YouTube Rewind 2016

Another year of YouTube is nearly in the books. To celebrate 2016’s greatest moments, the annual Rewind is back again and better than ever.

This is my reaction video. Enjoy!

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Chasing A Dream

If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.

My ultimate job would be making videos on YouTube and earning money off of them, enough to make a good living. I have been making videos for sometime now (since 2009 when I was in my senior year) but have never made any significant amount of cash, about a dollar most likely, and have never gotten into any sort of rhythm, It has always been a passion of mine but I never really harnessed it. The thrill of putting a video together in my editing software (currently Corel VideoStudio X8) is intoxicating. I get into a creative zone and end up blocking everything and everyone else out. There are always new ideas for me to explore, even if previous ones did nothing with my viewers. My skills keep on improving each time. Before I started this blog, I was really into making videos but now that this is a priority, I can’t spend too much time on them.

YouTube just turned 11 years old yesterday and the site just keep on growing exponentially. There’s no telling where it will be in the next four years, when the 15th anniversary is held, but I boldly predict that it will be on the level of television eventually. I don’t always watch videos on YouTube but when I do…I end up spending an entire night going on an epic video journey (he is the Most Interesting Man In the World).

I’m not saying this will likely be all I do for a living because I’d definitely need another job to make enough money. I currently give plasma two times a week now, a tedious and annoying process, and being able to find something to replace it would be great.

Writing is definitely a passion of mine as well and I would love to get a full time job on some website writing articles, whatever topic they may be about. Writing (and reading) has a way of making me feel rather comfortable and content. It is a way to unwind from an eventful day or when I am stressed out. If I could somehow earn money from blogging (an even more difficult task than YouTube I suspect), I would really harness its full potential.

That quote I provided by Steve Jobs sums up my passion fairly well. I don’t want to spend my whole life trying to figure out what I want to be doing, wasting my time on something that is full of fruitless efforts. If Option A doesn’t pan out, then it be best to move to Option B, and perhaps C.

Justifying YouTube’s Existence

I don’t think it’s necessary to take three hundred words to justify the existence of one of the most helpful tools and sources of entertainment in my life: YouTube. This video sharing site with a plethora of piano playing cats, death defying jumps, talking heads, and people overly insulting video games, not to mention the helpful things such as how to tie a tie or how to create an interesting design in Photoshop is what makes getting on the internet fun.

YouTube exists simply because people want to create and watch videos, and catch up on the daily scoop, the ever changing cultural trends. Anything big that happens in worldwide news ends up here, and a lot of those initial videos have been taken and made into funny montages or auto-tuned phenomenon. YouTube is getting close to celebrating it’s tenth anniversary of being founded on February 14, 2005; the first video was uploaded on April 23.

I’ve taken a crack at making my own videos and placing them on the site, on my own self-created channel. My success has been moderate so far. My most watched video ever was a lyric video for the full theme song of The Big Bang Theory, which was the first video on my current channel. It received close to 37,000 views, about 170 likes, and tons of comments – in about two days – and I appreciate getting this kind of response on a video for the first time but it makes other things I did seem smaller in comparison and trying to equal or exceed that video’s success has been difficult – mainly because I only have about 53 subscribers and most of them are not even active anymore.

The most subscribed YouTuber is a Swede named Felix who goes by the name PewDiePie (which originated from him forgetting the account details to his original channel, PewDie, and creating a new channel and adding “Pie” to the old name). This creator of hilarious video game commentary, montages, and other over the top nonsense has over 36 million subscribers and I so happen to be one of them. I’ve enjoyed most of his videos even if the language and content are not something for virgin eyes and ears, but I wouldn’t call myself one of his “Bros” just yet.

So there you go. YouTube exists if you didn’t know already. It took way more than three hundred words to write this, not because I don’t care about following the code of the Daily Prompt word for word, and not because I paid to have the word limiter on my keyboard lifted by the secret WordPress police, but because I needed to get my substantial thoughts out in a coherent way without rushing or making things seem incomplete. And I don’t believe YouTube was going to vanish simply because I didn’t explain its existence in exactly three hundred words. Seriously, this has to be the dumbest prompt ever.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Do or Die

You have three hundred words to justify the existence of your favorite person, place, or thing. Failure to convince will result in it vanishing without a trace. Go!