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Dealing with dubious YouTube comments

Dealing with dubious YouTube comments
By Shivan Sivakumaran • Issue #73 • View online

Kia ora e hoa,
I hope you are enjoying the start of the year.
The YouTube journey is off to a good start. As I draft this newsletter, I am happy to say that when I post a video I now wake up to comments.
Most of them are positive. Some are a bit dubious.
Here are some examples:
Only 20/20?
Only 20/20?
Can't beat online retailers
Can't beat online retailers
Both are given by the same person. I had a look at their YouTube channel and there was a lot of anti-optometry, anti-glasses content, and “endmyopia” content.
I decided not to engage with this person, but I’m thinking about creating content in the future around this topic.
As an optometrist, my ego is hurt by the blatant devaluing of the profession. But taking a step back, the fault shouldn’t be placed on the individual. The fault lies in the distrust of optometry. This is largely due to how optometry is set up.
Money is made by selling glasses. Businesses survive and thrive by making more money. Hence selling glasses is the optimal approach in the business of optometry. Even if the patient does not need them, which leads to situations that involve mistrust.
Maybe, this will be a video in the future? What do you think? For now, I’ve published a video about burnout in optometry.
Feel free to share this or any content with anyone who you would think will benefit. Thanks for reading and talk soon.
Ngā mihi nui, Shivan
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  2. Book How Not to Die Alone by Logan Ury Dating has become more difficult than ever and that’s our fault. Ury goes over our dating blindspots and misconceptions we hold which makes dating difficult.
  3. Book One Hour Content Plan by Meera Kothand A quick read which talks about content strategies as well as ways to improve blogging, but I think this applies to any areas of content.
Young Optometrists are Facing Burnout in 2022 (latest research)
Young Optometrists are Facing Burnout in 2022 (latest research)
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