August 2019 News From Jim Zim:  1/4 BILLION VIEWS!
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August 2019 News From Jim Zim: 1/4 BILLION VIEWS!

August 14, 2019

Well hello there, from my backyard. I thought I would take some time to give you
an update on some things going on
with my YouTube channel right now. And the big news is that I just passed 250
million views to my videos on YouTube. That’s a lot! As I like to say… a quarter billion served! (laughing) Not bad! And about a week ago I passed 300,000 subscribers to
my channel, so it’s a double bit of good news there. Things are going very very well. I’ve got 17 videos with over a million views. And the biggest one, you might have seen it… It’s the Green Thunder waterslide video
that I shot on a Carnival cruise ship. It kind of started the whole thing off for me on YouTube. 94 million views on that one. And I’ve got a model train video
that has 62 million views. So, between those two…
that’s a whole lot of views! And then 250 million total between all my videos, combined. I’m pretty happy about that, as you might imagine! No puppies with me in the backyard this weekend.
We’re in between litters right now. As you might know,
from time to time my wife and I foster litters of puppies
for woods Humane Society. And our most recent litter was
a pair of Scottish Terrier mixes. They were a lot of fun.
Full of energy! Its kind of quiet without them here, but… It’s just a matter of time
before we have another litter of puppies. I didn’t make any videos for YouTube
about the Scottish Terrier puppies… Because the previous videos that I
made about our foster puppies… Didn’t get a whole lot of views, so I interpret that as… My audience telling me that you’re not really interested in the videos about the foster puppies. So, we’ll do videos about things you are interested in. And I’ll tell you one new thing I’m gonna be trying a little more often… Based on the success of
the Rocky Mountaineer video that I did… I think I’m going to be doing more train trips
and making videos about that. You may have seen my most recent video
is about a short trip I did, a day trip,
on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner… Down the coast of California. And I think you’re probably going to see
some more videos like that in the coming months. I’ll give you an update on the group cruise
that we’re gonna do to Alaska, about a year from now
on the Royal Princess. That is going very well.
We’ve got 44 people in the group already. And the cruise is just a little less than a year away. So, plenty of time for people to still sign up. I’m noticing that the cabins on the left side of the ship are booking up faster than the cabins
on the right side of the ship… Which makes sense because it’s a southbound cruise… So there will be certain points during that cruise
when the views will be better on the left side. So, if you’re thinking about coming with us
on the Alaska cruise… Book soon,
so you can get a cabin on the left side of the ship. I’ve got something new that
I added to my arsenal of… Audio/video equipment for making YouTube videos.
A new toy. It’s a gimbal so that I can use
my big DSLR camera to shoot videos… And still get smooth, stable videos
without a bunch of shakiness. I noticed on some of my recent videos
which I shot with my GoPro… That there were a few shots where
the picture quality wasn’t quite as good
as what I would have liked. So, I’m gonna do a little experiment
and shoot some of my next few videos… With my big DSLR on a gimbal… And see if that works out better
than using a GoPro on a smaller gimbal. And I’ll wrap up this video with news of
probably the most fun thing I’ve ever bought off of eBay.
(laughing) You’ve gotta check this out! (sound of a train horn) Yes, it’s a train horn.
(laughing) And when it arrived,
I didn’t tell Kellyn what was in the box. I kind of took it in the other room
and opened it up without her watching. Here’s her reaction
when I demonstrated what I had bought… (Sound of a train horn) (She laughs) (A longer blast from the train horn) (laughs) So, that’s what’s happening in my world. If you keep an eye on my YouTube channel
in the coming weeks… I hope, if everything goes according to plan… You’ll see a video about a steam train
that I’m going to be riding soon. And also about a month from now we’re going on another cruise… This time to Coco Cay… Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas
that they spent a ton of money refurbishing… And adding a bunch of water slides, too. So, there’ll probably be several videos about that
in September. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Frank Commisso August 5, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Love your channel and have been a longtime viewer! When someone asks me what my favorite channel is, I tell them yours. Honestly, I don't even like cruises!! BUT you make everything really cool and interesting. It's also really warming to see you so happy and just enjoy your life. Keep it up Jim, thank you!

  • Reply Travelling with Bruce August 5, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Well done Jim thank you for taking us all along with you on your great trips. Plus inspiring many other youtubers to grow our channels too. Kind Regards Bruce

  • Reply Stacy Hirschberg August 5, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Please do more puppies! I love the puppies!

  • Reply mrk107 August 5, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Wow, so glad I’m your subscriber! Thanks Jim!

  • Reply Zay Carson August 5, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Wow big achievement congrats Jim

  • Reply Miki Trip August 5, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    That is a loving wife my friend. i'm 29 and know already if i buy something without my wife's approval she will kill me. So for you to have made it this far. that's where it's at.

  • Reply Laszlo Bagi August 5, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Nice new rig, hope you'll do a review of it

  • Reply 1 2 August 5, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    congratulation looking forward to seeing more train and cruise trips ! cheers

  • Reply Cat Chat Fever August 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Love your videos! Good job and congratulations!

