My YouTube video, Making an LED Throwie just passed the 42,000 viewer mark. That’s over 100 people every day since the video was posted. I’m kinda proud of that, although I really wish I had spent just a bit more time making the video suck less than it does.
The editing is OK, but I didn’t plan out what I was going to say at all, and that shows. It’s all just one-take blabber. The lighting is bad too (especially in the first shot), and the list of negatives goes on. I honestly never thought 42,000 people would see it, so I didn’t care about that stuff when I posted it. But then the eyeballs started rolling in.
So, lesson learned: if you’re putting something up for general consumption, take an extra day or two to put some polish on it and make it really good. Your thousands of unsuspecting viewers won’t notice the delay, but they will notice the higher quality in the video.
Another interesting thing I’ve found is how widely the comments vary. I’ve never been viciously insulted or attacked so much in my life as I have been in the comments of that video. I know the Internet can be a pretty nasty place (I’d contend that I know that better than almost anyone), but I’m still surprised at the vitriol some people will spew at me that has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the video. If you don’t like the video, that’s fine, but please don’t tell me where to shove it. It’s sorta like they had a bad day and just had to yell at someone. I’ve removed most of those comments from the comment log on YouTube’s page, so you won’t find them there anymore. I figure that I don’t want to encourage such talk by letting would-be insulters see how common their impulses really are.
My personal favorite comment? The simple, “I Love You Moby.” Excellent.