A million people can’t all be
mental wrong can they? I’m asking because recently I had my millionth view on YouTube and I can’t quite believe it. One million feels like a lot, especially when most of my films were made in my bedroom with zero budget at around 3am. (Nothing truly great was ever created before midday and anyone who says otherwise is a damn liar.)
Don’t get me wrong, I know a million is just a number and all that, but so is any milestone. For example, I fully intend to celebrate my 100th birthday to the full (cake, musical chairs, quad biking, etc) so why not the millionth YouTube view?
BUT WHO WATCHES?
YouTube has a fantastic ‘insight’ tool that allows users to see their stats as they progress. At the time of writing I’ve had 1,011,219 views across 21 videos. That’s equivalent to the population of Fiji, or more than double that of Luxembourg. My films get around 1000 views a day and 70% of viewers are female, 30% male. One third of viewers are aged 13-17. 16% of viewers are aged 45-54… that’ll be my mum then.
Unsurprisingly, most viewers live in the UK, followed by the USA then Germany, Canada and Australia. 10th most popular is the Philippines because… well, I have no idea. In October I made a parody of the IKEA ‘Herding Cats’ advert which was featured on Boing Boing and various other sites, picking up 24,000 views in one day. This is my most-viewed day to date. However, my most-viewed film overall is an animation called ‘It’s Only Love’ with 573,962 views. I made this in my bedroom using six notebooks, some pens and a broken heart.
This film noticeably appeals to a younger audience and that’s reflected in the comments. Every now and again teenagers going through their first relationships will write detailed comments about their lives and why the song is important to them at that time.
Other times people just want to say something nice. In today’s doom-and-gloom society little comments like this can be a reminder that normal people are pretty awesome.
Oh, and this one time someone just wrote ‘Gaaaaaaaay!’. You can’t win ’em all.
My channel can be found at www.youtube.com/barrypilling. If you have ever watched one of my films, I’d like to say thank you. It gives me a warm feeling inside. Like Ready Brek nom nom.