

For those who didn't catch it:
 

Offline EEVblogTopic starter

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 37925
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2024, 12:53:07 pm »
But Dave !  Don't succumb to retirement just YET !

No chance. You can put money on me being the last one left standing.
 

Offline EEVblogTopic starter

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 37925
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2024, 12:57:03 pm »
Likely at the expense of own health and personal life. Not sure you realize how much work it is to be able to produce a video a week. For 10 years.
Burnout is a thing and it is not fun.

It's not making a video a week that's the problem, that's fairly easy. In this case it's the travel involved.
8 bit guy also mentioned this in his video, travelling to a dozen conferences a year was just too much.
 

Offline RoGeorge

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 6395
  • Country: ro
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2024, 01:54:50 pm »
If it were only YouTube.  I'm afraid it is much larger than a creator who decided to close a YT channel.  To me it looks like a generalized 'exit' is happening, on many fronts at the same time, not YT or content creators related only.  By 'exit' I mean when somebody squeezes the most out of a company's legacy and fame, then sell it, or let it go bankrupt.  My guess is that's the true reason for why youtubers are leaving YT.  Either they know it is happening, or they "feel" the generalized 'exit' in how the business goes lately.

Looks like the western world is driven into ground intentionally (I'm not sure by whom, just that it is too much to be taken as an unhappy chain of events - it's a setup), while everybody is trying to get a decent 'exit' (as individuals), instead of staying unite, disobey the saboteurs, identify and remove them.  Interesting times are coming, that's for sure.  :-+
« Last Edit: January 07, 2024, 02:03:25 pm by RoGeorge »
 
The following users thanked this post: .RC.

Offline nightfire

  • Frequent Contributor
  • **
  • Posts: 585
  • Country: de
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2024, 04:10:28 pm »
Another thought: Or might it finally happen that we see the effects of an over-saturated market for content? For some time, the content creators were able to squeeze some more money out of content by thinning it a bit, lowering the quality of the content, recycling other content of other people to make "react" videos of them, etc.
But only a fraction of them was giving good and constant quality, AND were able to see youtube and other channels like tiktok as means to draw people to a sustainable product they could sell, like chefs promoting their cooking books and making money off of them- or like Dave by selling multimeters and Gizmos like the µCurrent.

And after all: The last word in how a platform is to be run have the big advertising companies that pay for the opportunity to have their ads being pushed to the videos, and they demand some quality of clearly assorted and defined audience as not to waste their precious money to the wrong target audience. (Like promoting the newest burger of a fast-food chain on a channel targeted to vegetarians or people that live in an area where the next burger joint is far away...)
 
 
The following users thanked this post: Retep

Online langwadt

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 4501
  • Country: dk
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2024, 04:23:07 pm »
He retires from going all over the world for a 10 minute video. I'm surprised that worked for as long as it did.

Indeed.
And that brings up, for me, the most infurating thing about his content.
To go to that sort of effort only to shoot that 5-10min video (which he pre-scripts and rehearses before he gets there), I just find madening. No 2nd channel content with extended interviews with people etc.
Maybe that's just because if I did the same effort to go somewhere I'd come back with many hours worth of material.
But hey, it worked.

yeh, I watch Ian at forgottenweapons he often travels to museums, auctions or private collections, but when he's at a place he films many videos in a day

 

Offline pickle9000

  • Super Contributor
  • ***
  • Posts: 2439
  • Country: ca
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2024, 05:08:29 am »
It's hard work if you don't enjoy it.

 

Offline EEVblogTopic starter

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 37925
  • Country: au
    • EEVblog
Re: Tom Scott Calls It Quits
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2024, 09:09:29 am »
It's hard work if you don't enjoy it.



Are you saying that guy doesn't enjoy making videos?
 


Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo
Smf