On October 24, 2007 I wrote a post on this blog about finally hitting 10,000 video views on youtube. It took 5 months for that to happen. It took just over 6 months from then to hit 50,000. I have to say that unless you've taken a shot on youtube you may not have any idea about how tough it can be to have people see your stuff.
Unless you're posting television shows, other already popular content, or latching your videos to other successful youtubers you'll soon realize that you can go a month and be lucky to hit 100 views on a single video. I've done better than that, and I owe it to this blog. There's just a lot of stuff on youtube and everyone's after the same attention. With that said, I take quite a bit of pride in finally hitting that 50,000 mark in total views.
I think what I'm most happy about is that the dedication and work I've been putting into my online projects has been paying off, and I've been able to see both my blog and videos rise in popularity. It lets me know that I'm moving in the right direction anyways.
Some videos I'm still pushing on a regular basis to help get them viewed (Buick to the Future is probably the best example) but I guess I've always thought that my blog was to serve my channel and my channel was to serve my blog. When you put hours of work into a single video you just want it to be seen, and at the end of the day that's my motivation for doing this. It's 50,000 more views, 50,000 more chances at recognition, and 50,000 validations that people are at least partially interested in something I made. I'm doing this for fun, but as I've learned with the other videos I've done, it's all great material for a portfolio. I consider my channel and blog my online portfolios, and if a person takes the time to just glance over everything I've posted it's clear that I'm pretty passionate about this stuff.
So, thanks to all of you who have been checking in. Your views have meant a lot and are a significant portion of my online success thus far.
For nostalgia's sake here is my most viewed video to date (3,500 views and uploaded on September 9, 2007). It's a little slice of life video I shot and edited after a trip to Newport Beach with friends back in 2004. *Update 2009* The original video has since been re-uploaded, but previous views reached nearly 10,000.