I typically stick to my own life and times here in this space, but there’s a fascinating development elsewhere that I can’t help but want to ponder and share.
My caveat to the following is that it’s not a comparison or a contest. It’s the difference between apples and something that’s just bananas. I just love data and stats and so I’ll start with the numbers…
I started this blog, posting almost daily for the past year and a half:
✔️ 507 published posts
✔️ 176 followers (including humans and bots 😉 )
✔️ 4800 Views (all posts)
✔️ 2406 Visitors
✔️ 2067 Likes
✔️ 14 Comments
(Now this is bananas)
My daughter started a YouTube Channel only ONE MONTH AGO. She’s Zoella Dragneel:
✔️ 27 posted videos
✔️ 857 subscribers
✔️ 75k+ views (yeah, that’s over 75,000 views)
✔️ Thousands of Likes and Comments (I don’t have a good way to count these up. But THOUSANDS!
Yes, I subscribed. Yes I watched a few of the videos. It’s basically a fan fiction based on the anime, Fairy Tail, where she has written a story of her own and sets the text to pictures and music she pulls off the internet. I don’t really need to watch the videos because she’s already shared the entire story with me. I’m just so intrigued by this whole thing on several levels.
First, the fact that it’s only been a month and she has 800+ people who have subscribed to get notifications when she posts something new. That’s freaking incredible. I mean the power of the internet is just amazing. I recognize the fact that it truly is a world wide web out there and that there are literally millions of people using the internet and YouTube as their entertainment. But seriously, compared to what I have been doing, it’s like wildfire. There’s a lot of power in video, and pictures, and an instant fanbase of hundreds (thousands) of people just because of the subject matter. In this case, it’s anime and Fariy Tail, but it just goes to show how easy it is to “spread the word”, whatever your word might be if you utilize some of the tools and tricks available.
Secondly, I’m pretty impressed about the amount of time she is putting into this effort. She’s 16 and does not have a job, so she has a lot of free time on her hands while school is out for the summer, but to spend 2-4 hours a day at her laptop splicing together pics and music and text… That’s dedication. She has also done contests and answers tons of comments and is excited about where the story is going. She’s just teeming with ideas about what will happen next and would rather spend time on this than other non-productive things. I’m very proud of her.
She’s very bright and very artistic and has inner motivation that I think a lot of teenagers don’t have. I don’t have a lot of examples for comparison, but I know when I was her age, I never did anything like that. (of course the internet did not exist back then either). All I can say is that I’m excited to see where the story goes too. Not so much the current story, Secret Voice (NaLu), but her story in real life.
One Proud Mama,