Episode 4 is now uploaded, and there are a lot of random posters posted around my school. We ran around the school filming and being strange, and I admit it was really fun. But the best part about this project? There’s only one episode left after this! That means I can finally concentrate on the book part of the project! Awesome.
This Email …
Well, I’m hard at work for the next episode. Unlike the previous ones, this one actually requires me to go outside. »shudder« so I’m doing it when I can. Thank God for DST. But more on that in a minute. I want to share something. It doesn’t turn out to be anything important, so you can hang your suspense for something worthwhile.
The day after I uploaded the fourth(third) episode to YouTube, I woke up to my alarm clock, which is just my phone strategically placed under my pillow. (This way I hear it but my roommate does not.) Also on my phone is my email, and I usually see right away in the morning that I have 4 or 5 new emails. Generally, these are from social networking sites or spam, but sometimes I will wake to good news, like I have a new follower on Pinterest or I just made 15 bucks on Fireshield earrings. This was a bit different.
As I sleepily read my email, I saw that I had a message from someone on youtube. Here it is:
It says:hey there
you have some very interesting videos uploaded but small views. i think they are not really getting noticed.
have you ever tried to buy subscribers or views to make your channel bigger.
subgrow . com
i used that site before with one of my channal and their subscriber packages made my views rise big over a few weeks.
they are the best on the net
Since I am new to uploading YouTube, I had never gotten spam before, and wasn’t entirely sure this WAS spam. Actually, it reminded me of a message I received from fanfiction.net not too long ago, asking if I was considering putting a piece I never finished up for “adoption.”
Now, I was sure this person was promoting their company, but I was excited that they had written to me, personally. I went through the day thinking on how to reply. I did not want to buy subscribers, as that would defeat the purpose of this project, and I hadn’t done much promotion, as I was »spoiler« saving it for the next episode. But I was curious on how this person (I assume it was a “she” for some reason) found me in the first place.
I didn’t get to a computer until the next day, where I sat at work and hastily opened my channel mail to reply. And that was where I saw that the mail had not only gone out to me, but to at least eight other channels. This was disheartening, though not entirely. I wrote back anyway with the same plan, careful to use the weird language that was bouncing around my brain.
Tell me, I am curious, how did you happen to come across my channel? Maybe in that way, I can figure out a way to …hm, lure others.
The third episode is uploaded onto YouTube (although it is really Episode 2 because the first one was really just an intro … but I digress. And digest.) hurray! It’s got 4 views (all by me because I couldn’t figure out how to embed it) and it focuses a lot on Starbucks and Twilight. I’m going to have to quicken my pace if I want to get all 6 (7?) episodes up before this project is due. Ugh. No motivation.
The first official episode is up and ready! It is much better than the intro! Tell your friends! Make some comments. I need some fodder for my project, guys. I honestly don’t care what you say, so long as I get some sort of feedback.
I had the class today. It was a bit of a rush, since we were running rather late (what else is new) and everyone wanted to go home. But I managed to get some feedback and …
No one liked my ideas.
Luckily, they offered a suggestion: to make a YouTube channel/blog that explains how to get your own internet/real life following. And that, in turn, will be the attempt to get a following. Not sure if that last part was my idea or someone else’s, but I think I’ll take the credit since I will be taking little credit for everything else.
I have an idea so now it’s time to start.
But this basically means that I have to write a script a week, as well as keep the blog posts, and film, edit, upload, and hope to God that someone responds or I will have nothing to write about. And then I have to design the book that tells the story, because people still aren’t going to look at it no matter how funny I am or not. Might as well write a book of obituaries for all the good my writing skills are going to do me here.
Hope it will go well. I’d better start …um . . yesterday.
I brainstormed with my roommate, mostly because the writing center at school isn’t opened yet (why have it closed when there’s so much writing that needs to be done??), along with my friend Kara and one or two classmates. There’s some criteria to what to do to gather this “following.”
A. It has to be something simple.
Sure, people might want to read hilarious poems about zombie rabbis, or webcomics featuring personified internet trolls, but that would take too long, and is overly complicated. Why spend so much time on this when I could fall on my ass and get 10,000 Youtube views?
B. I have to be willing to do it.
Hell if I’m actually willing to fall on my ass for 10,000 YouTube views. Okay, maybe for 10,000, but in all likelihood I’d peak at 1000, and that’s just not worth it. This also means nothing involving nudity (mine or anyone else’s), no eating bizarre foods concocted by my sadistic friends, and no setting things I like on fire for symbolic meanings.
C.It has to be several episodes or posts
Just one is never enough. There’s no guarantee that one video or weird fanfiction will get lots of attention. Unless I’m Rebecca Black, but I’m not (I’m actually chorally trained.) The more I post, the more likely it will be that someone will see it, or them.
D. It has to be appealing.
This one is fairly obvious. I mean, why would I watch or read something stupid? Okay, I mean, why would I read or watch something boring? It CAN be stupid, I suppose, but I would prefer if there was some sort of intelligence or thought involved. Hence the no-falling-on-my-ass. I cannot emphasize that enough.
E. It can’t be too embarrassing
As if I don’t embarrass myself enough outside the internet!
After analyzing the criteria and bouncing ideas off people (and laughing as they winced) , we only came up with a few solutions:
#awkward moments: a twitter and tumblr account posting everyday awkward situations. We could probably update this several times a day.
not-caution: photoshopping caution labels to say the exact opposite thing. ie “Children and hot beverages should not be kept apart” and “immediately drive or operate heavy machinery after taking.”
book blogging: I had read several book blogs, where someone fairly funny or ridiculously critical reads a well-known book series and blogs on it as he/she goes along. I’m pretty funny myself, not to toot my own horn (toot toot), but I’ve already read most of the made-fun-of serieses (like Twilight). Second reactions are not quite as funny.
That’s it so far. Now I’ve just got to present this to my class. Hopefully 26 mildly intelligent but highly creative people will have better ideas than me.