  • Reply VK48 August 5, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    more train videos please 🙂

  • Reply pork chop August 5, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I love puppies. I think I found your channel because of a train 🚂 ride you did.

  • Reply henry rosa August 5, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Congratulations, you have one of the best channels on YouTube.

  • Reply amy olson August 5, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Good for you I'm so happy for you however can you do any more train video soon

  • Reply amy olson August 5, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    And I would like to see Thomas James Emily and Percy doing the Race

  • Reply J. J. August 5, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    You go daddy!
    So cute
    So cool!
    Yes indeed! Way to go Jim!
    I think it’s the Magic big “Mic”and the Voice that made it possible. Yaaaaa!
    Yeah damn those puppies…
    Stick with the trips, cruise and trains. Puppies ahh ahhh, nope!

  • Reply Angela Shelby August 5, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Congratulations 🎉

  • Reply Laura Gwillim August 5, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Your cruise videos are simply the BEST! I’ve watched every s single one! I have 2 cruises coming up: NCL Star 9 day southern Caribbean in 2020, 12 day Panama Canal on NCL Joy in 2021, and hoping to book Alaska in 2022 on NCL Bliss.

  • Reply YYZ Mike August 6, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Congratulations Jim!!!!

    I gotta ask you though – Do you have any compression on your mic?! I know you previously worked in the radio business, and you definitely have that voice! It sounds so effortless and the audio is just so great on your videos.

    Congrats again – glad to have found and subscribed to you!

  • Reply grace chang August 6, 2019 at 12:41 am

    You are a solid guy!

  • Reply Ravindra Mehta August 6, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Wondering if group of people would be interested in cruising with you through your travel agent as you have so much knowledge about the cruises.

  • Reply Mae Mae August 6, 2019 at 2:03 am

    More puppies 🐶, please! I love your puppy videos, and it warms my heart to see how you and your lovely wife are so kind and caring to these little guys.

  • Reply Anoop S August 6, 2019 at 2:33 am

    What’s ship are you going to Coco cay on?

  • Reply Laura Wilson August 6, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Love Kellyns eye roll! Lol!

  • Reply Entertainment Worldz August 6, 2019 at 3:28 am

    great video

  • Reply George Castro August 6, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Jim, If you ever get the opportunity please take a train trip on the California Zephyr from Emeryville, California to Denver, Colorado! I promise you if you do this you will not be disappointed!

  • Reply Boris Bialer Vlogs August 6, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Congrats! A well deserved milestone.

  • Reply Kermit Mexico productions August 6, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    That’s going to be the coke a cola whistle.

  • Reply Leticia Yvonne August 6, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Great to see you Big Jim, My Baby and I love watching your cruise videos. It actually motivated me to make my very own video about our first Cruise on my channel TheGIRLIEguide. Please keep posting. We love it!!!!

  • Reply Sheila Bosiger August 6, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Congratulations Jim! You definitely have earned it. Thank you for all you do and sharing with us!

  • Reply Nicole McDonald August 6, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Have you been on symphony of the seqs

  • Reply Bruce Sumter August 7, 2019 at 12:43 am

    wow so cool jim congration 🙂

  • Reply Midlife Crazy August 7, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Awesome accomplishment Jim… Congrats!

  • Reply Ann Cassidy August 7, 2019 at 1:39 am


  • Reply Brian Megilligan August 7, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Best eye roll ever at 4:22!

  • Reply madiantin August 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I can understand if you don't post more puppy videos because of the lack of views – but I must admit I enjoyed them.
    Your wife is the soul of patience. =D
    Congratulations on the 1/4 billion views!

  • Reply akdreaming August 7, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Yes!! More train trips would be amazing! Love your vlogs!

  • Reply MarkTheLostTraveler August 8, 2019 at 5:26 am

    You should do a video on your different setting on you DSLR. Love all your video's. Thank you.

  • Reply snip3d0505 August 8, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Congrats. Love the videos

  • Reply King Deer August 9, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I want more modal train videos

  • Reply King Deer August 9, 2019 at 12:19 am

    You can actually buy real train horns

  • Reply davidtravels August 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Congrats! I love your videos so much!!!

  • Reply Denise Marle August 12, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Hi from Australia Jim, I subscribed after seeing the Rocky Mountaineer video, it was great, so will be looking out for more! I've been to Canada, but haven't traveled by train.
    While I was watching this one, my sister said, "I know that voice, he grooms Cockers" ….. And she was right! I have English Cocker Spaniels, so would love to see more on puppies …
    Will now check out your earlier videos, you have a great sounding voice, so easy to listen to.
    Thank you!

  • Reply Cruise with Mary August 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Couldn't happen to a better guy! As a travel agent, I really appreciate your video's Jim, and I love your humor!

  • Reply Mister X August 14, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Jim is my idol!

  • Reply Krizie August 14, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I'm not surprised, actually your videos deserve much more views!

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