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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Excited to Start Something

Time slipped by fast since prior post, but that's not going to happen again.  I am excited to have discovered another video host and streaming service.

I was watching a couple of H3H3 videos on YouTube, and I can't believe how long ago, two years!  I only know this because that's when I signed up for my "new" account on Twitch.  They didn't continue there and so neither did I go back there for a long time until... about a week ago.  So little sleep for the past week.

I seems like Twitch cares about supporting small channels and users since they have multiple levels of channel support and that also means that even the smallest, newest channel can have something, rather than NOTHING, which is what YouTube has for entry level channels.

Sadly, there was a prime time entry for starting up on YouTube, but that window has closed a very long time ago.  You would have had to start a channel there between 5 and 10 years ago and put in years to grow it.  The new channel would have had to have grown a lot and there are still some of those channels still around today, but even many of them are not what they used to be.  You may know them, I may list them on another post when I get into those details, but discovering Twitch has been very encouraging.  I may be able to get into it soon.

I think I can see some light at the end of the tunnel of video hosting and much more interestingly, live streaming.  I have more to say about this, but it seems the window is currently open on Twitch, because of their lack of a barrier of entry, where on the other hand, YouTube has an extremely high barrier of entry to any level of monetizing.

I plan to post a lot sooner now.  I have a lot to say.  See ya sooner! - J

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

What Happened Since 2017 Part 1

I was testing out YouTube for about a year.  After a couple of months of research, I was still not convinced that this was a viable platform or was actually going to generate any income.  Back then, there were a lot of changes, but then YT seemed to settle down into a solid and steady set of functions and one of those was how they allowed monitizing, they call, "monitization."

They set it up so that the goal of a channel was 10,000 views.  That's it, no requirements for subscriber numbers or clicks, or likes, etc.  This was really good for a number of reasons that I'll get into on another blog post.

I'll just say at this time that of course, they changed all of this, but only after I had reached that 10,000 channel views and was approved for monitization and set up ads on videos and actually saw a nice accelerating stream of ad revenue.  So I was very much encouraged that they were actually following through on everything that they said they would and I was very impressed, and really surprised at how well their system worked. 

I tested out some views and the system actually did register them, wow, amazing....  So I was highly encouraged and started to go full time into producing videos, and promoting them and it was all working so well, that my statistics were visually showing acceleration of views and many of the other available numbers that they count on a channel, and pennies added up to dollars, but then just as I started to feel confident and my extremely low expectations were totally reversed, and I had a good 8 weeks of this, BANG, it all fell apart, to put it kindly.

I was so full of doubt, convinced that there was no way this was possibly a viable activity, and then just as I was proven wrong, it was all on the level and they were doing exactly what they said and they developed trust in me it just all turned right back around and it was over.  As I write this now, I'm feeling it all again and so that's why I can't continue this right now, I have to calm down and collect my thoughts to continue with part 2.  I'll also include some graphics showing the charts of the accelerating statistics and stuff.  I just can't right now.  Thanks for stopping in and reading - J.

Friday, December 22, 2017

This Year Was Great and It Continues Part 1 Goal

I set a goal and I reached it.  I threw a bunch of videos up at my YouTube channel and experimented with them to see what would happen.  Yes, that's the shotgun approach, but I stuck with it and something did happen, so it wasn't totally wrong, maybe it could've been better, but it got me results.

10,000 lifetime YouTube channel views
This goal took me 10 months.  It wasn't 1,000 per month, it was a couple of thousand initially and then a long, slow dip before only about 3 of 50 videos far outperformed the average.

Below is the current chart of views over lifetime of my YouTube channel, which is one year old this month.  The spike is a little over 100 on that day, this is a daily chart so it has approximately 360 data points, one a day for a year.  The dip has days that go as low as 5 views on that day.

I was lucky and I totally knew it when I started with a holiday video that did well.  It was my first video, unedited, and has about 2,000 views mostly on the initial spike there.  Then nothing, after that, but I was totally prepared for the nothing response to my additional videos.  I did some research before I started this project so that helped me mentally prepare for the nothing response and I knew I was lucky with the initial Santa holiday fire department parade video that I published during the holidays, 2016.  But a little luck was encouraging.

