I started my personal YouTube channel at the end of February 2009, with the intent to give a dedicated home to the Mega Man videos that first appeared on GCDotNet, the official YouTube channel of GameCola.net. Once you've waded through all the hyperlinks, join me in the next paragraph.
As I've discussed before (and I'll spare you the hyperlinks to the specific articles), I've become a minor Internet celebrity. I have my own viewer-created Facebook page and fan forum (oops--hyperlinks), and a few of my viewers have referenced me or even borrowed my own footage/sound clips for their own Let's Play/tribute/shout-out videos. I'm flattered, honored, and really quite surprised.
This past week, I reached 2,500 subscribers. On average, that's something like 2-3 new subscribers per day since I started releasing these videos. Considering I went from uploading a new video every 1-3 weeks to uploading a video every 1-3 months, 2,500 subscribers is impressive to me. Of the 48 videos I've uploaded (a throwaway April Fools' video notwithstanding), only 4 of them came out this year...and one of them was a public service announcement telling everybody to chill out. (Okay, fine, it's a hyperlink.)
So, a total of 3 real videos in the past 10 months. I've had one or two people tell me that they had forgotten I existed when one of my new videos appeared on their subscriptions list. Still, I'm receiving notifications of new subscribers every day. Once again: flattered, honored, and really quite surprised.
I'm not in it for the numbers, but it's nice to have a gauge of my popularity, or lack thereof. That's why I value the view counts and video ratings as well--I get plenty of feedback through channel and video comments, but the numbers offer a broader view of where I stand in relation to anyone or anything else on the Internet.
As long as it's fun, and as long as there's evidence that people are watching and enjoying my videos, I'm likely to keep making them. It just might take an awfully long time, and I'm bound to surprise at least a few more people in the coming months as I suddenly remind them I exist.
So, here's to 2,500 subscribers! And hey, if you're one of them, feel free to stick around here and/or on GameCola until (and after) the next video goes up. You wouldn't believe how much easier it is to produce pages and pages of text than 10 minutes of video commentary.