For many years I’ve wanted to upload narrated
playthrough videos to show off my skillz, but I couldn’t for many reasons. I was a broke
student and couldn’t afford a decent computer. Not to mention the household was noisy as
Hell, so I could barely play in silence. I had many inspirations, mainly BigMacDavis
and AltimaMantoid. Then in 2016 I discovered Pannenkoek2012 who inspired me to do in-depth,
narrated analysis videos. In 2018 I wasn’t broke anymore, lived quietly,
bought myself a decent desktop computer and thought: hey, now’s the time to start off
that YouTube channel. I got myself a microphone, and started recording a couple of videos. Now, the channel says it was made in 2011.
That is true, but I didn’t do anything until November 27th 2018. On that day I uploaded
my first two videos. One being the channel introduction that starts off with me blowing
air into the microphone within the first 2 seconds, and MAP01 from Hell Revealed. I remember feeling quite weird talking to
myself or an invisible audience, but it was fun. I made an update video on my old channel
the next day to announce I started a new one. My old channel was all over the place, it
had music, playthroughs, semi-analysis videos… it was a bit messy, so that’s why I migrated. I got a couple of subscribers the following
days, mostly people from my old channel. The amount of views per video was modest. The
Hell Revealed videos pulled in an average of 20 views each, and the Wrack videos barely
reached double digits. December 1st is when I released my very first
analysis video. This is 1 of the 4 videos that I shilled on Reddit. The reception was
quite good, pulling in around 200 views one month after its upload. I was quite proud. A month later I released another analysis
video. This one was about Doom’s monster sprites. Again, it pulled in some decent views into
the triple digits. In the meantime I was still uploading Hell Revealed and Doom 2016 videos.
These on average got 40 views each. I kept this up for a couple of months. Got
excited each time I got a new subscriber. At the beginning of April my most popular
video had around 2000 views, and I had a 100 or so subscribers. And then suddenly… Oh God. YouTube algorithm, what are you doing!
My Doom sprites video suddenly went viral, gaining 300k views in a single week. Absolutely
out of nowhere. Subscribers were pouring in like crazy. Mind you, I still received emails
for each new subscription back then. My phone was kinda blowing up and I got quite overwhelmed
by the sudden wave of comments, subscribers, etc. But I also got really excited. I did a Q&A
for my 1,000 subscriber milestone so the new audience got to know me better, my very first
livestream where I beat Doom 2016 on ultra-nightmare, and since then the channel grew steadily. It didn’t take too long for the channel to
achieve 10,000 subscribers. Some months later I got 20,000 and did an awesome Serious Sam
livestream with viewers. Yeah… the livestream that scammed me out
of my YouTube money because apparently Croteam used a licensed track for that awful Legend
of the Beast boss fight and YouTube detected it as a copyright violation and ugh… let’s
move on. So where are we now? Well, as of recording
this video we just surpassed 30,000 subscribers which is absolutely mindblowing. I have a
lovely community — honestly, one of the best I’ve ever seen on YouTube. And well, for you guys not much has changed.
I’m still uploading playthroughs at a steady pace, checking out viewers’ level submissions
and occassionally upload an analysis video. For me however I suddenly have a lot more
to do. Well, first of all, keeping in touch with
the viewers. I average around 5,000 views per playthrough video and for analysis videos,
especially Doom’s, they can go into the 100s of thousands. I still read 99% of the comments.
In case you didn’t know, I heart comments so you and I know which ones I’ve read. Since I earn money through YouTube and Patreon
now, I suddenly gotta do adult stuff like report and pay tax over my extra income. I
also get business inquiries, and these I want to talk about with you guys because some of
them are just worth sharing. I get mostly legit business inquiries like
this one. Most of them want me to advertise a product or their platform through 30 second
pre-roll ads, or an ad integrated into my script. Some of the payments are pretty ridiculous…
in a bad way. I’m not planning to run any integrated ads
unless it’s something I would legit use myself, but stuff like shady digital key resellers
and meme-tier mobile games — no thanks. Integrated ads and pre-rolls on their own
are kinda risky anyway. They’re annoying and will tarnish your YouTube reputation. Anyway, let’s move on. I also get inquiries
that are obviously from scammers. There’s this one from a person named Billie. Billie from Wikteate? And here’s one from Emma that sells subscribers,
viewers, likes, you name it. Emma J. I can’t show the full name or else YouTube will crucify
me, but let’s just say it’s the whitest name you can think of. Then there’s also these YouTube security warnings.
I got the same email twice. Once on October 20th, and again on November 6th. And yeah, I get a lot more, but it’s fun.
This entire year has been great. I never expected it to blow up so fast, especially in this
saturated YouTube market, but clearly I found a niche people enjoy and I’m very grateful
for that. It’s been a crazy year, and I’m ready for
more. I would like to thank everyone for the incredibly positive atmosphere. You are the
coolest YouTube community I could ever wish for. Massive thanks, and I’ll see you all
in the next videos.