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One million views for one video!

I have just had my first million view video! I think most of the views have come from India and places where a signature has not been much of a thing, but now, as the internet has come along with western ideas, people are having to learn what a signature is and how to do one.

I’m asked at least once a day to design someone’s signature for them – how ever much I stress it in the video, no one can design your signature – it has to come from you!

Here is the video for you to enjoy!

All change on YouTube

Unless your’e a YouTube geek like I am, you probably won’t know that things have been changing a lot in the background over the last three months. As a YouTube partner, I earn a share of advertising revenue for my videos. The more viewers, the more I earn.

Although, on the face of it, what I do on YouTube is exactly what they want to promote, the new algorithm, that chooses suggested videos that appear alongside the video you’re watching, has not been too kind to me.

I’ve been racking my brains and studying my statistics trying to work out where the problem is and I think I’ve finally got it down to the fact that my drawing videos are far too random and are appealing to a far too diverse audience.

The defeatist voice in me says, “packit all in, don’t waste any more time on it.” Luckily, the positive voice in me has said, “work out what the problem is, work out where to go and move on!”

And that’s what I’m doing. I could probably do quite well just doing explained and military vehicle drawing videos but that’s not really me and I’m only doing it for the money and there are people who do much better than me.

I do believe in following your heart and my heart really lies in children’s books. I know there is a large audience out there who will be interested in stories, others will be interested in the illustrations side and others will be interested in my self publishing journey in the wild West world of acts and e-book’s.

I’m going to make videos following how I plan sketch and make the books and books for online printing and delivery using pencil, paper, watercolour, crayons and a whole gamut of software suites.

It’s going to be a very interesting journey from me and I hope this could be an interesting journey for you. Make sure you are subscribed on you Tube and make sure you are subscribed for my newsletter as well. Here is a video with a bit more explanation of where I stand at the moment. http://youtu.be/ADQ07IA78Xc

YouTube hell – for a stats junkie

Arrgh! I’ve hit the 300 barrier in YouTube stats. If you reach around 300 plays too quickly, YouTube puts a block on the video stats – for no apparent reason. My Angry Lion drawing got stuck like that for a couple of months. I deleted it and reloaded it in the end.

It’s so frustrating. You get a bit of luck on one site but the site that viewers get directed to doesn’t like it – thinks you must be up to something. I’ll never know what this day of good fortune has meant to the featured video. Thanks YouTube. You give such an amazing service to the world, but this little thing is incredibly irritating. There are many videos complaining about it too!

That has been the story of the internet for me for the last thirteen years or so that I’ve been doing websites and stuff. The internet gives and immediately takes away.

It has always been that I find something good, start to exploit it and then the rules change. Youtube downloads is one such thing – I put on my site a message to teachers to download my videos and take them into school as they can’t view Youtube through the school’s firewalls. Now YouTube has stopped downloads! Duh! The rumour is they will charge 99c for downloads – that’s okay, I’d get a cut (I hope), but yet another rule change that ruins my plans.