It’s hard to write this post. I have been thinking about it for a long time. We knew that we were going to take a break from our channel for awhile but as the months got closer to the end the reality of it hit us hard. You see, we never meant to start a YouTube channel. Lennie bought me a GoPro for Christmas and I started filming and learning to edit and thought it would be a good platform to share the videos with the kids. When others started watching it and we suddenly had 300 subscribers, Lennie and I didn’t know what to think. Her first thought was to make the videos private. This way we could share a link with family and no one else would see them. Around the same time, we were attending the Miami boat show and several people came up to us and said they had watched the videos and how much they enjoyed them and learned from them. We decided there would be no harm in sharing them with like-minded people that enjoyed them. The rest is history.
More than we know
After posting this video explaining our decision to hit the “pause” button on our channel the emails and comments started coming in. If you take a minute to read some of them you will see just how meaningful our content was to so many fans. We had received nice comments and emails for years but we thought it was just superficial fun for those people who thought they might go sailing one day. It turned out it was much more than that. People not only loved our content but it touched them deeply and in many ways. I am still trying to process it after reading all these comments. Some are very sad to have us stop and all have thanked us profusely for the 41/2 year of videos. I can’t begin to explain how this makes Lennie and I feel. We know we needed the break and we may be back in a different format but we now know we helped, entertained and educated people with our channel – and that was the best we could have hoped for after all these years of filming, editing and sailing.
I just can’t
As I am writing this and trying to convey all the feelings, I just had a comment pop into our YouTube email inbox. It’s from Mike & Lori Ball. I think Mike explains it better than I ever could. Thanks Mike.
Mike BallCongratulations!! My wife Lori and I knew it would not last forever but we are very happy for you both and your family. I must tell you that I subscribe to almost all of the sailing channels out there and we just want to tell you how much we enjoyed yours. I am a Firefighter for the Army in The Detroit area, a bit chilly to get out on the boat this time of year so we were enjoying living vicariously through all your adventures. We would schedule our time to watch your new videos when they came out. Lol we used to text each other when we got the notification that you posted a new video and the only thing left to decide for that evening was what we were going to grab for our take out dinner. We truly looked forward to snuggling up on the couch and living our own little “Happy Together “ moments. You have inspired us to reach for our dreams and I can’t tell you enough how many people you all touched. I have never posted to your channel before and I figured now was the right time. Above all I want to thank you for your charity work with the veterans. I don’t think you ever were in the military but from someone who has been and has served our great nation for my whole career active duty and as a government civilian I thank you. You both are remarkable and although I realize we only caught a glimpse of the “whole you” through this channel you two have influenced many. We hope at some point our paths will cross and we get to tell you in person. I know that our story will be a bit different than yours but I can’t help but to hope that it’s in some ways similar. Our goal is to find our little floating “Happy Together” and hit the high seas as well. If you ever wondered if how many people you both have touched this comment thread should speak for itself. All in all I just wanted to tell you both CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE DONE IT, YOU HAVE CREATED A LIFE THAT YOU DON’T NEED TO TAKE A VACATION FROM. your Love and appreciation for each other gleams through in all of your videos. Thanks so much for sharing just a piece of that with all of us. Take care and may you always have the wind in your sails. Mike & Lori