Abandoned: Modern Day Explorers On YouTube

Abandoned: Modern Day Explorers On YouTube

Born just in time to explore America's past.

I’ve never been that into what would be considered “traditional TV”. Apart from how obnoxious and obtrusive ads on television are, I could never really get into the content. Television, in my opinion, has become entirely too over-produced and predictable, especially when it comes to catching the interest of a younger viewership. So, naturally, I wanted to seek out an alternative type of television, and along came YouTube. There is a genre on YouTube that has always fascinated me, and that is the Abandoned and Exploration video genre.

Coining the term “Urban Explorers”, these YouTubers take their camera equipment into abandoned or off-limits areas and explore, as the genre name would suggest. The videos of the exploration themselves play out a like a travel vlog, which is entertaining in itself. But the more produced and scripted videos take more of a documentary vibe, explaining the reason why the areas are abandoned.

You would never find this kind of low-production kind of content on television. A lot of these content creators/ urban explorers/ what have you, are completely self-funded, or crowd funded by their fans. These creators aren’t held back by any kind of sponsors, producers, labels, or anything like that. When I say “low-production”, don’t confuse it with “low-quality”. The video quality is phenomenal, especially for one to five man teams. The audio is generally fantastic, too, with very little pops or spikes throughout.

If you’re interested in checking out some of these channels, I recommend “Exploring With Josh” for more of the exploration itself and “Bright Sun Films” for the documentary-style videos. Here are two of my favorites, one from each channel respectively. Alternatively, if you want something with a higher production quality, you can check out the Viceland "Abandoned" series- but I personally recommend the more independent videos as they suit my tastes better.

Exploring With Josh- Abandoned Contaminated School

Bright Sun Films- Blockbuster Video

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Age Doesn't Matter, You Should Still Play Minecraft

How my 10-year-old daughter has me playing her favorite game…


Minecraft is an online game by a company called Mojang where players can build and interact with cube-based worlds to create and play however they wish to.

My daughter has become obsessed with Minecraft. So obsessed in fact that she has dragged me into it. I've got an account now and worlds and we play in creative so we can build stuff. It's all rather odd to me, but she loves being able to play together, so we do. Here are my reasons you should be playing Minecraft no matter your age.

1. You Can Create Interesting Worlds


Apparently, there are tons of different types of worlds that can generate in Minecraft. You could play in the snow, a grassy plain, or even a huge forest of trees. The choices are endless.

2. You Can Build Tons Of Cool Stuff


We've made a house, a zoo, and are working on a massive treehouse in the sky. The possibilities here are endless too.

3. There Is A Huge Following/Community


So many people play and know Minecraft that if you get stuck on something like I did, you can always look it up and learn how to get that function to work exactly right when you need it to.

4. It Is A Great Way To Spend Time Together


Families can spend a bit of time working on a Minecraft world together. You'll get a chance to talk to and connect with your kid and they get to play a favorite game. It's a win-win situation.

5. It Is Actually A Whole Lotta Fun


This is pretty self-explanatory, but I have had a blast learning how to play Minecraft from my 10-year-old. She has just recently stopped calling me a noob (new player) every five minutes, but if I do something really silly in the game she still says that it was a noob moment.

Overall, if you've never played Minecraft, you should try it out just once to see all the great things this game can do.

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