I decided to try out a game I thought would be hard and see how it went. Take a look.
I was really bored over the weekend, so I pulled a bunch of data off of SocialBlade for the top 600 YouTube channels based on their viewcount. I could have also gotten this data from VidStatsX, but for some reason VSX is missing a bunch of channels (I’m 576 on VSX but 598 on SB).
I broke each channel down into 1 genre, of: Music, Comedy, News, Game, TV, Trailers, Bollywood, Education, How To, Animation, Sports, 1-Hit Wonder, Film, and Blog. And looking back, I definitely made some mistakes on what genres to use. Bollywood should have just been part of Film… except Film is for people like Freddiew who make short films on YT. Animation and Education can often go together… as can Education and How To. Blog is hard to classify, as it’s often very similar to Comedy. TV covers a wide range of things, including a ton of Asian TV stations. News is a large catch-all that has the 3 big US networks, PhillyD, and even all the hollywood celeb news channels. Sports is almost all car channels. Even Music has lots of overlap, as I put XFactor there instead of TV, and there are many Animation channels that do songs as well.
Pretty much, it was really confusing and I did the best I could. Through the 1st 300 channels, Music accounted for over 50% of the total channels… but by 400, it had slipped under. The top 100 channels make up almost 90 billion total views. And those 100 channels have roughly the same viewcount as channels 101-500 combined. And, one of the other reasons I did this is that I wanted to track Gaming channels… and it turns out I’m currently the 34th most viewed one.
I don’t plan on updating this data any time soon, on the whole. If you’d like to see all the raw data of the 600 channels, let me know and I’ll be happy to share. I will be tracking the top gaming channels month-to-month… so expect more posts on that going forward.
Don’t think I ever wound up posting about my car… but about a year ago I purchased a 1994 Chevy Cavalier. It’s turquoise. My car is very ugly. But it only had 20,000 miles on it, and still only has 23,500. Not bad for being 17 years old.
My car is now far less ugly, thanks to this sexy custom license plate I purchased through the PA DMV (Pennsylvania Dept of Motor Vehicles):
I am now officially a baller.
On my video for Snail Bob, Levels 1-10, user Giooo1995 said:
“i do evan better in games because i have alot of badges and if you want more you really have to go to kongergate it is the fun site where 1,000 people play there i know you have alot of badges to but if you wanto get more you have to be the world champion i know you are the world champion allready but if you wanto be the top world champion yo have to earn more badges all of us knnow that your the world champion but you need to be the top of the good players.”
Reading through the comment really hurt my head. I’ll cut the kid some slack though, as based on a video on his channel… he’s about 8. Still, it’s one hell of a run-on sentence with some quality content.
I was trying to come up with some new way of looking at my data last night, and this is the result. I went through YouTube’s Insight and noted my monthly views, starting with January 2008… when I only had 3 videos! From there, you can see my growth over time along with the ups and downs. Added into the totals for Nov 10 – May 11 is my monthly 5min.com view data (Jun 11 to present accounts for 150k-200k/mo, but I didn’t add them in).
Totals about 119 million views. Plus another 2 mil so far for Nov and another 1 mil for 5min across Jun-now gives ~122 million total views to date.
This happened almost 2 months ago, but I’ve held off on posting about it…
To explain: On YouTube, there are now many ways to get ads on your videos: individual video partnerships, account monetization partnerships, and full partnerships. Then, if you’re a full partner, you can apply to become a content management system partner (CMS), which allows you to bring other channels into your partnership. These are commonly referred to as “content networks”. Machinima’s is the largest… and I talked about them wanting me to join their network months ago. But TheGameStation, Yeousch, IGN, and others also have networks.
For many gaming channels, joining a content network is the only way to monetize your videos. This ranty video explains why. However, for me, as a full partner already… I could be choosy with joining a network. IGN contacted me in August, asking me to join. I was hesitant, but always open to listen. I liked their offer and terms, as they appeared to only provide value and have no potential downside. So I accepted.
I’ve seen my numbers for September, and so far things are as I expected: I’ve gone from ~10 subscribers a day to ~70 and my eCPM increased about 20%. Not too bad for having to change absolutely nothing about my operations. I can only hope that they continue along these lines, and that I don’t have another 5min situation (where things are good for 1-2 months and then start sucking).
I’ll keep you guys updated if anything fun happens through IGN. And I’ll have some stat updates soon as well.
I get asked all the time where I came up with my username. Apparently I’ve never explained it in a blog post before. So I’ll do that. Tasselfoot is a bastardization of the name of a character from Dragonlance. Dragonlance is a campaign world for Dungeon & Dragons that is most popular for its book series. That world is similar to many fantasy worlds… humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, mages, fighters, clerics, etc etc… however, there is a race that is completely unique to the planet Krynn (Dragonlance’s world).
Kender are small; similar in height to dwarves or gnomes… but thin like elves. What makes them different is their wanderlust and general level of curiosity and wonder about everything. They also have a penchant to “borrow” items that they find interesting, which often gets them into trouble. Kender are so curious that they are incapable of fear. But I digress (you can read up on everything Kender on the Kencyclopedia).
The most famous and well known Kender is named Tasslehoff Burrfoot. He’s my namesake. Back in high school (2001 or earlier, not sure when exactly anymore), I decided to change my main username, and I was a big D&Der at the time, and Tas (the shortened version of Tasslehoff in the books) was my favorite character. This is back when AOL/AIM limited you to 10 characters for a username still… so I did what I could to be creative in coming up with a Tas-related name. However, I didn’t double-check and accidentally flipped the L-and-E and made it Tasselfoot instead of Tasslefoot. Oh well. Tassel is the correct spelling of the stand-alone word, so I just say that I did it on purpose . Don’t tell anyone that I screwed up!
But that’s where my name comes from. If you like fantasy novels and are interested in a series that reads somewhat like a dumbed-down Lord of the Rings… I’d highly recommend reading the original Dragonlance books, the Chronicles trilogy (I’d read a few other books as well before reading the 4th Chronicles novel, such as the Legends trilogy). If you enjoy those, you can do the research to find out the order in which to read the hundreds of other Dragonlance novels in.
Wooooooooooo! Few months ago I hit 100 million total… but I’ve now gotten it just on YouTube. So as a thank you, here’s me raging hardcore at Run Elephant Run:
Here’s to 100 million more!
So I’ve been posting LP parts once a day for over 2 weeks now. They seem to be getting about 1000-1500 views each over the first week of their release, which is about what I expected. The comments have been mostly positive, although I’m starting to see some people tire as I get far into the long-ish game The Last Stand: Union City; so that’s something to note for future games.
Here’s my full Sonny LP, in 7 parts:
Here’s my current The Last Stand: Union City LP, at 7 parts… but will wind up as 10+:
And here’s my playlist of assorted smaller games, that are only 1 or 2 parts each (so far contains Company of Myself and Coinbox Hero):
So yeah… I have some ideas for what games to work on next, but I’m always open to suggestions. I do plan to continue this series with 1 video every single day. 4eva!
I’m starting up a flash game LP series. Here is the teaser video that gives the basic info:
Please give me your game suggestions via comments on YouTube!