This interview originally appeared in the January 20th edition of “Out Here”
Who are you, what do you do, and why do you do it?
I’m Justin Whang, and I make YouTube videos about (mostly) old Internet and Gaming stories/mysteries. I make them because I enjoy the nostalgia trip, and I think there are very few people out there telling these stories. I also like discovering new details about stories I was around for, but didn’t see the full picture of at the time.
What’s work have you done that you’re most proud of?
Although it’s a departure from my main content, I really like my video making fun of Buzzfeed’s video explaining the Sam Hyde shooter meme/hoax. I think it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever made, and I wish I could get into that headspace more often without requiring the inspiration to just strike me out of nowhere.
What keeps you motivated day to day?
It’s difficult to say, I just have a feeling like I “have to” do it. At the same time, I’m a person who is more productive when outside forces are giving me deadlines, so it’s often a struggle to buckle down and work.
What’s on your required viewing (or listening) list for your industry (this could be either music or youtube)?
To be honest, I watched very little YouTube before getting on the platform myself, so I don’t know if there’s anything I’d call required viewing. The community aspect of the site is really important, though, so you should definitely make an effort to see who is making good content in the genres that interest you.
Do you have a favorite story of something that’s happened to you while you’ve been operating in the space?
My favorite thing that happens from time to time is when someone close to a story I covered reaches out to me and gives me new info that was generally unknown to the public. For example, after my Street Fighter Rainbow edition video, an owner of an arcade sent me a picture of an old business card they found inside of a machine advertising Street Fighter II “upgrades.”
Tip for someone who wants to enter the game?
The best practical advice I can give anyone looking to get into YouTube is to do everything you can to keep a person on the site after watching your video, because as far as I can tell, the algorithm rewards that heavily. Go hard on playlists, use your end screens, link to other videos in your description, and don’t be afraid to even send people to another channel if it fits the topic you’re covering on a particular video.