My name is Dan Brown. I'm twenty years old and just moved from Lincoln Nebraska to San Francisco California for an internet show/project/social experiment I'm doing called "Dan 3.0." I've been a video blogger for the better part of four years-- I got started in 2007 with a tutorial on how to solve the Rubik's Cube, began "vlogging" regularly in 2008 and over time have grown an audience of over 250,000 subscribers on YouTube. I've posted almost five hundred videos spanning all sorts of topics and styles. Some have been just plain silliness, but others have included "vlogs" about the 2008 election cycle, documenting a month-long trip to China I took with the University of Nebraska, and starting a discussion about the current state and potential future of higher education.
The project I'm working on right now, Dan 3.0, is a bit of a change of pace-- essentially I'm letting my audience control my life for the year. Anyone can submit an idea into what we call the "decision engine" as to something they think I should do, submitted ideas are then voted upon by the masses and I do my best to carry out the highest rated ideas. Sometimes I wind up doing little things like making a rubber band ball or rolling down a hill. Other times I wind up doing big things like going on a 10,000 mile cross-country road trip or attempting to break the world record for most consecutive pogo stick bounces.
One of the tasks I am working on right now has the self explanatory title "Meet Barack Obama in Person." This is, as you've probably already guessed, the reason I am writing. I understand that your time is extremely valuable and should you decline to meet with me I would not be heartbroken in the least. Please consider, however, that my audience consists largely of smart, independent thinking high school and college aged young Americans. Seeing you participate in "Dan 3.0" in some way shape or form-- be it an actual meeting, a presidential decision engine submission, or even simply a response to this letter-- wouldn't hurt your standing in the eyes of the Dan 3.0 audience. Some of my viewers even live in swing states! Just throwing that out there.