FFB40 on Youtube – My first video and why I’m doing this

Hi all,

It took me a little longer than I expected to set this up, record, and upload…..

The quality of my laptop camera isn’t as good as I had hoped for…..

The Incredible Hulk eye’s are off putting…..

But, it’s out there! My first Youtube video. It can only go up from here, right! 

My First Youtube Video

This video is about the “10 Things I Learned From The UK Gathering In York – Survey Results Revealed”.

I discuss the results from the survey and put together a summary of the 10 main ‘take-home’ points from the Gathering. I discuss the things the attendees want to keep and the things they’d like to change moving forward.

Thanks to everyone that filled in the survey. It was really helpful to hear everyone’s thoughts. I’m somewhat pleased to read that there wasn’t anything that someone hadn’t already told me during the weekend, which I think is a good thing. I plan on putting these 10 points into action for the next one and making it the best one yet!

Click on the open-mouthed, blurry picture below to check it out!

Why am I doing Youtube?

First of all, I’m a big Youtube fan. I subscribe to a few channels of interest in the ‘Personal Development’, ‘Kindle Publishing’, ‘Strength & Conditioning’, and ‘Dogs do the dumbest things’ categories. 

Through my time as a consumer, I’ve seen some very well produced and interesting Video Blogs (or Vlogs as they’re affectionately known) on the topics above. I’ve found myself being drawn into peoples lives and what they do. I find watching Youtube more captivating than reading Blogs mainly because I’m a visual learner. I take things in once I’m shown what to do, rather than reading about it or listening to how it’s done. 

There are currently a lot of people on Youtube sharing their lives with consumers. I regularly watch athletes sharing their daily routines, meal plans, workouts, tips and tricks. I think it’s fascinating to get this insider knowledge on a subject I feel so passionate about. I find Youtube very intimate, and I like that. 

Financial Vlogging – A gap in the market?

I’ve struggled to find a lot of Vlogging channels on the subject of working towards FIRE, Dividend Investing and a lot of the other stuff I share on this Blog. There are a lot of ‘How To Guides’ on these areas, but not specifically Vlogging, and I think that’s a shame. 

Vlogging stands out to me as it shares the ‘warts and all’ of a lifestyle. It’s real and relatable. It demonstrates the full process for everyone to see.

Success leaves tracks, and Vlogging allows the consumer to get the full picture of how to get there, much like Blogging does. 

Any reader of Jason’s Blog Dividend Mantra will be aware of how beneficial this type of intimacy is. Jason lay’s out EXACTLY how he got to his $200,000+ portfolio of shares, from $26,000 when he started Blogging in March 2011. This real-life account follows Jason’s steps all the way. This approach means more to me than reading a Bio or a ‘how to’ by a rich investor. The ‘success tracks’ are deep and you can’t miss them!

One of my favourite quotes is from Mahatma Ghandi:

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”

I would LOVE to see more people sharing their lives, routines, techniques and tips on Youtube with regards to finance. The UK Gathering emphasised how much value everyone has to offer each other. 

The nail on the coffin for me was the thought of seeing MonevatorMMMERE, and The Escape Artist on Youtube. I would immediately subscribe to their channels and would watch their videos with great interest. 

Sitting here wishing for something out of my control isn’t going to do ‘Jack’ to change that, so I put it on myself to start Vlogging my life towards FIRE so everyone can see what I’m doing and how I got there. 

If you search ‘Dividend Investor Blog’ in google it comes up with 1.8m options (as of 3/9/15). Yet, if you search ‘Dividend Investor Youtube channel’ it comes up with 180k. I don’t think this area has been served as well as it should be and I for one am going to change that! 


Enter FFB40 Youtube Channel

I plan on keeping my Blog and Vlog very closely aligned, and I will be using both formats to share my story. I want to continue sharing what I share on this Blog, but I believe the Youtube format will help me share more details. 

