John Green as a YA author is difficult to extricate from John Green as an online presence. Some of his online persona is for the purpose of self-promotion and selling books, but a lot of his projects have little to do with his own work. For instance, John posted videos on his website directed to his brother Hank as part of a project that started as Brotherhood 2.0. Brotherhood 2.0 was a challenge between the two Green Brothers to cease all textual communication in favor of daily videos for an entire year (2007). “The videos spawned a community of people called nerdfighters who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck” (Green, n.d., John Green’s Biography).
Nerdfighters participate in The Project for Awesome, a yearly collaborative fundraising activity aimed to improve the world. During the two-day event, people donate money and also upload videos advocating for a non-profit organization of their choice. Participants then vote for their favorite charities and the money is divided between the winning organizations.
Since 2007, John and Hank have gone on to collaborate on a variety of online projects, including:
Vlogbrothers-Brotherhood 2.o evolved to become Vlogbrothers. The brothers post videos about twice a week on a wide variety of current event topics.
John is also the creator of the Mental Floss videos.
Do you think YA authors should strive to have a strong online presence? Why or why not?
Do you think John Green’s online presence is an integral part of his writing persona or do you think it detracts from his work as an author?
Green, J. (n.d.). John Green’s Biography. In John Green: New York Times Bestselling Author. Retrieved May 8, 2014, from http://johngreenbooks.com/bio-contact/,