My name's Jacob, and I make videos for my website, Nerd on the Street. I've been at it for a while now-- over 5 years, and all of my videos and podcasts combined add up to just over 600 pieces of content.
My reasons for making videos have evolved over time, but this year I've settled into my current mission statement: "to inform and entertain [my] viewers while advocating for free & open software." Free & open software means programs that are freedom-respecting and open-source. I run Linux on my computers, I use Kdenlive to edit, I make music in MuseScore and LMMS, over the last couple of years I've been learning Blender to animate. My vision is to reach as many people as possible by making stuff that's fun to watch, then getting those people to switch to free software by showing that I use it behind the scenes and explaining its benefits.
Despite how much I've accomplished, I'm beginning to run low on steam. It's not that I'm short on ideas or inspiration myself. I'm just starting into production on the third season of my Stargate fanfiction series (was machinima, will now be animated), and me and ten of my friends are all preparing for our third annual Extra Life stream this weekend.
The problem is that no matter how much I do and how many other people I've brought in, I haven't found anyone who really cares about the same things as me. None of my friends run Linux on their computers. They think "free software" means you don't have to pay for it. I've tried explaining the technical and philosophical meanings behind libre & open-source software to them, but at the end of the day, they really don't care about it. And while I bring friends into my videos as often as I can, I'm usually the one doing most of the work, and they're just there to make it look like my company's bigger than it is when in reality, it's a one-man show.
I appreciate that people will do videos with me anyway and we've had a lot of fun, but it's getting really exhausting being the only one who puts serious time and effort into it, and who cares about the mission. I understand that it's a double-niche: video people usually don't care about Linux, and the Linux people who I have met, while awesome, don't usually care about making videos. And then you add on the fact that my audience is still tiny (5 years of work and I've got just over 5,000 subscribers on my main YouTube channel), and it's obvious why finding people who want to make stuff with me is difficult.
So I thought I'd ask here: are there any other RT fans who use Linux on the desktop and are interested in making some animations and other videos?
Edit: Just to be clear, this isn't necessarily just a call for people who want to help me make videos. If you're already making videos with Linux yourself, I'd love to hear about what you're making and which tools you're using.