Let’s play tag … David’s “it”

Photos/collage: Miss Bianca

In this Archu-drought, I know a lot of people have been rewatching David’s old vlogs (I know I have). It’s great because you can watch his smiley face talk about how excited he is for stuff that is “coming up,” and we know how it all ultimately turns out. It helps remind me of all the amazingness that David and the fans have been through in the last couple of years.

I love every part of the vlogs: The “Hey guys, it’s David here,” his giggles and random smiles, his “more info” section and his “I’ll talk to you guys later!” But one of my favourite parts of the vlog (which, in my opinion, is super-underrated) is the tags. I find they give a teeny tiny bit of insight into David’s quirky self. So let’s take a quick look at some of my favourite YouTube tags:

Blog in Canada“:

More info: So I’m not sure why these take so long to get up and going after uploading them. If you have suggestions on what I should do so they are uploaded sooner I’d love to know haha – I did this early in the morning haha, so I’m a little tired but I guess I wouldn’t make too much more sense if I was awake either. I’ll try to make another one as soon as possible!

Tags: David Archuleta Canada video blog Toronto

I love this vlog, and I’m sure it’s also very close to a lot of your hearts. But I got a little bit more excited about it when I discovered that the first tag David ever typed that wasn’t his name was “Canada”! How awesome is that? I know technically this isn’t his first vlog (he had those Q&A ones before), but the tags on that one are: david archuleta american idol season archie archuletta james simon cowell radny jackson paula abdul id, which I think we can safely say is not David himself just purely based on the lack of capital letters and the misspelling of “randy”. The Toronto vlog tags are his first tags, and they are quite short and to the point. We’ll see him get further away from that in later vlogs.

New York” vlog:

More info: FINALLY got another blog up giving an update on what went on this weekend. Sorry it took so long, I just avoid making them since I have such major issues making anything that involved me talking. I should probably find a way to take blog-making classes or something.

Tags: and Archuleta at blogging Break concert David Matt Method Nathanson New Repair Suck The York.

At first when I saw this, I was really confused about the lack of order of his tags. Then I realized (I am a little slow sometimes) that youtube, for some reason, put his tags in alphabetical order. So I took it upon myself to solve the puzzle and figure out what he was saying: Obviously “David Archuleta” goes together, “The Break and Repair Method” was a band he was talking about at the “Matt Nathanson conert”, and “New” obviously goes with “York”. This leaves us with “Suck at blogging”. Haha, oh David.

Atlanta Airport” vlog:

More info: At the airport wandering around with Kendra, the keyboardist on tour, during a layover. Sorry, I know my voice is excruciatingly gaspy and more hoarse-sounding than it already usually sounds. But it’s because my voice really dries out on airplane rides haha. Just thought I’d share our interesting finds in one of the stores there. I was late uploading it because it took me forever to find a cable to hook up the camera to my computer.

Tags: David Archuleta Kendra Atlanta Airport Wind-up snake animals doo

The “doo” speaks for itself.

Days off. Rising Star Outreach.” vlog:

More info: Just talking about what has gone on this week. I know it’s not that exciting haha. But just thought I’d share what’s been going on. Also if you want to learn more about Rising Star Outreach go to Risingstaroutreach.org. Thanks!

Tags: David Archuleta Arizona Rising Star Outreach orange pen tired Oklahoma Mom Kendra Coraline Texas Albuquerque New Mexico

I think this is the first vlog where I really noticed his hilarious tags. I guess I’d never really looked at them before that, but when I read “orange pen”, it really struck me as funny. And ever since then I became an avid tag reader.

May Day” vlog:

More info: I apologize for the lighting. Had a good week of writing! I have the weekend off in LA so I’ll be spending time with some friends. Back to work on Monday. Took a cab drive which was pretty expensive, left my suitcase in the trunk, and took the Metro for my first time to go back. Fun week 🙂

Tags: David Archuleta May Day Cinco De Mayo Metro Cab

I find this one amusing because he went a little bit Capital Letter Crazy. Haha

Here are a couple more that I find hilarious:

Allentown Blog“:

More info: I made a video quick backstage at the Crocodile Rock venue in Allentown, Pennsylvania. You can hear Lesley performing a little in the background haha. But I just talk a little about what’s been going on, and how I’ve been trying to stay healthy haha. I’ve been eating a lot more vegetables and fruits lately, thanks to Kendra haha. She’s keeping me in line. I’m trying to stay away from a lot of chocolate and unhealthy stuff to keep my health up, which kills me sometimes because I love that stuff so much! 😦 . But it’ll be worth it if I can keep it up! Thanks for coming to the show you guys! Can’t wait for the rest of the tour!

