I started a YouTube page a long time ago (not about motorcycles) and it’s accumulated a few subscribers over the year.  Nothing brag-worthy, less than 200 subs, but I’ve had the channel for so long that I was able to see YouTube go through changes ranging from being able to monetize based on the performance of one video rather than a channel to getting custom URLs.

Recently, YouTube went through a major shift due to advertiser complaints.  The result was a change to the rules for content creators.  You have to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the last twelve months, for instance.

But I’m not looking to monetize.  At least, that’s not the goal.  I mean, it would be fun to get to the point where I could monetize and then put every dime earned from making videos featuring motorcycles into a savings account to see how large it could possibly grow before an arbitrary date, but it would be more “fun in an experimental, novel,” way than “this plan is going to pay off my house,” way if that makes sense.

The thing that irked me about YouTube’s shift is that, in order to get a custom URL (that isn’t a string of random characters) you have to have a channel that is at least 30 days old (which is fine), have an uploaded photo as a channel icon (makes sense), have uploaded channel art (obviously), and have 100 subscribers.

That last part is what I don’t like.

I don’t know how the popular YouTube channels are able to unveil their channel to an audience of none and then have a hundred thousand subscribers by the end of the month.  I don’t even know how someone could gain one HUNDRED subscribers in a month!

I did the research, watched, just, so many videos about tagging and key words, responding to comments to build emotional connections between viewer and channel, and how you too can become a YouTube Millionaire, but it was largely a waste of time.  Even YouTube’s own hints about making the best videos you can and having a consistent schedule so people can get excited about watching doesn’t work.

And if I’m being honest with you, I care a little more than I care to admit.

For one thing, it’s kind of like a race to get to the custom URL.  There is no The Planet Grom channel on YouTube outside of my own but there could be and I get a bit anxious when I think about someone else swooping in and taking the name, especially considering all the videos I’ve made with the name in them.

So on one hand, it’s a race to legitimacy.  Once I get the URL, I could make stickers or business cards so when I go out on group rides I can hand them out to the other participants so they know exactly where to go to see their bikes being ridden around me.  It would make everything else easier if it didn’t look like I just started the channel.

But I will admit that I also like seeing the numbers rise.  Subscribers, watch minutes, totals – I’m a sucker for data and numbers and it’s fun to see numbers associated with things that I made.

And it’s a ton of fun interacting with the audience.  It might be an ego boost, but a little validation never hurt anyone.

Anyway, like I said, I don’t know how the bigger channels do it.  Most of my subscribers are friends or members of Team Follow-Back.  One YouTuber said he needed to get around a hundred of his friends and family to subscribe to his channel before he started getting new folks he didn’t know subscribing and you can’t help but remember that you need 100 subscribers to get a real URL, making it easier for anyone to find you and build your base.

It’s a frustrating thing.

Currently I’m at 62 subscribers.  Why not come on over and subscribe yourself?  Go ahead and share the channel on whatever social media you want and let’s get my channel anxiety to go down and we can see where we can take this channel?

I’d appreciate it.

Here’s a link to my YouTube page that’s shorter than the channel’s URL now!

Hawaiian Pineapples

Hawaii’s a great place to visit or live and there are things that are commonly associated with it.  But one of those things stands out more than others and it’s the pineapple.  But did you know that the pineapple isn’t native to Hawaii?  Or that Hawaii doesn’t even grow that many pineapples for the world today?

Oh, but it did at one point!  And you can still see the remnants today.  Check out my video to see more:

Missing Post

I’m sorry to say there won’t be a new video this Sunday.  I’ve been trying to make a consistent schedule recently with new scripted videos every other week (and, recently, a video just covering a large chunk of just riding through the streets of Oahu to fill in the weeks between).

The issue that I’ve run into isn’t a lack of ideas for the scripts, videos to run audio over, or even recorded video.  The issue is that I want to make the best videos that I can and the video that was supposed to be posted this week, covering sexism in motorcycling, needed an extra paragraph or two in the end to tie everything together.  I know sometimes I rant and go off on tangents and believe that it’s fine to do so, but you have to bring it all together in the end so it doesn’t sound like a mess.

And, unfortunately, that’s what this script felt like.  There were too many sub-topics and nothing pulling everything into a coherent piece at the end and, with a topic I care so much about, it was worth holding off on the release until I can get some time to record again.

I’ll get it, though, and I think it will be one of my best.

What is a Motorcycle Bell?

Motorcycle heritage intrigues me.  I wouldn’t say I’m the type who goes looking for heritage to adhere myself to, perhaps as a way of finding an identity in the values and habits of those before me, but I’m also not the type to eschew older stuff just because it’s old.

I would say I’m practical, if anything.  I like to do my research and come away either liking or disliking whatever it was based on whether or not I have any use for it personally.

But motorcycle bells?  They’re a little different, because they might not be for you at all.  Or, if they are, they may not be what they’re pitched as.  Check out my video and see what I mean: