“Skip Intro” Means Netflix Is Getting Ahead Of Some YouTubers With Show Flow

Yesterday I hopped on the mic for a podcast about show flow, which described show flow and detailed some examples of YouTubers struggling with it.  It’s also the reason why show flow is now a category on this blog.  🙂

Today I encountered the CNN Money article about the new Skip Intro button that Netflix is rolling out for binge watchers.  If you’re playing catchup with a TV or Netflix series you can now skip the “what some would call redundant” show openers.  🙂

It’s fun being right.  🙂

Television is a natural go-to for inspiration on how to make YouTube uploads for many of us multimedia types who goof around with it, but today we find TV in a rather defensive position compared to the classic shows most of us might have grown up with.  Even around the beginning of the “Flash Video Revolution” when YouTube finally found a way to make hosting video online into something other than a site killer via bandwidth costs we found TV shows adapting to the changing demands for show flow in the time slots.

Oddly enough, though I’ve been exorcising childhood demons so to speak via making fun of soap operas through allegorical spoofs like World Of The Nerd Couple, it’s actually the daytime soaps with their decades-long runs that illustrate the progression in approaches to television to reflect show flow the most.  Take As The World Turns for example, one of the shows that my sitters when I was little always had on when I got home from school (the more common one being Guiding Light in the 3:00 PM timeslot).  Not a lot of opener changes, but enough over the show’s 50+ year run to showcase quite a bit of things that TV has seen happen over the years that have forced changes to production material.

The rise of Web 2.0 video in the 2000s was just another nail in classic TV’s coffin.  It’s important to remember when watching this or other classic TV shows that VCRs weren’t a thing until the 80s, so big long intros helped you not miss when your show was coming on if you had to run into the living room or something or your clock wasn’t set right or you were running late.  Once on-demand options started to appear though, the big long show intro started to become something that wasn’t really needed anymore, except if one was trying to be traditional and hold on to the way things used to be.

As The World Turns reacted to this the most.  Note the last entry in the final years before the show was cancelled.  Just *POOF* the spinning globe and the show starts, since the people following the daytime drama scene probably already knew who all the actors were.  The declining revenue from daytime drama probably contributed to this as well, but I can’t really explain such a radical drop in complexity in the show intro without at least thinking of YouTube.

Likewise with credits at the end of these shows.  Prior to HDTV if you wanted to roll credits they had to be big and take quite a bit of time, but when HD became a thing not only could the credits shrink but they could be off to the side and not even take up the whole screen anymore, as we see today.

Just for fun, here’s that YouTube channel’s Guiding Light opening compilation video.  More revisions to watch, but I couldn’t mention this stuff without showing this as well.  You see more details fleshed out as the changing TV landscape prompted revisions of the production material, including some times where they got too close to fashion and fads and the intro became dated rather quickly, like when the show went Disco.  😀

For today’s YouTubers, show flow matters more than ever before.  Classic TV’s style might be a good thing to have fun with every so often, but it should be a phase that comes and goes.  Much has changed since the 80s and 90s, and even the 2000s with the rise of mobile devices and people “watching TV” on smartphones as they walk around cities or wait for buses/trains/etc.  Not since the introduction of the VCR has this landscape been this radically altered.

New landscape or not – it’s still workable for content creators today.  🙂

Ad Blockers Potentially Burying YouTube Videos – A Lesson In How To Expose A Toxic YouTube Audience

Nothing brings out the toxic part of your audience on YouTube or elsewhere quite like having the balls to call out problem behavior from those viewers that YouTubers are allegedly always supposed to kiss up to.  The comments on this “me having cojones” discussion have been quite telling in terms of confirming what I already suspected about a demographic in my YouTube audience that is responsible for the most negative and toxic responses that I’ve gotten to my uploads over the last 10+ years.

The concepts discussed herein are quite simple.  YouTube breaks from the mold as a video-hosting site, and that’s one of the reasons why it has done so well.  Rather than operate like a server farm where you are renting storage for content, the site runs like a giant TV network following the usual business model of traditional media.  Sell advertising, strike other commercial deals, and use the revenue from this to acquire and deliver content that draws people in, grows the audience/traffic/activity, which then lets them negotiate for better advertising revenue, etc. etc.

Ad blockers cut directly into that, and although I know why people use ad blockers, like pop-up malware and invasive advertising on certain websites, for a long time I thought the people using ad blockers on YouTube were trying to screw YouTube.

I was wrong – they are most likely screwing YouTubers instead.

