DIY Sourcing, Like Those Cheesy, Make Your Own Slime Videos, but Way Nerdier

My second grader went through a phase where she was all about watching “Do it Yourself” videos on how to make markers, crayons, and most recently various types of slime. Yes, slime, and it’s very popular with kids nowadays:

However, watching these DIY videos as well as the “open box” and “surprise toy” spots got me thinking.

This kind of thing is similar to those “Thing a Week” videos I’ve been putting out there. There so many ideas on how to build slime and sourcing out there, it’s easy to get lost in all the glitter, different colors, or type of slime or squirrel.

It’s what we’ve all been doing when the tech ain’t working we combine the ingredients or tools necessary to achieve the intended outcome. And now my mind is considering Unboxing Tool Videos and Surprise Tool Thing a Weeks. Like seriously, stupid DIY slime videos, silly things like this can make a sourcer’s mind go into overdrive mode.

I remember in 2015, when I had landed my first speaking gig at NAHCR, Jim Stroud had presented on using YouTube to recruit and all the functionality encased in it. I should have listened to him back then, but I have a feeling it’s gotten smarter due to platforms like Periscope, Twitch, and Facebook Live coming into play.

By the way, You da bomb, Jim Stroud!

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This thing isn’t going away. There are several DIY sourcing streamers YouTubers, and I smile every time I get notified someone else has posted a new sourcing video (Shoutout to PairedSourcing, Mark Lundgren, Bret Feig, and recent vid from Susanna Frazier). I’ve even seen more videos from Dean Da Costa too, so glad he’s still putting his ideas out there. The point is, people have several sources of information now, excellent content and ideas are a few clicks away via smartphone.

Those darn slime YouTube tutorials helped me with the flow of my videos. Conversations with my fellow YouTuber Bret Feig led me to add corny DIY music., and OMG I went full nerd and overshared content the last few days because of it. That silly innovation drove me to make several more videos, explore the end annotation functionality and even link other videos. The dialog needs to continue, for all of us trying to figure out what our code key is for our encoding software. Isn’t that right Bret?

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And now, others can reap the benefits. Figuring out this streaming stuff will allow us to share more, grow as a community, and further our industry as a broader audience learns more about data extraction and how to further increase productivity through science.

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Thank you slime videos, and thanks to my daughter for suggesting it that Saturday. You can learn something in the most unexpected places sometimes, and if your kids aren’t around to teach you, search it on YouTube! Honestly, I appreciate everyone who watches and shares these corny videos, and I hope this forum helps people.