On January 1st, 2007, John and Hank Green ceased textual communication for one year, instead communicating via videos on YouTube on the channel vlogbrothers, every single weekday. The brothers received punishments if a video was skipped or over four minutes long, and it was often up to the community around the videos—also known as the nerdfighters, who fight for nerds and the decrease of World Suck—to decide on and suggest punishments, including eating a blenderized Happy Meal (John) and spending 15 hours in Target (Hank). The nerdfighter community has been a driving force behind myriad amazing charitable and fun projects right from the start, including the annual Project for Awesome.
With around a decade’s worth of videos online, John and Hank still make weekly vlogs, with John uploading on Tuesdays and Hank on Fridays. Half of the ad revenue from the channel goes towards supporting internal educational video projects such as Crash Course and The Art Assignment, and the other half goes to the vlogbrothers sponsorship program.
Crash Course is an educational channel on YouTube created by John and Hank Green with Stan Muller and Nick Jenkins in the belief that high quality educational content should be available to everyone for free. With over 15 courses in science and the humanities online to date, Crash Course has hundreds of millions of views. The videos are used in the classroom by students and teachers, but also by casual learners of all ages who are independently seeking educational content.
HankGames was created by John’s brother but these days serves as the home to John’s gaming videos and reviews. Central to this channel are the Wimbly Womblys, a fictional version of the very real soccer team AFC Wimbledon with a colorful cast of characters—French the Lallana, Dicko, Bald John Green, and Other John Green, to name a few. Advertising revenue from John’s videos playing FIFA as AFC Wimbledon goes straight to the real life AFC Wimbledon in the form of a back of shorts sponsorship and the nerdfighter community has banners all around the stadium at Kingsmeadow in South West London. This means that now when John plays FIFA 16, the players in the video game all have a nerdfighter logo (designed by nerdfighters) on the back of their shorts in that liminal space between thigh and buttock. Pretty awesome. Since the 2015-2016 season, John and his wife have sponsored the North Stand at the real AFC Wimbledon, known now as the John Green Stand.
Follow along with the Wimbly Womblys YouTube.com/hankgames
The Art Assignment
The Art Assignment is a weekly video series made in association with PBS Digital Studios that introduces you to innovative artists, presents you with assignments, and explores art history through the lens of the present. John has co-hosted several episodes with Sarah Green, who writes and is the main host on the show. John also serves as Executive Producer on the series, which is made in Indianapolis.
The YouTube channel for the magazine mental_floss is produced in Indianapolis and features John as the host of the List Show, a weekly video series where knowledge junkies come to get their fix of trivia and life hacks debunked. Other mental_floss series produced by the same team include Big Questions, hosted by Craig Benzine, and Misconceptions, which was hosted by Elliott Morgan and has now been completed.
Find mental_floss at youtube.com/mentalflossvideo
Healthcare Triage is a series about healthcare hosted by Dr. Aaron Carroll who explains healthcare policy, medical research, and answers a lot of other questions you may have about medicine, health, and healthcare. John serves as an Executive Producer and occasionally co-hosts episodes in which Dr. Aaron Carroll answers questions sent in by viewers. Healthcare Triage is made by the people who make Crash Course, mental_floss on YouTube, and The Art Assignment.
Find Healthcare Triage at youtube.com/thehealthcaretriage