Above you will see my latest vlog, placed on YouTube around 12 hours ago. It has, at the time of typing, received a whole one view (my own.) By the time I finally decided to set up a YouTube Channel, Twitter and Facebook as a way of drumming up some interest in my film project(s) and linking with others, I think I'd been seduced by ideas of being 'discovered.' Now I'm not talking about fame or fortune- I'm simply talking about viewing numbers. And even then, I think I was never so deluded to think millions, or even hundreds of thousand. No. I was merely expected more than one view in 12 hours!
This is by no means off putting (yet!) I've befriended a handful of friendly fellow filmmakers, and so on a small scale there is a sense of community and mutual support. It has felt warmer and, dare I say it, far less pretentious than some video production forums and groups I've attended in the past. It does make me wonder, however, if somehow I have 'missed the boat' when it comes to getting some kind of online presence. Or if simply the level of 'competition', in the form of established vloggers, tv channel content and more mainstream appealing content (like videos of cats and babies) means a newcomer is going to be relatively invisible.
Of course my videos may simply just be rubbish. A relative stranger I shared my YouTube link with commented that my videos had the feel of a 'late night skype conversation with someone you're trying to pull.' The moral? Don't share your YouTube links with an arsehole, but more than that perhaps there's something about not being able to please everybody. Time will tell if things shift, and I am still currently enjoying my online presence, so I'm willing to hold on in there.
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I'm thinking ahead to Christmas and what I hope will be a successful period of filming. I've actually missed it, and the people, alot so it will feel like a real homecoming, despite having only last been there in September! Expect an update soon!