In case you didn’t already know this about me, I have two kids–a 12 year-old son and a 14 year-old daughter. One of their favorite things to do is watch stupid videos on YouTube–videos they hear about from their friends on Facebook (yes, I know you’re supposed to be 14 to be on Facebook but many, many under 14 kids are on Facebook…is yours? If so, I hope you’re monitoring what they’re saying on there…but that’s another post for another day). Watching what interests my kids and their friends gives me a new appreciation for what kinds of videos get a ton of views. The answer? Not the kind I make.
Now don’t get me wrong: I have no illusions that I have any video-making talent whatsoever. Blogging=maybe; videos=not so much. But I occasionally try to venture into video-making territory, just to mix it up. The result? Such greats as “Twitter in Real Life” (warning: language) and “Old Spice is Cool Now?.” You know, quality stuff like that. Because that’s how I roll.
But I realize I’m doing it wrong–both making videos and creating content on the internet in general. I’ve been blogging religiously for over five years now and get, what, maybe 150 page views a day? If that. And that’s taken 5 years of blood, sweat and tears to achieve–or at least billions of hours spent online, much to the non-amusement of my husband and kids.
According to the internet, this is the kind of content that people actually like:
Almost TEN MILLION views?!
I think I need to find a new hobby.