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Our family has been making videos on You Tube for about six years. We had heard that if you became partners with You Tube that you could make money from it. Although we thought that would never happen, the idea of making money and having fun sounded pretty good. It is fun to get your family together and then convince them to make a funny skit with you. We have had many fun times and laughs together thanks to You Tube. There are many videos we haven’t even posted online; we just love to make them.
Well a few years back we made a skit with our cousins and their kids at the lake, actually we made a couple that day. This particular video was supposed to be a skit about a guy who has been staring at Kirt all day and Kirt is getting pretty irritated about it. We would make it look like it was the big guy at the lake (my cousin), that Kirt was irritated with and was going to confront but then he would walk up to my cousins little boy instead and confront the little boy. What we were planning was that my cousin was going to get really mad and beat up, well, fake beat up Kirt for picking on his kid. That was our idea. It turned out very differently though. When Kirt confronted the little boy his younger sister happened to see this and thought he was really picking on her brother so she came to the rescue. It was so funny that we just went with it.
For the first couple of years we got a couple thousand hits. All of a sudden I saw that we were getting a few thousand hits a day. I couldn’t believe it. I found out that our video had been featured on You Tube. It was really exciting. We weren’t invited to be partners but we were able to get monetization for our videos that didn’t contain copyrighted content. So after all of these years we were finally getting paid for our videos. A very small amount of monetization, but still enough to get a check from Google, which is Awesome!
I discovered our video was getting all of these views because the related videos are about real fights. This didn’t bother me at all; at least we are getting views. The majority of the people who have watched it though disagree it seems. We have received a lot of good feedback and “likes” from many people, and many really kind comments. On the other hand we have received many more “dislikes” and mean, really mean, comments from people that were actually looking for “real” fight videos to watch. I am talking about really mean comments, so mean that I removed them and cannot even repeat them in this hub. They have left mean comments about Kirt, my cousin, the surroundings, and even worse, mean comments directed at the kids. I don’t know how people can have enough hate inside them that they can leave such horrible comments on someone’s page. We are just a family spending time together and having fun. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, that is what I was always told.
We have had many of them complaining about the title, “Be Careful Who You Mess With”. They say the title is misleading. I didn’t name it “Be Careful Who You Mess With” to get views; it just turned out that way. I named it that because I thought it would be funny. I still think it is funny. We make funny videos. That is what we do. We name them what we think they should be called. I don’t think our title is misleading, I didn’t mean for it to be misleading and it shocks me to see how many really mean people there are in this world.
In analytics it shows me that 96.2% of the people that watch our video are men between the ages of 45-64. Well that explains it; I am only reaching one audience. I obviously need a different audience to get nicer comments. I need to get people to watch my videos that understand we are just having fun. We want to make people smile and laugh.
I have had some comments that say things like, “I was looking for real fight videos but now that I watched this video it makes me feel calmer”, or “your video really made my day”, it’s comments like these that keep us going.
So I guess in the end it is up to me. Do I choose to keep getting the views and ignore the nasty feedback, or do I choose to change the title and lose the views. It was really a tough decision because I keep telling myself that it will catch on with a different audience, but that hasn’t happened. I just keep sending it to friends and family asking them to pass it on.
For now I think I am just going to keep hoping that my audience broadens, my comments get nicer and that my “likes” will take over and make that red line of “dislikes” just keep getting smaller and smaller.