So, last Thursday it was announced that we were one of the 4 channels in YouTube’s On The Rise competition for September. The chance to appear on the front page of YouTube is a huge opportunity to get some eyes on us, so I’ve been campaigning pretty hard. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, the NexTV blog, and our famous cast-member, Craig, has been mentioning us and the competition in his vlog as well. As I write this on Wednesday, the 21st of September, The full court press has gotten us 14,468 votes, but we’re still unable to close a 1200 vote gap on the music review vlogger called theneedledrop who’s in the lead. I don’t know how he’s doing it, but it’s pretty extraordinary. Some of his audience started saying some horrible things to me and a couple of my audience members started leaving mean comments on his stuff which prompted us to start talking. He was all, “I’m sorry about what people have been saying, I don’t want you to think that I condone it.” And I was like, “Dude, I never thought any of that was coming from you, I know how an internet audience gets when it’s worked up. An audience is like a Frankenstein’s monster, dude. You’re amazed that you were able to do it, you take more than a little pride in its existence, and you’re kind of terrified of it. Anything they do can reflect on you and it can turn on you in a heartbeat. Nothing for it but to take the ride.”
The outpouring of support this week has been amazing. Reading the comments from our audience on the voting page, the amount of people the tweeted and Facebooked on our behalf, even what Craig said about PoPS in his last vlog-mention was amazing. I really experienced a lot of warmth toward us, our concept, and our characters this week and no matter how the vote turns out this was an absolute win. Plus we’ve jumped 3,000 subscribers in the last 6 days and we’re the 36th most subscribed Director’s channel in the United Kingdom for this month.
Also a new experience this week: Writing up an outline of plot points for episode 7 and then shipping it off for someone else to write was weird. One of the commenters on that last update said—“Man, whoever that is writing the episode has balls. There are a lot of us waiting to judge it.” Or something to that effect. Given that, I’m surprised Chris was willing to give it a shot. I’ve never directed something that someone else has written, so it’ll be a good exercise for all of us. And I made him promise that if we had to pitch his draft out that he wouldn’t stop being friends with me.
Thanks for reading, guys.