If you’re a regular follower on my YouTube channel, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been playing around with YouTube #Shorts lately.
My cousin, who runs the ASMR channel, ASMR Tingle and Taps, gave me tips on how to grow my YouTube channel using YouTube Shorts. The Shorts videos I’ve uploaded so far have been doing extremely well, but I haven’t found my “niche” yet.
If I didn’t have a full-time job as a school librarian, I’d make a bunch of cool stop-motion videos with dolls, like the Romeo and Juliet #Shorts video at the top of today’s blog post, and I’d publish all my stop motion videos as YouTube Shorts.
But the Romeo and Juliet YouTube shorts video that I published on my YouTube channel today actually took me several HOURS to make. Yeah…. You read that right. I said it took me several HOURS to make a 30 second video! That’s just not reasonable.
So I’ve come up with a different plan. Now, hear me out please.
My favorite playtime buddy, when I was a kid, was my cousin Virginia. We played Barbies at the beach, on camping trips, and even at school, where we were classmates. In fact, the two dolls in the stop motion portion of this video are supposed to represent the two of us, playing at the beach together:
Virginia and I used to say, “Let’s do a pick” before we started playing dolls. We’d lay all the dolls out (usually nude) on the floor, and we’d take turns picking a doll.
Then we’d lay all the outfits out on the floor and take turns picking what clothes our dolls would wear.
It was a fun way to begin our doll play time!
When my two daughters starting playing with each other, I taught them how to “do a pick” to avoid controversy over the most popular toys, and it really worked for them as well.
So here’s my proposal, and I’d like to see what you think.
I’ve bought some vintage catalogs of Barbie dolls and outfits, like the one you see below.
What if I created YouTube Shorts that have scanned pages from inside my vintage catalogs? We could play “Let’s do a pick” and people can watch the Short, featuring three or four different dolls, or three or four different outfits, and then we all leave comments under the YouTube Short, stating which doll or outfit we would pick for playtime, and why.
If you don’t want to say why, of course, you wouldn’t have to, but I’d love it if anyone reading this gave an opinion. Is this a game that would be fun to play? Would you enjoy it? Would you participate?
Let’s give it a quick try, okay? Without having made it into a YouTube Shorts video yet, let’s look at the image below. Which doll would you pick and why? Please leave a comment.
Your options are:
These doll images come from the Mattel 1970 Living Barbie and Living Skipper catalog leaflet.
Disclaimer, Copyright, and Trademark Credit:
If you’d like to learn more about the Mattel family of Barbie dolls, please visit Mattel’s Barbie website. Disclaimer: ChellyWood.com is not affiliated with Mattel, but Chelly personally enjoys designing clothes to fit the dolls their company has created.
Mattel, Inc. . Living Barbie™ and Living Skipper™ [Leaflet]. [Hawthorne, Calif]: Printed in USA. [Not paged].
[Back cover statement: “BARBIE,” “STACEY,” “P.J.,” “CHRISTIE,” “KEN,” “BRAD,” “SKIPPER,” “CASEY,” “FRANCIE,” and “TUTTI, BARBIE, & SKIPPER’S TINY SISTER,” are the trademarks of Mattel, Inc. for its DOLLS.]
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