How Can The Saccone-Jolys Deal With Tragedy In The Age Of Vlogging?
5 May 2016, 17:14 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09
It's going to be a difficult road ahead.
Many of you will still be in a state of shock following the Saccone-Joly's heartbreaking announcement yesterday (May 4th, 2016) that Anna had suffered a miscarriage of the couple's third child. Within three weeks the couple went from announcing their social media trending baby to a much sadder set of circumstances.
The Saccone-Joly's have become a mainstay of YouTube family vlogging culture by documenting many of their waking moments with their two children, Emilia and Eduardo.
The sad announcement was made via Snapchat (as most announcements are these days) and their loyal fanbase responded by trending their condolences that same evening.
It's an unimaginable heartbreak and begs the question, how do you vlog in the face of tragedy?
you are an amazing community, can’t believe you trended us multiple times! thanks for being so supportive friends.— Jonathan SacconeJoly (@JonathanJoly) May 4, 2016
tomorrow will be better.
The Saccone Joly's are daily vloggers. That means their content doesn't just come every week or a couple of times a week. This family uploads daily footage of their children and lives and sometimes more than one video in a 24 hour period.
Footage of their proposal is online (and their wedding) and the birth of their daughter Emillia has been viewed nearly 4 million times. After this awful life changing event, the family will likely take a break from vlogging for a period of time, but then it's back to the daily grind.
But how do you return to daily vlogging after your heart breaks?
There are a few stories of daily family vloggers who have lost a child (none quite as high profile as the Saccone-Jolys). There is always a risk announcing any pregnancy, especially when hundreds of thousands of people are now suddenly anticipating the birth of your child.
It seems that, however difficult it is to vlog about the pain you're experiencing, for vlogging families the remedy is to simply talk about it. Earlier this year, vlogging family AprilJustinTV tearfully confessed to losing their second child while on a family trip. Similarly, YouTuber Missy Lanning has devoted a lot of time on her channel to discussing her own multiple losses--all documented on the platform.
Vlogging families have been known to vlog through their marital strife, postpardom depression, and a whole host of daily woes and tragedies. Vlogging isn't just a way to pay the bills or put food on the table for these families. It's a way to feel normal amidst circumstances that certainly don't feel normal.
It might sound strange to those of us who don't vlog, but the Saccone-Jolys will likely find strength in the community of supporters and fans that they have built. In vlogging, the Saccone-Jolys have access to 1.5 million loyal viewers ready to lend an ear and, most importantly, their support. It will be tough, but the way you vlog in the face of tragedy is by just vlogging.
Anna has confirmed that she will be taking some time off while she attends to her physical and psychological health, but there's no doubt the family will let their 1.5 million subscribers in on their road to getting past this heartbreak.