To be frank, I don’t think my Blog has exposed as much of ‘what I do’ as I would have liked, due to the time it takes me to write and juggling my other commitments. I think that I will provide a lot more content on Youtube, as it’s a more efficient format for me. I’m also more of a talker than a writer! I find talking in front of a camera more appealing than writing a post. 

My next video is will detail a shortlist of the 3 locations for the Down South UK Gathering for early October. I’ll be posting a Survey on this Blog as to which one everyone prefers. I’ll also include a vote on the best name for this ‘movement’ or collection of financial minds. 

What’s going to be on the FFB40 channel?

As I mentioned above, I plan on including things that I cover on the Blog, but I want to push the boat out a little more. 

I plan on doing 5-10 min videos on my day-to-day life. Sharing with everyone my new part time, and soon to be, solo earning lifestyle. What I do for my morning routine, I can show you low price & healthy meals that I make. How I weight train on a budget etc. 

I want to share how I select shares, how I keep my expenses down, and share useful tips I’ve picked up on investing, frugal living, personal development and working towards FIRE. 

My longer term goal is to start interviewing other FIRE Bloggers around the UK and possibly around the world and getting their knowledge, experience and story on camera. If The FIREstarter interviewed Ermine, or if Weenie interviewed Retirement Investing Today on camera. I can even branch out and interview specialists on certain subjects like John Kingham on Stock Selection. I for one would love to watch that! I’m sure there are other people out there that would be interested to watch this too, so once again rather than sit here wishing, I’m going to make it happen. 

Thank you all so much for the continued support, feedback and advice. I really appreciate it. I know you don’t need prompting, but please let me know your thoughts on my new Youtube exploration.  

Would you be interested to watch this type of content on Youtube? What other stuff would you like to see? What are your thoughts on the 10 Things I took for the York Gathering?


  • diy investor (UK)

    Reply Reply 3rd September 2015

    Enjoyed your Youtube roundup Huw – well done.

    I was thinking if a Kenyan athlete can learn to throw the javelin by watching a Youtube video and go on to win the gold medal at the World Championships anything is possible!

    I hope to make it to one of the gatherings at some point. I was wondering if you have looked at 'bunkhouse' options as they are cheap, most offer self catering and often in really good locations around the country. I have been on a few gatherings in such places so could pass on further info if required.

    Looking forward to tuning in to the next Vlog – good luck with everything and especially your new ventures after leaving your paid employment.

  • FIbrarian

    Reply Reply 3rd September 2015

    Congratulations Huw on the first Vlog.

    I really enjoyed watching and you're right it's far more engaging when your sat listening and watching a person than reading through a written blog. This looks let it's set to be a really good niche to explore and I wish you the best of luck, you've definitely got one subscriber here.

    Please don't let the writing die down though as I can't watch videos at work. It's far easier to sneak a peak at a silent blog when the boss isn't looking ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • M from There's Value

    Reply Reply 3rd September 2015

    Hey Huw, great to see the first video is up and running! Looking forward to the next one and for choosing a location and date for the final FIRE UK Gathering.

    Cheers and keep up the good work!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 3rd September 2015

    Hi DIY Investor (UK),

    Thank you very much, and well said on the Kenyan Javelin thrower!

    I hope you can make the next one too. It would be great to meet you in person. One of the options on my shortlist is a bunkhouse. I given a couple of other options to see what the guys think and I'll leave it down to a vote.

    I've just released my second video on the 3 location if you're interested.

    Thank you for the encouragement and support it means a great deal in these early steps of Youtube. Much appreciated!


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 3rd September 2015

    Hi FIbrarian,

    Your comment made me laugh. Thank you for that!

    I'm glad you enjoyed the video. It plays like you have 3D glasses on, but it's a start!

    Don't worry the Blog writing will continue, I wouldn't want you to miss out on the sneaky peaks when the boss isn't around! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 3rd September 2015

    Hey M,

    Thank you very much!

