I am Rox. Roxanne. Miss Darling. Roxy. Along with my Secret Cameraman and “everything partner” Shane Robinson, co-caregiver to Lexi, one of the luckiest dogs around. A person happily living my dream life come true in Hawaiʻi.
And still facing the usual challenges of keeping clients happy, sorting out the occasional temper burst with my guy (mine or his), doing what it takes to get those bills paid — you know the sort of things that are just part of a normal life.
But most every day that I am here in Hawaii, I go to the beach to walk and swim with our dog Lexi, and Secret Cameraman comes along so we can share it with you. (Other days I am on the road or we do something special here in Hawaii!) We’ve had over 2 million downloads and have some of the smartest and kindest people in the world watching our show – which was started by accident, by the way, back in February, 2006!
Comments and Testimonials
Featured in this PhD Thesis from Trine Bjørkmann at the University of Sussex. Yes, we were pioneers!
“Beachwalks keeps me returning and not going to other destinations. After going to Hawaii, I never wanted to go to the Caribbean again, even though it is much closer to me on the East coast.” – Celeste Dickson, Yoga Instructor
Video Discovery #6 of 2009: Easy to Create Video Series “…with her fabulous Beachwalks with Rox series. Cranking out hundreds of Beachwalks videos builds relationship, trust and the size of your audience. People look to you, not as “some marketer” but as a friend, and can actually feel something is missing if you skip a day.”
Beach Walks named to 100 Best Natural Wellness Blogs
Look for us under “Mental Health.”
Beach Walks on Tube Mogul’s Top 40 Most Watched Videos
We made the list for June 2008. It’s posted here at Tube Mogul.
What a surprise, unprompted intellectual discourse, on the beach no less!
“Having attended UCSD and once the campus newspaper editor, I’m on the record as declaring beach + brain is a complete non sequitur. And I won’t even add “blonde” and bikini” to my amazement because I didn’t notice such accessories in my rapt attention to the discourse. Of equal impact, simply astounding in the podcast genre, is the utterly smooth camera work. Very impressive. Don’t keep this individual secret! You have yet another fan. (My mistake; as a 20 year fashion photographer, I should have noticed the attire is not a bikini. Honestly, I wasn’t looking, the rap and the setting had me mesmerized.) – Douglas Hopkins
Rox’s instincts for what works virally is remarkable
The New World According to Rox by Patricia Martin
I often turn to Beach Walks With Rox to make my day just a little bit calmer and a lot less stressed.
What Would Rox Do?
Wow, this is becoming addictive. Morning = coffee and a beachwalk. – Elyse Tager, Elymedia, Silicon Valley
TV executives wondering what the hell to do with the internet could learn all they need to know right here.
One of the many amazing things about the show is that each episode is so fresh. All the goodness of your content aside, the way you’ve cultivated the show and the community is totally inspiring. TV executives wondering what the hell to do with the internet could learn all they need to know right here. – Rupert Howe, Twittervlog, London
Recommended, Again and Again, by The Clip Show
She’s still as inspirational as she was the first day on the beach. – Jim Kirks
My Top 10 Favorite Blogs
When people ask me where do I begin, I suggest they look at my blogroll and here is my top 10 favorite blog sites that range from marketing, business, spiritual, gossip, technology, sales and life. – Josiane Feigon, CEO, TeleSmart Communications
San Jose State New Media Class
I think Beach Walks is an example of a good vlog because it is updated regularly, the posts are insightful and it showcases the fantastic scenery of Hawaii. Student Reviewer
New to Me: Technology Blogs
She often takes a spiritual approach to a problem or topic and might be considered as inspirational as she is technological. – Virginia DeBolt at BlogHer
C’mon, it’s Hawaii
And even though I could probably manage some further trimming, I’m also pretty confident in my choices for shows to keep. A few selections: Beach Walks with Rox” – Another Here
Video Blog “Must Have”
I find her videos with short comments (as she strolls Hawaiian beaches) so calming – almost religious but more like a nice thought for the day. – Must Have
Beach Walks Mentioned in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
“Kailua Web companyâ€™s online TV show goes viral. Erika Engle
Beach Walks Featured on YouTube Travel
Here is the link though we will at some point be rotated off the page. We had over 80,000 views in one weekend (11/25/07)
Beach Walks Recommended on Tilzy.tv
Stressed? Take a Beach Walk! – Review by Tilzy.tv
Rox presents Beach Walks at the Podcast and New Media Conference
Justin Kaiser says “Roxanne Darling is the Darling of VideoCasting! She is a tremendous presenter and http://www.beachwalks.tv is truly a relaxation of time.” – Justin Kaiser
Beach Walks To Be Featured at Pixelodeon Festival
Patricia Lange, of the Annenburg Foundation, is curating a session at “Pixelodeonon “Making the Familiar Unfamiliar: The Importance of Physical Place in the Vlogsophere” and is featuring “Beach Walk #388 OTR – What Is, Can Shift“.
Beach Walks Analyzed at The Barnard Center for Research on Women
You can read about us on Page 2 of “The Vulnerable Video Blogger: Promoting Social Change through Intimacy”
Rox Interviewed on Podcast 411
Rob Walch is one of the premier interviewers and his show is one of the originals and still one of the best. Here is a direct link to the MP3 audio file.
BBC News Mentions Lexi and Beach Walks
What to watch on the web
Online video may still in its infancy, but there is already a dizzying amount to watch. The quality is often questionable – but there are some good places to dip a toe into the online video ocean. One of the most successful video blogs is Beach Walks with Rox, made by Hawaii resident Roxanne Darling’s, who delivers soothing and spiritual thoughts about life while walking her dog Lexi.
Beach Walks Wins 3 Vloggie Awards!
On November 4th, 2006, we won three Vloggies.
Best Inspirational Vlog (Judges’ Favorite and People’s Choice)
Best Entertainment – Nonfiction (People’s Choice)
We’re on Akimbo! That is a service that lets you download selected programs from the internet and watch it on your TV. Beach Walks is one of a handful of video podcasts to be accepted.
I invite you to join me on the walks as we remember to _be here now_. Stay tuned and together we’ll see what treasures the sea shall bring us.
Some Show Specs for the Curious
* All original, unscripted content.
* Viewers in over 70 countries.
* A daily show, seven days a week – for the first 402 days! Now in our 7th season in 2012.
* Consistently in the top 10 at “Network2”
* Consistently in the top 10 at “Podcast Alley” (out of over 1030 video podcasts).
* Praised by The Clip Show, PodGuide.tv, Podcast Salad, and more.
* Sometimes serious, sometimes frivolous, always Aloha!