Monday, January 30, 2012

Celebrating 11K views (and the trolls)

So nearly 2 years ago I posted a very negative, rant heavy James Patterson review on youtube.  As anyone who reads this blog should know that's not my normal reviewing style.  But I'd just spent over $30 on an audiobook for a best stelling YA book and it was horrific.  Honestly it's one of the worst books I've read to date.

I was spit-firing mad about it too.  Not just because I'd wasted my money or my time.  But because this book made the bestsellers listed based on name recognition rather than quality.  So I filmed this vlog.


For a long time this vlog was ignored.  I used to spend a lot of time on YouTube during the heyday of Lonelygirl15 until the end of that show.  But I never was much of a vlogger.  Occasionally I'd film something.  I'd enjoy the process of filming and editing it but I didn't have a schedule or a purpose.

I'm not sure when it happened, but somehow this vlog caught fire.  No it didn't go viral.  No it's not wildly popular.  But I started getting comment notifications daily.  I have no idea who's passing it around or what James Patterson fansite got ahold of it.  

The comments are all almost negative (towards me) and some are downright mean.  But they are also hilarious.  The atrocious grammar, the illogical arguments, the contradictory insults.  This is internet trolling at it's funniest.  At first I avoided the comments.  Now whenever I need a laugh I go read them.  Occasionally I even respond.  Over time I became pretty impervious to all the insults.

Less than a month ago I checked and I was at 8,500 views.  Today when I went to check I'm at 11,000+ views.  WOOHOOO!!!!! I've had over 500 hundred views since Saturday.  I'm kinda ridiculously excited.  And kicking myself for not setting up adsense on my YouTube account sooner.  

So thanks for the hate!  And thanks for my friends who've helped me learn to laugh at the comments!  You've helped me accept the video's popularity and are my bullet-proof coat against the insults.  I'm not sure how this video became so popular but I'm still loving it!


Wendy Darling said...

11,000 views! Whoa, that's crazy. I like your attitude, of these days I hope I'll learn to laugh when this stuff happens to me. *sigh*

veela-valoom said...

Well it's very different than what happened to you. I would be madder if I were in your situation. This is just youtube trolls being youtube trolls. I've wondered if authors had to spend time reading youtube comments if they'd be more equipped to handle bad reviews.

It's hard to be offended by people who are barely literate bashing my book review.

veela-valoom said...

Though I'm going to add I've considered removing the comments that use the word bitch. Still debating deleting them. It's a word I very much disagree with. It's just going to be a lot of work to do eventually.