As usual one can’t discern the inner workings of YouTube because that’s kept under wraps to keep people from knowing exactly how to play the system, nor can one talk about the money they make from YouTube ad revenue sharing per the terms of service, but without mentioning any actual earnings amounts some numbers in my channel’s own analytics for January have me thinking that ad blockers serve to help bury videos and ultimately hurt the YouTube channels that people allegedly support.

First, let’s talk about 2016.  The most viewed video was Windows 8 Vs. The Dellasaurus with ~42,000 views which put it over 100,000 views total – my first video to ever break that milestone.  Yet despite all that activity the ad revenue was horrendous for the year compared to the #2 video on the views list – First Impressions Of The Magic Chef Portable Dryer.  ~33,000 views and a ton more revenue.  This continues with the #3 video.  Geekhouse Laundry With The Magic Chef Portable Washer at ~32,000 views and the most ad revenue all year by quite the margin, but no dollar amounts of course.  🙂

Windows 8 Vs. The Dellasaurus, however, pales in comparison to Geekhouse Laundry in terms of watch minutes, the new standard for whether YouTube promotes a video or not.  145 grand versus 136 grand for the year, suggesting to me that Win8 Vs. The Dellasaurus’ recent success will be more of a flash in the pan.  Lest we forget, Win8 vs. the Dellasaurus is from 2012.  It took half a decade to get as popular as it is.  The laundry videos were uploaded at the end of 2015 and are both at or approaching the 40k views mark, increasing faster than Dellasaurus did in the same time period.

Dellasaurus is a fluke, and so are its followups.  For the most part the only tech videos on the Top 10 for the year are Dellasaurus videos – the sole exception being my response to the Tek Syndicate drama – so the tech videos actually making it into the rankings are riding the coattails of this megafluke known as the Dellasaurus.

I can confirm this with my recent experience with long streaks of tech videos.  With all the hassling I get from people about how I should never ever ever ever make anything but tech videos, the flatlining view counts that hit about 300 maybe and then die tell a completely different story.  It’s like nothing I do matters anymore when it comes to technology and YouTubing, even though I like technology and YouTubing.

The laundry videos, meanwhile, practically promote themselves.  They also happen to smoke the crap out of all the tech videos in the top list for revenue.  Coincidence?  I think not.

This trend continues into January 2017 as my frustrations with the lack of channel growth have mounted.  Here’s the two videos I was talking about in the discussion.  January’s a dog month for YouTube trying to pay its bills via advertising and commercial deals, but even in this dog month we have this sort of stuff going on.

Geekhouse Laundry – not a tech video – 2805 views.  The Pentium G4560 RadioStyle Podcast – Tech Video – 2168 views.  Both in the 2-3 grand range.  Without mentioning any amounts the ad revenue difference is literally dollars and cents.

This pattern continues, as does the pattern of the laundry videos practically promoting themselves on YouTube even though I fancy myself as more of a multimedia guy.  This is hardly a coincidence.  Considering how YouTube pays its bills, why would they want to promote dog videos whose ad revenue is wrecked by ad blockers except for massive activity flukes like Dellasaurus?

This explains a lot, and gives me a path forward should I want this YouTube channel to get to the point where it can challenge any 925 job that I have in terms of whether I need the 925 job, but that doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning tech videos.

Another key difference is demographics.  The laundry videos are more evenly represented in terms of men and women watching.  Matter of fact it seems like whenever the ladies show up things get amazing.  😀  Go girl power!!!  😀  LOL.  😀  However I think besides more equal gender representation as opposed to the usual tech dudefest the laundry videos represent a more mainstream demographic that is less likely to use ad blockers, so this presents an opportunity to continue making tech content by focusing on presenting it to mainstream audiences, like helping people get over their technophobia.  That would actually be something I would love to do.  I like helping people get over their fear of computers.  It may insult the intelligence of the toxic nerds clubbing my channel’s knees with their ad blockers, but it’s business as usual, a.k.a. demographics as usual.

Let’s fast forward to this week where I finally decided to start catering to this demographic again after formally apologizing to them via pinned comments.  Watch time is, in this order:  Washer video at 964 watch minutes, dryer video at 865, Geekhouse Kitchen at 763.  Intel Is Its Own Worst enemy is way down at 438.  The tech videos drop off A LOT from there in this new gold standard for which videos YouTube promotes.

