I late May 2015, I decided to start a gaming channel on youtube. It's good time to look back at how it's been going so far.
What I recordedBefore holiday break I ended up recording over 500 videos, mostly Civilization 5, and so far the channel got 37 subscribers and 7265 views, which aren't exactly massive numbers. By comparison this blog gets about 1000 unique visitors a day.
Let's Play series I made were:
- 8x Civilization 5 (2 of them in Polish)
- 2x Factorio
- 2x Puzzle Quest (well, not really, first one got broken after two episodes due to hardware issues)
- 1x Darkest of Days
With early Civilization 5 games I had music on, and apparently 30 seconds of background in-game music mid-episode is enough for the bullshit Content ID system to slap copyright claim on a 30 minute video. After that nonsense, I disabled in-game music.
I'm using the interface on youtube's website to fill in video data and schedule daily releases, and it's been absolutely dreadful. Does everybody use that and take the pain, or is there some secret way nobody told me about? I even checked Youtube APIs to maybe automate that, but they're fairly miserable as well.
Right now I'm just back from holidays, very busy, and with nothing recorded, so it will probably be a few weeks before the channel goes back to life.