Tags: David Archuleta Allentown Pennsylvania Backstage Crocodile Rock Lesley Roy Treats unfortunately are unhealthy for you he

Empty Airport Hall” vlog:

More info: Back in the states for a bit. Notice how the hall I’m in never ends!! I was wondering if I was going the right way or not. I apologize again for how scary-looking I am. I had been traveling for like 20 hours, with the last flight being for a straight 16 hours. It was a fun flight though. Singapore Airline flight attendants are really nice. haha.

Tags: David Archuleta Airport creepy empty hall echo Malaysia Singapore Manila Philippines McFly UK

My voice is back!” vlog:

More info: I’ve been on voice rest for the last little while since I lost my voice, and it’s been pretty rough. But it’s back! I’m glad for that. My buddy Ashlee has been on tour so I have a friend, and so everyone else does too because everyone gets along with her pretty well haha. I’m sorry that this is so long without much meaning to it. I’ve been kind of out of it for the last few days. Maybe it’s because of my allergy medicine I was taking lol. Anyway if you end up watching it all I hope you were at least somewhat entertained.

Tags: David Archuleta Demi Lovato Tour Jordan Pruitt KSM Michigan Clarkston Ashlee Lame long boring makes no sense

Bye bye wisdom teeth” vlog:

More info: So today is the day that my wisdom teeth will be getting pulled out. Oh joy. It’s an exciting time guys lol. But I’ve been enjoying running this week and getting some exercise in! Today might be my last day of running for a while though since Idk how long I’ll need to recover… But I’m just anxious to get this all over with!

Tags: David Archuleta wisdom teeth pulled running dentist medication

Haircut?” vlog:

More info:Should I listen to my mom and wait for a haircut? Or no? ha..

Tags: David Archuleta Duke Haircut beach

Puffy Cheeks-B-Gone” vlog:

More info: I gave up on the last blog, so I just made a new one. My cheeks are finally back to normal! I’ve had a nice time recovering though and relaxing. Went to the Colbie Caillat concert! Was awesome getting to see her again. She’s one of the nicest, casually cool people you could meet. Been exercising and getting back in shape! Going to Nashville for the week to start working on some writing and new projects. Christmas album comes out October 13th! Next week! woot woot

Tags: David Archuleta Colbie Caillat Nashville P90X Benton Paul wisdom teeth cheeks puffy

Happy Late Mother’s Day!” vlog:

More info: Sorry this is so late! I really did try hard to get a video blog up on Saturday but it just wouldn’t work. Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day though! What did you guys do for the weekend?? “Chords of Strength” comes out in a few weeks! Going on the book tour soon too.

Tags: David Archuleta Mother’s Day mothers madres mom mama sisters Chords of Strength

Random facts you probably did not know about David’s tags:

1.    The fewest number of tags used in one vlog: 5 (in the Haircut vlog and the Claudia’s birthday vlog).

2.    The greatest number of tags used in one vlog: 18 (in the vlog about his sister’s new cats).

3.    There’s a total of 331 tags in over 30 videos. That’s an average of about 11 tags per video.

4.    70% of the tags are capitalized (either because they are names of people or places or he just felt like putting in capital letters).

5.    David made no spelling mistakes in his tags.

6.    Surprisingly, “haha” never made the list of tags.

7.    The Detroit Airport vlog is the only one where words should have been capitalized but weren’t: indianapolis, detroit, david, cook all should have been capitalized (he did capitalize his own name though). Oh, and in the Christmas tour vlog he had “Christmas from the heart” which could have been capitalized since it’s the name of his album.

8.    Only in two of the vlogs does his name not appear in the tags (the Invisible Children and the Christmas tour vlog).

9.    Three of his family members made the list of tags: Claudia, his mom and Jazzy. Three of his family pets also made the lists of tags: Katsu, Tsuki and Duke.

Well, there you have it! A teeny tiny peek into the weird and wonderful brain of David Archuleta through his choice of vlog tags 😀


P.S. If you’d like to download any of David’s vlogs, the amazing Sarah at Snarkies has posted all her download links HERE.
P.P.S. Download Miss Bianca‘s full “postage stamp” Twitter background HERE.