For views, the top 3 are all appliance videos.  Dryer – Washer – Sunbeam Hot Shot.  In that order.  Ad revenue has a big drop off for Geekhouse Kitchen, most likely due to tech video people with their potential ad blockers representing most of the views thusfar.  When that switches over I expect things to change.

I wonder if this is why BBISHOPPCM regularly takes a break from tech stuff to review something in his kitchen.  😀

Regardless, this is where my entrepreneurial drive and formal business background will kick into gear.  I’m curious if I can get to the point where I have enough mainstream videos that I can start paying for tech toys for the tech videos with money from helping the mainstream crowd.  Perhaps some of the folks biting their tongues to not call me a sellout who are bellyaching about my candor might want to keep that in mind.

At the end of the day, every business or other public-facing thing has to answer the demographics question.  Who do you want to attract, and who do you want to repulse?  If you don’t answer this question, life will answer it for you, and you may not like the answer.  Better to answer it yourself.  I may upload content with the deliberate intentions of repulsing some of the more toxic individuals who are complaining about me calling out users of ad blockers, but this is something I ultimately have to take charge of, as opposed to continuing to be victimized by it.

Rawr Rawr Refurb Gamerz!!! :-P

I probably should have posted this BEFORE hopping on the mic about how Intel has become its own worst enemy.  Nevertheless, we continue.  🙂

One of my key points in response to AdoredTV’s similar discussion on how things have been at Intel lately is that Intel’s largest competitor in terms of whether folks like myself buy their latest and greatest has become Intel itself.  While AMD is getting people excited over Ryzen, Intel’s lack of exciting products (Kaby Lake anyone?) ultimately eliminates the concentrated coolness of building a new Intel system when Skylake and Haswell are still out and about, and if you want to be adventurous, Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge via refurbs.  There are some YouTubers like JERMGaming with his Potato Masher project and Green Ham’s Classic i7 Dell that are even trying out the original generation Core I chips with today’s GPUs and games, but at the very least I’d recommend that folks stick to chips with TDPs under 100W.  🙂

Still though, whether you call this the “Cult Of Sandy Bridge” or “Hardcore Sandy Bridge Gamers” the viability of today’s refurb market would most certainly have posed a threat to Intel even if the Ryzen was never a thing, especially this day and age when OEMs use fear tactics to pressure technophobe organizations and companies to buy new computers every few years.  (“Oh noes!  You might have to swap a part!  Pay us instead of paying for that part!!!”  😛 )

Interestingly enough though it seems the folks on YouTube getting into this stuff have a fondness for the Sandy Bridge i5.  If I get in on this with a new Dellasaurus later this year I’ll seek out a Dell Optiplex i7 Sandy Bridge tower.  🙂

Here’s some of the folks already involved in this new retro scene!  😀

Green Ham Gaming – The Incredible i5 Dell – Sandy Bridge i5 2400

Tech By Matt – BEST $200 Gaming PC! (2016) – Sandy Bridge i5 2400

EscoTech – Dell Optiplex 990 With GTX 960 – Sandy Bridge i5 2400

Steven Reviews – $360 Console Smasher – Sandy Bridge i5 2400

Notice a pattern here?  Seems like the Sandy Bridge i5 is the processor of choice for these things.  Makes me wonder what the Sandy Bridge i7 can do with hyperthreading…  😀

Let’s finish this up with two songs.  Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy and the Tomato Convenience Store theme from Shenmue, one of Green Ham’s favorites apparently.  🙂

I Wasn’t Letting Salazar Get Away With It…

Oh look.  Playing the satire card.

…he wasn’t getting away with it though.

…because none of this changes that his argument has already had the rug pulled out from under it by a far better YouTuber even if JERM has less of everything (subs, views, etc., the black hole of YouTube as usual).

FUDazar Thinks Scorpio May Crush Your Gaming PC. History Laughs.

For those of you who are wondering what it takes to get me to unsubscribe from a channel these days, try asinine FUD commentary like this.  😛

Released on the same day as my spoof video making fun of “heard it all before” tech speculation videos that are at least 80% panning over shots of unreleased hardware , this… drumroll… speculative panshotfest is the latest in the long-running world of doom and gloom for PCs, PC Gaming, or both.  😛

…at least, when you filter out the more egregious flubs like 6 Teraflops being “GTX 1070 territory.”  Really?  A GTX 1070 is at 6.5 Teraflops.  A Radeon RX480 is at 5.8 Teraflops.  Guess which one this “Gaming PC Crusher” is closer to?  😉

The funny part is, Sally here (should I call him that, maybe Sal-y is more accurate  😀 ) is already getting skewered in the comments for some of these little details, so I’ll let the folks bringing up these little things have at it.  What’s more fundamentally wrong here is that he (1) overpromotes speculation as these FUDsters tend to do, and (2) misunderstands Console Vs. PC and why Scorpio isn’t a concern for PC folks like myself even if it does release at the sub-$500 price point.

