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Going sort of Viral

Going sort of Viral

May 28, 2022

Hi everyone.

A lot has happened this past week and I am still coming to terms with what happened. I have recently been making more of an effort to post on other mediums. Now YouTube has been the one I have focussed on the most in the past few months but this week I decided to be more active on Tiktok. This is a platform I thought I knew pretty well. I had posted on here before and had been averaging around 200 views. So I started going through my streams and uploading clips of me playing games. For whatever reason one of these clips gained a lot of attention and as I am writing this the video sits at 1.2 million views...
I am still trying to process this even though it has been four days since I posted that video. For the most part the comments are really lovely, offering advice and encouragement of my gameplay. Now of course, with anything on the internet there have been some trolls and unsavoury comments that have really caused me to think about how I want to deal with that sort of attention. Do I want to wade in and have arguments with these people, or do I want to just delete them and ignore the hateful ideas they convey? I decided that deleting them was better for me as they didn't bother me in the first place and there were so many of those comments that I wouldn't have done anything BUT argue if I had left them. I am still receiving a few of these comments but they are becoming a lot more infrequent.

What this experience has taught me is that

  1. any publicity is good publicity, if those hateful comments hadn't been posted my video wouldn't have been pushed as far as it did

  2. I want to focus on myself and my content and as soon as I see any comment that I find negative I delete it so that I don't have to think about it any more

  3. criticism is one thing as long as it is constructive, anything else is just not helpful and only serves to bring you down

  4. someone will always find fault with you, but as long as you know your own worth, their opinion doesn't mean anything

Being a content creator is never what I thought I would be doing with my life. I remember when I was in college and I did a survey of some primary kids career aspirations, so many wrote "YouTuber" as their dream job. It was something I never considered to be a serious job and sort of brushed it off. However, now I find myself doing that exact thing, albeit part time. This week has been a huge learning curve for me but I have found myself enjoying every second, even the negatives were important lessons I needed to learn.


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