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28 Responses to Let’s play tag … David’s “it”

  1. barbs says:

    Thanks, abanana! I honestly hadn’t noticed the descriptions and tags. For some reason, as I watch David blogs, I just get mesmerized by the face and the voice and just can’t focus my attention anywhere else. Imagine that. lol So I appreciate you bringing them here together and “deciphering” them for me.

  2. refnaf says:

    (((abanana))) Love this! I am not a details person and never really have paid attention to David’s tags (or anyone elses) This is so insightful!!! He is hilarious and precious♥
    The stats are entertaining too!! Great job abanana
    LIke your tag too…”David’s tags are poetry-ish” lol

  3. awestruck says:

    LOL abanana – OK, so does YouTube just do this at random, or can you turn the aphabetizing ‘off’? I am a little slow and challenged with this kind of thing too.

    David takes real care too with his tweets re spelling. I am sure glad he doesn’t use all that shorthand stuff!

    Well TOfan, likin’ your tag too – “David Archuleta’s tags are poetry…ish”

  4. TOfan says:

    abanana, thank you for this!!!

    It’s a great Part 2 to the last post because, you’re right, those tags offer insights into the brilliant quirky creative Rubix Cube that is David … may we never totally figure it out, ‘cuz it’s WAY too much fun trying! 😆

    The care he takes to fill in these seemingly throw-away elements (tags & more info) is also fascinating to me … his book should be mind-blowing, with or without tags! 😆

  5. bianca4archie says:

    Super blog! I have noticed and loved David’s tagging prowess. He’s super-excellent at succinct and yet personality-filled short busts of text.

    Perhaps a song with tags? Love ’em!

    And loved the use of my stamps! Thanks for giving me a shoutout!

  6. Ashley says:

    Omg bahahahahahahaha! Love him ❤

  7. TOfan says:

    Off-topic, but just had to share. Here’s the tweet I sent Penguin Canada (which is distributing Chords of Strength here):

    @PenguinCanada Please invite chart-topping recording artist @DavidArchie to Canada to sign his new book, Chords of Strength (out June 1).

    Here’s the response I got:

    @PenguinCanada @snowangelzz We’ve passed your message along – we’ll be sure to post any announcements about book tours 🙂

    I figured, can’t hurt to ask, right?

    (And don’t worry, I only sent one, didn’t spam them!)

  8. abanana77 says:


    Hahaha sorry but this was my first post ever on any website ever so I am excited! 😀 I was hoping it would be posted when I got home and it was. Thanks everyone for the awesome comments! <3333

    refnaf, I will not take credit for the “David Archuleta’s tags are poetry…ish” tag – that was all TOfan (btw I agree it is awesome).

    Overall I think my favourite tag is the "doo" one from the Atlanta airport. The idea that anyone would actually type in "David Archuleta vlog doo" into the youtube search bar is so ridiculou it makes me giggle. Haha.

  9. awestruck says:

    abanana – the idea that anyone would actually DOO a vlog is so ridculous it makes me giggle.

    Well done on your blog!

  10. djafan says:


    What a treat of David tags! I actually read them because I’m curious of what David will think to put as a tag, it gives us a little insight into that complex head of his…I think…lol

    Tofan…you just gave me an idea…need to tweet Pengiun….thank you.

  11. refnaf says:

    Hey everyone…
    TOfan great idea to tweet Penguin, think I’ll do the same. Wouldn’t that be something if he really did come here??? I am not capable of believing it… but it is possible:)
    I need this waiting to be over.

  12. betsy says:

    Albania I loved this post. 🙂 I have always been fascinated by tags. What a great idea to showcase David’s!
    Deb – I’ve always loved your tags. Just so you know.

  13. peppertara says:

    abanana77: Thanks for a great read, love stopping in here when I get the chance. David’s tags…yes, I love to read them. So sweet, humorous and thoughtful! Great post.
    Tofan: Just read your last blog about David and I think you really are on to something. Yes, David is an enigma and he is becoming the ‘age old mystery’, ha. I love seeing the many sides of David, he is one interesting study! He thinks he is not very interesting but little does he know how fascinating and remarkable his fans find him. He is a rare breed on the planet I think and one that definitely requires further study!
    Sending an E-Mail to Penguin re: his book signing….excellent idea. One can hope!

  14. TOfan says:

    Peppertara, further study FTW!!!

