Good morning Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
Obviously, it’s been a little bit since I posted a video. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but I don’t want to make another “I’m back” video. I talked about what happened in a video for my patrons, so if you’re really interested, you can check it out at this Patreon link.
Instead I want to talk about the, shall we say, fallout, after my Bernie Sanders video that I made a month ago, which is only one small contributing reason for my long break from YouTube.
If you didn’t already know this, that video is my most popular video ever. It’s got more than 20,000 views by this point and still gets comments basically every day. Most of the time, they’re not nice comments.
And I hate it. I really, really dislike that video and dislike that I made it. I’ve considered pulling it down, except I have a rule that I never pull down a video from this channel, unless it’s for a technical reason that I fix and then immediately re-upload.
In the short couple of years I’ve been heavily involved in YouTube, I’ve noticed that many of my favorite vloggers, very much including Hank and John Green, tend to ignore political topics especially right-now, in-the-moment politics happening in America.
It’s not like they NEVER make that type of video, they just rarely do. And in the past I’ve found myself kind of annoyed by it. Like, I always keep at least a weather eye on politics. And when something’s going on that I’m heavily invested in, I want to know what they have to say about it.
Maybe to some degree I’m looking for validation of my own thoughts. Maybe I just want more data, or to hear a slightly different perspective. Either way, they don’t generally produce videos on these topics except in rare circumstances, and I think I finally get why.
You’ve probably heard the saying that you shouldn’t discuss politics or religion with your friends. Any time you bring up either one of these topics, you can expect to get into a fight, or at least an argument.
If it’s that way at a party, where everyone’s face to face, the crazy factor gets dialed up to 11 on the Internet. Now don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of civil discourse in the comments of my Bernie Sanders video, but there was a lot more discussion that was…less civil.
And while you do have to have a thick skin to put stuff out on the Internet, it still doesn’t make you feel great. Especially since so much of the comments don’t have anything to do with what you said, but with the commenter’s preconceived notions about your identity. Or sometimes, your sexual competence.
Most importantly, though, I realized that that video wasn’t really for YOU, my Rebels, the actual people I want to hang out with online.
Now, I’m not saying I’m never going to make a video like that again. I think what I had to say was important, and I wanted those other people to hear it. And since I specifically targeted it AT a certain group of people, I shouldn’t be surprised that they swarmed in to hate-watch it and leave their diarrhea in the comments.
I just kind of had to learn that lesson the hard way, I guess. I’m not exactly happy that my first video that could be considered “viral” was a political one, but it’s taught me a lot about what to do going forward, so at least that’s a good thing.
So that’s an update on YouTube. Like I said, if you want more detail about life in general, that’s over on Patreon. But for the forseeable future, I’m back to YouTube, and I’m going to be making the kind of videos I want to be making, and hopefully the kind of videos you want to be watching, too.
In other news, I want to give a bit shout-out and thank you to everyone who made my Nightblade sale such a success last week. I put the box set on sale for a couple of days and got to #18 on the entire Amazon store. Not in fantasy. The entire store.
That’s an entirely incredible thing that I didn’t think was going to happen, took me completely by surprise and I’m actually having to adjust a lot of what I’m doing because of it—which is, like, the very definition of a quality problem.
So for that, and for continuing to hang around while I took this unintentional hiatus, thank you so very much, Rebels. An extra-special shoutout to my supporters on Patreon, who make my YouTube channel possible, especially my sponsors, and I will see you tomorrow. Byyye.