Today’s video is my first since reaching 10,000 subscribers on YouTube. Yep, you read that right. TEN-THOUSAND.
Now in the scheme of things, in terms of internet popularity, that actually isn’t that much, but to little old me… I mean, it’s unfathomable. I can’t wrap my head around it. 10,000 people that are interested in my art. 10,000 people that are so interested in my art that they want to be updated whenever I post something new. Ten-thousand people! I mean, imagine that many people in real life. It’s wild.
It was March of last year that I first started regularly posting videos on YouTube. There was no major motive behind it, other than that I loved watching other artists create their work and I have always had my own interest in making short films (my most famous video among my friends being a cringey compilation of footage from our ‘Girls Holiday – Lindos 2011’ set to a pop-tastic remix of Example’s ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’ and likened to a budget version of Spring Breakers. And, before you ask, no, you can never see that one!) But never in my wildest dreams did I think that my short videos would turn into one of my biggest passions and a huge source of entertainment and inspiration for other people as well.
Every single day, I marvel at how people receive not only my videos but also my artwork. It’s mind-blowing not just that people are interested at all, but that they would take time out of their days to send me their thoughts, their comments, their tips. I have to be honest, I’ve always thought that YouTubers were being fake when they referred to their subscribers as their ‘family’ but now, I kind of get it! There are so many people on there who, even though I only know them by screen name and avatar, I feel like I know them personally. Different names pop up and it’s like I’m talking to an old friend. And the numbers continue to go up and up and up; views, likes subscribers, and our ‘family’ grows every single day.
I don’t know how things will develop. I don’t think too much about the future. The nature of the internet is that YouTube may well be obsolete in a few ears time. But for now, I’m ridiculously happy.
It isn’t just about making videos and making art anymore, it’s about making connections with like-minded, supportive, talented people and, even though internet trends come and go, those sorts of blossoming connections have the potential last a life-time.
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