Rob Kenney’s YouTube channel “Dad, how do I?” has more than 4 million subscribers. # k5evening
Kent, Wash. – In Kent’s backyard, Rob Kenney prepared his DIY cue cards and props, then hit “record” on his iPhone.
“Hey guys! So today I’m going to teach you guys how to fish,” said Kenney, gesturing at the stakes and bait on his patio table.
He has two live audiences – his dogs sitting at his feet. But tens of thousands of people will watch his recordings later on his how-to YouTube channel.
Kenney is known by the nickname “The Father of the Internet” (a Google search of that phrase immediately brings up his name). But he’s also a self-described introvert who, through a genuine concern for others, has unexpectedly achieved digital fame during the pandemic.
His “Dad, how do I” channel has over 4 million subscribers, thanks to his simple tips and heartfelt encouragement. Videos include “How to Open the Sink,” “How to Bake a Waffle,” “How to Start a Car,” and “I’m Proud of You!” – things that he shared with his children before they grew up.
“I pictured one of my kids in the other room saying, ‘Daddy, how are you,’ and that’s how I came up with the name,” Kenney said. “This channel has allowed me to continue being a dad, because my kids were out of the house and I felt a bit out of place. Honestly, being a dad is everything to me.”
But his father is not a role model. He left his wife and eight children when Kenney was 14 years old.
“I learned how to tie a tie from my roommate when I was 19 years old,” says Kenney. I remember struggling with a lot of different things. “
He never wanted anyone else to struggle. So – at his daughter’s urging – he posted his first videos in April 2020. They included tips on tying ties and shaving, and he started each video with a greeting. , “Hey guys!”
His daughter shared them in a few “kind” groups online, and almost immediately, they resonated.
“I said, ‘Oh – I have 300 subscribers following me. This is a little scary, but pretty cool,” Kenney said, laughing. When we went into May, it was like, “Okay, I’ve got 100,000. Now I have 400,000. Now I have 800,000.’ Then it was over 1 million and I thought, ‘What’s going on? out here?’ “
Only two more months, Dad How am I officially on air.
Kenney has been featured in national news, in major publications. He has to interview Kevin Hart about a movie. He has published a book.
But despite all the attention, his goal remains pure: to share practical advice and feel no remorse. His video tells viewers, “I love you. I’m proud of you. God bless you”, has more than 1.4 million views.
“There’s more to being a father than fixing things or showing you how to fish. You have to share your heart,” says Kenney. “This is so heartbreaking and if you take the time to read my channel people’s opinions? I’m still in tears.”
Comments included, “I never realized I needed someone to say ‘I’m proud of you'”, “I’m 55 and grew up without a dad. This is the best idea ever. so far,” and “I just cried as I watched a man fix a toilet. I lost my dad 5 years ago…we need more people like you in this world’.
“It’s a lot bigger than me and I’m still trying to avoid its impact,” Kenney said.
As a self-described introvert, he may never fully embrace the notoriety. But he sees the YouTube channel as a calling.
The internet can be very dark, but Kenney is proof that there is always light.
“It’s about us,” Kenney said. “We’re all in this together. Let’s figure it out and be good people. Because if everyone did their part, the world would be a much better place. I was so lucky to be able to be a father, and now I continue to do so.”
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