    And thank you, Miss Bianca … postage stamps are great but maybe you should start thinking big … ArchuWallpaper! 😆

  15. refnaf says:

    Serendipity…. Daughter and grandson (4 months old) and I were out last night at a retirement party, GB was rather fussy and did not want to nurse etc… daughter was beginning to stress as well, trying to do the discreet nursing thing! My phone rings> guess which text came through?? From MR Thoughtful Perfection?? When I showed my daughter (disceetly lol,) she smiled calmed gb down and everything went well after that. On the way home I explained that quite often David’s text are very helpful to me in my day to day…She commented that it was “strange but wonderful”!

    Archuwallpaper?? I think someone in my family would draw the line there!
    Have a great day peeps♥

  16. SandyBeaches says:

    abanana…Thanks for bringing the tags to our attention as they are so interesting! I really enjoyed your first published writing!


  17. bluebar says:

    Refnaf – Loved that you shared this experience with your daughter and new grandbaby.
    It’s uncanny and truly remarkable… how David seems to connect with each and every one of us on a personal level just when we need it the most. He adds so much to our happiness.
    And, judging by the “tag” on the back of his book cover: “It’s just you and me,” I think we all are in for an enormous self-awakening!

  18. TOfan says:

    Refnaf, what a cool story. Isn’t it amazing how we get these “messages” at the most perfect times? Serendipity, indeed!

    And btw, David Hodges won a BMI award last night for “Crush” (full list of winners HERE). Woooot!

  19. TOfan says:

    Interesting article from Blake Lewis (runner-up to Jordin Sparks) in USA Today about the manipulation at work on A.I.: story HERE.

    I haven’t watched this season except for bits here and there, but I did happen to catch the Lee DeWyze number Blake’s talking about (Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”).

    In case you missed it, the producers & judges bent over backwards trying to manufacture a “moment” for the guy, gospel choir and all … it was painful. Sadly, he just wasn’t up to it. After he finished, I thought “Hallelujah that’s over.”

    David’s latest TwitPic:
    (Jive’s marketing department? :lol:)

    Playing percussion with fruit lol. on Twitpic

    Bubbletweet from Eman (w/David’s voice at beg.):

  20. abanana77 says:

    AH!!!! The bubbletweet! 😀
    I cannot wait for new music.

  21. TOfan says:

    From CNN’s Marquee Blog:
    “Idol’s Archuleta Turns Author

    He hasn’t lived a very long time, but that hasn’t stopped David Archuleta from writing his memoir.

    “Chords of Strength” goes on sale June 1 and tells the story of the life, thus far, of the season seven “American Idol” runner up.

    A press release about the book says that in it, “David shares with readers the amazing journey he went through to prove himself, and what he learned about life and faith along the way.”

    “Arch,” as friends and fans call the now 19-year-old, started singing at a young age. At age 11 he appeared on “The Jenny Jones Show” and by 13 he performed on “Star Search.”

    He was 16-years-old when he made it all the way to the final two on “Idol,” a standing which won him scores of adoring fans.

    He displays plenty of love in his book for the show that introduced him to the world, and says he is grateful for the opportunities he found thanks to “Idol.”

    “I was harder on myself than the judges ever were,” Archuleta said. “I thought I’d be lucky if there was one person out there watching on TV who might be affected in some tiny way by my singing. If I could accomplish only that, I’ve done my job.”


  22. refnaf says:

    Always nice to come home to something a tinsy bit exciting…. a bubble tweet with the voice on it> very nice. I think it is quite cute the way these songwriters like to tease us die hard David fans.

    From the Marquee blog> Doesn’t it seem strange to hear that David thought…
    “I thought I’d be lucky if there was one person out there watching on TV who might be affected in some tiny way by my singing.” I am sure it is beginning to sink in now how much of a positive effect he has had on sooo many people. To think that David would do what he does only to affect one person makes the line from the back of COS even more compelling….”just you and me”

  23. emmegirl says:

    abanana77, love your article!

    David’s pic of the adorable little girls it appears he was having breakfast and making music with is too much!

    And those few seconds of the end of that song…. that one is gonna do us all in!!! GoodNight Mary!!

  24. jackryan4DA says:

    Re Eman’s bubbletweet — May be the briefest of snippets but sure is a heavenly one, GAH!

    Those guys are such tease , hmmmmp.

  25. munkmusic says:

    update! COS is #4 at B and N and there are only 10 pre-signed copies left! they are probably gone by now! YAY! Go David GO!

  26. munkmusic says:

    I think Eman, Mr. Hodges and Mr. Kelly are just as excited as we are! Here is a NEW bubble tweet!


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