Having started detecting in the 70’s it’s interesting to see how the pastime has evolved over the years, especially via social media. A hobby that was once dependent on print is now almost entirely promoted online and it’s a jungle out there. At least it seems so to this old beeper.
There was a time when I thought about how great it would have been if the internet existed back in the 70’s but after a little musing I changed my mind. Would have been more detectorists, more holes, fewer places to detect and fewer finds. You know – like it is today.😊
Yup, being that “odd” guy with a metal detector in 1973 was fine with me!!.
All by myself and having fun – circa late 70’s
Now of course you can do anything online – get help with your detector, share your finds, film your in-the-field excursions and chat with other tekkies. You might even become the next rock star detectorist. The next Aquachigger, Nugget Nogginor Chicago Ron. All it takes is an outgoing personality, lots of spare time and money to burn. BUT before you rush out to buy a camera you might want to take a look at the competition:
Now I’m not sure how accurate all the numbers are but I was blown away looking at this list. I mean damn man, how many is too many and how can you produce a thousand metal detecting videos? How can you watch a thousand videos? Maybe one of you YouTube addicts can tell me. I know you are living vicariously through these vids and watching them keeps the juices flowing but don’t they sometimes run together, get lost in the crowd, all look alike?
I know absolutely nothing about making YouTube videos or having a YouTube page, but I’ve observed and been told that any attempt at YouTube notoriety requires a constant effort and commitment that can wear you down, and if you don’t keep at it or enjoy the process you and your YouTube page will die a quick death. Over the eight years I’ve done this blog I’ve witnessed a few tekkies succumb to the grind, of having to keep up. Of having to find the time to create, produce and share yet another video that’s keeps the fan base happy and pleases a manufacturer/sponsor. It’s a numbers game and to me that kind of pressure seems like a sure way to lose interest in a pastime that should be plain ole fun.
Personally I would love to see more instructional videos like how to dig a proper plug, how to set up your detector when you’re on the beach, how to use a probe, how the location and placement of a find can affect you audio and numerical readout, etc.. Depth tests and new detector reviews are okay I guess but there’s just way too many variables involved to draw any conclusions or comparisons, not to mention that many reviewers have an axe to grind or dog in the hunt.
And the rest…
Then too there’s Facebook. You can have a personal page, a club page, group page, a business page and if you so desire a BS page. It’s free and a great way to get your info out to the masses. It’s also a great vehicle for sharing those ‘dug finds’ you bought at the local coin shop😂😂. Despite all the criticism FB is great for finding other detectorists, clubs and friends from the past.
Twitter I’ve never caught the hang of and hate it when I have to start another conversation just to finish up the first. As a result I pretty much just share blog updates, treasure hunting news and items of interest. Instagram? I don’t live and sleep with my phone so it’s not a place for me. Hell I have trouble making a phone call on it. As for the other social media platforms out there? Just not for me.
Just my take…
If you’re interested in doing something online (and not obsessed with numbers) why not consider a website or blog. They are less demanding because the pressure to perform/entertain is a whole lot less and you can do either without spending a penny. Likewise you can bulls**t to your hearts content. You know – just like here on Stout Standards.
When I was a kid there was no internet. Sometimes people would walk for miles to call me a bastard!!