Tuesday, August 07, 2007


My YouTube experiment and other animals

I was surprised today when a friend pointed out it was August. Losing track of what day it is usually means I've been quite busy, I'm not sure what losing track of the month means...

Anyhow, reaching August means I've experienced two months of my YouTube experiment. It's been... interesting. I've uploaded 13 pieces, 2 of them have been featured* and over all I've had over 500,000 views. I have to say I've been impressed with the number of views for a new user, but there is a price to pay. The comments.

Oh my.

Obviously some of the commenters are lovely people, providing praise, support or constructive criticism. Then there are the others.

- Threads seem to get a massive amount of spam, be it other YouTube videos, external web sites or images of some minor celeb showing flesh or involved in some scandalous activity. It becomes rather tiresome.

- I lost count of the number of times I was accused of being drug-crazed. Speaking as someone who is ludicrously clean-living at the moment (for the benefit of baby-tech) this accusation got rather irritating. I just like playing around with images from my own little world, and playing with non-narrative animations.

- I think I might be too old for this whole "Add me as a friend" business. I don't want to offend people but I find invites from strangers to be their online friend a little odd. Don't get me wrong, I like meeting new people and having a chat about some common interest, but I feel some interaction is required before a stranger becomes a friend. On reflection this is very possibly me getting hung up about the terminology. Hmm.

- On the flip side of over-familiarity, there are a fair few people seem to believe that anything they don't personally like is worthless and leave terribly rude comments. It makes the place feel very unfriendly, emphasised by people take the hump that your video was chosen to be featured instead of their video.

- Gay was frequently used in the pejorative sense. Has that become acceptable again? This worries me.

Och, I don't know. Some people have been lovely, it's been good getting my work out to a new batch of people (even when a bunch of them think it's pointless rubbish!) and it's always interesting dipping your toe into a new community but maybe I'm just too used to being in control of my own online space to fit in with one so out of my control. I think I'm going to keep getting some pieces up there at for the time being, but I'm pleased the page impressions at eclectech.co.uk are so much higher than my views at YouTube... I can still consider it the main space from which I can 'broadcast myself'.

That's quite reassuring.

Right, that's quite enough self indulgent twittering about silly things. I leave you with a blast from my past discovered at, you guessed it, YouTube. A track I first heard on the Annie Nightingale show sometime in the eighties. It becomes very special half way through.

Fish Heads

* As far as I can tell this means someone who works for YouTube has decided they're worthy of being stuck on the front page ready for a few thousand regular YouTubers to decide they made a big mistake.

Well: I'd like to reiterate that your animations make me several thousand kinds of happy, and that they ought to be awarded large cash prizes. So there!

Grooving to "All the Time Like" right now in fact. That's rapidly become my favorite. Every time I watch it I notice some detail I didn't see before. Wonderful stuff. :)
Aww, thanks. Your kind words are very much appreciated, and I hope I didn't sound *too* needy :)

The All The Time Like soundtrack was like that with me. It made it into a shortlist of possibilities from tracks The Swings sent me and each time I listened to it I liked it a bit more. I'm very chuffed if I managed to get something of that into the animation.
i came across your page, and i love it... i too had a short run with youtube, tho not one as popular as yours-close to being as strange lol...

youtube.com/soupygirl if u wanna check it out :P
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