Available in trade paperback, audio, and ebook editions.
reveals the ins and outs of online fame in this inspiring and hilarious memoir. Ricky takes his fans into his day-to-day life and shows them how he creates his weekly videos, collaborates with fellow YouTubers, and hones his career as a pop musician. In addition, Ricky creates a set of challenges—from serious, contemplative tasks to zany, hilarious stunts—to create a book that is interactive, inspirational, and incredibly fun.
Hey guys, what’s up!
Do you ever wonder which YouTuber said that first? Whoever it was should have trademarked the phrase, seeing as how 98 percent of us now use that same line to kick off a video. The person would be filthy rich by now!
Or not—what’s so cool about YouTubers is that I don’t think many of us would ever be that stingy. The beautiful thing about YouTube is that it’s all about sharing! Collaborating and group participation is what we thrive on, and in that spirit, this book that you’re holding in your hands is not just me telling a bunch of little stories about my life. It’s also a chance for us to do some fun stuff together.
It’s a pretty simple concept—each section within each chapter has a challenge that’s related to the subject I’m writing about, along with an extra totally random challenge thrown in for good measure! I’m going to be doing every single one of them, and you should do them along with me! If you complete one, put a photo or video of it on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or YouTube with the hashtag #FOLLOWMEBOOK,
along with the hashtag assigned to each individual challenge. I’ll check it out and then re-post it! Plus I’ll be posting my favorites along the way on my YouTube channel. And for anyone who completes every single challenge in the book, there’s a special prize.
When I first came up with the idea of doing a book, I knew that I didn’t want to put something out that people would read and then place on their shelf to gather dust over the next ten years. I wanted something readers could keep coming back to, so I divided everything up by themes. This way if you ever find yourself in the mood to make a big change in your life, go back to the Ambition chapter and read my story on Self Empowerment. Or if one day you’re feeling sad for any reason, flip to the Bummed Out chapter and check out the Social section. The whole point is to make this a different experience for everyone who picks it up. You’ll learn stuff about my family, my YouTube friends as well as my personal ones, along with my worries, insecurities, greatest memories, and tons more. Most importantly, hopefully by doing the challenges you’ll learn something new about yourself, too.
Ready? Let’s do this!