First, as 0:55-1:00 puts it in such a slippery way, his $400 price point for the device is only what he thinks it’ll be (SPECULATION!), but the entire rest of the video is predicated upon this massive price chasm allegedly coming up with 4K gaming, such that it’s easy for one to miss for the entire rest of the video, and if this one event doesn’t take place most of the rest of his argument goes completely out the window and those watch minutes you just gave to his channel for getting you mad to get you watching (not unlike a radio shock jock or someone like ReviewTechUSA) are truly time in your life that you will never get back.

This is where we get to the next unfortunate gotcha in Salazar’s commentary.  In classic bait-for-views-and-watch-minutes fashion, he floats the idea that maybe this is a Zenbox.  Oh wait.  This alleged “Gaming PC Crusher” has to interpolate 30 fps to give the appearance of 60 fps.  Other speculators making videos like this pulled the exact same thing, so yay for more unoriginal baiting.

Really?  30 fps?  Once upon a time I knew of gamers who didn’t mind lower framerates in exchange for nice graphics, but I thought that trend died with the 90s.  If I am going to swear off PC gaming for good in favor of a console I’d be looking for a little box that does whatever my monitor supports – all the time, with free online play.  So far, this box does neither – much in line with the other consoles out there.

I maintain, even though I used to debate this sort of thing roughly 5 years ago (but who ever listens?), that consoles sell for only 2 reasons – Price and Simplicity.  They’ll nearly always win on simplicity because you can just buy a box and plug it in in most cases, but price is where PC Gaming has been getting its revenge with the recent trend of “building console killers” or other ITXesque systems blatantly built to replace a Playstation.  🙂

What console gamers forget though is that it is still possible to “just buy the box” to get into PCs and just make a part swap or two to get into PC gaming if you know what box to buy.  Every year at least one OEM releases at least one SKU that is standardized enough that one could use it as a starting point with its Windows license and all.  Last year it was the Asus M32.  This year – surprisingly – it’s Acer!  😮

Really?!!  From the company that added “Acer crap” to my vocabulary with their egregious cheap chunks of plastic over the years?!!  Cool!!!  🙂  I’m curious what form factor riser sets that motherboard uses (Micro ATX?  Mini ITX?).   I could probably make a Jaystation out of this.  😀

No seriously.  Core i5 Skylake 6400.  One could make a gamebox out of this with one of those “no additional power GPUs” or swap at least the power supply and add in a 1070 to get something like this.

Or, take the hackjob backpath with older hardware and a newer graphics card, like this setup from JERM Gaming that approached 4k30 via adding a GTX 1060 to an original generation i5 system with an overclock.

Now consider the long run when it comes to PC hardware upgrades even though PC Gaming is notoriously expensive if you buy the latest greatest stuff, but if you go 2nd or 3rd best it’s a completely different story.  The Pascal series cards are still rather pricejacked while they’re still in the #1 parking spot on Nvidia’s catalog no thanks to lukewarm competition at best from AMD.  You can still buy Maxwell era cards new though.  Next go-round even if Nvidia keeps fleecing people with money to burn that want the best they can get then the price drops on “last gen Pascal” will mean the cheapo “last-gen” stuff would then become the bridge into 4K gaming.  🙂

The Scorpio sounds like a compelling razzle dazzle easy way into 4K if you can stomach 4K30 instead of 4K60.  😛  Time is not on the console’s side though, even though it’s not even out yet, especially for those people who thought they’d get a few years out of their PS4 or XBox One like they did last go-round before having to consider swapping out gear again.  Considering the longevity of PC hardware in the long run (hardcore Sandy Bridge gamers anyone?  😀 ), exactly how many times would one care to pay $400+ a pop to keep replacing their game box instead of just swapping graphics cards if they started with a decent CPU as a good baseline?  Plus, let’s not forget the whole paying extra to play online thing and all those things that console gaming brings with it…  😀

In the long run, no matter what FUD is going around YouTube about how PCs are going to be killed by this or by that, lest we forget, the whole idea of a “Post PC Era” is nearly 10 years old.  If PCs have been allegedly “dying” for the better part of a decade, maybe we should take a hint that perhaps there’s something else going on?  😉  Until then, the usual Console vs. PC Rules apply.  😀

In terms of a Console/PC 4K Price Chasm, again the hinge on which Salazar’s argument stands or falls, even if it does end up existing, one has to wonder for how long…  😛

…but please by all means, follow this smarmy techno-pied piper because he parades around his silver YouTube button in his channel icon…  😛

…then a little while later, I responded on my podcast.  🙂

Why YouTubers Should Make What THEY Want – Not What Commenters Want

Ahh YouTube comments – the perennial cesspool of people who think they’re oh so important that merely having an internet connection automatically makes them into a Siskel, Ebert, or Roper.  2016 has been a banner year for such lunacy as I’ve received some of the most insidious harassment in the comments sections ever.

I’m not talking about trolls blowing up in my face either.  Only the rookies do that nowadays.  These days if your goal is to make people mad on the Internet there are far more subtle ways of making people as mad as possible for as long as possible before they catch on and do something about it… at least until some blubberspined la-la chides them for blocking, etc., trolls in the first place.  I did a video on this earlier, but let’s save some time here, plus list the alibis that the newer types of trolls can use to point fingers away from their own malice:

  • Traditional Trolls – They blow up in your face – you ban them.  NEXT.
  • Covert Trolls – Are civil most of the time but blow up in your face cyclically hoping that you won’t notice that every X comments they get toxic with you.  Their alibi is “everyone has bad days from time to time.”  This doesn’t excuse the outbursts though.  Their pattern is right out of the Cycle Of Violence for domestic abuse.
  • Passive-Aggressive Trolls – Rather than blowing up in your face overtly, they’ll be like sandpaper trying to walk that fine line between appearing to merely disagree with you and flat out insulting you.  Their alibi is that they’re merely trying to discuss things with you, but sometimes prodding them reveals they only know enough about their source material to pick a fight with you and they don’t believe in jack squat.  😛

This year has seen a mix of all three of these, usually stemming from and revolving around my tech videos – those things I should allegedly always make and NEVER EVER EVER make anything else – EVER.  Among some of the more extreme examples were comments like “*Goes To Subscribe*  ‘This Is Not A Computer Channel Per Se’ *Scoots Away From The Subscribe Button*” as though it were nuclear Armageddon if they didn’t click a button.  Ooooooooooooooooooooooh.  So scary.  😛

This nonsense continued until I made a video while on vacation in September saying explicitly that my channel is not a computer channel.  It’s a multimedia-focused personal recreational variety channel – just as it has been for the last 10 years.  BOOM.  Crap Views.  No matter what.

Previously tech videos would approach the half grand mark without lifting a finger, though sometimes with toxic comments along the way.  Now – it’s an event if these videos everyone allegedly wants break 200 views.  All of this with 3,400 subscribers by the way.  I remember when I could get 80 views with 75 subscribers in 24 hours.  Hence my disgust with YouTube’s systems.

Am I really supposed to believe that a single vlog (read: SIDE SERIES) offended away a massive chunk of my audience?  Are people really that prissy and overly hypersensitive?  I think not.

As depressing as this has been, there’s a completely logical explanation for this, and it’s the same as the explanations given for why restaurants shouldn’t cave to fearmongerers like the “Food Babe Army” and change ingredients in their food due to activist outcry.  The rationale was that the people that restaurants caved to weren’t customers anyway.  I think that applies to what has happened since that vlog in September as well.

When people thought they could get me mad, they posted toxic comments and stuck around just to see how many ways they could get a rise out of me.  Supposedly, they wanted tech videos.  However when I shut them down by stating that my variety channel will include a lot of tech even though it’s not officially a computer channel, that eliminated their options so they had no reason to stick around.

Thus, they left, and in doing so proved that they were never interested in tech videos as much as pestering me as much as they possibly could.  Technically, I win.

Now imagine if you ran a YouTube channel and you thought this vocal minority who leaves when you slam the door on their harassment was your guide to what content to create.  Imagine the rollercoaster where you think you’re making what people want and things keep drying up over and over again because you’re caving to people who aren’t really your fans instead of having fun making what you want to make in the first place?

I don’t need YouTube comments to know who my real fans are.  My real fans watch what I upload, don’t get prissy about the channel being a variety channel, and contribute watch time and views, even if they do so silently because like me most of the time they really don’t want spend the time typing out a comment when they can just click Like or move on to the next video they want to watch, especially if the next thing they want to watch is something I uploaded.  🙂

YouTube issues aside with channels getting buried, unless you’re a commercial entity with a channel page, your content will sink or swim like anything else, but in the event you get sunk for whatever reason, at the very least you should have had fun while doing so.  Blubberspines who think they have to cave to commenters all the time can’t say the same as they blindly trust that everyone in the comments sections really mean what they’re saying as opposed to just pulling comments out of their ass.  😛

Corporate YouTube Is A Soul-less Husk

It’s time we addressed the elephant in the room when it comes to what YouTube has become in the 10 years I have been messing around on that site.

Corporate YouTube with its SOPs, broken DMCA and subscription systems, and community that’s sheepish enough to go along with them is a soul-less husk of its former self and a perennial source of anxiety, stress, and depression.  Nobody in their right mind should try to build up a channel anymore on that site unless they bring a pre-existing audience with them from somewhere else.

Up until a few weeks ago, I was a regular target of various types of bullying in the comments section related to what I did on the site – including things I was doing that would have been more than acceptable in YouTube’s more ascendant years.  All of these are indicators of just how things have gone sour, both with the site and large swaths of its audience.

  • “You should have a regular upload schedule.”  This is an admission that the notification systems on YouTube are broken.  Web 2.0 video as this century’s ultimate On Demand system has upended traditional media with its timeslots and regular release schedules.  What made YouTube great was that people were uploading stuff they wanted to make, not that they had to make.  An upload schedule is a step backwards and a step towards bland uninspired content, even without a lot of uploads.  The negative backlash against the AVGN during his GameTrailers years when he was contractually obligated to release a Nerd episode every two weeks is evidence enough of that.
  • “You’re not a computer channel?  I’m not subscribing!!!”  Variety channels not welcome I see.  A pity because that’s what built the site to begin with.  The early YouTube personalities, tech and otherwise, weren’t chained to messing with computers every single video, but you have the “brand channel” allowance on YouTube to thank for this ongoing antagonism towards people who just happen to have a wider swath of interests than screwing around with computers every single video.  This says everything about the people who refuse to support people who have a variety of content in terms of how they’re such blind sheep.  It’d be one thing if I had radically divergent interests like that time when Classic Game Room had salsa dancing videos on their channel, but tech and video games?
  • “Are you EVER going to do another Dellasaurus video?!!”  This shows just how pitifully narrow people are when they get all prissy and threaten to stop watching, but I know exactly what would happen if I caved and never did anything but Dellasaurus videos.  The trolling would flip the other way and I’d be called unoriginal, uncreative, and stale because I was “doing the same things over and over again.”  There’s what you get for the hard work you put in to trying to amount to something on there.

This sort of nonsense, however, dropped off when I decided to be honest when I went on vacation a few weeks ago.  I said upfront, again, that this wasn’t a computer channel, and what kind of clueless idiot would someone have to be to expect a channel called “MultimediaJay” to just play with computers all the time?  Really what we have here is little more than militant stupidity.

Nowadays, even tech videos get crap views.  The effect is greater than the YouTube purge that allegedly cleaned up bogus subscribers earlier but some people were unsubbed from channels they still wanted to watch.  Some people may wonder what videos I’m talking about, but “The Road Forward” ANYTHING and my “Wahk In The Pahk” nature video fell under the tech umbrella.  In the case of the nature video I was taking my Canon camera that can do stills and video with just a dialspin out for a marathon with New England Fall Foliage shots.  In the earlier years of YouTube, I would get positive comments like “nice shots” or “that camera works really well.”  Today – crickets.

I really don’t know what I’ll upload at this point considering how I’m sick and tired of everything I do on there being dragged through the mud by this mess, but what won’t happen is any uninspired content that I felt like I was forced to upload.  Quite frankly though, once upon a time I could get 50 views with 75 subscribers.  Nowadays, that’s questionable with 3400.  There’s how far the YouTube system has fallen.

One last thing, anyone reading this or actually still watching what I upload isn’t part of this problem.  It’s the raging hordes of everyone else.  YouTube has a severe demographics problem these days, and I can’t see a road forward for that site if this toxic community is now going to crowdsource the negative stuff that previously only happened because of improperly-working systems on YouTube like the DMCA system and still-proprietary still-RSS-challenged subscription system, which I now manually override these days via bookmarking channels 90s style in my browser.

What’s next?  Who knows.  I’ve had enough of what’s been going on though.