10,000 lifetime channel views became an important statistic for YouTube after I started.  They implemented that after I started the channel.  Things changing that much at YT were a concern I had since I had very low expectations of the entire enterprise to begin with, so these big changes in their management of the program didn't help. 

This is Part 1 of my year end blog post series.  Next, I'll talk about having to edit initial Santa video because of copyrights, and what videos gained views and which did not, and why I had to pause for a while.

Thanks for reading, stop in at the channel some time, follow, subscribe, etc., if interested in updates. - J

Monday, August 21, 2017

Featured Post - My Nocats.net YouTube Channel - Click on this title for blog post with channel link, THANKS!

link:  nocats.net on YouTube

@ Hi, I'm blogging about vlogging and YouTube video publishing.  Some of the time my videos will be a vlog, but so far, most are not.  I'm not following the rule of specializing and having a narrow focus.  I have a lot of varied interests, so since it's called, YOUtube, I'll try doing it my way, at least for the initial testing and startup.  So far, I don't have a nice name on the URL, for that they require a specific subscriber level, but I'm half way there.

Thanks for stopping in and thanks more for clicking on my channel link, and thanks even more for watching a video, and big big thanks for anything else, like a like, or huuuuge thanks for a sub. : - )   -jay / nocats.net

My YouTube Statistics in a Single Image Mini-Blog

My Mini-Blog Posted to Twitter and here on my blog.

The trend is nice, this is a chart of watch time from my YouTube channel's statistics from the Analytics link.

I guess I'm doing something right even though the numbers are still low, the chart looks nice.

Friday, August 4, 2017

What Happened to July 2017, no posts?

July 2017 was crazy.  Here's some of it in a little list that I could make a vlog that could easily fill a few minutes with clips.

Got a bunch of books on software, haven't had time to look at them yet.
Got a couple of letters with tickets falsely accusing me of traffic violations.
Had to investigate why my father was getting a bunch of bills he never saw before, had to sort a decade of paper to find clues.
Was not going to let my newly uptrending chart of YouTube views and watch time slip so I published a bunch of videos.
Spent a day testing gear to get a better voice over audio sound and got it.
Yard work; place is way over grown; cutting stuff down in the heat is exhausting;
regular yard work, lawn, etc.
appointments for dentist
shopping, dining out, helping dad
Constantly rearranging stuff and organizing stuff and searching for misplaced stuff in extremely limited space.
fixing stuff, cleaning
Sat at DMV to return plates, took old car off the road to maybe fix someday.
Sat at Toyota for a couple of recalls.

Replaced my front brakes but had trouble and it took a few half days
need a wheel, but trying to not go to Toyota for it, takes more time, though
needs tires, waiting for wheel....
Needs fender skin and why is the A/C draining into the car!?
It sucks that it's summer and so far, no beach, no boating, no swimming, no gardening, and no blog entry for July.  It's now August 4, 2017, this is crazy.
Ok, 2 concerts at Jones Beach, missed half of one of them though while working on brakes.

And I still have a lot on list before I can try to enjoy Summer, hopefully soon.

Next time, a real blog entry. - J.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quick Video on a Tool, Black and Decker Alligator Electric Lopper Chain Reset

I had to do this anyway, so why not record it and show how I do it since I do it a lot and I'm fast at it now.

It sure makes a much faster video subject and someone might wonder about it and I make videos, so it's fun practice.  First time adding electric guitar soundtrack also.  So far most of these videos are tests of various techniques that I am trying out for experience.  What was it?

I was doing yardwork; I have a very useful tool; it needs some simple adjustments and fixes, it has low maintenance but it should be done - adding oil; it is a fast activity; it is done in good weather, great light with the sun that day; easy subject; I've already done it before; I can use my camera very quickly for this type of near field video shot; so I did it.

It is the all electric small chainsaw, the Black and Decker Alligator Lopper.  The chain can come off the track when the chamber that ejects the cuttings, the sawdust, etc., gets a little too full.  Then I just open it up, clear it out, reattach the chain, add oil, reassemble, get back to work.

It's lasted years and there are a lot of videos on YouTube on it, so it must be very popular.  I just added mine, let's see how it ranks on search, just for fun.  These  aren't getting millions, just barely thousands of views so it's obviously only a test.  Here's the link.

Black and Decker Electric Lopper Chainsaw link below: