why I constantly promote

I realize this blog has become almost 100% promotion of my youtube. This is for a few reasons. Some I won’t bother to go into that involve some jerks who don’t deserve the effort. But really, I just want people to see my videos.

I want to hit 100 subscribers. I want the short channel name. Ideally by my birthday on the 28th although that most likely won’t happen.

Why?

It isn’t a monetary thing.

It isn’t a fame thing.

I’m funny. I crack myself up. I love the content I make and I enjoy consuming it. I can’t be alone.

I want to spread this. I want to spread joy and laughter and reprieve from the daily dredge that life can be. I want to be a friend, a reprieve, someone you can go to and see when you want or need. Someone like all those youtubers who are there for me that I’ve never met.

I’m funny. I bet you think so too.

Plus I put a ton of effort and time into this. I love it and I just want people to be exposed to it too and hopefully enjoy the content as well.

So now I beg the internet, help me grow. I’m stuck as to what to do. Watch my videos, subscribe if you like them or to support, leave comments, and if nothing else, share my channel or my videos. Or even interact with me on social media.

Much love to all and happy father’s day to everyone out there and also love and support to those who have a hard time with this day.

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all alone

New vlog about living alone is up and the cutest doggo Oliver makes another cameo, or so I’ve heard… Don’t forget to share the video with someone who will enjoy it (or hate watch it, I’m cool either way) and subscribe while you are there so you don’t miss videos every Tuesday. Also comment your thoughts and like the video, you know the drill. #withcaptions as always.

feeling low

What two posts in one day??? Yep.

Ok I am not really in a great mental place and I thought I would just get it out there.

I am feeling defeated and it is really hard to feel the ups right now. Part of this is because I had a long day and part is because I am just way busier than I have time to handle. Also I lost a subscriber today and I get that people come and go but when you are a small channel (at least in my case) you feel EVERY ONE. Every single one that goes. And I get these messages from time to time of people saying I made them laugh and how great it is but I still feel the ebb. *sigh* At least I have the positives on this channel and I see a reason to keep going. I do really love it. I just wish I could get it to a larger audience and I fail miserably in knowing how to do that.

So the second channel, no one watches. Remember me being busy? Yeah, I don’t have Friday’s video filmed (or any later ones, or any of my main channel filmed or edited, so behind) and my videos are literally getting nothing. The first two had under 10 views each, all leaving in under a minute. So I don’t know if the audience is there. And now I wonder if it is sustainable and if I should keep going.

Maybe if I had more energy or more sleep or more time or less terrible of a day I would feel better.

Oh well.

Nothing to do but keep going I guess.

Maybe I will finally get around to adding my new pattern to my Etsy. It is an adorable derpy unicorn.

weekend plans

My amazing weekend plans:

  • craft store and Target
  • filming at least 6 videos (5 on Friday, 1 some other day) for my channel (yes this is a link, go catch up on the vids)
  • getting my gutter fixed, half fell down during a storm, but the reason was that they used the wrong nails when putting it up and my friend’s bf is going to hammer it up quick so it could be way worse
  • cleaning my house
  • taking at least 2 if not 3 or more fitness classes
  • editing, thumbnailing (it is a word now, deal with it), subtitling videos
  • starting my for now secret but soon to be announced project
  • gardening

Yeah, I am a busy person. And yes most of the above involves working / jobs. But they are jobs I enjoy so they don’t feel like work. I know that is so cliche to say.

something changed – cue internet freakout

No one likes change and the internet gets this mob mentality and it can go so over the top (remember when Instagram changed their icon?) but this time, I get the unrest.

If you haven’t heard, it appears that there has been a change in YouTube as far as advertising. I am going to write this from the level of you don’t know anything about how creators get paid and the background processes involved. Feel free to skim ahead past what you know.

Creators can make money off of YouTube in several different ways that do not really involve YouTube, like sponsorships and merchandise, but also make money directly from YouTube through a share in the ad revenue. Whenever you see an ad in the beginning of a video or off to the side, that creator is sharing in that profit (fyi they don’t get much). If you skip the ad or have an ad blocker, they get nothing. If it is a smaller channel, the only revenue they are directly receiving when you watch a video is from the ads.

