How to Survive on YouTube

An updated version of my How to Survive on YouTube vlog from 2013 with an added appearance by Mr. Hater.

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Mr. Hater Reacts to 2girls1cup

From 2009: The first-ever appearance of Mr. Hater as he reacts to the infamous 2girls1cup video.

A fun fact: I got the idea for Mr. Hater in response to the negative backlash after my failed attempt to do an online news video series. Mr. Hater is supposed to represent haters who do nothing but try to tear down people who are actually doing something creative (such as making videos.) The mask I wear for the Mr. Hater character is a wounded man plastic mask with the jaw partially cut out. The wounds are supposed to be metaphorical in regards to content creators abusing him for hating on their content.

Q & A Time Again

It’s that time again. Time for some more questions for me to answer in another blog posts. These were more questions that were asked of me on myyearbook.com and as before, the purpose of these questions is so that you can get to know me a little better. Everyone ready? Here we go.

1) Q: What was your earliest childhood memory?

A: Seeing “The Empire Strikes Back” when I was 2 years old. And I have a little story about that. The theater where I went to see “Empire” was a drive-in movie theater called the Sunset Drive-In theater that was located outside of Hudson, NY. The drive-in closed down back in the late 80’s (last I saw it was a mobile home lot), but in its day, I did see some really good movies there including “Star Trek III,” “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” and the first “Back to the Future” movie. Ironically, this year marks that movie’s 25th anniversary. I have all three of those movies on video and I’m trying to get them on DVD. There’s also been some chatter about whether or not they’re going to rerelease the movie to theaters or release the films to Blu-Ray disc.

And while I am talking about drive-ins, the other drive-in where I went to growing up was the Hyde Park Drive-In in Hyde Park. Saw some more movies there including “Return of the Jedi,” “Gremlins,” “Superman III,” and a movie called “Deep Impact.” As far as I know, it was and still is there. But then again, I haven’t been back to the Hudson Valley in several years so I have no idea about the changes that have happened since I moved to Central New York. But one thing I do know is that there are very few drive-ins left in New York because they’re giving way to the air-conditioned multiplexes.

2) Q: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

A: Spider-Man. Batman’s a very close second.

3) Q: Would you rather have tea or coffee?

A: Coffee. I am a coffee person and as I mentioned before, I take it black because with cream and sugar in it it looks like crap. But in defense of tea, I do like the Lipton Ice tea mixed tea on occasion.

4) Q: Have you ever lied about your age?

A: Never. I am a completely honest person.

5) Q: What do you think is the funniest show on television?

A: Well, when there were actually good shows on television, I watched such funny shows as “All in the Family,” “ALF,” “Married… With Children,” as well as a few I didn’t mention in the video including “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” and “Beavis and Butt-head.” But for me, the funniest show on TV (and they still air the show in reruns on WKTV) is “Seinfeld.”

And there you go. Hopefully I’ll have some more questions for you soon. If you want to ask me questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section. Remember, no offensive or too personal questions will be accepted.

Calling Mr. Safety

In a reedited video I originally did for YouTube in 2008, I decided to make a telephone call to YouTube star Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams, best known for making the “Mean Kitty” videos and whom I have cited as the man who influenced my YouTube career. This video was part of an interactive phone game video he put forth back in late 2008, but this version was one that I redid last summer.

My main motivation behind reediting the Mr. Safety video was mostly due to the fact that Cory was getting married at the time and I wanted to make a video to commemorate the occasion. However, the only answer that I could come up with was to do an extended cut of a video that I did before. I was planning to do an extended cut anyway for a DVD collection I was working on at the time so it all worked out.

Among the extended scenes that I added included scenes of Cory going crazy and blaming it on his ADD. Also included is an exchange about haters and features a cameo appearance by Old Blue, a cat we had over the summer but now is long since gone. That scene was perhaps one of the most random moments in the video, especially since Cory is best known as “the guy with the cat.”

Constant Whitewater

Okay, I am going to start this off by saying that I can’t believe that it’s October already. Wow, 2010 is now less than three months away. It’s like, where did 2009 go? I missed about two months of blogging mainly because of the fact that I have so much going on in my life right now, both online as well as off.

In many ways, while I got a sudden spike of creativity as far as my YouTube career goes. In the last two months alone, I put my channel through so many changes, mainly taking down some videos that either didn’t attract too many comments or videos I felt could be done better, such as the video I shot at Ilion Little Theater back in March and the Walk in the Park video. I originally intended for the latter video to be my first HD video. I have since reposted both.

Also I figured I try my hand at news reporting by doing a series of news videos that I called “The Black Cat Weekly,” but that turned out to be a disaster. First off, it got more and more difficult to get news stories that I could do a video about, not to mention that the videos brought the haters out in record droves. I didn’t expect to be that badly received as far as that goes. However, I have decided to adopt other YouTuber’s methods and attack the haters in reply comments, because it’s pretty fun to do because they’re a group of losers who either don’t do videos and are only on there to cause trouble or they’re a group who have only a handful of videos and have very few or no friends or subscribers.

Now don’t take this the wrong way. Just because I stopped doing the news videos doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop making videos or give up on YouTube like very few people do. I’m too well established on YouTube for that. Plus there are other factors than that at work. I have been meeting more and more people online, not to mention people sending me IM requests and app invites on Facebook to keep up with them all. It’s like constant whitewater for me. It does get overwhelming after a while.

In some ways, YouTube and Twitter have led to me not being able to blog so much, mainly because it is starting to get easier for me to make videos and Twitter is basically the in thing for bloggers, not to mention some personal things I am going through right now. So I have to get back into the habit of blogging again because that was how I got started on the web.

But on the bright side, October is a pretty big month for me, most notably the fact that at the end of the month is my three-year anniversary on YouTube. Clearly something to look forward to. But for now, I just wanted to touch base with everyone to show that I am still committed to this blog.