A quick summary of important data from 2011:
YouTube Views: 61.0 million
5min Views: 6.8 million
Total 2011 Views: 67.8 million (185,750 per day)
New YT Subs: 12,378
Lost YT Subs: 3251
Net Gain: 9127 (25 per day)
76.3% of views came from embeds
Snail Bob 2 Part 1 was my most viewed video, with 6.25% of the year’s views (10.6% of the year’s total for both parts of Snail Bob 2).
Hope everyone had a great 2011 and an even better 2012!
This is the 4th post on this topic, every 6 months dating back to July 2010. It takes a look at my top 100 videos broken down by the sponsor and developer, including views on YouTube and 5min. Video #100 is up to 295k views and the top 100 now totals over 84 million views. There are 11 new videos in the top 100 this time around.
Armor remains #1, although Spil is gaining fast. Armor still has 1/3rd of the videos, but only increased by about 5 million total views. Spil went from 14 to 18 vids on the list and skyrocketed 13 million views. And we have 1 new sponsor on the list: ArcadeBomb.
Some big changes on the dev side however, almost all by PITon. He’s soared over 9 million views in the past 6 months to take a massive lead as the top dev. Joey lost 2 videos from the top100 and was passed by John. Nice gains also by Robin Vencel and gmentat.
I decided to try out a game I thought would be hard and see how it went. Take a look.
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.
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!
Yesterday I broke 100 million views all time, between both YouTube and 5min. Roughly 90.5 million on YT and 9.5 on 5min.
Thanks so much to all the gamers out there who have watched my vids, as well and the developers and sponsors of the thousands of amazing flash games I’ve played in the past 9 years.
Recently, I’ve been participating in the ABT (Amateur Bowling Tour). I’m a member of the Philadelphia chapter, and they host 1-2 tournaments a week at various alleys throughout the Philly Tri-State area (South Jersey, Philly, and Delaware). Generally, I only go to the ones in Pennsylvania, as the NJ and DE ones are an hour or more away. I’d say I’ve participated in 5-6 in the past year, with most of those being in the past 3 months.
A few months ago, I finished 5th in a tournament. Last week, I was 1 pin away from qualifying for the finals. This week’s tournament was in Delaware, but my father and I went down to it anyway because it was a “major”. The ABTs normal tournaments generally give $1000 for 1st place; the majors are either $5000 or $10,000. And the normal tournaments draw 50-70 people, this weekend’s had a little over 400.
The tournaments are broken down into 2 divisions; Classic and Masters. Classic is an open division, for anyone with a 189 or lower average. Masters is for 190+. The 2 divisions qualify separately, have separate semi-finals, and separate finals. The only time they compete against each other is for the overall tournament championship; masters winner vs classic winner. I’m in Masters, while roughly 60% of all entrants are Classic.
It’s hard to describe the shot that was laid out for this weekend’s tournament. It was even across the lanes, and seemed to break down very quickly; the play changed drastically between qualifying and the finals. Overall, it was very dry on the back-end, giving a very quick snap, while the front of the lane was quite wet. The result was that your ball would move, but you had to put it in a good spot, or you’d be in trouble. Too far outside, it wouldn’t recover and you’d leave a wash out… too far inside, and you’d go through the nose or cross over.
It cost me $75 to enter the tournament, another $33 for sidepots (high game, clean set, strike pot, and bonus bucks), $25 for scratch pot, and I entered 8 brackets ($40). I thought I was in trouble at the start; I was playing a straight-up inside line, and was having a lot of trouble keeping it consistent. Compound that with 2 pocket 7-pin hits following stikes and 2 chops of spares… I was sure I was done after 1 game. Pulled out a double in the 10th to finished with a 170 scratch (192 with handicap, good for a -8). The second game wasn’t looking much better, as I was all over the place… but I managed 4 straight 9-spares to start the game. Then I decided to make a drastic move; instead of playing straight-up 10, I moved left to 5 and dropped my ball speed a bit. First ball I threw was a pocket 7-10. But then things changed and I finished the game with 6 in a row and another pocket 7-10, good for a 231 scratch (+53 for the game)… which was the highest score for anyone that game, getting me $70 in the high game pot and securing me births in the finals of any bracket I was still alive in (I didn’t think there would be many, given my crappy 1st game). The 3rd game was up and down, with a double followed by a 6-out followed by a turkey; finished with a 203 (+25). Overall, 604 scratch and +70. Turns out this was good enough to qualify me 4th out of 31 who made it in my division, and 6th place for scratch ($140). I managed to survive the 1st game in 4 of my 8 brackets, and won all 4, for another $100.
Next up was the semi-finals. I put in another $6 for high game pots and entered 10 more brackets ($50). Total money I put up: $229. I played the same line throughout the semis, starting off strongly in-spite of a few splits (double-split-5 in a row-split). 217 final score (+39). The 2nd game was a disaster; I couldn’t do anything right on the left lane, hitting the head pin only once in 5 frames. I fought back, with another double in the 10th, for a paltry 166 (-12 for the game, +27 through 2). The top 8 out of 31 would make the finals and the cut through 2 games was announced at +29. I buckled down in the 3rd game, re-focusing, and shot a very consistent 216 (599 scratch series, +65). It was then a waiting game to see whether that would be good enough to qualify for the finals. After what had to have been at least a half hour, it was announced that the Masters cut was +29 and my +65 was good for 3rd. I survived 8/10 brackets through game 1, but my awful game 2 left me with only 1 in the finals, which I won for $25.
The format for the finals was a bracket. 8 people drew random numbers for lane assignments, then played 1 vs 1 with the winners moving on. I got lucky and drew against the guy who qualified 8th. We both struggled on a pair of lanes that were much drier than we were used to, and I eeked out a victory 184 to 168 scratch (I was only giving him 2 pins of handicap). We then re-drew lane assignments and I was slotted against the lone woman in Masters, who had shot a 217 in her 1st round match. Luckily for me, we were back on a pair of lanes that wasn’t super dry, and I had my best game of the day. I started off with a turkey, then alternated 7-pin spare / strike for the rest of the game, with every ball buried… just getting no carry on the left lane. She struggled and I won 217 to 165 (with me giving her 1 pin of handicap). With that, I was off to the finals of the Masters division. And I was lost all game. Couldn’t find a shot on the left lane, couldn’t keep the ball on the left side of the lane on the right lane… and my opponent had 5 in a row early. He coasted to beat me 223 to 164. I was given a check for $1000 for finishing tied for 3rd (1st place was $10,000, 2nd $3750).
It was an exhausting day, waking up at 8am. We reached the alley around 10, but didn’t start bowling until close to 1pm. My final game ended around 7pm. And I was starving, having eaten only a breakfast sandwich and donut from Dunkin’ Donuts and 1 bottle of water. I treated my father to dinner at a local Brazilian steakhouse then was home by 9:15, asleep by 10. Total earnings: $1335 for a profit of just over $1100 (about $1000 after dinner). Not bad for a single day… definitely makes my lifetime ABT revenue greater than my lifetime outlays. Next tournament I’ll enter is at my home lanes, Thunderbird Warminster, at the end of July.