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Level 16 Animator
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If you've read any of my blog posts before, you're probably well aware of how I utterly despise Youtube for a variety of reasons. At the start of the year I decided to suck it up and make a new youtube account. After all, it'd been over a year since I last used my old one, and I'd improved quite a bit since then. Maybe I'd have better luck this time.
Within five hours of 'Let's Play Slendernam' being on youtube, I'd amassed around 2200 subscribers. Which was a great morale booster, 'cause I've seen a billion videos from people with hundreds of submissions celebrating "500 subs!" and here I had four times that on the first day. Now this cartoon, if you're unfamiliar, Isn't a video game parody by any means - in fact, I've never played the game in question. It was instead a parody of ten-year-old youtubers who do crappy let's plays fulla bad jokes and mic pops. Either way, this jab at youtube culture had gotten me another 2,000 followers ...on youtube. Excited to see I was finally accepted on the site that shuts down so many aspiring artists, I immediately began on my next cartoon.
Assuming the best of my viewers, I decided to make another parody about people on the internet who piss me off. This time it had nothing to do with youtube or video games, though. About a month later, I released Twitter Tag Team on youtube, a commentary on how typical it is to see people on twitter bashing people who are particularly popular to hate. In comparison to my last video, the response was a little underwhelming - It got me about 200 new subscribers.
Up until recently, I assumed this was just a fluke. Surely if I could get 2600 subscribers with one video, I could do it again, right? Riiight?
My latest cartoon has been on youtube for about six hours. So far it's gotten me -5 subscibers.
So with this, I've arrived at the conclusion that youtube just sucks. It seems like it doesn't really matter that I've gotten better at animating or comedic timing or anything. All that seems to matter right now is whether your movie is about pokemon or minecraft or skyrim or slender. And for someone like me, that means the only way to get popular is to sacrifice your artistic integrity, 'cause I haven't played any of those games.
Now I know this may sound like I'm just whining about not being famous on youtube or whatever, but there's something seriously corrupt about that site. So if you're the type of person who occasionally puts funny videos on his facebook wall, just remember to put up some original comedy every now and then. I don't wanna tell you what to like, but I can assure you that any artist feels way better about an original video getting 100k views than his video game parody getting a million. And if you're already one of these real popular guys, give a new and aspiring artist a "like" every now and then, 'cause it helps more than you'd imagine.
Despite all this, the response on NG has been pretty great so far. I love you guys <3
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