YouTube has an amazing ability to control this on many different levels. You might be amazed how much you are steered by their algorithms. Chad Wild Clay did a great job explaining these algorithms and how they relate to view counts, so I suggest watching that video for more information. And that video is subtitled by the way.

So you are already somewhat restrained on how much your video will most likely make. And having an algorithm makes sense to show people what they would want to see; however, it completely cuts out the little guy. So if you are starting, good luck.

You can also add a button to your channel page to allow for donations or set up something like a Patreon. I don’t really know how I feel about that or how others do and how well they do but more on that later.

So last night or maybe a few days ago, YouTube started removing the monitization from some big creators on some of their videos. They are doing so for very vague reasons and calling them not “advertiser friendly.” Some of these include (and this is from their website, although I couldn’t find this and saw it posted by Philip DeFranco:

  • sexually suggestive content including partial nudity and sexual humor
  • violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism
  • inappropriate language, including harassment, swearing, and vulgar language
  • promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use, and abuse of such items
  • controversial or sensitive subjects, even if graphic imagery is not shown

Ok so Philip DeFranco posted this video yesterday talking about it as 20 of his videos have been demonitized. Sorry, that video is not subtitled. I do a lot of subtitling for that channel but for some reason this one wasn’t open to that and does not have the autocaptions either. But if you find him on Facebook, it is.

This is hitting all different channels and there have been posts of people who are being demonitized for things like talking about depression.

How are the gamers going to deal with this?

How am I? I swear. A lot.

I am really nervous and this seems to be out of nowhere although the statement so far from YouTube seems to be this was always in place and we are just notifying you better now.

To me, it seems that “advertiser friendly” should be anything with views. Ads are targeted (you seriously lose at least half of your earnings if you turn off targeted ads) so it seems that everything would really self-regulate. More views = more ads seen = more clicks = more potential revenue. That just makes sense to me but this is YouTube and the internet and business so they can do what they want.

I have been kind of out of it since this happened. I am afraid that the algorithms that already push me down to nothing are going to be even worse now because I call my hot glue gun “bitchface” and have a series called “calling you out on your bullshit.” Not to mention the other filth that I spew. But if people are effectively being forced to remain silent (as they are no longer receiving their income) and fit in these boxes over the littlest things, what is going to happen to me? To other creators? To YouTube?

*sigh*

I have thought long and hard about this. I refuse to censor myself. I swear in daily life all the time. Why would I be a different person online? I refuse to be that fake and to fit their molds for me. If I lose monitization, ok. I am not at the level where I am really making much of anything on YouTube anyway, although that is where I would like to head towards (and really the subtitling thing but that is another post). I fear that it will hold me back but I refuse to stop. I love doing this. My purpose in YouTube is to bring entertainment to people and also serve as a creative outlet for myself. I will keep doing this as long as I can.

On that note, I have decided to add “fan funding” to my channel, as much as I hate that term. I am not going to promote this all over the place, but it is there. I am not going to ask people to do a thing about it. Whatever happens with that, happens with that.

And if you want to check my channel out you can do so here. All videos are subtitled.

Total side note, just got my first major hate comment, so there’s that:

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TMI?

So this video might be TMI, you tell me. What is TMI anymore anyway? When I started vlogging and blogging, I kind of threw that all to the wind. This one is partially animated which mad respect to all animators, that was not easy. You know the drill – like, comment, subscribe, share (love, best of vibes, retweets, likes, etc to all that do), etc. And as always, #withcaptions.

self promo

End of July quick self-promo time:

  1. YouTube
  2. Instagram – amandatheg
  3. Twitter – @amandatheg
  4. Snapchat – amandatheg
  5. Etsy
  6. Dysh – amandatheg
  7. and some recent videos:
    1. how to fix YouTube subtitles
    2. drunk crafting with popsicle sticks
    3. random books on my shelves
    4. drunk me – vs – sober me
    5. my top 5 worst birthdays
    6. the apple crush challenge
    7. blind date with Pokemon (called the best by my lovely sister in law)
    8. claymation of Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, Muyskerm, and LordMinion777
    9. of course there are plenty more, just go check out the channel and while you are there, don’t forget to like the videos, subscribe, leave comments, share, etc, all videos are #withcaptions

Woah that was a lot of links and a lot of self-promotion that I don’t really like doing but am learning to embrace anyway.