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457. YouTube Vlogging And a Very Meet Cute With Colin Dobson-Fox of Foxes Afloat

Colin Dobson-Fox is the co-host and producer behind one of my favorite YouTube channels, Foxes Afloat, which recently reached over 100k subscribers (a very big deal in YouTube Land). Colin and his husband Shaun live aboard a narrowboat in the UK, and produce weekly vlogs of their travels, and their lives, including Colin’s life with autism and with mental illness.

This is a bit afield of my usual interviews, but I was fascinated by Colin’s editing process as he takes over 40 hours of film and edits to a 15-30 minute vlog. We also talk about how his relationship with his husband Shawn started (don’t miss that part) (Seriously, goodest part).

Vlogs (and blogs, and podcasts, and writing) are as much about crafting the story as they are about shaping and editing that story, and the overlap between what the Foxes do and what I do was too tempting not to explore. I hope you enjoy my quiet fangirl squeeing and our conversation.


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  1. 1
    Kareni says:

    Thanks for yet another fun interview, for the transcript, and for the bad joke laugh at the end!

  2. 2
    Heather C says:

    This was super interesting, I spent my Friday night watching some of their vlogs

  3. 3
    SB Sarah says:

    @Kareni – I love your comments each week. Thank you!

    @Heather – I am so pleased to have introduced you to their channel. I was nervous about this episode because like I said, it’s a bit outside of what I usually do with the podcast but I really like how our conversation evolved during the interview. Thank you! I’m glad you thought it was interesting!

  4. 4
    Tracy says:

    Here as a Foxes Afloat watcheR. Excellent interview!

  5. 5
    Stefka says:

    Thanks, Sarah—I loved this. There’s a real romance to the lifestyle and marriage of Foxes Afloat, and I would totally read a novel with this setting!

    As a person with ADHD, I appreciate hearing from people with neurodiverse stories (especially when there is an almost-30-year love story involved!). Colin is so articulate about how he sees his strengths and challenges. I subscribed to their channel- my mother took a narrow boat vacation years ago and has always wanted to do it again.

  6. 6
    SB Sarah says:

    @Stefka – Thank you! Is it a lovely romance, isn’t it? I love their channel and hope you enjoy. Thank you for listening!

  7. 7
    SB Sarah says:

    @Tracy: Hey Tracy! Welcome – and thank you!

  8. 8
    chacha1 says:

    I have subscribed to Foxes Afloat, have recommended it to a friend who shares some qualities with Colin, and plan to watch the AMZ show as well. What a delight. And what a terrific ‘how we met.’ <3

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