Good morning, Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
It’s the very last day of 2014 here in balmy Sunland, where it’s 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees celsius for you international types.
It actually snowed here yesterday, for realsies. Not enough to stick on the ground. But yeah. That’s a thing.
Also for you international types, it’s already 2015, so, um, yeah. The west coast is of course one of the last places to catch up to the rest of you.
What did we do this year? Well, we did quite a lot, actually.
This year, 853 people subscribed to this channel, bringing it over 1,000 subscribers, which I celebrated in a video and which just continues to astound me. Thank you for being one of my first 1,000.
During that time I posted 315 videos when you include my podcasts and the initial Vloganovel and Garrett’s Games videos, which of course have moved to their own channels.
But speaking of those other channels, on Vloganovel I’ve posted 57 videos and on Garrett’s Games I’ve posted 24, so that’s 396 videos total.
Wait! No! It’s more! Because I’ve also posted 43 episodes of the We Make Movies Film Geeks Podcast on the We Make Movies channel and 7 Nuts & Bolts videos on the Sterling & Stone channel.
So in total that’s 446 videos on YouTube, or 1.22 videos every single day in 2014.
Boy, I hate to call myself out, but you know what they say: you can either have quality or quantity, but not both.
All told my videos got more than 73,000 views and more than 470,000 minutes of playtime—that’s over 7,800 hours or 326 straight days of watching by all y’all.
I would be very bored if I watched myself for 326 days straight so your patience with all of this is amazing.
Rebels liked my videos over 3,000 times and disliked them more than 500 times—although to give myself a fair shake, 75% of those dislikes are on my GamerGate videos, and they’re not coming from Rebels. But thanks for the ad dollars, douche trolls!
And most importantly, Rebels left more than 5,000 comments on my YouTube videos. Comments are, really, the most important thing to me. I would rather put out a video with ten views and ten comments than a video with 1,000 views and one comment.
But 5,000 comments is more than 13 comments every single day, and while I know I haven’t been able to respond to every single one I do my best, and you will NEVER know how much I appreciate hearing back from you guys no matter what video it is.
What about my main gig? The big money maker that isn’t really making big money yet? I’m talking about my writing.
That’s half a million words of books, or more than 1,200 pages of print so far.
Now this, actually, is where I have fallen down the most this year. Half a million words is all right I guess, but in 2013 I published three quarters of a million words.
And while book sales are much better this year than they were last year, they’re still not where they need to be, and I can’t help but think that I’d be doing much better if I’d kept up and even increased my production schedule.
Most of that slacking off came from Rebel Yell, which took me about six months to write instead of my usual one to two months.
But honestly, I can’t regret that because that’s my favorite book I’ve written.
And this year I did my first book to film adaptation, turning that short story Unsaid I mentioned into a short film, which will be released in mid-January.
Wow. When you look back at it all as one big mass, it kind of seems like I did a lot of stuff this year.
But none of it, and I do mean this sincerely, none of it would be possible without you guys—my Rebels. Without you, I would have nothing. No one would watch the videos, no one would read the books.
I’d have to slink back into the 9-to-5 workplace, and while it’s come close to that a couple of times, you guys have always pulled me out of it and kept me on my feet.
I am so, so grateful for every single one of you watching these stupid videos and reading the stupid words I scribble down and shoot out there. Thank you.
Tonight we’ll all celebrate the new year in our own way, or maybe you already have, but when the clock strikes twelve here in Los Angeles, I’ll be raising a glass to you.
Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next year.