    I've posted the 2nd video with the 3 locations I have as a shortlist. I'd love to see what you think. I'd like to get this next one booked up soon if I can as Oct will come around quickly.

    Thanks for the support and encouragement. It means a lot honestly!


  • Dividend Mantra

    Reply Reply 3rd September 2015


    Very cool, man! Wish you the best of luck with it.

    I agree that vlogging is something that's missing in the community. I've long thought about putting together a weekly video, but it just seems to be a little too time consuming. Perhaps at some point in the future I'll write less, which would allow for more time to do something like that. It's definitely a more personal and tangible platform, in my view.

    Hope you have fun with it and the readers enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best regards!

  • Michael Stickley

    Reply Reply 3rd September 2015

    Hi Huw,

    Great stuff – have watched, subscribed and enjoyed!

    Got to echo FIbrarian's comment above ref the written blog – think of us poor guys with no audio at work when catching up with blogs at work (strictly during our designated breaks of course. Ahem)


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 4th September 2015

    Hey Jason,

    Thank you very much!

    I think eventually more people will opt to use Youtube as a tool alongside their Blogs. The challenge for many people is the disclosure behind doing so. Even now, people are protective of their identities, locations and earnings (which I completely understand by the way!). Youtube is another step up on the disclosure scale, and I don't see as many people doing it compared to the fitness or gaming industries on Youtube.

    The truth is I'm more of a talker than a writer. I can write, but it takes me such a long time to write everything. Even this message!

    Youtube offers me a platform where I'm more comfortable, and it will save me time to get my message out there. I think this efficiency will encourage me to put more content out there too.

    It seems to me that you're a more natural writer than I, and from reading your posts for some time now, it looks like you're deeply passionate about it. I would imagine the concept of 'writing less' wouldn't be easy for you, but this is just an assumption.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    All the best

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 4th September 2015

    Thanks Mike S!

    I really appreciate it.

    I'm excited about the whole Youtube thing, but it's important for me to keep this Blog moving. The ultimate situation for me is to offer both written and visual content to appeal to two audiences. I'd like to branch out to a Podcast eventually, but one thing at a time! I know they wouldn't help your 'official' breaks either. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again!

  • weenie

    Reply Reply 5th September 2015

    Well done on getting this up and running, Huw! Really enjoyed it, kudos to you for being the natural in front of the camera!

    Unfortunately, you're unlikely to see me interviewing anyone (or being interviewed) since I'd prefer to remain vaguely anonymous.

    I'm with FIB, I can't watch videos at work – easier to read blogs when the web browser is on a tiny setting so doesn't it doesn't catch my boss' eye haha!

    Good luck with the rest of your vlogs – just checking out the next one now!

  • ERG

    Reply Reply 7th September 2015

    Sooo glad to finally see a UK version of this. There is definitely a gap in the market.. heck there's even a gap in the market for more UK podcasts, let alone vblogs. Takes alot of guts to get out there infront of a camera instead of just being words on the screen. Congrats!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 8th September 2015

    Hi Weenie.

    Thank you for that. Not sure I'm a natural! The first couple of videos felt a bit weird, but my most recent one felt more natural than the others. I'll get the hang of it!

    I know from our previous conversations that you said you wouldn't want to go on cameras, so don't worry Weenie, I understand.

    Don't worry I'll keep Blogging along with the videos, I want to branch out on both formats and not switch from one to the other.

    Thank you for the well wishes!


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 8th September 2015

    Hi Guy,

    Thanks for that. I agree. I would like to make a move in both Youtube and Podcasts. There is a gap and I'm happy to fill it. I hope it can show others that they're both possibilities and do it themselves too. 3 years ago there weren't many DGI Blogs out there, now the UK has loads!

    I think Youtube has the same potential to increase traction, but it has the added challenge of overcoming 'putting yourself out there', which is understandably difficult for a lot of people when it comes to finances.

    Thanks for the kind words I really appreciate it. I look forward to seeing you soon!


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